For many Filipinos, traveling to the United States is an aspiration. But with so many stringent requirements, it can be intimidating to apply for a U.S. visa. We break down the entire process and give tips on how to write a strong application. For starters, you must present your social media profiles from the last five years. It may sound daunting, but the US State Department wants to see them in your social media profiles.
How to apply for a U.S. K-1 visa
The application fee for an immigrant visa may be paid in cash, traveler’s check, or U.S. Postal Money Order. You may also pay in Philippine pesos at the current rate. Once your petition has been approved, you will receive a notice to schedule your interview and medical examination. Incomplete documentation may delay the processing of your immigrant visa.
To apply for a K-1 visa, you must first file an I-129F petition with USCIS. After receiving the petition, the embassy will forward it to the US Embassy in Manila for processing. It may take several months for the application to be approved. After receiving notification of your acceptance, you must make an appointment to visit the Embassy, take a medical examination, and pay the application fee.
If you are a Filipina, you should be aware of the requirements for obtaining a K-1 visa. Those seeking this status for the purpose of marriage may wish to apply for the visa as a spouse or fiancee. However, it is possible to marry in the U.S. on a visitor’s visa; however, coming to the US with the sole intention of marrying may be considered visa fraud. It is difficult to prove intent to marry.
To apply for a K-1 visa for a Filipino spouse, you must be married to an American citizen. The US Embassy in Manila processes all immigrant visa applications for Filipino spouses and children. If you have children in the Philippines, you may be eligible to sponsor them for green cards through the IR-2 child visa process. You can get the details of your application from Boundless.
Once you have obtained your K-1 visa, you will need to provide your fiance(e) with financial support. Your fiance(e) must be living above the poverty line in the U.S. Unless you’re married, you must provide evidence of financial support for her to be able to support you in the U.S. You’ll need to provide proof of your current income, which is based on your expected total income for the current year.
The K-1 visa for Filipinos is a temporary non-immigrant visa. If you get married outside the United States, you must contact the USCIS to obtain conditional permanent residence status. After two years, your Filipino spouse may apply for removal of conditional status, which will allow them to become lawful permanent residents. The K-1 visa does not grant you immigrant status, so make sure you have a legitimate reason to come to the U.S.
A K-1 visa for Filipinos enables a fiance to visit the U.S. for a wedding ceremony. It allows the fiance to live with their U.S. citizen fiance for up to six months. If the marriage does not happen, the fiance must leave the U.S. and file an I-485 petition for adjustment of status, or apply for a green card. Once approved, the K-1 visa is good for only one entry into the U.S.
Obtaining an eTA visa waiver
Getting an eTA visa waiver for a Filipina in the U.S. is now easier than ever. For people with certain types of passports, you can complete the application online, eliminating the need to physically visit the Philippine embassy. You can also apply for the eTA online if you are a US citizen. Once you have received your eTA, you can print a copy of your permit and take it with you on your trip.
Upon completing the application form, applicants must submit a valid passport and birth certificate. The Philippine spouse must present an original passport and a copy of his or her bio-page. The Philippine spouse must also authenticate that he/she is a citizen of the Philippines. A DS-160 application form must be completed and submitted by the applicant. This form may be completed online or offline.
Applicants can apply online if they are Taiwanese citizens or holders of a valid eTA passport. Although the eTA application form requires a valid passport, it is available for short-term stays. Travelers must keep in mind that they must have a valid passport that is at least 6 months longer than their intended stay in the Philippines.
Once you’ve registered online, the next step is to fill out the form. You’ll need to provide personal information, a valid email address, and your debit/credit card information. Then, the eTA application form will be available for a limited period of time due to system updates. You’ll need to fill out the form carefully to avoid discrepancies, since these can invalidate your eTA visa.
If you’re a US citizen, you’ll also need to obtain a visa for the Philippines. This visa is not required for short stays of less than 30 days. The only exception to this rule is if you’re a former Filipino national. If you’re a Filipino citizen, you can also travel to the Philippines without a visa for a year and a half – and bring your family members along as well.
Presenting yourself to a consul
Applicants should be aware that the process of presenting yourself to a consul in the United States isn’t always as straightforward as it may seem. The interview process takes just a few minutes, and the consular officers are under time constraints. In addition, they are forming their first impressions of the applicant in the first few minutes. Because of this, applicants must keep their answers brief and to the point.
During the interview, the consular officer will look for evidence that shows that the applicant intends to study in the U.S. or to return to his home country after completing the program. Applicants who plan to stay in the U.S. for a limited time, such as students, should be sure to bring documents showing that they intend to remain in the U.S. after their studies.