Step 3: Instructions from the Embassy or Consulate General.
Once the NVC has finished processing your case, you will be notified that your case has been sent to Ciudad Juarez. Upon receiving the beneficiary’s visa file from NVC, Ciudad Juarez will email/mail the beneficiary instructions on how to complete the next steps for completing the application.
The beneficiary will not receive these instructions until after the Visa Unit in Ciudad Juarez receives the visa applicant’s file from the NVC.
Step 4: Submit the DS-160
After receiving instructions from Tokyo or Naha, each person applying for a visa, regardless of age, must complete and submit the DS-160 Visa Application online. Parents may complete the application for any minor children. You must print out the application confirmation page and bring it with you to your interview.
Step 5: Create your profile.
Please create a profile. After you log in, please click “Update Profile” and complete the information. DO NOT schedule an appointment at this step. You will schedule an appointment later in the process.
Step 6: Assemble the documents for your visa application
Click here for the document checklist.
You must bring all the required documents on the checklist to your interview, unless the Consulate contacts you and requests documents before the interview. Please keep copies of all your application documents for your records.
Step 7: Pay the visa fee and schedule an interview
Once you have obtained all the documents for your case, you may schedule an appointment for your interview. Log in to the profile created in Step 5 and click “Schedule Appointment.” To pay your visa fee, read the Bank and Payment Options. Keep your payment receipt number. You will need it to book your visa appointment.
Step 8: Attend the visa interview
All K visa applicants, regardless of age, are required to have a visa interview in person.
Please arrive on time for your interview, and plan to be at your interview for several hours.
At your interview, the consular officer will tell you if your visa is approved or denied, or if any additional information is needed to finish processing your case. If your visa is approved, your passport and visa will be returned by mail within 7-10 days of your interview. Please be aware that processing may take longer for some cases due to required administrative processing.
Normally, you will also receive a sealed packet containing your application documents. Do not open the sealed packet. You must present it to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials when you arrive at the U.S. port-of-entry (often an airport). However, if “IV Docs in CCD” is annotated in your immigrant visa, it means that your visa application is digital, and you will only receive your passport. In rare circumstances, you will still receive a sealed packet containing documents along with your passport even if you your visa application is digital.
If your visa is denied, you will be informed in writing.
THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR QUALIFYING FOR A FIANCE(E) VISA AND SATISFYING YOUR TRAVEL AND MARRIAGE PLANS RESTS EXCLUSIVELY WITH THE VISA APPLICANT. PLEASE DO NOT PURCHASE A TICKET BEFORE OBTAINING A VISA. No advance assurance can be given that you will receive a K-1 or K-2 visa.