How to apply

The first step in obtaining a K-1 visa is for your U.S. citizen fiancé(e) to file a Form I-129F (Petition for Alien Fiancé(e)) by mail with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).  Once your fiancé(e) has filed a petition for you, you may check its status by accessing the USCIS Case Status Search Page.

USCIS forwards the approved petition to the Department of State’s National Visa Center, which then sends it to the Immigrant Visa Unit of the U.S. Consulate General, Ciudad Juarez.  The Immigrant Visa Unit will then send you our Instructions for K-1/K-2 applicants.

Please follow the instructions exactly.  Failure to do so could result in a delay in your case and could even cause you to lose your chance to live and work in the United States.

The consular officer cannot decide whether or not to issue you a visa until you formally apply and are interviewed.  Therefore, we strongly recommend that you NOT make non-refundable flight arrangements or other travel plans until and unless you actually receive your visa.

You have ninety (90) days from entry into the United States in which to marry your U.S. citizen fiancé(e).  After your marriage takes place in the United States, you and your U.S. citizen spouse must contact USCIS to change your status to that of legal permanent resident.  The change of status is NOT automatic.

Please make sure to read the Information on the Legal Rights Available to Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence in the United States and Facts about Immigrating on a Marriage-Based Visa (PDF, 53KB).

    • K-1 applicants must file the I-129F Petition for an Alien Fiancé with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service in the U.S.
    • K-3 applicants must file both an I-130 Immigrant Petition for an Alien Relative and an I-129F Petition for an Alien Fiancé with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service in the U.S.
    • When the petitions are approved by USCIS, they will be sent to the National Visa Center (NVC). Once the NVC processes the applications, they will be sent to the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez.
    • The Consulate will then send a notification letter to the applicant requiring action prior to the interview date for K1, K2, K3, and K4 applicants.
    •  Fill out the DS-160*  Applicants must fill out and submit the form online. Print the confirmation page and bring this page to your interview.

       *Please note: Cases with no NVC Invoice number may enter the applicant’s date of birth in the following format – YYYYMMDD- as a substitute invoice number.

    • The K visa packet will contain further instructions on applying for the visa, including guidance on additional documentation that must be completed prior to the interview.
  • Please be advised that all original birth and marriage certificates, divorce decrees and death certificates will only be returned upon request and only if you bring additional copies.

Remember, during the entire visa application and interview process, you must tell the truth and give complete and accurate information. If you do not, your visa will be delayed or you may be found ineligible for a visa that you may have qualified for otherwise.

  • The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) requires that all immigrant visa applicants and certain non-immigrant visa applicants, regardless of age, undergo a medical examination before receiving a visa. All applicants who are required to submit to a medical exam must receive the exam from one of the three approved medical clinics prior to the visa interview.
  • We suggest you make arrangements for your medical examination at least two days prior to your visa interview date.  It is recommended that children within this age range be immunized at least four (4) weeks prior to their medical examination.
  • In some cases, the clinics will send the medical results to the Consulate for inclusion in your application. If you are given your medical exam to carry to the Consulate DO NOT open the sealed envelope. If you open the medical exam, you will be required to schedule and pay for  a new medical exam.

Special note about TB testing

  • If you are found to have TB, you will be subject to additional testing, which will take six weeks. You will not be allowed to attend your scheduled appointment. You will receive further instructions from the Medical clinic staff at the time of your initial medical examination.
  • When the medical clinic receives the results of your additional testing you will be contacted and can either reschedule your visa appointment or you will receive further instructions on receiving treatment.
  • During the medical exam, it is important to give complete and honest answers to all of the questions asked by the clinic staff. If, during the course of your visa interview, the Consulate discovers you left out or misrepresented medical information, you will have to schedule and pay for a new medical exam.

Additional Information

Remember, during the entire visa application and interview process, you must tell the truth and give complete and accurate information. If you do not, your visa will be delayed or you may be found ineligible for a visa that you may have qualified for otherwise.

In Ciudad Juarez, there are two medical clinics approved to process immigrant visa applicants. The clinics are located near the Consulate. Applicants must present their visa interview appointment letter in order to obtain the medical examination. The clinics see applicants on a walk-in basis between 6 and 11 A.M. Monday to Friday.

Names and addresses of clinics (in alphabetical order):

Clinica Medica Internacional
Ave. Ramón Rivera Lara #9020
Fracc. Las Lunas
Ciudad Juárez, Chih., México  C.P. 32543
Phone: (011-52-656) 227-2800
Fax: (011-52-656) 227-2800
Toll Free from US 1-844-624-9447
Toll Free from Mexico 01-800-801-8585
http://www.clinicamedicainternacional.com.mx

Servicios Medicos de la Frontera
Prol. Ramon Rivera Lara #8950
Col. Partido Senecú
Ciudad Juárez, Chih., México C.P. 32540
Phone: (011-52-656) 688-2700
Fax: (011-52-656) 688-2701
Toll Free from US 1-844-847-5340
Toll Free from Mexico 01-800-201-8472
www.smf.com.mx

NOTE: Applicants residing in the State of Mexico and Mexico City must go to the following authorized clinic for their medical examinations:

Medicos Especializados Internacionales
Hamburgo 206, interior 204, 2nd Floor,
Colonia Juárez, Delegación Cuauhtémoc,
Mexico City. 06600
Tel. (55)2624-0630 and (55)5207-3794 ext 101
www.mei-mexico.com

Applicants may make appointments or request information by phone from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The medical clinic in Mexico City will receive visa applicants for appointments from 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

All clinics charge the following fees for the examination:

  • Applicants ages 15 and over: USD $220.00
  • Applicants between ages 2 and 14: USD $178.00
  • Applicants younger than 2: USD $135.00

A 16% tax (I.V.A.) must be added to the cost of the medical exam for all applicants.  Cash or credit cards (Visa or MasterCard) are the only forms of payment accepted.

The vaccination fee is separate from the cost of your required medical examination.