Immigrant Visas: Document Checklist

Immigrant Visas: Related Information on Applying for an Immigrant Visa

Document Checklist for Immigrant & K Visa Applicants

Please bring all applicable documents (originals plus copies if noted) on this checklist. Visas are often approved the same day for applicants who are prepared with these documents. Visas will not be approved until applicants submit all required documents.

  1. All applicants for immigrant or fiancé(e) visas must pay the appropriate application fee. The fees charged depend on the type of visa. Please see Fees for Visa Services for a complete list of fees. Applicants who have paid the immigrant fees to NVC are not required to pay additional fees unless only a partial amount was paid. Anyone subject to a balance of fees payment will be informed during the interview. Fees are payable in U.S. dollars or Hong Kong dollars (HKD) at the Consulate’s exchange rate on the day of the applicant’s interview. Payments may be made in cash in U.S. dollars, Hong Kong dollars or credit/debit card (the Consulate accepts Visa, Master Card, American Express, Diners Club and Discover). Personal checks are not accepted. A combination of U.S. dollars and Hong Kong dollars will not be accepted.

    Applicants for fiancé(e) (K) visas and their accompanying children must pay the non-refundable, non-transferable Machine Readable Visa (MRV) application fee at any 7-11 store in Hong Kong or Macau. In order to pay at a 7-11, applicants must obtain a proper pay statement from the Consulate call center (+ 852 5808 4666) or through Apply for a U.S. Visa. Applicants should be sure to identify themselves as a fiancé(e) (K) visa applicant. The pay statement then can be taken to any 7-11 store in Hong Kong or Macau for payment. Once paid, the applicant will receive a receipt which must be brought to the Consulate on the day of the interview.

  2. Travel documents, i.e. passports valid for six months beyond the intended date of entry into the United States and copies of the biographic data pages; AND any previous travel documents with expired and/or current U.S. visas in them.
  3. Identity cards for Hong Kong and/or Macau and copies
  4. Two visa photographs (please see “Photo Requirements” of “Related Information“; write your name in block letters on the back of photos).
  5. Immigrant visa applicants require an Affidavit of Support (Form I-864) with sponsors’ federal income tax return that was current when the I-864 was signed if the affidavit of support has not been submitted to the National Visa Center. K visa applicants should provide proof of self-supporting in the U.S. or a job offer for you or a letter from the petitioner’s employer. Form I-134 (not Form I-864) executed by the petitioner and his/her federal income tax returns for the most recent tax year may be required when the consular officer deems useful.
  6. Police certificates from your country of residence for the past 6 months and from other countries in which you have lived for more than 12 months after age 16.
  7. Certificates of trial, brief facts of case and/or court transcripts if you were ever convicted of a crime.
  8. Medical examination
  9. Birth, Adoption, Marriage Certificates and copies
  10. Divorce or Death Certificates of spouse and copies (petitioner, applicant and derivative spouse who have been previously married must obtain legal proof of termination of each prior marriage if the immigration is based on marriage).
  11. Child Custody Orders and copies
  12. Family-based cases: Evidence of relationship between the principal applicant and petitioner, as well as between the principal applicant and all beneficiaries
  13. Employment-based and Diversity Visa cases: Evidence to show the education and/or work experience required for employment-based and diversity (lottery) visas. Employment-based applicants need a recent notarized job offer from the U.S. prospective employer stating the position and salary.
  14. Documents not in English should be translated into English and accompanied by a signed statement from the translator stating that the translator is proficient in both languages.
  15. Civil documents including birth, adoption, death, marriage, divorce, marriage termination and annulment originated from the Philippines must be issued by the National Statistics Office on official security paper.