Chinese Fiancee and Children Visa Application Fees
I often get this question: “On Chinese fiance K visa applications, does the non-immigrant visa application fee include a child or is it an extra fee?”
Prior to the visa interview at the U.S. Consulate in China, the consulate will send the Chinese fiance notification to prepare. Part of that notice will include paying the visa application fee before the visa interview can take place.
Children of the Chinese fiance are listed and included on the primary I-129F petition but, the fee for the immigrant child will apply at the consulate. For the original petition, the petitioner must submit the primary I-129F naming both beneficiary and child. This is one single fee of $535.
Since a separate visa is issued to each immigrant, a separate fee is required by the consulate. The immigrant child will also require a separate visa application including a medical exam.
Visa Interview Attendance
Interview attendance for children can be different at U.S. Consulates around the world. Sometimes, children under the age of 14 are not required to attend the interview. Since our firm specializes in China, I can report to you that the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou operates on a different standard.
All children of spouses and fiancees of U.S. citizens must accompany the Chinese beneficiary at the time of the visa interview. And, unlike other consulates, the U.S. petitioner is not allowed to attend.
U.S. Consulate Notification
Packet 3 is what the Consulate will send your fiancee to notify and prepare them for the visa interview. The exact wording for visa application fees from packet 3 instructions is below.
“For K visa applicants, all K non immigrant visa applicants must pay a non-refundable application fee at a CITIC Bank prior to the visa interview. The fee can be paid at any of the designated branches of CITIC Bank in mainland China.
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John B. Buda, Esq.
China Marriage 101 Attorney Service