A fiance visa, also known as a K-1 visa, is a special type of nonimmigrant visa that allows a foreign citizen to enter the United States for the purpose of marrying a U.S. citizen within 90 days of arrival. After the marriage, the foreign spouse can apply for a green card to become a permanent resident of the United States. If you’re interested in obtaining a K-1 visa, please don’t hesitate to reach out to a seasoned Montgomery County fiance visa lawyer from Cohen & Patel for guidance today.
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Fiance Visa Eligibility
To be eligible for a fiance visa, you and your fiance must meet the following requirements:
- You are both legally free to marry (i.e., not married to anyone else, divorced, widowed, or annulled).
- You have met each other in person at least once within the past two years, unless there is a valid reason for an exception (such as cultural or religious reasons).
- You intend to marry each other within 90 days of your fiance’s arrival in the United States.
- You have sufficient income or assets to support your fiance in the United States.
Necessary Documentation for K-1 Visas
To apply for a fiance visa, you will need to submit the following documents:
- Form I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiance, filed by the U.S. citizen petitioner with USCIS
- Form DS-160, Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application, filled out by the foreign fiance online
- A valid passport
- Birth certificates, divorce decrees, death certificates, or annulment papers to prove marital status for both parties
- Evidence of your relationship, such as photos, letters, emails, phone records, etc.
- Evidence of your intention to marry, such as engagement ring receipts, wedding invitations, etc.
- Proof of financial support and that the foreign national will not become a public charge at any point
- Medical examination results and vaccination records for the foreign fiance
- Two passport-style photos of each party
The process of getting a fiance visa involves several steps, and it’s important you have a competent fiance visa lawyer in your corner who can guide you through it. That said, a general overview of this process is as follows:
- The U.S. citizen petitioner files Form I-129F with USCIS and pays the filing fee.
- USCIS reviews the petition and approves it if all requirements are met.
- USCIS sends the approved petition to the National Visa Center (NVC), which assigns a case number and forwards it to the U.S. embassy or consulate in the foreign fiance’s country.
- The foreign fiance completes Form DS-160 online and pays the visa fee.
- The foreign fiance schedules an interview appointment at the U.S. embassy or consulate and gathers all required documents.
- The foreign fiance attends the interview and answers questions about their relationship and plans. The consular officer decides whether to grant or deny the visa.
- If approved, the foreign fiance receives a sealed packet containing their visa and other documents. They must not open this packet until they arrive at a U.S. port of entry.
- The foreign fiance travels to the United States and presents their packet to an immigration officer at the port of entry. They are admitted as a K-1 nonimmigrant for 90 days.
- The couple marries within 90 days and files Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, with USCIS to apply for a green card.
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