Each year thousands of visas are issued to fiancées of U.S. citizens so that they may move to the United States and be married. To bring your fiancée to the U.S. for marriage, you must apply for a fiancée visa (K-1 visa).
Many fiancée immigration cases are delayed because the applicant fails to include necessary information and documentation. Our fiancée visa lawyer provides assistance with fiancée visas in all 50 states and abroad. Don’t risk delays in bringing your to the United States – schedule a consultation with our fiancée visa lawyer today.
You may file a fiance visa (K-1 visa) petition if :
1. You are a U.S. citizen; and
2. You and your fiancée intend to marry within 90 days of your fiancée entering the United States, are both free to marry, and have met in person within the last two years unless:
a. The requirement to meet your fiancée in person would violate strict and long-established customs of your or your fiancée’s foreign culture or social practice (often difficult to prove); or
b. The requirement to personally meet your fiancée would result in extreme hardship to you (even more difficult to prove).
The Fiance Visa (K-1 Visa) Process
To get a fiance visa, you must first file Form I-129F with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. If USCIS approves the I-129F, they will send it to the National Visa Center, which will process and forward it to the U.S. Embassy or consulate nearest your fiancé’s foreign place of residence. The embassy or consulate will then invite him or her to apply for the actual K-1 fiancé visa.
The length of time for the fiance visa process varies from case to case, but the average fiance visa will take from 6 to 12 months. Once your fiancé arrives in the US on a fiancé visa (K-1 visa), you have 90 days to marry. As soon as you marry, your spouse may apply for permanent residence (apply for a green card) by filing a Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or to Adjust Status. If you do not marry, your fiance must return home.