Fiancé Visa Requirements and Procedure
The Fiancé Visa is for a foreign national outside the United States who seeks to enter the US to marry a US citizen. This Visa allows the foreign national fiancé to enter the US and marry his/her US citizen sponsor. The marriage must take place within 90 days of entry. Once married, the foreign national fiancé can apply for a green card by filing an application for US permanent residence.
If you are a US citizen and your fiancé is a foreign national residing in another country, or if you are a foreign national outside the US and engaged to a US citizen, a skilled immigration attorney can effectively represent you by initially filing a Fiancé Visa petition package for you with the documentation and evidence and later on at the US Consulate in the country where your fiancé resides. Often times, the US Consulate interview is a stressful process and we try to take the mystry out of it by fully preparing you for this important meeting. At The Law Firm of Shihab & Associates, Co., LPA, we have decades of combined experience successfully obtaining Fiancé Visas for our clients. If you have questions about the Fiancé Visa process, contact us for a consultation.
The K-1 Fiancé Visa allows the fiancé to bring children to US or have them travel to the US later. The K-1 Visa holder can apply for work authorization and obtain a social security card.
There are requirements to be eligible for the Fiancé K-1 Visa. Both the US citizen and foreign fiancé must be legally able to marry. The marriage must be legal under the laws of the US state where the marriage will take place. They must have met in person within the past two years, unless it would cause extreme hardship or is contrary to the fiancé’s foreign culture. There are special exceptions if it is contrary in the U.S. citizen sponsor’s or foreign-citizen fiancé’s culture for a man and woman to meet before marriage.
The petition is filed with the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office that serves your area. After it’s approved, it is sent to the National Visa Center (NVC) for processing, which then sends it to the US Embassy or Consulate in the home country of the foreign national fiancé. When the US Embassy or Consulate receives the K-1 Visa petition, it will send instructions about where the K-Visa applicant will go for the Consular Officer interview, and where to go for the required medical examination. The K-Visa applicant should get all vaccinations required by US immigration law. Even though they are not required for the K-1 Visa, they will be required for the green card application. During the Consular Officer interview, the foreign fiancé must present evidence that he/she has a bona fide relationship with the US Citizen and that he or she will not become a public charge in the US.
Some cases are delayed or even denied because applicants do not follow instructions carefully, supply incomplete information, or fail to include all required documentation. We can help you prepare a complete K-1 Visa petition package with all the necessary information and documentation, and also with as much additional evidence as possible and practicable to ensure that the government can process your Visa promptly.Contact us
If you have questions about the Fiancé Visa or any other immigration matter, please contact our immigration attorneys or call The Law Firm of Shihab & Associates, Co., LPA at the nearest office close to you to consult with an attorney. The competent attorneys at The Law Firm of Shihab & Associates are experienced in preparing EB-2 and EB-3 petitions, as well as other areas of employment based immigration. Contact us for a consultation.