If you are a U.S. citizen who wants to bring their foreign fiancé(e) to the United States to get married, you need to obtain the K1 nonimmigrant visa for your fiancé(e). Having the K1 visa, your fiancé(e) will be allowed to travel to the U.S. and marry you there within the next 90 days. Both you and your fiancé(e) must prove that you plan to establish a life together and that the marriage is not solely a way to obtain an immigration benefit. After the marriage, your fiancé(e) – now spouse – will be able to apply for a Green Card (adjustment of status to Lawful Permanent Resident).
However, the visa process is quite complicated and time-consuming. Even though you understand all the requirements and procedures, you should be aware that the outcome depends on your personal situation and can vary on a case-to-case basis. Incomplete information, insufficient evidence, and legal obstacles often lead to long processing times – and even visa rejection.
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Although family sponsorship seems simple and straightforward, the complex paperwork and complicated official procedures make the entire process time-consuming. Moreover, your U.S. visa application may be delayed and even denied because of common mistakes and/or incomplete supporting evidence. To avoid these costly risks, get peace of mind, and have your visa issued in the shortest time possible, we recommend benefiting from the services of immigration U.S. visa experts.
As a petitioner, you must:
As a beneficiary, your fiancé(e) must:
The K1 Fiancé(e) visa process is complex and it usually takes between 8 and 12 months to go through all the steps.
To apply for the K1 visa and get the Green Card for your alien fiancé(e), you will be required to fill out your Petition for Alien Relative, and file it with the United States Citizenship & Immigration Service.
As soon as your Petition for Alien Fiancé(e) is approved, your case is handed over to the National Visa Center for additional review. The NVC may require more information or supporting evidence. Once the NVC decides that your application is meeting the rules and standards, it will be forwarded to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate closest to your alien fiancé(e).
The alien fiancé(e) will then need to fill in a nonimmigrant visa application and schedule and attend a face-to-face interview with a consular officer. Before the interview, they will need to schedule and attend a medical examination. During the interview, your alien fiancé(e) will answer a series of questions to prove that their visa case is genuine. It usually takes 5 to 15 minutes. You might also be required to present additional information. You might learn the decision on whether or not your visa is approved at the end of the interview.
After being admitted to the United States as a K1 nonimmigrant and marrying the U.S. citizen petitioner within the next 90 days, your fiancé(e) – now spouse – will be able to apply for a Green Card and become a lawful permanent resident of the United States.
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