United States citizens can petition to bring their fiance to the United States for the purpose of getting married. The U.S. government understands that the U.S. citizen and the fiance might reside in different countries and want to avoid unnecessary travel or simply just want to get married in the United States. They created the K-1 visa to help the U.S. citizen and their fiance to be together.
In order qualify for a K-1 visa, the U.S. citizen petitioner and the beneficiary must have personally met within the past two years, are both free to marry, and intend on getting married within 90 days of the beneficiary’s entrance into the United States.
The process begins with the U.S. citizen filing an I-129F petition in the United States with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). The package must contain the required forms, passport photos, documentation of relationship, and personal sign statements of their intent to get married. After about six to seven months, the USCIS will review the I-129F package.
If USCIS approves the I-129F, the application will be forwarded to the National Visa Center (NVC) for processing. After processing at the NVC for about a month, the package is forwarded to the local U.S. consulate that has jurisdiction to your fiance residence. The U.S. Consulate will send the fiance a list of required documents including birth certificates, police records, and evidence of the freedom to marry.
After the U.S. Consulate has reviewed the package, the consulate will schedule an interview with the fiance. The fiance will have to bring a sealed envelope containing the medical exam and original official documents. The officer will review the documentation and interview your fiance to ensure that the relationship is not fraudulent and to look for possible reasons why they would be inadmissible. If the fiance has a child wants to bring their child to the United States also, the fiance should submit the required documents for their child also.
The consular officer will inform the fiance if the visa is approved after the interview. If the K-1 visa is approved, the officer will take the fiance’s passport to imprint the new visa. The passport will be mailed to the fiance within 5 business days. The fiance’s child will receive a K-2 visa that will allow them to enter the United States.
The fiance will receive a six-month visa or a visa to the date the fiance’s passport expires. After the fiance enters the United States, they must marry the petitioner within 90 days. The fiance will then have to file for adjustment of status to obtain U.S. permanent resident status.