K-1 Fiancé Visa
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K-1 Fiancé Visa
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K-1

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Who can apply?

The K-1 Fiancé Visa is a nonimmigrant visa that allows the fiancé(e) of a US citizen to travel to the United States to get married.

Who is eligible for a K-1 Fiance Visa?

To be eligible to bring your fiancé(e) to the United States on a fiancé(e) visa, you must meet the following requirements:

You and your fiancé must be legally free to marry, which means that if you or your fiancé were previously married, you would have to present one (1) of the following documents to show that the previous marriages have ended.

  • Divorce decree or,
  • Annulments or,
  • Death certificates

You and your fiancé must be in a legitimate relationship. You have to submit documents to prove the legitimacy of the relationship. Evidence that you will need to submit to prove the legitimacy of you and your fiancé’s relationship can be but not limited to the following documents.

  • Pictures of both of you together
  • Flight itinerary of trips that you or your fiancé take to visit each other.
  • Text messages, Facebook messages, call logs, email, letters that you sent to each other.
  • Pictures of engagement ring, or any other documents that can show as evidence that both of you are in a legitimate relationship

You and your fiancé must meet in persons within the last (2) two years. Documents that you can present that show that you and your fiancé met in person within the last two years can be but not limited to the following documents.

  • Date photos of you and your fiancé together
  • Flight itineraries and hotel reservations
  • If you were unable to visit your spouse due to you violating strict and long-established customs of your fiancé(e)’s foreign culture or social practice; or due to extreme hardship to you, the US citizen petitioner. You would have to provide a legitimate reason as to why you could not visit your spouse within the last two years.

You and your fiancé must provide a signed statement indicating that you and your fiancé plan on getting married within 90 days of your Fiancé arriving in the United States. You can also submit the following supporting documents.

  • Wedding invitations.
  • Receipts of deposits made on a venue where you plan to get married

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Step by step process to apply for the K-1 Fiancé visa

File a Petition with US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

The First Step in the K-1 Fiancé visa process is for the US citizen fiancé to fill out the form I-129F and submit it to US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), along with all the required supporting documents listed below to prove the legitimacy of the relationship between you and your fiancé.

Documents that you need to submit are as follows:

  • Proof that the person filing the petition is a US citizen. You should provide one of the following documents to prove your citizenship: a copy of your passport, a copy Certificate of Naturalization, a Copy Birth Certificate, or a copy of your Original Certificate of Citizenship
  • A copy of your foreign fiancé passport
  • One passport size photograph of yourself and one passport photograph of your fiancé. The passport size photograph should be taken within 30 days of filing this petition.

  • A written statement stating that both of you plan to get married within 90 days of your fiancé’s arrival in the U.S.A.

  • Proof that you or your fiancé’s prior marriages have ended if you or your fiancé were previously married.

Proof that you and your fiancé are in a legitimate relationship. Provide as much evidence as possible. The more evidence you provide, the better it is to prove the legitimacy of the relationship.

  • Pictures of you and your fiancé together
  • Flight itinerary and hotel reservations of trips you and your fiancé took together or to visit each other.
  • Letters, text messages, or emails that you and your fiancé sent to each other over the years you have been in a relationship.
  • Letters from family, friends, or colleagues who know that both of you are planning on getting married.
  • Proof that you and your fiancé have met in person within the past two years
  • A copy of the Form I-94 arrival-departure record that the foreign fiancé received when visiting the USA.

You should provide one of the following documents to prove your citizenship.

  • A copy of your passport
  • A copy Certificate of Naturalization
  • A copy Birth Certificate
  • A copy of Your Original Certificate of Citizenship

Please provide a copy of your foreign fiancé passport

One passport size photograph of yourself and one passport photograph of your fiancé.  The passport size photograph should be taken within 30 days of filing this petition.

A written statement stating that both of you plan to get married within 90 days of your fiancé’s arrival in the USA.

Proof that you or your fiancé’s prior marriages have ended if you or your fiancé were previously married.

Provide as much evidence as possible. The more evidence you provide, the better it is to prove the legitimacy of the relationship.

  • Pictures of you and your fiancé together
  • Flight itinerary and hotel reservations of trips you and your fiancé took together or to visit each other.
  • Letters, text messages or emails that you and your fiancé sent to each other over the years you have been in a relationship.
  • Letters from family, friends, or colleagues who know that both of you are planning on getting married.
  • Proof that you and your fiancé have met in person within the past two years
  • A copy of the Form I-94 arrival-departure record that the foreign fiancé received when visiting the USA.

When you finish gathering all your supporting documents, you need to mail the documents, along with form I-129F, to the appropriate address. As soon as United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) received your form I-129F, they will send you a receipt notice within 30 days. The receipt notice is proof that they have received your payment. It usually takes USCIS 6 to 9 months to process an I-129F petition. While you are waiting for USCIS to finish processing your petition, if they require any additional information, they will send you a Requests for Evidence (RFE) form so that you can provide the additional information that they need. 

Once United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) approves your Form I-129F petition, they will send an approval notice to the mailing address you provided on your form.

K1 Visa petition has been approved

The National Visa Application Center (NVC) will mail you a letter when it sends your fiancé’s case to the US Embassy or Consulate in your fiancé’s home country. Once you receive this letter, inform your fiancé to apply for a K-1 Fiancé Visa and prepare for the interview.

Set an appointment to attend an interview at the US Embassy

Complete the DS 160 and pay the required fees, and set an appointment. Each embassy has the own guidelines on how the K-1 Fiancé Visa fee should be paid. The guidelines will be in the letter that you received from your fiancé.

Step 4

Gather all your necessary supporting documents to attend your interview

The U.S. embassy that will be processing your K-1 Fiancé Visa application will request the following supporting documents to process your K-1 Fiancé Visa. Ensure that you take the original documents to the embassy along with one good quality copy of each document.

Documents that your fiancé should send you to take to the interview are:

  • Job letter – The job letter should be on the company letterhead. It should consist of the following information the date and nature of the employment, salary paid, and whether you are working permanently or temporarily.
  • Six (6) most recent paystubs.
  • Bank Statement – The bank statement should have the date you opened the account, the total amount deposited for the past year, and the current balance.
  • Affidavit of Support (Form I-134) – The affidavit of support is a binding legal document in which US citizens promise to use their resources to prevent their foreign fiancé from relying on government benefits in the future.
  • Most recent tax returns. Provide three (3) years’ most recent tax returns.
  • Copy of the approved I-129F package that was filed with USCIS.
  • Updated letter of intent that you plan to marry your fiancé within 90 days of he or she arrives in the US.

The job letter should be on the company letterhead. It should consist of the following information the date and nature of the employment, salary paid, and whether you are working permanently or temporarily.

 Six (6) most recent paystubs.

The bank statement should have the date you opened the account, the total amount deposited for the past year, and the current balance.

The affidavit of support is a binding legal document in which US citizens promise to use their resources to prevent their foreign fiancé from relying on government benefits in the future.

Most recent tax returns. Provide three (3) years’ most recent tax returns.

Copy of the approved I-129F package that was filed with USCIS.

Updated letter of intent that you plan to married your fiancé within 90 days of he or she arriving in the U.S.

Documents that you should have for your self are:

  • DS-160 confirmation sheet
  • Medical certificate –  Schedule your medical exam ten days before your interview. Each embassy has a specific medical facility that you should do your medical.
  • Police record.
  • Passport – This should have 6-month validity before it expires
  • 2 passport size photographs
  • Birth certificate
  • Updated letter of intent that you intend to get married within 90 days of you arriving in the US.
  • Divorce or death certificate from you and your fiancé to show that any previous marriage has ended.
  • Photographs of you and your fiancé together
  • Flight itinerary of trips that you or your fiancé take to visit each other.
  • Text messages, call logs, emails, and letters that you and your fiancé sent to each other.
  • Pictures of engagement ring, or any other documents that can show as evidence that both of you are in a legitimate relationship.

This sheet is evidence that your applications was submitted successfully to the U.S. Embassy

Schedule your medical exam ten days before your interview. Each embassy has a specific medical facility that you should do your medical.

Passport should have 6-month validity before it expires.

Updated letter of intent that you intend to get married within 90 days of you arriving in the US.

Divorce or death certificate from you and your fiancé to show that any previous marriage has ended.

Text messages, call logs, emails and letters that you and your fiancé sent to each other.

Pictures of engagement ring, or any other documents that can show as evidence that both of you are in a legitimate relationship.

Step 55

Attend your visa interview at the embassy

The consular office will ask you a list of questions to ensure that you and your fiancé are in a legitimate relationship. Make sure you answer the questions truthfully and in a complete sentence. Be confident in your answers. Anything you say, make it short, clear, to-the-point, in a loud and clear voice. Don’t say anything irrelevant or not asked. By mistake, you may give some unnecessary information that may lead to your rejection. The consular officer may ask questions vaguely to see if you will give a different answer from the information you put on your application. Before responding, make sure that you understand what the visa officer is asking you. If you are unsure about what the visa officer asks you, ask him to repeat the question. Don’t answer questions immediately without thinking about the answer you will give.

This is an example of an interview between a K-1 visa applicant and a consular officer at the U.S. Embassy

Visa Officer

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The visa officer who conducts your visa interview will usually let you know if you have approved a K-1 Fiancé visa the same day. If the visa officer requires any additional information or documents to process your K-1 Fiancé visa application, they will let you know.

K-1 Fiancé visa has been approved

Congratulation, your K-1 Fiancé visa has been approved. Once you get back your passport from the embassy, you can book your plane ticket to meet up with your fiancé in the U.S. Once you arrive in the U.S, you and your fiancé should get married within 90 days.

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