The K-1 fiancé(e) visa is a nonimmigrant classification of marriage-based visa that allows foreign citizens to come to the U.S. with the intention of marrying their U.S. citizen fiancé(e)s who are sponsoring their visas.
As soon as a foreign fiancé(e) arrives in the U.S. under a K-1 visa, the couple has 90 days to get married. After that, the foreign fiancé(e) can apply for an adjustment of status with the USCIS in order to become a green card holder.
Foreign fiancé(e)’s dependents can also come to the U.S. under a K-2 visa.
Due to the fact that the primary purpose of this visa class is for eventual permanent immigration, applicants will need to fulfill some requirements usually associated with an immigrant visa.
A US citizen may be eligible to bring their fiancé(e) to the United States on a fiancé(e) visa if they meet the following requirements:
The U.S. citizen and his or her fiancé(e) intend to marry one another within 90 days of the fiancé(e)’s admission to the United States on a K-1 nonimmigrant visa;
The U.S. citizen and his or her fiancé(e) are both legally able to marry in the United States and any previous marriages have been legally terminated by divorce, death, or annulment; and
The U.S. citizen and his or her fiancé(e) met each other in person at least once within the 2-year period before they file a petition (in certain situations waiver for this requirement can be requested).
Karikari & Associates would be happy to review your individual situation and provide advice regarding whether or not you are eligible for a fiancé petition. If eligible, our team of experienced associates will gladly assist you with the preparation of all of the required documents and provide you with on-going assistance throughout the process.
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