A K-1 visa is a type of immigrant visa for which United States citizens may sponsor a fiance(e) who lives abroad. Learn how to sponsor your fiance(e) for this type of visa.
Eligibility Requirements for a K-1 Visa
According to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), you may sponsor your fiance(e) who lives abroad if you meet the following requirements:
You are a U.S. citizen.
You and your fiance(e) intend to marry within 90 days of your fiance(e)’s admission to the U.S.
You and your fiance(e) are both free to marry, which means you’re eligible to marry in the U.S. and any previous marriages have been ended legally.
You and your fiance(e) have met each other in person at least once within the two-year period before filing Form I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiance(e).
The only exceptions to the last requirement listed above are if you can prove that meeting in person would violate strict and long-established customs of your fiancé(e)’s foreign culture or result in extreme hardship to you as the petitioner.
Applying for a K-1 Visa
In order to sponsor your fiance(e) for a K-1 visa, you must complete the following steps:
Submit Form I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiance(e) and include proof of your citizenship status and in-person meeting(s).
If USCIS approves your application, the U.S. Consulate in the country where your fiance(e) lives will require your fiance(e) to attend an interview, bring required documentation, complete a medical exam, and receive vaccinations.
If the case has been approved, your fiance(e) will receive a passport with a K-1 visa.
At Akula & Associates, our Dallas immigration attorneys are well-versed in this area of law and our team can provide U.S. citizens with efficient guidance to facilitate the K-1 application process.
Contact us today at (844) 299-5003 to learn how we can assist you.