K-1 Visa (US Visa for Fiancé) Overview
An American citizen and are planning on marrying a foreigner you have the option of bringing you fiancé to the United States on a temporary non-immigrant visa to marry and live here. You may also apply to bring your fiancé’s unmarried children, who are under the age of 21, to the United States via the same visa petition.
Legal permanent residents (green card holders) may not file petitions for the fiancé visas, although they may petition for the immigration of their new spouse after the wedding.
Visa Acquirement and Post Visa Process Summary
The K-1 visa is a temporary visa to the United States for the sole purpose of getting married within the United States. This visa is not a permission to stay in the US for long term. You have 90 days to get married after your fiancé arrives in the country. If he/she plans to stay/work in the US, you will have to file another petition and application in order to adjust his/her status to a permanent resident (green card holder).
K-1 Visa Conditions
Until the marriage takes place, your fiance is considered a non-immigrant. Your fiance may enter the United States only one time with a fiance visa. If your fiance leaves the country before you are married, your fiance may not be allowed back into the United States without a new visa. If the marriage does not take place within 90 days or your fiance marries someone other than you (the U.S. citizen filing the petition), your fiance will be required to leave the United States.
If your fiance intends to live and work permanently in the United States, your fiance should apply to become a permanent resident after your marriage. (If your fiance does not intend to become a permanent resident after your marriage, your fiance/new spouse must leave the country within the 90-day original non-immigrant admission.)
Applicant Ineligibility for a Visa
Certain conditions and activities may make an applicant ineligible for a visa. Examples of these ineligibilities are:
- Trafficking in Drugs
- Overstaying a previous visa
- Practicing polygamy
- Advocating the overthrow of the government
- Submitting fraudulent documents
The consular officer will tell you, the applicant, if you are ineligible for a visa, whether there is a waiver of the ineligibility and what the waiver procedure is.
How Long Does It Take?
The length of time varies from case to case according to its circumstances. Some cases are delayed because the applicant does not follow instructions carefully or supplies incomplete information. (It is important to give correct addresses and telephone numbers.) In addition, the embassy or consulate may need to get security clearances for the applicant. Security clearances take time.
Conditional Permanent Status
After your marriage, your new spouse will initially receive conditional permanent residence status for two years. Conditional permanent residency is granted when the marriage is less than two years old at the time of adjustment to permanent residence status. The difference between you and an unconditioned permanent resident is that your permanent resident status will expire in two years from when it was given, unless you successfully petition to have the condition removed. As a new couple you need to file the Form I-751 during the 90-day period immediately before the second anniversary of the date your alien spouse was granted conditional permanent residence.
- Guiding in all aspects of the visa application process.
- Complete documentation assistance for the visa purpose.
- Filling up the Application forms.
- Making necessary covering letter to support the genuinely intention of travel.
- Taking Appointments to submit the Application @VFS or the respective embassy if required.
- Mock calls for interview process if necessary.