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What is a K-1 Fiancé Visa?

The K-1 Fiancé Visa enables a foreign citizen to travel to the U.S. with the intention of marrying their partner on U.S. ground. It is one of the most common paths towards obtaining a Green Card (permanent residence in the U.S.), after the marriage.

Both fiancés have their part in this endeavour. The foreign fiancé needs to have their U.S. partner submit a petition on their behalf with the USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services).

The U.S. partner 

The U.S. fiancé(e) must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen at the time of the petition.
  • Be legally able and free to marry.
  • Have met his/her foreign fiancé physically within 2 years prior to the petition.
  • Have no criminal record (for certain violent crimes).
  • Meet the minimum income requirement for his/her State of residence.

The Foreign Fiancé

As for the foreign fiancé(e), they need to:

  • Reside outside of the U.S. at the time of application.
  • Be legally able and free to marry.
  • Have the intention to marry their U.S. partner within 90 days after entering the U.S.

The K1 Visa journey can take a long time and the Consular interview is only the last step. It takes at least 5 months since your petition until you are even allowed to schedule your interview. This interval can be extended up to a year or more, in case background checks are deemed necessary. Some of these additional delays can be mitigated, by ensuring you know the do’s and don'ts of this visa type.

There are several factors which can affect the total time it takes to receive a fiancé visa. In general, you should expect anything between 10 and 16 months.

It might feel a little intimidating, but your journey does not need to be stressful. Our dedicated immigration consultants will be ready and available at every step of the way to help you prepare and anticipate the authorities’ questions, from teaching you how to complete the USCIS petition to preparing you for the embassy interview, with brochures, training and practice runs.

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