Embarking on a life journey with your overseas fiancé is an exciting adventure. At Al-khersan Law, we recognize the sentiments and importance of this critical step in your relationship. Our seasoned team demystifies the K-1 Fiancé(e) Visa process, crafting personalized solutions that align with your dreams. With a focus on clarity and client satisfaction, we aim to make your path to uniting with your loved one seamless and comprehensible. Trust us to guide you in this pivotal chapter. Reach out now!

Advantages of a K-1 Fiancé(e) Visa

The K-1 Fiancé(e) Visa is a dedicated visa that allows foreign fiancés to enter the U.S. to marry their U.S. citizen partners. With this visa you can:

  • Begin a new chapter in the U.S. with your fiancé(e).
  • Lay the foundation for permanent residency post-marriage.

Who Can Apply for a K-1 Fiancé(e) Visa?

Eligibility requirements for the K-1 Fiancé(e) Visa include:
  • A genuine intent to marry within 90 days of the foreign fiancé’s entry.
  • Both individuals must be free to marry.
  • At least one face-to-face meeting in the last two years with some exceptions.
  • Absence from categories that make one inadmissible to the U.S.

K-1 Fiancé(e) Visa Application Essentials

A successful K-1 Fiancé(e) visa application requires thorough documentation. Some primary requisites encompass:

  • Valid evidence of U.S. citizenship from the petitioner.
  • Documents showcasing the genuine nature of your relationship: photographs, travel records, communication logs, etc.
  • Clear intentions: Affidavits and statements affirming your plan to marry within 90 days of entering the U.S.
  • Previous marital statuses: Ensure all prior marriages are legally terminated.

Securing a K-1 Visa: How we help

There are several critical phases in the K-1 Fiancée Visa process. Some of the core steps include:

  • Filing of Form, I-129F: The pivotal petition to initiate the process.
  • Attending the K-1 Visa Interview: We prep you, so you know what to anticipate.
  • Adjustment of Status Post-Marriage: Transition smoothly to permanent residence.

K-1 Visa Successes: Hear from Our Clients

Farah and everyone in the office was always amazing, very professional and prompt. To say we are more than satisfied would be an understatement. Our case was submitted and closed in less than 4 months and we couldn't be any happier and grateful for this gift.

- Celeste Salazar

We were referred to Farah by a University of Michigan colleague back in 2021. We asked for Farah's help with a "standard" case but with a couple of unique documentation challenges. Farah and her team did not disappoint! Farah has years of experience in precisely this type of case work, and it showed in her seasoned advice, useful examples and professional presentation. Thank you!

- Terry Nelidov

Farah and everyone in the office was always amazing, very professional and prompt. To say we are more than satisfied would be an understatement. Our case was submitted and closed in less than 4 months and we couldn't be any happier and grateful for this gift.

- Celeste Salazar

We were referred to Farah by a University of Michigan colleague back in 2021. We asked for Farah's help with a "standard" case but with a couple of unique documentation challenges. Farah and her team did not disappoint! Farah has years of experience in precisely this type of case work, and it showed in her seasoned advice, useful examples and professional presentation. Thank you!

- Terry Nelidov

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Frequently asked questions (FAQs):

The K-1 Fiancé(e) Visa, often referred to simply as the Fiancé(e) Visa, is designed specifically for foreign nationals intending to marry a U.S. citizen. It grants the foreign fiancé(e) permission to enter the United States for a period of 90 days with the sole purpose of getting married to the U.S. citizen petitioner. Once married within this timeframe, the K-1 visa holder can then apply for an adjustment of status to become a lawful permanent resident (green card holder).

The K-1 visa is unique in that it is a non-immigrant visa allowing the foreign fiancé(e) of a U.S. citizen to enter the United States temporarily for the purpose of marriage. Upon completion of the marriage within the stipulated 90-day period after entering the United States, the K-1 visa holders can adjust their status to that of a lawful permanent resident. Thus, while the K-1 visa is technically a non-immigrant visa upon issuance, its design facilitates an eventual transition to an immigrant status. It’s crucial to understand that the K-1 visa holder must marry the U.S. citizen petitioner within 90 days of arrival, and then they are eligible to apply for an adjustment of status to become a permanent resident. If the marriage does not occur within this timeframe, the visa holder may be required to leave the U.S.

Yes, a K-1 visa holder can seek employment in the United States, but not immediately upon arrival. Once the foreign fiancé(e) enters the U.S. on a K-1 visa, they can apply for a work permit, technically referred to as an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). This application is done by submitting Form I-765, “Application for Employment Authorization,” to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). However, the K-1 visa holder must consider factors such as EAD processing times, temporary nature of the EAD, and the adjustment of status. It is highly recommended that you consult with expert K-1 visa attorney, Farah Al-khersan by calling +1 (734)369-3131

Form I-129F, titled “Petition for Alien Fiancé(e),” is the initial document filed by a U.S. citizen to request permission for their foreign fiancé(e) to apply for a K-1 visa. This visa allows the foreign fiancé(e) to enter the U.S. with the intention of getting married to the U.S. petitioner within 90 days of arrival. The form I-129F is essential not only for fiancé(e)s but also for certain spouses seeking a K-3 visa, although the latter is less commonly issued. The form ensures that both parties meet the necessary requirements, have genuine intentions for marriage, and are not pursuing the visa for reasons contrary to U.S. immigration laws.

No, only U.S. citizens can file a petition for a K-1 visa on behalf of their foreign fiancé(e). Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) do not have the eligibility to apply for this specific visa category. However, an LPR can petition for their spouse and unmarried children to immigrate to the U.S., but these would be through different visa categories and not the K-1 fiancé(e) visa. For more specific guidance based on your individual situation, consult with immigration attorney Farah Al-khersan by calling +1 (734)369-3131