Many immigrants come to the U.S. to reunite with their families. But what if you are not family yet?
You may be able to help your fiancé(e) come to America through family immigration; specifically, the K-1 Fiancé(e) visa. Immigration forms and policies can seem confusing but here is a brief overview of the process.
You and your future spouse must meet certain requirements. Your betrothed may be eligible for a K-1 visa if:
- You are an American citizen
- You are both legally free to marry
- You have met in person within the last two years
Eligibility is no guarantee of entry. If the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service grants the K-1 visa, you must marry within 90 days.
Once you have determined eligibility, you and your future spouse may proceed with the next steps. Begin by filing a form I-129F and supporting documents with the USCIS.
If the USCIS approves the form, the National Visa Center assigns a case number. Your intended spouse then completes a DS-160 form and submits it online. Next, your fiancé(e) schedules a physical exam and an interview with the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate. There is typically a fee for processing the application, which varies from country to country. If all goes well, your fiancé(e) then enters the U.S.
As stated above, the wedding should take place within 90 days. When married, your new spouse should apply for permanent residency in America. Depending on the timing, the USCIS may grant permanent residency or a conditional visa.
Bringing your future spouse into the country can be a complex and lengthy process. If you need help, reach out to someone with experience and knowledge.