The K-1 Fiancé Visa Process
You must be sure that you are ready to get married when you submit your application. Again, you will only have 90 days to conduct the marriage ceremony once the sponsored fiancé enters the country.
You will need to include a wide variety of supporting evidence with your K-1 visa application, including:
- The sponsoring partner’s proof of U.S. citizenship
- A copy of the sponsored fiancé’s passport
- Passport-style photos of each partner
- Evidence supporting the authenticity of the relationship
- Evidence proving a physical meeting between the partners in the preceding two years
- Sworn statements attesting that a marriage will take place within 90 days of the sponsored fiancé’s entry into the United States
Next comes what can be a substantial waiting period. These waiting periods fluctuate and for the latest average time you would need to consult with our attorney. This is an important consideration when determining whether you wish to seek this visa.
Once USCIS has processed an application, the sponsored fiancé will receive a notice to submit additional documents to their home country’s U.S. embassy or consulate. They will then need to attend an in-person interview at the nearest embassy or consulate office. The interviewing agent will ask questions about the application and decide whether to approve the visa.
A sponsored fiancé will have six months to enter the United States after they have received approval to travel to the country. Timing is important: You will only have 90 days to complete the marriage and then you must begin preparing to submit application materials for a green card after the marriage.
The newlywed couple will be able to remain together in the United States while their petition for a marriage green card is adjudicated. Should their request be approved, the sponsored fiancé can immediately request an adjustment of status from within the country. Since the marriage is new, the sponsored fiancé will receive a “conditional” green card and will need to “remove conditions” after two years.
Our Portland K-1 fiancé visa lawyer is ready to serve as your guide and advocate throughout each step of this process. At Sarpa Law, we understand the timing nuances of the K-1 visa and can help you avoid common and damaging errors. We are invested in our clients’ long-term success and will work to meet all of your immigration needs.