K-1 Visa Flowchart

The purpose of a K-1 visa is to come to the US to get married. The couple has typically 90 days to get married once the K-1 is approved. There are 3 stages for the K-1 Visa:

  1. USCIS
  • File Form I-129F / K-1 Petition with USCIS
  1. NVC 
  • Once USCIS approves the petition, it will be forwarded to the National Visa Center (NVC) for case creation.
  1. Consulate Interview
  • The US Consulate abroad will then schedule an interview. The foreign fiance is typically asked questions about the relationship to ensure that it is a valid visa. If approved, the K-1 will be issued.

The couple must get married within 90 days of entry to the US, or during the I-94 period, whichever is shorter.

The foreign spouse can then file to Adjust Status as the spouse of a U.S. citizen (i.e. file for the Green Card).