The K-1 Visa is a temporary visa for a foreign national fiance of a U.S. citizen. The visa allows the foreign national fiance to travel to the U.S. in order to get married. The marriage must take place in the first 90 days of the foreign national’s entry to the U.S. After that, the foreign national can adjust status to permanent residence.
There are 4 Steps in the Process:
1.Step 1: File I-129F Fiance Petition and Supporting Documents with Service Center
- Form I-129F – Petition to Classify Status of Alien Relative for Issuance of Immigrant Visa
- Form G-325 – Biographic Information Forms for both Petitioner & BeneficiaryDocumentsThe primary supporting documents that we suggest be included in this first step are:
- Declaration of Petitioner of how you met in person in the last two years.
- Original Statements from both Petitioner and Beneficiary certifying an intent to marry within 90 days of entering the U.S. on valid K-1.
- Proof of having met in past two years and Evidence of Relationship.
- Passport-style color photographs
- Proof of Petitioner’s U.S. citizenship – i.e. birth certificate; naturalization certificate; copy of biographic page of passport.
2. Step 2: Consular Processing and Interview
Once Service Center approves the I-129F petition, the case will be transferred to the US Consulate abroad for the interview.
3. Step 3: Entry to the U.S.
The Beneficiary will need to enter the U.S. within 6 months of being granted the KI-1 Non-Immigrant Visa.
4. Step 4: Adjustment of Status to Permanent Resident
The couple will have to marry within 90 days of the Beneficiary’s entry to the U.S. The K-1 expires after 90 days of the entry. Once you get married the foreign national can file to adjust status to permanent residence.
An interview is required for this stage.