K-1 Visa / Fiancé(e) Visa
- the petitioner is a U.S. citizen;
- they met in person within two years of filing the petition (sometimes, this requirement may be waived);
- both parties are legally free to marry;
- the fiancé(e) is admissible or eligible for a waiver;
- both have an intent to get married to each other; and
- the petitioner can meet minimum income requirements for a K-1 visa.
- Step one: The U.S. citizen files Form I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiancé(e), with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (you cannot file this petition at a consulate, embassy or U.S. immigration office abroad.) This Petition is filed with all required forms and supporting documentation. USCIS takes somewhere from 3 weeks to 7 months to issue a decision on I-129F petition.
- Step two: After USCIS approves the petition, they send it to the National Visa Center, which will then transfer the petition to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where the foreign-citizen fiancé(e) lives. It usually takes approximately 4-6 weeks from the time USCIS approves the I-129F petition until the fiancé(e) receives a letter from the US Consulate or Embassy that they are ready to process the fiancé(e) visa case.
- Step three: When the embassy or consulate informs the fiancé(e) that they received the petition, the fiancé(e) can then pay the visa application fee, apply for a K-1 visa, schedule an interview, go to the consulate or embassy for the interview, and get his or her K-1 visa.
- Confirmation page for the submitted online Visa Application;
- A passport valid for travel to the U.S., with a validity date at least six months beyond his or her intended period of stay in the United States (unless an exemption applies);
- Results of the medical examination (which is done at a specific location, as indicated on the website of the applicable consulate or embassy);
- Police certificates from the fiancé(e)’s country of residence and all countries where the fiancé(e) has lived for six months or more since age 16;
- Evidence of financial support. The fiancé(e) must present documentation that he or she is able to financially support himself or herself or that U.S. citizen petitioner is able to provide support.
All eligible children may apply for K-2 visas based on the approval of the I-129F Petition filed on behalf of the foreign-citizen fiancé(e). Separate visa applications must be submitted for each K-2 applicant either at the time when the K-1 visa application is submitted or within a certain period after the K-1 visa is issued. Each K visa applicant must pay the visa application fee.