Fiancée immigration is accomplished with the K-1 visa. K-1 visas are for fiancés of U.S. citizens, and only give you 90 days to get married once you enter the U.S. The process is complicated, but once you file your petition it only takes a few months to gain approval. To learn more about fiancée immigration and your legal options, please talk to the immigration lawyers of the Chávez Law Group, right away.
K-1 Fiancée Visa
The K-1 visa is a 90 day visa. It allows the fiancé of a U.S. citizen a single entry into the U.S. for the purpose of getting married and seeking permanent residency. Once you are married, your fiancé can immediately apply for adjustment of status to a Green Card.
Petitioning on Behalf of Your Fiancée
When petitioning for a K-1 visa on behalf of your fiancé you must prove that:
- You are a U.S. citizen
- You met with your fiancé in person within the last two years, with exceptions for hardship and cultural customs
- You and your fiancé are both legally free to marry
- You intend to marry within 90 days of your fiancé entering the US
- You are able to provide financial support for your fiancé or your fiancé can be financially self-supporting, in other words, proof that your fiancé will not become a public charge
Forms and other evidence that you will need to prove eligibility typically include photos of you and your fiancé together, plane tickets, phone bills, and divorce papers if either of you were previously married. The immigration lawyers of The Chávez Firm can help you determine exactly what you will need based on the unique circumstances in your case.
Limitations of the K-1 Visa
A K-1 visa is only good for a 90 day stay in the U.S. You must get married during that 90 day period or the visa holder must leave the country. There is no time extension available. If the K-1 holder has to leave because the time ran out, they may not be issued another K-1 visa. Also, the K-1 holder cannot marry someone other than the K-1 petitioner.
If you or someone you love is interested in obtaining U.S. citizenship or is facing deportation, please talk to the immigration lawyers of the Chávez Law Group, today, or submit our online questionnaire.