The K-1 visa is a fiancé visa that allows foreign nationals to travel to the United States to marry their U.S. citizen partner. The K-1 visa holder has 90 days to get married, and then they must apply for permanent residency, or “green card status,” through the marriage process. Fiancé(e) of a United States citizen is eligible for a K-1 visa and must meet certain criteria to be approved for this type of visa.
In general, it takes about two years from start to finish for a fiancé(e) K-1 visa application process. This includes filling out the necessary paperwork, having an interview at the embassy or consulate abroad, and waiting for the processing time of the visa. It is important to remember that delays can happen at any stage of the application, and it is wise to plan for extra time just in case.
The K-1 visa process involves a lot of steps and paperwork, so it is important to understand all the requirements before starting the application. The U.S. citizen must file Form I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiancé(e), with U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). After being approved by USCIS, the foreign national fiancé(e) will need to apply for a K-1 visa through the Department of State’s National Visa Center (NVC) and country specific embassy. Once the foreign national receives their visa, they can travel to the United States and marry their U.S. citizen partner within 90 days of arriving in the United States.
Once married, the foreign national must apply for permanent residency through the marriage process with USCIS to obtain a green card. It is important to note that an approved K-1 visa does not guarantee approval of a green card, so it is important to work with an experienced immigration attorney who can help guide you through the process.
Overall, the K-1 visa process can be complex and time-consuming, but it allows couples to start their new life together in the United States sooner rather than later. With proper preparation and assistance from an experienced immigration attorney, couples can successfully navigate the K-1 visa process and get on the path toward their dream of living together in the United States.
If you have questions relating to a K-1 visa or immigration, we would be happy to review your case, guide you through the necessary legal procedures, and answer any questions you may have regarding your application.