As you know, with the K-1 visa you are required to marry within 90 days after entering the U.S. So today we’re here to discuss things you can and cannot do while on a K-1 fiancé visa so that you don’t violate the terms of your visa.
As a background, the K-1 visa is for the foreign partner of a citizen of the United States (U.S.). The foreign partner must reside outside of the US, be legally free and able to marry, have met the U.S. citizen partner in person within the previous two years (though some exceptions apply), and have no major criminal convictions in order to submit an application for a K-1 visa.
Things You Are Allowed To Do While On K-1 Visa
1. You can work in the United States as a K-1 visa holder only if you apply for and acquire a work permit after entering the country.
2. You can obtain a social security number, which is usually required when applying for a credit card, working, or attending college.
3. It is possible to attend college; however, that will depend on the institution and the type of schooling.
4. You can volunteer.
5. You can file taxes jointly with your U.S. Citizen spouse if you have a Social Security Card or an ITIN.
6. You can travel domestically, within the United States, using the K1 Visa, whether it is within the 90-day term or after.
Things You Are Not Allowed To Do on an K-1 Visa
1. The individual on a K-1 visa cannot leave the U.S. during the 90 days of being inside the U.S. If the Fiancé marries the petitioning U.S. Citizen, they must remain in the U.S. and start the Adjustment of Status process.
2. You will be unable to go overseas until you acquire either the Green Card or the Advance Parole Document. Because the fiancé visa is only valid for one entry into the United States, you cannot leave and return on it.
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