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If you are engaged to a foreign national who is not currently residing in the U.S. on another visa, you will need to apply for a K-1 visa for your fiancé(e). This allows you to bring your fiancé(e) back to the U.S. so that you can get married. Our New York City K-1 visa attorney can help you prepare your application and guide you throughout the process. We have well over a decade of experience handling all types of visa and immigration situations, and we can use this experience to help you.
Fiancé(e) Visa Eligibility Requirements
If you want to bring your fiancé(e) to the U.S. to get married, you must petition for a K-1 nonimmigrant visa. The K-1 visa application process can be lengthy. Part of the process involves proving that your marriage is a valid union and is not done solely to achieve successful immigration into the U.S. for the non-citizen individual.
To be eligible for a K-1 visa, you must:
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Both be legally free to marry
- Have met, in person, within the previous two years
- Plan to marry within 90 days of your fiancé(e)’s admission to the U.S.
To apply for a K-1 fiancé(e) visa, you must first fill out Form I-129F, petition for alien fiancé(e). U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services will review this form and the associated documents, and then establish your eligibility for the K-1 visa. If approved, the form will be forwarded to the Department of State (DOS) National Visa Center (NVC). The NVC will then send the approved form to the U.S. Embassy where your fiancé(e) will go through the visa application process. Once the K-1 visa is issued, your fiancé(e) will then need to go through a visa inspection at a port of entry, and you will then have 90 days to get married.
Once you have married, your fiancé(e) may apply for lawful permanent residence.
We Can Also Help with K-2 Visas
If your fiancé(e) has children who are under the age of 21 and unmarried, they may be eligible to come to the U.S. on a K-2 nonimmigrant visa. If you and your fiancé(e) are married within 90 days, as required by the K-1 visa, your fiancé(e)'s children will then also be eligible to apply for lawful permanent residence. Our New York City K-1 visa lawyer can help you determine if your fiancé(e)’s children are eligible for the K-2 visa.
At the Law Office of Robert J. Maher, PC, we take great pride in bringing families together. We know how stressful the visa application process can be, and we are committed to helping clients every step of the way.
To learn more about K-1 visas, call our immigration law firm at (646) 681-1977.
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