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Fiance Visa Attorney
Unite a U.S. Citizen With a Foreign Fiance
Allows U.S. Citizens to Bring Over a Foreign Fiance.
Not Country Specific
The Foreign National Spouse Can Be From Any Country.
Must Lead To Marriage
Upon Arrival The Fiance Must Marry the U.S. Citizen Petitioner.
Congratulations! You found someone you love and wish to marry! … And they live overseas! Now What? A skilled immigration attorney can help you obtain a Fiance Visa so that you and your loved one can marry in the United States!
What is a Fiance Visa?
A Fiance Visa, also known as a K-1 Visa, allows a foreign individual – who is engaged to a U.S. Citizen – to enter the United States for the purpose of marrying the U.S. Citizen and later obtaining a green card.
This Visa is normally obtained for couples where the foreign fiance is not in the USA and does not have a U.S. Visa or Visa Free Travel.
What is needed for a K-1 Visa?
- The person making the request for the visa must be a U.S. Citizen. A green card holder cannot apply for their fiance.
- The couple must intend to marry and should actually marry within 90 days of the foreign fiance entering the U.S.A.
- This may be obvious, but neither person can already be married. All prior marriages must be concluded with a valid divorce.
- The couple must have met in person in the past two years, unless a religious or other exemption is obtained.
- The U.S. Citizen petitioner must be able to financially sponsor the fiance or obtain a co-sponsor.
How Much does a Fiance Visa Application Cost?
- USCIS Fiance Visa Fee: $340.00
- State Department Fiance Visa Fee $265.00 – Can Fluctuate
- Fiance Visa Physical – Generally between $150.00 – $350.00
After the Fiance enters the United States, gets married and applies for Adjustment of Status, there will be additional Immigration Fees:
- USCIS Adjustment of Status Fee: $985.00
- USCIS Biometrics Fee : $85.00
How long does a Fiance Visa take to obtain?
The processing times may vary depending on the country of origin of the fiance and the current workload of the various immigration departments involved. However, most fiance visas should be processed in a bout 6-9 months.
Six to Nine Months is a Long Time. Are There Other Options?
Depending on your particular situation, your fiance may be able to enter with a different visa or without a visa and later adjust her status to obtain a green card. Feel free to contact us to discuss this possibility further.
Can a Fiance Bring His or Her Children?
Yes, the unmarried and under 21 years old children of your fiance can follow their parent to the United States and also obtain a green card after the marriage takes place.
Can Same Sex Couples Apply For Fiance Visas?
Yes, same sex couples are eligible to apply for fiance visas, but should carefully plan the process with their state laws in mind. Same-Sex couples must get married in a state that recognizes same-sex marriages in order for Immigration to recognize their marriage.
Can Fiances work or study in the U.S.A.?
Yes, a fiance can petition for a Work Authorization allowing them to work and study while they wait for their green card to be approved. Normally, the work permit is issued within 90 days of applying for it. It is generally submitted with the application to adjust status.
Do I need an Attorney?
Although you may be able to prepare the petitions and go through the process on your own, submitting the petition incorrectly can lead to a denial that may have other consequences in the future. Not knowing all of the nuances involved can prolong the process and sometimes lead to minor children aging out. The process involves working with multiple agencies, including U.S. embassies that are very difficult to communicate with. An experienced Immigration Lawyer can guide you through the entire Fiance Visa process and help ensure a successful outcome at the initial visa process as well as the subsequent adjustment of status.