Where to Send Fiancé Visa Application

If you are a U.S. citizen who wants to bring your foreign fiancé(e) to the United States in order to get married, you will need to apply for a K-1 visa, also known as a fiancé(e) visa.

The K-1 visa process involves several steps and agencies, and it can take several months to complete.

Where to Send Fiancé Visa Application
Where to Send Fiancé Visa Application

 

In this article, we will explain where to send your fiancé’s visa application and what to expect at each stage of the process.

Step 1: Filing the Petition

The first step is to file a Form I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiancé(e), with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

This form is used to request that USCIS recognize your relationship with your foreign fiancé(e) and allow him or her to apply for a K-1 visa.

You must submit the following documents along with your Form I-129F:

  • Proof of your U.S. citizenship, such as a copy of your birth certificate, passport, or naturalization certificate
  • Proof of your relationship with your fiancé(e), such as photos, letters, emails, phone records, travel receipts, etc.
  • Proof that you have met your fiancé(e) in person within the last two years unless you qualify for an exception based on religious or cultural reasons
  • A signed statement of intent to marry your fiancé(e) within 90 days of his or her arrival in the U.S.
  • A passport-style photo of yourself and your fiancé(e)
  • A check or money order for the filing fee of $535

You must send your Form I-129F and supporting documents to the USCIS lockbox facility that serves the area where you live.

You can find the address and instructions on the USCIS website.

You should also keep a copy of everything you send for your records.

Step 2: Applying for a Visa

After USCIS approves your Form I-129F, they will send it to the National Visa Center (NVC), which will assign a case number and forward it to the U.S. embassy or consulate where your fiancé(e) lives.

The NVC will notify you and your fiancé(e) when it is time to apply for the K-1 visa.

Your fiancé(e) will need to do the following:

  • Complete the online Form DS-160, Nonimmigrant Visa Application, and print the confirmation page
  • Pay the visa application fee of $265 online or at an authorized bank
  • Schedule a visa interview appointment online or by phone
  • Gather the required documents for the interview, such as:
    • A valid passport
    • The confirmation page of Form DS-160
    • A copy of Form I-129F and the NVC case number
    • A medical examination report from an authorized physician
    • A police clearance certificate from all countries where he or she has lived for more than six months since turning 16
    • Proof of financial support from you or a co-sponsor, such as Form I-134, Affidavit of Support3, and tax returns, bank statements, employment letters, etc.
    • Proof of your relationship with your fiancé(e), such as photos, letters, emails, phone records, travel receipts, etc.
    • A signed statement of intent to marry you within 90 days of arriving in the U.S.
    • Two passport-style photos
    • Any other documents requested by the embassy or consulate

Your fiancé(e) must attend the visa interview in person at the U.S. embassy or consulate where he or she applied.

The consular officer will ask questions about your relationship and verify the documents.

If everything is in order and there are no issues of ineligibility or fraud, the consular officer will approve the K-1 visa and stamp it on your fiancé(e)’s passport.

Step 3: Traveling to the United States

Your fiancé(e) must enter the United States within six months of receiving the K-1 visa.

He or she must present the passport with the visa stamp and a sealed envelope containing the medical report and other documents at the port of entry.

A customs and border protection (CBP) officer will inspect them and decide whether to admit your fiancé(e) as a K-1 nonimmigrant.

The admission period is usually 90 days, during which you must get married.

Step 4: Adjusting Status

After you get married, your spouse can apply for adjustment of status to become a lawful permanent resident (LPR) or green card holder.

To do this, he or she must file Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, with USCIS. The following documents must be submitted along with Form I-485:

  • A copy of Form I-94, Arrival/Departure Record
  • A copy of the marriage certificate
  • A copy of the K-1 visa and the passport with the admission stamp
  • Two passport-style photos
  • A check or money order for the filing fee of $1,225
  • A medical examination report from an authorized physician, unless already submitted with the K-1 visa application
  • Form I-864, Affidavit of Support, from you or a co-sponsor, along with tax returns, bank statements, employment letters, etc.
  • Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, if your spouse wants to work while the application is pending
  • Form I-131, Application for Travel Document, if your spouse wants to travel outside the U.S. while the application is pending
  • Any other documents requested by USCIS

You must send your Form I-485 and supporting documents to the USCIS lockbox facility that serves the area where you live.

You can find the address and instructions on the USCIS website.

You should also keep a copy of everything you send for your records.

USCIS will process your application and schedule you and your spouse for biometrics (fingerprints and photos) and an interview.

At the interview, a USCIS officer will ask questions about your marriage and verify the documents.

If everything is in order and there are no issues of ineligibility or fraud, USCIS will approve your spouse’s adjustment of status and issue a green card.

Conclusion

The fiancé visa application process can be lengthy and complex, but it is worth it if you want to marry your foreign fiancé(e) and live together in the United States.

By following the steps outlined above and preparing all the required documents, you can increase your chances of success and avoid delays or denials.

If you need help with any aspect of the process, you can consult an experienced immigration attorney who can guide you through it.

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