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Navigating the Fiancé(e) Visa Process: Bringing Love Across Borders

By March 19, 2024March 22nd, 2024No Comments

If you are a U.S. citizen with plans to unite with your foreign fiancé(e) in matrimony on American soil, the journey begins with the Form I-129F, Petition For Alien Fiancé(e). Once this petition is approved by USCIS, it initiates the process of obtaining a K-1 nonimmigrant visa, commonly referred to as a fiancé(e) visa, at a US Embassy in your fiancé(e)’s home country.

The K-1 visa facilitates the entry of your fiancé(e) into the United States with the intent of marriage within 90 days of arrival. It’s imperative that both parties genuinely intend to establish a life together, as the marriage must be bona fide, not merely for immigration purposes.

Upon marriage within the designated timeframe, your fiancé(e) can apply for lawful permanent resident status, known as a Green Card, granting them long-term residency in the United States.

It’s important to note that if you’re already married, planning to wed abroad, or your fiancé(e) is legally residing in the U.S., the fiancé(e) visa route may not be applicable. In such cases, alternative immigration pathways should be explored, such as the process outlined on the Bringing Spouses to Live in the United States as Permanent Residents page.

Eligibility for the fiancé(e) visa hinges on several criteria:

  1. U.S. Citizenship: The petitioner must be a U.S. citizen.
  2. Intent to Marry: Both parties must plan to marry within 90 days of the fiancé(e)’s entry to the U.S.
  3. Legal Capacity to Marry: Both parties must be legally eligible to marry in the U.S., with any prior marriages legally dissolved.
  4. In-Person Meeting: The couple must have met in person at least once within the two years preceding the petition. Exceptions to this requirement may be granted under specific circumstances, such as cultural or hardship grounds.

Navigating the intricacies of the fiancé(e) visa process can be daunting, but with the right legal guidance, you can navigate it successfully. Our experienced immigration attorneys at Jeelani Law Firm are here to provide personalized support and ensure a smooth journey to reunite you with your loved one. Contact us today to embark on your path to love across borders.

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