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US Fiancé Visa allows the fiancé of Americans to enter the U.S. for getting married purpose. When you get that visa, you cannot hold the status for a longer period. It is valid for 90 days and unable to extend. If you want to stay in the U.S and your K1 visa is expired, you must get married as soon as possible within the 90 days to get a permanent status of residents. 

What is the US fiancé visa?

U.S fiancé visa is also called a K-1 visa published by the United States Citizen and Immigration Service. For the simple meaning, the fiancé is meant to be involved, men and female citizens. Before you apply for a fiancé visa, the couple of wife and husband must meet each other in two years before. The foreign partners proposing the fiancé visa must get married to the US partner within 90 days after he/she enters or leaves the United States. If you got married or your partner has lived in the US, the fiancé visa is unavailable. 

Eligibility for Fiancé(e) Visas

K-1 fiancé visa is available for the engagement of the US citizen who lived outside of the US and wants to get married within 90 days after you arrived in the US. There are some requirements for completing the U.S fiancé visa proposal. To apply for a K1 visa, the applicant must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • You and your fiancé must be single and fulfill requirements to get married under the U.S legal. It means that all same-gender couples fulfilling the requirement to get a K-1 visa are no problem because it admits the same-gender marriage. 
  • The sponsorship partner must be a U.S citizen.
  • You and your fiancé(e) intend to marry one another within 90 days of your fiancé(e)’s admission to the United States on a K-1 nonimmigrant visa;
  • You and your fiancé(e) met each other in person at least once within the 2-year period before you file your petition.

How to apply for a K1 visa?

If you want to apply for the K-1 fiancé visa, these are some ways of applying it through an application program. You must be ready for documents in a big file and some necessary forms. The following steps will show you how to apply for K1 visa:

  1. The engagement of the U.S citizen will send you the fiancé petition to the Citizen and Immigration Service. It is conducted in the form of I-129F available for downloading free from the page of the I-129F form in the site of the USCIS website. It is freely available and downloaded. 
  2. Your Form I-129F will be reviewed with the required documents. You may need to provide some additional documents in case necessary.
  3. If your form I-129F is approved and recognized, they will send the approved Form I-129F to the DOS National Visa Center (NVC).
  4. The NVC forwards the approved Form I-129F to the U.S. Embassy or consulate where your fiancé(e) will apply for a K-1 nonimmigrant visa. This is generally the U.S. Embassy or consulate where your fiancé(e) lives.
  5. Your fiancé(e) applies for the K-1 nonimmigrant visa and brings the required forms and documents to the visa interview.
  6. The DOS consular officer determines whether your fiancé(e) qualifies for the K-1 nonimmigrant visa.   
  7. If DOS issues a K-1 nonimmigrant visa, your fiancé(e) travels to the United States and seeks admission at a port of entry while the K-1 nonimmigrant visa is valid. As with any visa, a K-1 nonimmigrant visa does not guarantee admission to the United States. A CBP officer at the port of entry will make the ultimate decision about whether to admit your fiancé(e).
  8. If your fiancé(e) is admitted as a K-1 nonimmigrant, you and your fiancé(e) have 90 days to marry each other.

After finishing these steps, you may begin Adjustment of Status process to apply for a green card.

What are the documents required for the K1 visa application?

It is recommended to bring some needed documents for the K1 visa application. These are some documents and requirements that you need before applying for the U.S fiancé visa.

  • Ds-160 confirmation 
  • Form I-129F
  • Form I-797
  • Valid passport 
  • Medical Examination 
  • I-134 form 
  • Passport-style photos
  • Birth certificate 
  • Police certificate
  • Divorce or death certificate 
  • Evidence of the valid relationship 
  • Payments

How Long Will It Take to Get My K Visa?

When you want to apply for a K-1 visa, you need to know the duration of processing time. It takes 6 – 9 months depending on the service of the center and handling the case. The average processing time is 7 months. Meanwhile, the visa interview is commonly taking 4 to 6 weeks after publication of the embassy’s initial notice.

How Much Does a K1 Visa Cost?

The cost of processing this visa seems to be the big question for some people. How much does this visa cost? When you fill the form of I-129F, you need to pay $535. Meanwhile, if you want to fill form DS-160, you need to submit the fee of $265. For the medical exam cost, it takes $50 to $300. 

Can a K1 Visa Holder Transition to a Green Card?

K1- visa holder is eligible to get permanent resident status in the US. If the holder took any children to the US, she/he is getting green cards also. You can live permanently in the US. Read more about How to immigrate to US.

K1 Visa Interview Questions

When you apply for a K1 visa, you are the beneficiary of the K1 visa should be attending the interview not the US citizen sponsor. Some US consulates and embassies may allow for the sponsor to attend as well – but this is rarely the case. You should check with the embassy you submit the visa application before attending the interview. The interview will last within 15-20 minutes related to you, your fiancé, your relationship, and your plans.

To help you prepare well for the interview, we suggest the following interview questions that you should practice at home.

1. Question about your personal information

  • What are your name and birthday?
  • Where were you born?
  • What is your nationality?
  • Have you ever visited the United States before? On what type of visa?
  • Were you ever involved in marriage before? For what reason did the marriage end?
  • Do you have children? [If the answer is yes, then the children coming with you to the US will have to accompany you on the interview.]
  • Were you ever sponsored for a fiancé visa before? What happened in the relationship?
  • Have you ever been under arrest or convicted for a crime?

2. Question about your fiancé

  • What is the name, age, and the birthday of your fiancé?
  • Where does your fiancé live? Do they live in an apartment, or do they live in a house? Do they own the place or rent it?
  • What is their job?
  • Have you met the parents of your fiancé? If you haven’t, why haven’t you done so yet?
  • Does your fiancé have any siblings? What are their names, and have you already met them before?
  • Has your fiancé ever been in a previous marriage before? What happened in their relationship?
  • What languages does your fiancé speak?
  • Does your fiancé have any other children? If they do, do you know their name and age? Have you met them before?

3. question about you and your fiancé relationship

  •         When did the two of you meet? Describe how you met and how you both fell in love.
  •         How long have you two been dating before you decided to get engaged?
  •         How many times have the two of you met in person? On what occasion?
  •         Are there any activities that the two of you particularly enjoy during your relationship?
  •      How do you maintain communication during a long-distance relationship? Is it difficult for you to be apart from each other?
  •         Please describe how your fiancé proposed to you.
  •         Have you met the family of your fiancé? Have they met yours? If not, why not?
  •         How many people will attend the wedding?
  •         Why did you decide to hold your wedding in the United States instead of your own home country?
  •         What plans do you have for your honeymoon?

4. Other possible questions

  • Do you work anywhere right now? What is your current workplace?
  • Are you aware of everything that you have to do once your K1 visa has been approved?
  • What is the color of your fiancé’s eyes?
  • If your fiancé has been married before, what was the name of their ex-spouse?
  • Does your fiancé have any pets? If so, how many do they have?
  • What is the religious background of your fiancé?
  • Has your fiancé ever visited your country before?
  • Does your fiancé have a criminal background? Have they ever been convicted?