When a U.S. citizen wants to bring his or her foreign-citizen fiancée to the United States, a K-1 nonimmigrant visa is required. With this type of visa, the fiancée is allowed to travel to the U.S. and marry the U.S. citizen (who acts as the visa sponsor) within 90 days of entering the country. Once the marriage occurs, the fiancée can then apply to become a lawful permanent resident (LPR). It is also possible for foreign-citizen fiancées to bring eligible children with them to the U.S. through K-2 visas. K-1 visa applicants are required to meet certain immigration visa requirements.
There are many steps and requirements for successfully obtaining a K-1 visa. Do you need an attorney for your K-1 Visa case in London? The American Immigration Law Office LTD has a US Immigration Attorney in London who can provide step-by-step guidance for London-area residents who want to undergo this process.
In order for a K-1 visa to be obtained, the foreign-citizen fiancée and the U.S.-citizen fiancée are required to have met in person within the past two years. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) can, however, make exceptions to this rule if it determines that compliance with the requirement to meet in person would cause extreme hardship to the US citizen petitioner, or if it is contrary to the culture of either fiancée to see each other before marriage. The exceptions are narrowly interpreted. Furthermore, both parties must be legally allowed to marry at the time of the petition being filed, as well as afterward. It is important for individuals going through the K-1 application process to be aware that they will need to show proof of their relationship.
There are two main steps to applying for a K-1 visa. First, the U.S. citizen sponsor initiates the process by filing Form I-129F, which is called a Petition for Alien Fiancé(é). Once the petition is approved, it is sent to the National Visa Center, where it is processed. The National Visa Center then sends the petition to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
In the second step, the U.S. Embassy or Consulate provides the foreign-citizen fiancée with instructions for carrying out the K-1 visa application process. This individual will be required to undergo an interview with a Consular Officer, submit to digital fingerprint scans and obtain a medical examination by an authorized physician. In some cases, additional administrative processing is required.
There are multiple application documents that must be brought to a foreign-citizen fiancée's visa interview when he or she is trying to obtain a K-1 visa. The American Immigration Law Office LTD can help individuals going through this process ensure that you are bringing the correct forms and that they have filled them out correctly.
When a couple wants to reunite and establish a future together in the U.S., the last thing they want is for technical problems to get in the way. With all the steps that are required, applying for K-1 visa can become very complex. By turning to a knowledgeable immigration attorney from the American Immigration Law Office LTD, you can help make sure that you and your fiancée are carrying out the process correctly and increasing your chances of successfully obtaining a K-1 visa. The firm can provide you with an initial discussion regarding your immigration matter. It also assists with various other types of family-based immigration issues. Are you looking for an attorney for a K-1 Visa immigration case in London? Contact the firm for more information!