If you are a U.S. citizen planning to marry a foreign national, a K-1 Fiancé Visa is one method of bringing him or her into the country. Since this is a travel visa, you must marry your foreign fiancé within a limited period of time. Due to the complicated nature of this visa application process, speaking with a K-1 Fiancé Visa lawyer can be very useful in determining whether this is the best option for your situation.
The applicant must be a U.S. citizen with the exclusive purpose of bringing his or her fiancé into the country for marriage. Both you and your fiancé must be free to marry. This means that both individuals must have had any previous marriages legally dissolved through death, divorce, or annulment. You must marry your fiancé within 90 days of him/her entering the United States.
In general, you and your fiancé must have met in person within the past two years. Some exceptions to this requirement may be granted by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) if you can prove extreme hardship to meet or cultural reasons that prohibit such a meeting.
The application process can be complex and frustrating. There are numerous required forms, supporting documents, and medical exams required. A K-1 Fiancé Visa lawyer can help ensure a complete application and address potential legal pitfalls. Below are a few questions this type of lawyer can answer:
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