When a couple is planning to get married, it is an exciting time. If one partner is a U.S. citizen and the other is from a foreign country, they may want information about the K-1 visa process.
K-1 visa requirements
The K-1 visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows a U.S. citizen to bring a fiancé to the United States for the purpose of marriage. There are several requirements that both the U.S. citizen and their foreign fiancé must meet.
The petitioner, who is the person who is applying for the visa, must be a U.S. citizen, must be able to demonstrate their relationship with their fiancé and that they intend to marry within 90 days after their finance arrives in the United States. Both partners must legally be able to marry.
Required documentation and next steps
The U.S. citizen will need to submit a petition with detailed information. The foreign fiancé will need to undergo a background check, which includes fingerprinting and a criminal record review. They may also be asked to provide several documents, including their birth certificate, passport and medical records.
After the petition is approved, the U.S. embassy will schedule an interview with the fiancé. Once the interview is complete, the fiancé will be issued a K-1 visa, as long as all of the requirements are met. After the couple gets married, the foreign spouse can apply or lawful permanent resident status.
This process can be very lengthy, and it is important to make sure that all documentation is accurate before submitting it. If it is not, it can cause delays or a denial of the petition.