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K-1 Fiancé(e) Visa

SimVisa’s goal is to provide a streamlined process for handling immigration matters such as the K-1 Visa application. Our fiancé visa lawyer has over fifteen years of experience in immigration law and can greatly simplify the application process.

If you have a fiancé living abroad and want assistance navigating the immigration process, Contact SimVisa today to speak with a fiancé visa immigration attorney.

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The K-1 visa allows legal entrance to the U.S. for nonresidents who are engaged to be married to a U.S. citizen. Upon entrance to the U.S., the K-1 visa recipient can marry and apply for a green card. 

K-1 visas by nature have a high rate of denial and as a result, it is critical to correctly complete your application - which means you want your application in experienced, capable hands.

SimVisa connects those applying for the K-1 visa to a dedicated immigration lawyer for K-1 visas. Every K-1 visa lawyer at SimVisa has over a decade of experience helping clients in Chicago and across the country successfully navigate the visa application process. 

What is K1 visa?

The K-1 visa is sometimes called the fiancé visa. Unlike other visas, which require that couples already be married before a noncitizen can enter the U.S., the K-1 visa allows the fiancé of an American citizen to enter the U.S. before marriage.  

This visa allows couples to reunite, plan their wedding together, and marry in the U.S.

Who is eligible for K-1 Fiancé(e) Visa?

The K-1 visa is available through the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The individual who has U.S. citizenship applies for the K-1 visa on behalf of their fiancé. The applicant must demonstrate eligibility by offering proof of four key points: 

  • They are a U.S. citizen
  • They have plans to marry within 90 days of their fiancé’s entrance to the U.S.
  • They can legally marry their fiancé (neither party is currently married)
  • They have met their fiancé in person at least once in the past two years (some exceptions apply)

At this time, the K-1 visa is only available to the fiancé of a U.S. citizen. Lawful permanent residents (green card holders) can instead opt for a marriage visa, also known as the CR-1 spousal visa

However, the marriage visa doesn't allow for a fiancé to travel to the U.S. Instead, the couple must first be married before the fiancé enters the U.S. If you’re a green card holder with a fiancé overseas, an immigration lawyer for fiancé visa can help you explore your options. 

K-1 Visa Process

Applying for a K-1 visa involves multiple steps dealing with USCIS, the National Visa Center, a U.S. Consulate and finally once again with USCIS. Most applicants will move through the following steps: 

  • Submit the visa petition (Form I-129F) and proof of eligibility to USCIS
  • Upon USCIS approval, the visa is forwarded to the National Visa Center where the visa application is completed online
  • Following the completion of the application, the overseas fiancé attends a visa interview, provides documents, and completes a medical exam
  • Upon approval of the K-1 visa, the fiance is allowed a single entry into the U.S.
  • Within 90 days of entry, the couple must formally get married
  • Following the marriage, the couple must file to receive permanent resident status

By definition unmarried couples will lack the evidence typically found in married couples to prove the bona fides of a relationship. They typically will not have a shared residence, they will not necessarily have joint financial accounts, and oftentimes, as a result of living abroad, will lack the consistent interactions typically found in married relationships. For these reasons, K-1 visas have historically had a very high rate of denial.  Failure to assemble the strongest possible application will lead to potential delays or even possibly prevent your fiance from entering the U.S.

It's strongly recommended that you work with an experienced immigration lawyer. Fiancé visas mark the start of your life together in the U.S., and applying without a lawyer can put your marriage at risk and cost you thousands of dollars. It’s smarter — and safer — to work with a K-1 visa lawyer from the start.

How we can help with your Fiancé(e) Visa?

SimVisa aims to make the fiancé visa application process as seamless as possible. Our fiancé visa immigration lawyer has been working with clients to procure fiancé visas for over a decade, which means we know the common pitfalls to avoid — and the steps that can help ensure success. 

When you choose a SimVisa and our K-1 visa attorney, you can expect the following steps:

  1. You schedule a free consultation
  2. You submit documents online
  3. You meet with a fiancé visa lawyer
  4. We complete the fiancé visa application
  5. You sign the application
  6. We submit the application and await approval

We offer free consultations with a lawyer for K-1 visas. If you decide to move forward with our services, we’ll send you a payment link so we can begin working on your visa.

You’ll be asked to enter your information and submit documentation through our client portal. After we’ve reviewed your information, we'll schedule a one-hour interview to go over your documents and get answers to questions specific to you and your fiancé.

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Need help applying for a K-1 visa? Contact SimVisa and talk to immigration lawyers for K-1 visa today.

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Why Choose SimVisa K-1 Fiancé(e) Visa Attorneys? 

At SimVisa, our K-1 visa attorney not only takes your information and completes the various required government forms, we also help you to craft a statement telling the story of your relationship.  It is imperative that we include the statements to supplement and affirm the validity of your relationship.  This maximizes the chances for approval of the K-1 visa petition.

A SimVisa K-1 visa attorney takes your information and completes the K-1 visa application on your behalf. Our lawyers save you time and stress while ensuring that your documents are filled out correctly. We specialize in K-1 visa applications, so you can feel confident your future is in good hands. 

  • Fiancé visa applications are our specialty.
  • Our K-1 lawyers have over a decade of experience.
  • We have a 99% success rate in family visa approvals.
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FAQs About Family-Based Immigration

Our clients have a lot of questions. Here are the answers to some of those most frequently asked.

What is the K-1 Visa Processing time?

Processing times for the K-1 visa vary widely depending on government processing times (which are changing constantly) and the timing the applicants want to follow based on personal preferences.  

Most people want to understand the quickest time frame their fiance can enter the U.S. Typically this can range anywhere from 6 - 12 months.  

It’s hard to say in advance how long procuring a K-1 visa will take. You need to complete the application and accompanying documentation, which then needs to be submitted and processed by the USCIS. This step can take a while, especially if there are many other petitions waiting for review.

For How Long is the K1 Visa Valid?

There are two important dates related to the K-1 visa. The first key date is the entry date into the U.S. Once you receive your visa, you have a 6 month period with which to enter. The second key date is the 90 day window after entering the U.S. with which you and your fiance must get married and apply for the green card.  

A K-1 visa is valid for six months from the date it was issued. If your fiancé does not travel to the U.S. within six months, the K-1 visa will expire. As part of the application process, you’re expected to provide proof of your plans to marry your fiancé within 90 days of their entrance to the U.S.

Is there a limit on the number of filing petitions for K-1 visa?

There are limits on the number of K-1 visas and petitions you can apply for. If you’ve filed for two or more K-1 visas in the past, you may be required to complete a waiver to move forward with your current attempt. The same is true if you’ve ever had a K-1 visa application approved in the past.

Why Might A K1 Visa Get Denied?

If your K-1 visa was denied, you should immediately consult with an immigration lawyer. Fiancé visas can be denied for a variety of reasons, such as:

  • Insufficient documentation
  • Medical reasons
  • Criminal background
  • Lack of proof of relationship
  • Insufficient proof of financial ability to support fiancé
  • Previous marriage not formally terminated

A K-1 visa lawyer can help you anticipate or avoid these common reasons for denial.

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Contact Our K-1 Visa Lawyers Today!

At SimVisa, we are experts in the fiancé visa application process. We understand how important your marriage plans are — and our job is to make them a reality. Contact SimVisa to speak with a K-1 visa lawyer today.