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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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    • Step 1: SimVisa collected information and documents from you through our online portal

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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?

A K1 visa is described as a "fiancé visa" because it allows a foreign national fiancé to enter the U.S. to marry their U.S. citizen fiancé. A K-1 fiancé visa is best described as an immigrant visa because the foreign spouse can remain in the U.S., gain permanent residency, and pursue United States citizenship after the marriage. A K-1 fiancé visa requires the couple to marry within 90 days of the future spouse entering the country.

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 a 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?

When you have wedding plans, a fiancé visa can be critically important. When you propose to a foreign national and seek a K-1 fiancé visa, timing becomes crucial. An experienced immigration attorney can help you get your fiancé visa filed and approved so you can start your new life together.

Some steps we conduct to help you with your fiancé visa include:

  • Holding an initial consultation to evaluate your case for a fiancé visa
  • Preparing and filing a K-1 fiancé visa petition
  • Helping you gather and organize the documents required for the visa process
  • Once USCIS approves the petition, guiding you in completing the DS-160 Visa Application Form
  • Helping you schedule and prepare for the fiancé visa interview
  • Responding to any requests for evidence (RFEs) from USCIS
  • Representing you and your foreign national fiancé to respond to or appeal any denials

Our immigration attorneys understand how important the visa petition and application process are to your future together. We fight hard to address any potential issues and avoid common pitfalls during the visa process so you can proceed with your wedding plans.

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At SimVisa, we have years of experience in the fiancé visa application process. We understand how important your marriage plans are — and our job is to make them a reality.

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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, but 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 handle K-1 visa applications with diligent care, so you can feel confident your future is in good hands.

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  • 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 K-1 Foreign National Fiancé Visa

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 in 2023?

The current processing time to get a K1 fiancé visa is 12 to 18 months. This estimate includes the time needed by USCIS, the National Visa Center, and the U.S. embassy or consulate in the foreign national fiancé's country.

For How Long is the K-1 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 a 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 K-1 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.

Can a foreign spouse work in the United States with a K1 visa?

Yes, but the engaged fiancé must apply for employment authorization using Form I-765. And since the K1 visa only lasts 90 days, the employment authorization will also expire after 90 days from the entry date.

Can my children accompany me to the U.S. on a K1 Visa?

No. Only the foreign fiancé can enter the U.S. on a K1 fiancé visa. But a citizen petitioner and their new spouse can apply for a K2 visa allowing U.S. entry for unmarried dependent children under the age of 21 who are foreign nationals. A K2 visa is a non-immigrant visa and requires adjustment of legal status after the marriage.

Do I need to prove a genuine relationship for a K1 immigrant visa?

Yes, the foreign fiancé must prove during the interview that the relationship with the citizen petitioner is genuine and has not been fabricated solely for the purposes of immigration. You will need evidence of the relationship, including:

  • Photos together
  • Affidavits from relatives or friends
  • Letters and emails

The foreign fiancé must also prove that any previous marriages have legally ended.

What happens after I enter the United States on a K1 visa?

After you enter the U.S. on a K1 visa, you must marry within 90 days. Once the marriage has been conducted, the foreign national spouse can apply for an adjustment of legal status to gain permanent residency, also called a green card. A green card provides a path to United States citizenship.

Can I apply for a green card after marrying my U.S. citizen fiancé(e) on a K1 visa?

Yes, a K1 visa is considered an immigrant visa because it provides an opportunity to get a green card by applying for an adjustment of status. As a lawful permanent resident, you can live and work in the U.S. You can also apply for citizenship after a five-year waiting period has expired.

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Contact Our K-1 Visa Lawyers Today!

At SimVisa, we really understand the fiancé visa application process. We know 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.

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