What is a Fiancé Visa?
A fiancé visa, which is technically a K-1 nonimmigrant visa, is a way for you to bring your future spouse to the U.S. and remain here until you’re married. After you get married, your spouse can change his or her status with USCIS by applying for lawful permanent resident status; that gets your new spouse a green card.
Conditions of a Fiancé Visa
If you want to get a K-1 nonimmigrant visa, you must intend to marry your soon-to-be spouse within 90 days of his or her admittance to the U.S. You also have to be ready to show that your marriage is valid. That means you really intend to establish a life together and that you’re not only getting married so he or she can immigrate here legally.
Eligibility for a Fiancé Visa
You’re only eligible to bring your fiancé to the U.S. on a K-1 nonimmigrant visa if:
- You’re already a U.S. citizen
- You plan to get married within 90 days
- You’re both legally free to marry
- You’ve met each other in person at least once within the 2 years prior to filing your petition
You don’t have to have met each other in person if it would violate strict, long-established customs of your fiancé(e)’s foreign culture or social practices, or if it would result in extreme hardship to you. In cases like those, you can request a waiver from USCIS.
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