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U.S. citizens can apply for a K-1 Visa to bring their fiancés to the United States. The requirements for the K-1 Visa are: 1) that the couple has met in person within the two years prior to filing the K-1 Visa application (certain exceptions apply); 2) the couple is in a “good faith” relationship, meaning that the relationship is not entered into to circumvent U.S. immigration laws; and 3) the K-1 Visa Fiancé intends to marry the U.S. citizen petitioner within 90 days of entry into the U.S.
Caroline Ostrom, Minneapolis business immigration attorney, assists U.S. citizens to petition for fiancés worldwide. We encourage you to contact us if you need legal advice regarding K-1 eligibility or the K-1 application process.
For the K-1 Visa, the U.S. petitioner first files an I-129 Petition for Fiancé with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in the U.S. Once this petition is approved, the file is transferred through the National Visa Center and then on to the relevant U.S. Consulate abroad. After a successful interview at the U.S. Consulate, the fiancé enters the U.S. on the K-1 Visa. Within 90 days of entry, the couple must marry. Once married, the foreign national spouse then applies for adjustment of status with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for a green card (permanent residence) within the U.S. As part of the green card application, the foreign national spouse can apply for work authorization and an advance parole travel document, for use while waiting for the green card to be processed. The work authorization/travel card is generally issued within 90 days of filing the application.
The Minneapolis immigration lawyers at Ostrom Law Office evaluate clients’ particular circumstances to determine if the K-1 Fiancé Visa is the best course of action. We assist in proving up the requirements of the K-1 Visa petition, including the “good faith” nature of the relationship, and ensure that all relevant parts of the petition are submitted to avoid unnecessary delays. In addition, we are familiar with the various procedures at U.S. Consulates for the K-1, and explain timelines and what to expect at each step, to facilitate the process.
Based in Minneapolis, our immigration team works with K-1 Visa clients in the Twin Cities and throughout the globe. We welcome you to contact Ostrom Law Office for assistance with your immigration matter.