Romance can happen anywhere. Countless Americans have met the love of their lives while traveling, working or studying abroad. When that romance develops into a special long-term relationship, it does not have to end once a person returns to the United States. If you are an American citizen and looking to bring your significant other to this country for marriage, a K-1 visa can make your dreams come true. Also known as a fiance visa, the K-1 allows your fiance to come to this country for the purpose of getting married. My name is Gloria Cardenas and I am a Salt Lake City fiance visa attorney. A K-1 fiance visa allows couples 90 days to get married. Once married, your fiance must also apply for a Green Card before the 90 day expiration. Over the years, the immigration legal professionals at Familia America are proud to have brought many couples together by helping them obtain a fiance visa.
How a Salt Lake City Fiance Attorney Can Help
From the time a client schedules their legal consultation, the legal team at Familia America will help you and your fiance navigate through the legal process. We utilize a personable and comprehensive approach to ensure your paperwork, and preparation is completed as quickly and accurately as possible to ensure the best possible results. The application for a K-1 visa involves two major steps. First, paperwork (Form I-129F) must be filed with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) in the United States. Once it is approved, your petition for a K-1 is then sent to the U.S. embassy of your fiance’s native country. Your fiance is then required to undergo a medical exam along with an interview at the U.S. embassy/consulate.
Acquiring a K-1 visa usually takes five to eight months. If you are needing a waiver, this process could extend an additional year. To process your K-1 visa application as quickly as possible, it is vital to seek assistance from an experienced Salt Lake City fiance visa attorney with an extensive track record for success.
Requirements to Obtain K-1 Fiance Visa
Obtaining a K-1 visa can sometimes get complicated. Fortunately, having an experienced Salt Lake City fiance visa attorney on your side can make the process much easier. Before you can help a fiance apply for their K-1 visa, it is important to know the basic requirements.
- You must be an American citizen
- You must have met your boyfriend or girlfriend in person within the past two years
- You and your significant other must intend to marry within 90 days of the fiance’s arrival in the United States
- The petitioner must meet minimum financial requirement
- Both parties must be legally free to marry
Frequently Asked Questions
Can you still travel if you have a travel visa?
Technically yes, but you’re going to be subject to a lot of scrutiny. You have to let officials know why you will be visiting and why you intend to return back to your country to continue the process. Specifically, officials will want to know if you have obligations such as a job (which could require a work letter), if you have children, etc.
What could cause my K1 visa application to be denied?
First, not having a good lawyer and the right documentation will make it extremely difficult for you to go through the process successfully. Other issues include criminal convictions or prior immigration violations, such as getting caught at the border or you’ve been deported at the border. Also, your application could be denied if you are considered to be a public charge.
One of the things we’ll do is perform a detailed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) audit where we find out all of this information and file the appropriate waivers.
Does my fiancé have to be at the interview?
No, The fiancé does not have to come to the interview
Can my fiance’s children be included in the Fiance Visa and come to the United States with my fiance?
Yes. Children that are unmarried and under twenty one (21) years old can be included in the Fiance visa..
Contact a Salt Lake City Fiance Visa Attorney at Familia America Today
Attorney Gloria Cardenas brings more than 25 years of experience in immigration law to help protect the rights of clients and their family members. She and her knowledgeable team at Familia America work diligently behind the scenes to help process fiance visa applications as quickly as possible. To learn more, contact the legal professionals at Familia America in Salt Lake City and schedule a consultation to discuss your case.