K VISA CATEGORY
The Fiancé(e) of the United State Citizen who
like to come to the U.S. to get marry needs to obtain a K-1
First the American citizen must file a
petition, Form I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiancé(e), with the Immigration
and Naturalization Service (INS) having jurisdiction over the place of the
petitioner's residence in the United States. Such petitions may not be
adjudicated abroad. INS will forward the approved petition to the American
consular office where the alien fiancé(e) will apply for his or her visa.
A petition is valid for a period of four months from the date of INS
action, and may be revalidated by the consular officer.
APPLYING FOR A
The consular officer will notify the
beneficiary when the approved petition is received and provide the
beneficiary the necessary forms and instructions to apply for a "K" visa.
A fiancé(e) visa applicant is an intending immigrant and, therefore, must
meet documentary requirements similar to the requirements of an immigrant
visa applicant. The following documents are normally required:
- Valid passport
- Birth certificate
- Divorce or death certificate of any
- Police certificate from all places lived
since age 16
- Medical examination
- Evidence of support
- Evidence of valid relationship with the
*Two photographs 1 and 1/2 inches square
(37x37mm), showing full face, against a light background.
Both petitioner and beneficiary must be
legally able and willing to conclude a valid marriage in the United
States. The petitioner and beneficiary must have previously met in person
within the past two years unless the Attorney General waives that
requirement. As soon as the processing of a case is completed and the
applicant has all necessary documents, a consular officer will interview
Upon arriving into the U.S. the alien
fiancé(e) must apply for work authorization with the INS. The marriage
must take place within 90 days of admission into the United States.
Following the marriage, the alien spouse must apply to the INS to
establish a record of entry for conditional permanent residence status.
After two years, the alien may apply to the INS for removal of the