A fiancé visa, which is also known as the K1 visa, allows a person engaged to a U.S. citizen to come to the United States to get married. However, the couple must get married within 90 days of the other spouse entering the country. Our immigration attorneys get many questions from Chicago area residents about this fiancé visa and are ready to help anyone who needs to undergo this process.
If you are engaged to a U.S. citizen and are outside the United States, you have different visa options you can use to join your partner in the United States. For example, depending on your individual circumstances, it may be more desirable to forego the fiancé visa process altogether and simply get married and then apply for a spousal visa.
The primary difference between a fiancé visa and a spousal visa is for the latter (spousal visa), you will have to wait until all your paperwork for the spousal visa is processed and approved before you travel to the United States. That time is usually longer than it would take to have a fiancé visa approved and for you to enter the United States on that visa.
A fiancé visa usually takes five to eight months to process, while a spousal visa takes about five to 12 months. So, which one is best for you is something to discuss with an experienced immigration lawyer.
If you opt to go the fiancé visa route, then keep in mind you must get married within 90 days of your arrival in the United States. Once you get married, then the newly married spouse can then apply for a marriage-based lawful permanent residency (Green Card).
There are specific requirements one must meet before a fiancé visa is approved, which include the following:
If you wish to obtain a fiancé visa or have any other immigration concerns, the Law Office of Robert D. Ahlgren can help. Please contact our office today for a consultation.
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