A fiance visa, also known as a K-1 visa, allows an engaged partner of a United States citizen to enter the USA legally, but only if the couple is getting married within 90 days. Once married, the spouse solicits the help of a K1 visa lawyers to apply for a green card or permanent residence based on marriage.
K-1 Visa Eligibility
The K-1 visa allows a United States citizen to sponsor their fiance but both partners are obliged to get married within 90 days after the sponsored fiance enters US territory.
K1 Visa Requirements Include:
⦁ The sponsoring partner must be a United States citizen – green card holders are not eligible to sponsor their fiance with a K1 visa.
⦁ Both partners must be eligible to marry – divorce decrees or death certificates must be provided to prove that their previous marriage has been terminated.
⦁ The relationship must be proved with written statements by friends or colleagues, hotel reservations, trips, photographs and other forms of evidence.
⦁ The sponsoring partner must have a proof of income – the most recent tax return must be equal to at least 100% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.
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K-1 Visa To Green Card
The process of transitioning from a K-1 visa to permanent residency is different from other types of immigrant visa categories, such as the Eb-5 investor program. K-1 visa holders, for example, are not required to fill out the I-130 Petition for Alien Relative – this is due to the Legal Immigration and Family Equity Act. The idea behind this rule was to limit the time that families would have to spend separate. K-1 Visa holders only need to file the I-485 application in order to upgrade their K-1 Visa to a marriage-based green card.
Should I hire a lawyer for K1 visa?
The process of sponsoring a non-citizen fiance can be stressful and difficult. Luckily, our K1 Visa lawyers have plenty of experience in the field, having assisted several clients with complex situations. A K1 Visa attorney can provide you with much needed guidance every step of the way, ensuring that your forms and documentation are filled in and submitted properly.
What percentage of fiance visas are approved?
According to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), around 65% of all K-Visas were approved in 2017. Around 35% of all fiance visas were denied due to various reasons. By opting to work with an experienced team of K1 Visa lawyers, you will ensure the success of your petition.
How long does the K1 visa process take?
The K1 Visa process usually takes between 6 and 9 months to complete, with another 4 to 6 weeks for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services or USCIS to send an interview request at the nearest consulate or embassy.