The process for obtaining a fiancée visa to the United States begins with the filing of a petition for a visa with USCIS by a U.S. citizen (foreign spouse-to-be).
USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) is the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the main body regulating immigration.
The petition is filed on Form I-129F, a sample of which can be found on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website.
It is very important to fill out the petition correctly, for which you can find instructions on how to fill it out on the USCIS website.
The petition cannot be filed outside of the United States.
– Waiting for petition approval;
Waiting for the petition to be approved may take some time, depending on the completeness of the information provided and whether the I-129F form is completed correctly.
– Transmitting the petition to the NVC;
Once the petition is successfully approved by the USCIS, it will be transferred to the National Visa Center (NVC). NVC also reviews all information and data on the form.
– Transmission of the request to the Consulate/Embassy;
After NVC reviews all information, the K1 visa request is sent to the Consulate/Embassy of the country where the bride/fiancé (foreign resident) will receive the K1 visa.
– Obtaining instructions for the interview;
After the request is accepted at the Consulate/Embassy, the bride/groom will be sent instructions for the upcoming interview. The standard timeframe for receiving the instructions is 1-1.5 months from the date the case is transmitted to the Embassy.
– Filling out and submitting the application form DS-160;
Once you have received your instructions, you will need to file form DS-160. The application must be submitted electronically prior to the interview.
Be sure to print the page confirming that you submitted Form DS-160 when you arrive for your interview.
– Conducting the Interview;
The consul will conduct the interview on a set date. You do not usually need to prepare for the interview, because if the relationship is real, the consul’s questions will not be difficult.
– Issuance of the fiancée visa.
If the interview is successful, the fiancée visa application will be approved and after some time it will be issued. The time of issuance depends on many circumstances, but on average it takes about 1 month.
Duration of a fiancée visa to the United States
A fiancée visa to the United States is valid for 90 days from the moment the visa holder arrives in the United States. This means that within 90 days, the visa holder must be married to a U.S. citizen. Otherwise, you must leave the territory of America.
It is common for applicants to expect that the 90-day period is allowed to be extended. This is a misconception. The deadline is not subject to extension.
Once you are married, you can apply for a change of status to permanent residency (LPR).