The requirements for a fiancée’s visa to the United States 2021

Legally, the groom is called the petitioner (because he is petitioning) and the bride is the beneficiary.

The petitioner must be a U.S. citizen. A permanent U.S. resident green card holder is not eligible to apply for the bride’s visa.

The petitioner (U.S. citizen) and the beneficiary (bride) must both be free to marry. This means that if either of them was married, they must be either currently divorced or widowed (widower), or their previous marriage was legally annulled.

The petitioner and the bride must intend to marry within 90 days of the bride’s arrival in the United States.

The petitioner and the bride must have met in person within the last two years before the petition is filed. There are some exceptions to this requirement, but they are very difficult to obtain. Reasons such as the petitioner being very busy at work, children, and elderly parents are not accepted for exceptions to this requirement.

The U.S. petitioner must have a minimum income (living wage) which is set by the U.S. Congress each February. The current cost of living (2004) is as follows:


Number of family members
48 Continental states and D.C.
$ 9,570
$11,950 $11,010
16,030 14,760
20,110 18,510
24,190 22,260
28,270 26,010
32,350 29,760
36,430 33,510
40,510 37,260
For each additional family member, add
4,080 3,750

If the Petitioner does not have sufficient income, the Petitioner may engage a co-sponsor who has sufficient income. The co-sponsor’s income must be sufficient for the number of family members, which includes himself, the Petitioner, all members of their family, the bride, and all her children who will receive a K-2 visa to come to America. Additionally, one must deduct all benefits and child support that the Petitioner or co-sponsor, or both, pay to their children from a previous marriage or former wives.

The bride must undergo a medical examination at one of the medical facilities authorized by the U.S. Embassy. In addition, the bride must not have any serious mental illness or communication disabilities.

The bride must not have a criminal record, arrest or criminal record. Some arrests and criminal records do not fall under this requirement. If this is the case, you need the help of an attorney to properly determine if a petition can be filed.

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