Chicago K-1 Fiance Visa Attorney
Serving Clients in the Suburbs and Cities of Chicago, Aurora, and Milwaukee
A K-1 visa, also known as a Fiancé(e) visa, is a temporary visa that allows a foreign national engaged to a U.S. citizen to enter the country for the intention of marrying. It is intended to make it easier for engaged couples who are separated by international borders to reunite.
In order to obtain fiancé(e) visa, the US citizen partner must file a petition (Form I-129F) with US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to demonstrate a genuine intent to marry.
When the petition is approved, the foreign fiancé(e) can apply for a K-1 visa at the nearest US embassy or consulate. They are then permitted to enter the United States for a period of 90 days to marry their U.S. citizen partner. Following the marriage, the foreign spouse can petition for adjustment of status in the United States to become a lawful permanent resident (green card holder).
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At Borjas Law Group, LLC, our skilled K-1 visa lawyers in Chicago can help you navigate the complexities of the application process. We have helped many couples start their lives together in the United States and can do the same for you.
Reach out to us online or call (312) 698-9066 to schedule a consultation. Our attorneys speak English, Spanish, and Tagalog, and we have access to professional translators in most languages to assist clients all around the world.
Who Is Eligible for the K-1 Visa?
To be eligible for a K-1 visa, both the US sponsor and the foreign partner must have met in person during the previous two years prior to submitting Form I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiancé(e). Photographs, travel records such as airline tickets and hotel receipts, passport stamps, or military orders may be used as evidence of this meeting.
The sponsoring U.S. citizen partner needs to provide proof of their American citizenship, such as a birth certificate, valid U.S. passport, consular officer's statement, or naturalization certificate.
The foreign partner must reside outside the United States, be unmarried, and have met the U.S. citizen sponsor within the two years before completing Form I-129F. They should not have a criminal record that disqualifies them and should be ready to submit any documents requested by USCIS.
Once approved, the foreign fiancé(e) has six months to enter the United States. To maintain their K-1 status, the couple must marry within 90 days of reuniting.
There are additional requirements as well:
The U.S. citizen must also prove their eligibility to sponsor their fianc(é)e. This includes proving that they are a citizen and that they have the financial means to support their fianc(é)e.
The couple must also prove that their marriage will be legal in the state in which they marry.
The fianc(é)e must prove that they are of legal age to marry and that they are not already married to someone else.
If either party has been previously married, they must prove that their previous marriage has been legally terminated.
The U.S. citizen sponsor must prove that they have a permanent residence in the United States or that they are a U.S. citizen by birth.
To be sure that you and your fianc(é)e are eligible for this process, speak with a skillful K-1 visa attorney in Chicago at Borjas Law Group, LLC.
Contact us at (312) 698-9066. Our attorneys speak Spanish and Tagalog, and we have access to professional translators in most languages to assist clients worldwide.