The K-1 Fiancé Visa allows a U.S. Citizen to bring his or her fiancé to the U.S. to marry within 90 days. Once married, the K-1 applicant can apply for his or her green card.
K-1 Visa RequirementsFor your fiancé to qualify for a K-1 visa, you must show:
- You are a U.S. Citizen.
- You intend to marry within 90 days of your fiancé entering the U.S.
- You and your fiancé are both legally free to marry.
- You met in person, within the 2 year period, before applying.
There are two exceptions to the meeting requirement that require a waiver:
- If the requirement to meet would violate strict and long-established customs of your or your fiancé’s foreign culture or social practice.
- If you prove that the requirement to meet would result in extreme hardship to you.
The process begins with the U.S. Citizen filing a petition with USCIS. Once approved, your fiancé will apply for his or her K-1 visa at a U.S. Consulate abroad. You must then marry within 90 days of your fiancé's entry into the U.S. After getting married, your spouse can apply for a green card.