Fiance Visas

The options you should consider when discussing immigration options with your fiance include:

 

If you are not yet married…

and your fiance is not in the United States, you should explore the fiance visa process.

The fiance visa process provides a path to a green card and permanent resident status for your future husband or wife. You can view the process as consisting of three main steps: (1) the fiance visa petition filed in the United States, (2) the fiance visa that is applied for at an embassy or consulate overseas, and (3) the adjustment of status application that takes place after you are married. Learn more about the fiance visa process.

 

If you are not yet married…

and your fiance is in the United States, you should explore both the fiance visa process and the adjustment of status process.

If your fiance is currently in the United States, you may be able to either follow the fiance visa process or the spouse adjustment of status process. The spouse adjustment of status process would only be possible if you marry while your fiance is in the United States and it is not appropriate for everyone. In fact, in some cases, if you marry your fiance and then apply for adjustment of status you may face serious negative immigration consequences. This is particularly true where a tourist visa is used to enter the United States when the true intent of the trip was to get married and remain in the United States permanently. Because of this risk, you should learn more about both the fiance visa process and the adjustment of status process before deciding which path to take.

 

Fiance Visa Frequently Asked Questions

“Do I need an immigration lawyer for my fiance visa case?”
“What is a fiance visa or a K1 visa?”
“How do I get a fiance visa or K1 visa?”
“How much will it cost to get a fiance visa?”
“How long will it take to get a fiance visa?”
“What happens after my fiance enters the United States using a fiance visa?”
“Can we just use a tourist visa to get married instead of waiting for a fiance visa?”
“What happens if we decide to get married overseas after we apply for the fiance visa?”
“Can my fiance visit me in the United States while we wait for the fiance visa?”
“How can I learn more about the fiance visa process?”

 

Recent Fiance Visa Articles

 

How do I get a fiancee visa?

If you are a foreign national and are engaged to a United States citizen, you probably have questions about how to get a fiancee visa so that you can get married in the United States. If you are successful in getting a fiancee visa, you will be able to travel to the United States in [...]

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What is a K1 visa?

The K1 visa is a very important type of visa for many couples who decide to get married and one partner is a United States citizen while the other is from another country. The K1 visa is a way that allows such couples to get married in the United States by giving the foreign partner [...]

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Nonimmigrant Visa Fees Set to Increase on June 4, 2010

According to a recent Department of State announcement, nonimmigrant visa application processing fees are scheduled to increase on June 4, 2010. The increase in fees applies to both nonimmigrant visas placed in passports and to border crossing cards issued to certain people in Mexico. The new fees create a tiered structure with separate fees for [...]

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Can I visit the US while I wait for my K-1 fiance visa?

Applying for a K-1 fiance visa will not automatically disqualify you from visiting the United States on a tourist visa or other nonimmigrant visa, but it may make it more difficult. If you plan to enter the United States after your visa petition has been filed, you should first discuss your plans with your immigration [...]

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