U.S. K Visa Applicants

Are you planning to tie the knot in the United States? Here’s an easy-to-follow guide on getting a Fiancé(e) Visa, also known as the K-1 visa. Let’s break it down without any jargon!

  • If you’re in Syria, your interviews are set up by the U.S. Embassy in Jordan to make things easier.
  • For folks in India, note that K visas will be processed in New Delhi on December 1, 2017. Mumbai is the new go-to place for K visa interviews.

What’s a K-1 Visa?

The K-1 visa is for foreign-citizen fiancé(e)s of U.S. citizens. It lets you travel to the U.S. and get hitched within 90 days. After that, you can apply to become a permanent resident. If you have kids, they can get K-2 visas.

What’s a “Fiancé(e)”?

Simply put, it’s someone engaged to a U.S. citizen. Both parties must have been free to marry when the petition was filed, and the marriage must be legally possible where it’s supposed to happen.

First Step: Filing the Petition

  1. The U.S. citizen files Form I-129F with the local USCIS office.
  2. Once approved, it goes to the National Visa Center (NVC), then to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where your fiancé(e) lives.

Second Step: Applying for a Visa

  • You’ll get a letter from NVC telling you where to apply.
  • Your fiancé(e) needs to follow embassy instructions and prepare for an interview.

Required Documentation:

  1. Completed Form DS-160 (Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application).
  2. A passport is valid for at least six months.
  3. Birth certificate.
  4. Divorce or death certificates for previous spouses.
  5. Police certificates from current and past countries of residence.
  6. Medical examination (vaccinations are optional).
  7. Evidence of financial support (Form I-134, Affidavit of Support).
  8. Two 2×2 photographs.
  9. Proof of the relationship with the U.S. citizen fiancé(e).


Fees cover petition filing, visa application processing, medical exams, and more. Costs vary, so check the current prices on the USCIS and Department of State websites.

My Petition Expired – Can It Be Extended?

The I-129F petition is good for four months. The embassy can extend it if it expires before visa processing is done.

Ineligibilities for Visas:

Certain conditions like drug trafficking or overstaying a previous visa can make you ineligible. The consular officer will let you know if you’re ineligible and if there’s a waiver.

How Long Will It Take?

Check the USCIS website for the I-129F petition status. After it reaches the embassy, the timing varies. Delays can happen if instructions aren’t followed, or information needs to be completed.

After You Receive a K-1 Fiancé(e) Visa:

  • The consular officer hands you a sealed packet.
  • Could you not open it? Only DHS should open it upon entry.
  • You must enter the U.S. within six months and marry your U.S. citizen fiancé(e) within 90 days.

Does My U.S. Citizen Fiancé(e) Need to File Separate Petitions for My Children?

Nope. Your U.S. citizen fiancé(e) must list the children on the petition, and each child needs a separate visa application.

Are My Children Required to Travel with Me?

They can travel with you or later (follow-to-join). They must travel within one year from the issuance of their K-1 visa.

Entering the United States: Port of Entry:

A visa doesn’t guarantee entry. Be ready to present your passport, access, and sealed packet at the U.S. port of entry.

Adjustment of Status, Working, and Traveling:

Find info on the USCIS website about adjusting status, working, and travelling as a K-1/K-2 visa holder.

How to Apply for a Social Security Number Card:

Visit the Social Security Administration website for details.

When You Are a Permanent Resident:

Learn more about living in the U.S. as a Lawful Permanent Resident on the USCIS website.

  • For visa case inquiries, contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate handling your case.
  • Review the website before making inquiries, as answers might already be there.
  • For general inquiries, contact the Public Inquiries Division at Contact Us.

Getting your K-1 visa doesn’t have to be complicated. Follow these simple steps and start your journey to happily ever after! 💑🇺🇸 #FiancéVisa #LoveAcrossBorders

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