Fiancee Visas K-1
Overview of the K–1 Visa Process
When seeking to legally bring a foreign fiancee or woman to the U.S., one has several options:
Nonimmigrant visa (visitor, student, or business) — Unfortunately, the majority of young, single female visa applicants seeking to visit romantic friends in the US are denied by the U.S. consulates. When applying for any
non-immigrantvisa, it is vital for the visa applicant to show that her visit to the U.S. will be temporary, and that she will return to her home country upon the end of her visit. Applicants need to show strong family (leaving a child behind is not enough), social, and employment ties, financial assets, and/or previous travel experience to Western countries, as well as a legitimate, compelling reason for travel. Those who obtain such visas often do so under false pretenses, and upon discovery, may be deported and subsequently barred from entering the U.S.
Immigrant visa — It is possible to marry your fiancee in her country or a third country. There are pluses and minuses to this approach.
Advantages: No need to adjust your wife’s status after she arrives in the
U. S. Shearrives as a full-fledgedimmigrant. To leave the United States, or to work in the United States, she does not need advance permission or authorization from the INS (as is the case for the wife who entered on a fiancee visa and is adjusting her status in the U.S. after the marriage). She obtains U.S. citizenship faster, as the adjustment of status stage is omitted.
Disadvantages: Entering into marriage entails legal and financial obligations, whereas utilizing a fiancee visa does not require the actual execution of the marriage. The fiancee visa may serve as a "get-to-know-
each-other-better" visa (although the intent at the time of filing the application must be to enter into marriage), with 90 days to either enter into marriage or have your fiancee leave the U. S. Processingtimes for fiancee visas are significantly shorter. Marriage in third countries often require a waiting period of more than 30 days, with some exceptions. As you will be on the "home turf" of your fiancee, you are subject to the legal and documentation requirements of that country.
K-3visa — This visa is very similar to the K-1visa, but it is for those who are already married, or about to get married. A U.S. citizen’s spouse may receive a K-3visa, and her minor (unmarried, under the age of 21) child a K-4visa. The visa may not be issued while your spouse is in the United States. It was designed to expedite the arrival of the spouse/child, without having to wait for the longer immigrant visa process to run its course. While faster than applying for an immigrant visa, it still requires additional paperwork and another application filing with the INS; usually takes longer than the K-1visa process; requires adjustment of status in the U.S.; and because it is a new procedure, is subject to delays and uneven processing.
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Who can qualify for a
An American citizen can file a petition for a foreign fiancee. The couple must be free to marry, and must intend to marry within 90 days of the fiancee’s entering the United States. In addition, the couple must have met at least once during the two years prior to filing the application (although this requirement can be waived in unusual circumstances).
What if she has children?
Any minor child (unmarried, under the age of 21) of your fiancee is automatically eligible for a
What documents are needed?
Statutory documents (e.g., birth certificates, divorce decrees) and biographical information, along with evidence reflecting the legitimacy of your intentions, are needed. After these forms are gathered, the appropriate USCIS forms are completed, and submitted together with the supporting documents to the appropriate USCIS Service Center.
What happens then?
The USCIS Service Center will either approve the petition (usually within 2–6 months) and notify the appropriate
What takes place at the interview?
The interview takes place in the immigrant visa section of the
What else should I know?
The fiancee is admitted to the U.S. as a
Benefits of Working with W&A
White & Associates assists American citizens who seek visas for their foreign national fiancees. The principal of White & Associates, Kenneth White, has been a
- 100% success rate.
- Reasonable prices. Our fees can be staggered or tailored to meet your individual circumstance.
- Presence in Los Angeles and Moscow. This enables us to provide
full-servicefor both the USCIS and Embassy stages of handling your case.
- Fastest processing times. Given our locations, we are in an excellent position to gather the necessary information quickly and accurately, submit the necessary forms and documentation, and ensure timely interview appointment.
Russian-speakingU.S. attorney and staff/ Russian-languageforms. For those who have a fiancee from the former Soviet Union, we are able to overcome any language barriers, ensuring that nothing is lost in the translation, particularly important when dealing with critical legal issues. We may send to your fiancee a questionnaire in Russian, which she may complete in Russian. Also, we are able to answer any questions or alleviate any concerns that she may have about the process or her future life in America.
- Logistical Support in Moscow. For fiancees with interviews scheduled at the
U. S. Embassyin Moscow, and who need logistical assistance in Moscow, our staff at your fiancee’s disposal. Such assistance may include scheduling a medical examination, meeting her at the airport, arranging hotel accommodations, reviewing her documents, and providing a "contact point" or "base" for her in Moscow.
- No Translation Expenses For
Russian-languagedocuments. Lawyers usually contract the translation work to translators in the U.S., who charge $25/30 for a document translation, with surcharges for urgent translations. Translators in the former Soviet Union are often less than competent. We do the translations in-house, ensuring accurate and quick translations, with no fees.
- Due Diligence Package. If you would like to verify the background of your fiancee, or if you have particular questions about her past, we may arrange for the undertaking of such a check for a separate fee.
Follow-upLegal Support and Advice. Upon entering the marriage, it will be necessary to adjust her status to immigrant status; obtain an Employment Authorization; and apply for permission to leave the U.S. if she will travel during the pendency of her adjustment of status application. We may provide these follow-uplegal services to ensure compliance with immigration-relatedlaws and formalities.
K–1 Fiancee Visa Fees
USCIS and Embassy Processing — $2950, to be paid in three parts: $1800 upon commencement of legal work and $1150 upon USCIS approval.
The fee covers both USCIS and Embassy processing: USCIS and Embassy form preparation and submission, advice and continual updates on status, liaison with USCIS and Embassy, contact with and interview preparation of fiancee in Russian or English, and assistance in obtaining police certificates in countries of former Soviet Union.
Translations are included in the price. There is a $500 additional fee for children.
Depending on what kind of assistance you and your fiancee need, we may tailor a package and price. Such assistance may include help in obtaining a police certificate, document translation, form preparation and review, interview preparation, medical appointment scheduling, and logistical support.
USCIS Assistance Only — $2000
Fee covers expeditious USCIS form preparation, legal advice, updates on status, liaison with USCIS, USCIS approval, and Embassy notification.
Medical Examination is approximately $100
US Embassy visa issuance and delivery fee