If you are a U.S. citizen, you can sponsor your fiance for a K-1 Fiance Visa. A K-1 Visa will allow your fiance to travel to the U.S. to marry you and then apply for a Marriage Green Card through adjustment of status. Permanent residents (Green Card holders) cannot apply for K-1 Fiance Visas.
U.S. Immigration law requires K-1 Fiance Visa applicants to submit supporting documents to the U.S. Government when they apply for a K-1 Visa. This article provides checklists of the supporting documents you will need to collect for each of the three steps of the K-1 Fiance Visa application process.
This article is not legal advice. We do not intend for it to replace the expertise of an immigration attorney. Its goal is to help you understand which documents you will need to submit to a K-1 Fiance Visa.
There are certain things you will need to do before you file. These steps often require planning and time to complete, so it is good to start working on them a few months before you file your Fiance Visa application. The five things you will need to do before you file are:
The second thing that you will need to do to get a K-1 Fiance Visa is to file Form I-129F, "Petition for Alien Fiancé(e)." This form is also known as a "Fiance Visa petition." The U.S. citizen petitioner will file this form with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). There are four types of required documents that you need to file with Form I-129F. Do not send original documents unless the form instructions tell you to. If you submit any documents (copies or original documents) in a foreign language, you must include a full English translation of those documents. The translation needs to include a certification from the translator that the translation is complete and accurate and that the translator is competent to translate from the foreign language to English. You and your fiance cannot translate your own documents.
You should submit these four things and a cover letter with Form I-129F when you file:
You will need to pay the $535 I-129F filing fee when you submit your petition to USCIS. This fee changes from time to time - you can find the current fee on USCIS's fee schedule. You can pay the fee with a money order, personal check, or cashier’s check made payable to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. If you file with a USCIS Lockbox facility, you may also pay by credit card using Form G-1450, Authorization for Credit Card Transactions. USCIS Service centers can't process credit card payments.
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The third thing that you will need to do to get a K-1 Fiance Visa is to file Form DS-160, the "Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application." There are five types of required documents that you will need to provide after you file the DS-160. Unless the National Visa Center ("NVC") or the embassy/consulate handling your case says otherwise, the sponsored fiance should bring these items to their visa interview.
Do not provide original documents unless the NVC or Consulate/Embassy handling your case tells you to. If you submit any documents (copies or original documents) in a foreign language, you must include a full English translation of those documents. The translation needs to include a certification from the translator that the translation is complete and accurate and that the translator is competent to translate from the foreign language to English. You and your fiance cannot translate your own documents.
There is a $265 filing fee for a K-1 Fiance Visa, and you can pay it at the visa interview with a check or money order. In many cases, you can also pay this fee online with a debit card or credit card after you file your DS-160. If you pay the fee online, the sponsored fiance will need to bring the online receipt to the visa interview. It’s essential to review the specific instructions about payment on the interview notice that the embassy or consulate sends when they schedule the visa interview. This fee changes from time to time. For a list of the current fees for Department of State, check out the Fees for Visa Services page of their website.
The consular officer may ask the sponsored fiance for additional information to prove that your relationship is legitimate. This is why you'll want to have all of the items outlined above in "Checklist #1 - Before you file." Te sponsored fiance should bring these items to their visa interview.
The embassy or consulate handling your case may require the sponsored fiance to bring documents not listed above to the visa interview. Check the interview notice that they send you for specific requirements. You can also review U.S. Embassy/Consulate-Specific Instructions online to learn what additional requirements your embassy or consulate has.
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