Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About a K-1 Fiance Visa

Fiancé Visa Q&A (including Same Sex)
What is the K-1 fiancé visa process: Here is a general overview
  • There are two phases in the K-1 process (Phase I and Phase II)
    • Phase I : We file required USCIS forms. We provide additional supporting documentation for the Petition. The Petition and documents are sent to the USCIS for processing.
    • The Petition is approved and our forms and documentation are sent to the consulate or embassy in the country where your fiancé lives for further processing.
    • Phase II : We prepare and file additional forms and documentation that have been requested by your fiancée's embassy or consulate.
    • Your fiance attends an interview and is issued a K-1 visa to come to the US.
    • Your fiancée comes to the US within six months of his/her K-1 visa being issued, (this time can be extended if requested in advance of visa issuance).
    • You and your fiancé marry in the US and he/she applies for permanent residency (Green Card) within 90 days. Your fiancé remains in the US and obtains temporary work and travel permits to use while the application for permanent residency is pending.
    • The green card and permanent residency status is granted
Once my fiancé(e) is in the US, can the K-1 visa extend beyond the 90 day time frame before marriage?
  • No, it cannot be extended. If you and your fiancé who is here on a K-1 fiancé visa are not married within 90 days the visa expires and your fiancé will have to leave the United States.
Once my fiancé, who is in the US on a K-1 fiancée visa, and I get married, will my new spouse have return back home or can they stay in the US?
  • Your spouse may remain in the US on a permanent basis once the two of you have been married and your spouse has filed for a Green Card (which grants permanent residency) within 90 days of his/her arrival. Filing for the green card is a separate service and is not included with the K-1 visa Petition.
If we do not get married and my fiancé leaves the US can I reapply?
  • Yes, if more than 2 years has gone by since your first petition for a fiancé visa was approved. If less than two years have gone by then additional documentation is required. A waiver would be required.
How long does the K-1 visa process take?
  • This will vary from case to case depending on where you file your petition and where your fiancé’s embassy or consulate is located. A good general rule would be 5-6 months from the date of filing; however, we are seeing some fiancée visas issued in less time than that. It generally takes less time than indicated on the USCIS websites.
K-1 visas and how long it takes to receive it. The main factors effecting time of processing
  • Perhaps the most important factor in determining the time to process your case is the quality of the Petition you file. Your documents must be accurate and complete, and meet all USCIS and US State Department and embassy / consulate rules. This applies to both the actual forms and all of the supporting documents which must be submitted with the forms, both in Phase I (USCIS processing) and Phase II (also known as package two or three) (National Visa Center, Embassy, and Consulate processing and interview).
  • If you make errors or leave something out you will either get your documents back and have to start over or you will receive a Request for Further Evidence (RFE). In this latter case they are asking for further documentation of your spouse or fiance’s eligibility for a visa. This can delay things for from a few weeks to 90 days or more and if not properly replied to may result in an outright denial with you back at square one; you will likely have forfeited your filing fee as well.
What if my income is too low to sponsor my fiancé under the government rules?
  • If your income is not high enough you use a joint (additional) sponsor's income and property to achieve the needed income level.
How do I use the K-1 fiancée visa to bring my fiancé to the U.S and what do I need to do to get started?
  • Within 24 hours of hearing from you, AmeriLawGroup will get the whole process started for you. Please review our Services and Fees and we will take it from there.
Client Reviews
Hello Cal, Just wanted to thank you for all your help...Just let me know if i can ever help you in the future as you certainly great help to me and Conney in this fiance visa process. I have restored and remodeled homes and also have ten years accounting background if you ever need the favor returned California would not be a bad place to take a volunteer vacation too with my fiance of course. Have a great week, Martin M.
Dear Cal, But a quick note to advise you that our petition for a K-1 visa for my fiance' has been approved...and you also might appreciate the fact that my submission was received by The Department Of Homeland Security on 28 September 2009 and approved on 26 October; [thus, only 28-days in the pipeline from their acceptance until their written approval]. I did exactly as you advised me to do and it apparently paid off. The average time for the Vermont office to respond is roughly 3-months+. We did good!!! Bruce B.
Calvin: Thanks for the notification. You have been awesome. Do you mind if I mention your firm on the Thai Chat Boards I subscribe to? People are always looking for representation to get Visas? Thanks. John.
Hi Cal, I guess I forgot to follow up with, but Josefina was approved on the day of her interview and her passport was sent back to her in a matter of days from that point. She is already here and we want to thank you for all your help. Everything went smooth it was just more of a waiting game. Best Regards. Anonymous