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What is a Fiancé Visa and what does the filing process entail?
If you are a U.S. citizen who wants to bring your foreign fiancé(e) to the United States in order to get married, you will need to file a Form I-129F, Petition For Alien Fiancé(e). This is the first step to obtaining a K-1 nonimmigrant visa for your fiancé(e). The K-1 nonimmigrant visa is also known as a fiancé(e) visa.
You need to file the following with the USCIS:
1. Duly completed Form I-129;
2. Proof that you and your fiancé(e) intend to marry each other within 90 days of your fiancé(e) entering the U.S. as a K-1 non-immigrant;
3. Bona-fides of the relationship/engagement period to show its not for an immigration benefit.
After the paperwork is filed with the USCIS, the following steps follow:
1. Once the petition is approved, the National Visa Center (NVC), which is run by the U.S. State Department, assigns a case number and forwards your paperwork to the U.S. embassy or consulate closest to where the foreign fiancé lives.
2. The foreign fiancé completes a visa application (Form DS-160), submits it online (or according to the local consulate’s instructions), and pays the visa fee.
3. The foreign fiancé goes to an interview at the U.S. embassy or consulate, and presents any requested documents during the interview.
4. The foreign fiancé gets a visa stamp in his or her passport and uses it to enter the United States within six months.
5. The couple gets married within 90 days and files a green card application.
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