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The basics of a fiancé visa in California

On Behalf of | Feb 13, 2023 | Blog, Family Immigration |

A fiancé visa, also known as a K-1 visa, is a nonimmigrant visa that allows a foreign national to come to the United States to marry their U.S. citizen fiancé.

To be eligible for a fiancé visa, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must be engaged to a U.S. citizen
  • You must have met your U.S. citizen fiancé in person within the past two years
  • Your marriage must be bona fide and not entered into to obtain immigration benefits
  • You must be able to provide proof of financial support

A fiancé visa is a nonimmigrant visa, meaning you are only granted a temporary stay in the United States. After you get married, you must apply for a green card to become a lawful permanent resident.

The benefits of a fiancé visa

The main benefit of a fiancé visa is the opportunity to come to the United States and marry your U.S. citizen fiancé. This allows you to live and work in the United States as a lawful permanent resident.

The fiancé visa process is relatively quick and straightforward. This can provide much-needed relief for separated couples and eager to be together.

A fiancé visa allows you to come to the United States to get married. This gives you the flexibility to plan your wedding, plan for a new life in the United States, and start your new life together as a married couple.

Additional considerations for a fiancé visa

Remember that your U.S. citizen fiancé is responsible for supporting you while you are in the United States. This means that they must be able to provide evidence of financial support and prove that they can support you without relying on government assistance.

You must provide all necessary documentation, such as birth certificates, police certificates, and medical examinations, to obtain a fiancé visa. Failure to provide complete and accurate information can delay the process or result in a visa denial.

Compliance with U.S. law

You must comply with all U.S. laws and regulations while in the United States on a fiancé visa. This includes maintaining valid immigration status, not engaging in unauthorized employment and not committing any crimes.


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