A K-1 visa, also known as the fiancé(e) visa, is a type of visa issued to the fiancé(e) of a U.S. citizen. The purpose of the K-1 visa is to allow the fiancé(e) of a U.S. citizen to enter the United States for the purpose of getting married. Here are the steps you need to follow in order to obtain a K-1 visa:
File a Petition: The first step in the K-1 visa process is for the U.S. citizen to file a Form I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiancé(e), with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Approval of the Petition: If the petition is approved by USCIS, it will be sent to the U.S. Department of State's National Visa Center (NVC) for further processing.
Payment of Fees: After the petition is received by the NVC, the U.S. citizen and the foreign fiancé(e) must pay the required fees and complete the required forms.
Submit Required Documents: The foreign fiancé(e) must submit a number of required documents, including a medical examination and police certificates, as part of the visa application process.
Interview: Once the NVC has received all the required documents, the foreign fiancé(e) will be scheduled for an interview at the U.S. embassy or consulate in their home country.
Visa Issuance: If the foreign fiancé(e) is found eligible for the K-1 visa, the visa will be issued, and they may enter the United States.
It's important to note that the U.S. citizen and the foreign fiancé(e) must get married within 90 days of the foreign fiancé(e)'s arrival in the United States, or the foreign fiancé(e) will have to leave the country. After the wedding, the foreign spouse may apply for a green card through the adjustment of status process.