Love knows no bounds, and it is not unheard of for a person in San Jose to fall in love with someone who lives in another country. Many of these couples decide that they want to marry and live together in the United States. To do so, the soon-to-be spouse who is a citizen of another country will need to apply for a K-1 visa.
K-1 is a onetime entry visa that allows a person who is a citizen of another country to come to the U.S. and marry their fiancé who is a U.S. citizen within 90 days of arriving in America. It is important, then, to know what a fiancé is under U.S. law for the purpose of getting a K-1 visa.
What does it mean to be a fiancé under U.S. immigration law?
Under U.S. immigration law, both the U.S. citizen and the fiancé who is a citizen of another country must be legally allowed to get married both when they file their petition for a K-1 visa and in the future, per the laws of the state they want to get married in. To be considered a fiancé for legal purposes, the couple must have met face-to-face within the previous two years (although there are some exceptions).
It’s possible to seek help when applying for a visa
Applying for a K-1 visa is not always easy, and there are many other requirements that must be met in order to be approved that have not been discussed in this post. For this reason, many people who want to apply for a K-1 visa find it helpful to talk to an immigration law attorney.
At our firm, we believe clients who are in love and need a visa to marry and live in the U.S. deserve to be treated with excellence and compassion. We take care of the immigration side of things, so our clients can focus on each other and their upcoming marriage. Our website has more information on immigration law that may be useful for those seeking a visa.