What are the rules and requirements to bring my fiancé(e) to the U.S. ?
- You must prove to USCIS that you both have met in person sometime during the previous two-year period
- You must demonstrate that you have a valid relationship and that you intend to marry within 90 days of your fiancé(e)’s entry to the U.S.
- The first step involves filing a fiance petition with USCIS.
- Upon approval of the petition, the file is forwarded to the overseas Embassy in your fiancé(e)’s home country to schedule a personal interview.
- Upon final approval after the interview, your fiancé(e) will be granted a temporary visa to travel and live in the U.S. for the purpose of getting married. The marriage must take place within 90 days of entry to the U.S.
When should I get married? Where should I get married? Can I get married abroad and bring my spouse home with me? How long will this take? How much will it cost? These are common questions in fiancé cases. If you are a U.S. citizen with plans to marry someone who is not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, who is currently residing in his or her home country, a K-1 fiance visa may be the best option for you.
However, before making firm plans for your marriage you should consult with an Immigration attorney to find out when and where you should get married, the processing times and the costs. When and where you get married can have serious immigration consequences for the foreign national spouse/fiancé. It is very important to get the proper answers to your questions to avoid your loved one being refused entry to the U.S. and having to wait many months for the proper visa.
Ames Immigration is here to answer your questions. We only handle Immigration and Naturalization Law cases, and have been serving international couples for over ten years.