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Things to know about K-1 visas

On Behalf of | Mar 26, 2021 | Immigration Law

More Kentucky residents are finding themselves in romantic relationships with foreign nationals in today’s highly connected world. Many of these relationships include the desire to marry and start a family. Foreign nationals might find it possible to join their partners in America through the K-1 visa program.

K-1 visas explained

K-1 visas are known to many people as fiancee visas. These visas allow engaged residents of other countries to enter the United States for marriage. K-1 visa recipients have 90 days from the time they enter the country to complete the marriage process. New spouses can apply for a more permanent immigration status once officially married.

Who is eligible

Both parties must be legally eligible for marriage when petitioning for a K-1 visa. The sponsoring partner must also be a U.S. resident. Same-sex couples enjoy the same rights concerning the K-1 visa process as opposite-sex couples regardless of laws in their country of origin.

Immigration officials require petitioners to demonstrate evidence of a genuine relationship. Possible evidence might include photographs, traveling history, and written statements from friends and family. Couples may also need to prove they have spent time together in person at least once over the two years preceding the visa request.

Each partner will also need to provide a written record of their intent to marry within the 90-day window mentioned above. It may also help the cause of petitioners to detail wedding plans if already made.

The citizen fiancee must also prove they satisfy income requirements. This requirement is met by showing a previous year’s income that meets or exceeds the federal poverty threshold.

The immigration process includes complex regulations that can become difficult for people to navigate on their own. Individuals with questions regarding their immigration status may find the answers they need by speaking with an attorney.