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Houston Fiancé Visas

K-1 and K-2 Visas for Intending Spouses of U. S. Citizens and Their Children

Generally, the process of obtaining a non-immigrant fiancé(e) visa begins when the individual who is a U.S. citizen files a petition, Form I-129F with USCIS. The U.S. citizen or petitioner has to submit proof of his/her citizenship and that both of them are free to contract marriage with each other. There are other criteria that the couple must meet before the fiancé(e) can be allowed to move to the United States for marriage purposes.

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Legal Requirements Explained by Our Houston Immigration Attorney

One of the legal requirements to obtain this visa is that a couple must have "met in person" within two years preceding the filing of the fiancé(e) petition. USCIS may allow exemption from this requirement for those who can show that they are following strict cultural or social practices. Exceptions also are considered for those who would experience extreme hardship if forced to comply with this requirement.

Process After Petition Approval

If USCIS approves the petition, they will forward the petition to the appropriate consular office, allowing the following to take place:

  • The intending spouse of the U.S. citizen will have to present certain legal documents
  • They will be interviewed by a consular officer
  • If the consular officer is satisfied that the fiancé(e) meets the legal requirements to be granted the visa, the consulate will issue a K-1 visa

How soon after entry does the couple have to get married?

If the parties marry within 90 days of entry, the alien may apply for adjustment of status to become a lawful permanent resident. If the parties don't marry within 90 days of entry, the alien will lose his/her lawful status and may be placed in deportation proceedings. Unmarried children of a person with a K-1 visa may obtain a K-2 visa to enter the U.S.

The Necessity for a Qualified Houston Immigration Attorney

In these types of situations, it may seem that it is fairly simple to ascertain a visa for your potential spouse to join you. There are various stipulations and complications that can occur in regards to proving that the relationship is valid.

The U.S. Government agencies often provide tough questions and make the couple jump through certain hoops before it is all said and done. By having sound legal advice from someone at our Houston immigration firm, you can rest assured knowing that your situation is in good hands.

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"We helped a client get his case approved based on marriage (USC wife petitioned for Mexican husband). The case was initially denied when he applied on his own. USCIS thought they didn't have enough proof of cohabitation. In addition, there were discrepancies during the initial interview. USCIS was claiming marriage fraud. Attorney Sebastian Simon refiled everything, went to the interview and case got approved."

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