Get Fiance / Fiancee Visa Help
Professional Fiance Visa Services
Congratulations – You’re in love!
You are engaged to a foreign national and want to bring your fiance / fiancee to the United States to live with you.. You know you need a Fiance / Fiancee Visa.
You’ve done the hard part and now you’ve found me, Mike Corbett, to make the complicated part EASY for you.
As an experienced K1 Fiance Visa immigration consultant, I’m here to help.
How Long Does It Take To Get A Fiance Visa?
Due to USCIS irregularities, the multiple steps of the Fiance / Fiancee visa process are currently taking from 5 to 8 months from initial petition filing to visa interview.
How do I help with the Fiance / Fiancee Visa process?
First, the US Citizen and I will have an initial consultation to discuss requirements and personal circumstances to find the best service.
Once we agree to move forward, we’ll schedule a call to get the necessary information to complete the multiple forms. We do this “interview style”. By the end of that first call, we’ll know what information is missing, who is going to get it and how, as well as which other documents (birth and marriage certificates etc.) will be needed, whether you have them on hand already and if not, how you are going to obtain them.
Although we’ll be on the phone, it will be like you’re sitting at the desk with me. You won’t fill out any forms or type information into any website or government form. I’ll do all that, and email the forms to you.
When it’s time to mail anything to the government, all the papers will be in front of you, and I’ll be looking over your shoulder through the phone, making sure signatures are in the right place and all that is needed is there and in the correct order. Then, I’ll walk you through mailing instructions. Of course, you’ll have my personal mobile phone number to call anytime during the process with any questions.
Once the petition is approved, we’ll get busy again with the affidavit of support (The US Citizen’s Financial Sponsorship Forms) and the actual Fiance / Fiancee visa application process.
How Much Does A Fiance Visa cost?
By now, you probably know that travel is going to be the biggest cost, in most cases. Government fees are consistent and can be found here.
Unlike some services that take a “one size fits all” approach to Fiance / Fiancee visa help, Platinum Immigration Services’ Consulting Fees are quoted based on the needs of each case as determined during the initial consultation and assessment process. Although they do tend to vary based on the foreign national’s country of citizenship and/or residency and specific circumstances, they seldom exceed the total government filing fees for the applicable visa category.
Cases involving children immigrating with parents enjoy reduced per-person consulting fees as well as some government fee reductions. Clients are responsible for direct payment of all government fees at the various times they are required. For example, Removal of Conditions fees are paid almost three years after initial filing fees.
How to get a Fiance / Fiancee Visa.
Fiance / Fiancee Visa Process Outline
The Fiance / Fiancee visa itself (or K2 Visa for child of fiance) is only a single step in a procedure for obtaining permanent residency (a green card) based on a marriage to a US Citizen after entry. The steps involved in immigrating to the US via a Fiance / Fiancee visa are….
The US Citizen files the petition for the foreign fiancée or fiancé through a USCIS intake Service Center in Dallas, where only a cursory review is done. The petition is then forwarded to the appropriate service center, based on established criteria that tends to vary. The petition phase is very straightforward. Approval timelines vary with each Service Center, with the processing times ranging anywhere from one to four or five months.
After the petition has been approved, the petition is sent to the Department of State’s National Visa Center (NVC) where it is processed and forwarded to the correct Embassy or Consulate. The process of sending the approved petition from the Service Center (through the NVC) and arriving at the embassy takes about a month. The Fiance / Fiancee visa applicant has 4 months from the time the petition was approved at the Service Center to obtain the Fiance / Fiancee visa at the US Consulate in the foreign country. This time period can be extended by a consular officer if required. The visa application process is generally similar in all countries, although each Consulate will vary a bit in their requirements.
Once the Fiance / Fiancee visa is issued, it is good for only one entry into the United States within 6 months of the issue date. (In the Philippines that’s 6 months from the medical exam completion.) A Fiance / Fiancee Visa holder (child of Fiance / Fiancee Visa holder) may enter up to one year after the parent, but a K-2 Visa holder may not enter the U.S. prior to parent holding the Fiance / Fiancee holder.
Once in the United States, you have 90 days to get married.
Immediately after marriage, the Fiance / Fiancee visa holder must apply for an Adjustment of Status, to become a conditional permanent resident of the USA. They may also apply for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) to work until the status adjustment is approved and “advance parole” in case they want to travel outside the United States and re-enter before getting the green card.
If the status adjustment is approved prior to two years after you were married (most common) a “Conditional” Permanent Resident status (green card) which is valid for only two years. If you are interviewed and approved more than two years after you were married (not common) full Permanent Residency status with no conditions and a green card valid for ten years is granted. The time it takes to approve a status adjustment depends on where you live and the nearest local USCIS office’s processing timeline. Usually, it takes three or four months from filing to interview.
If granted “conditional permanent residency”, 21 to 24 months from the date the status is granted, the Fiance / Fiancee visa who is a Conditional resident will file jointly with the US Citizen Spouse, to have the “Conditional” status removed; when approved you will get a full 10 year green card. If you had a full permanent residency status without conditions then this step is not required.
In three to five years after being granted either resident status, depending on circumstances, you can apply to become a US citizen (naturalization).