Chicago Fiance/K1 Visa Lawyer Helping Couples Marry in the U.S.
Many immigrants come to America because they intend to marry U.S. citizen. This non-immigrant visa allows the couple to enter the United States once, so if they leave the country before marriage, they will need to apply for a new visa. After the wedding takes place, the visa holder may apply for a green card.
Although filing for a K1 visa is considered faster than getting a marriage green card from abroad, it is still a complicated process requiring the help of a knowledgeable immigration attorney. Please reach out to the Law Office of Kevin L. Dixler immediately for a K1 lawyer with nearly 30 years of helping couples reach their immigration goals and marry in the United States. Call 312-728-4610 to schedule your appointment today!
Who Qualifies for a K1 Visa?
The fiancé visa is a nonimmigrant visa that the U.S. citizen fiancé must file. Thus, the requirements have a great deal to do with the status of the citizen. Other criteria must also be met, such as when the marriage occurs.
Some essential requirements for obtaining a K1 visa are:
- A U.S. citizen must file the K1 petition.
- The citizen petitioning must intend to marry the foreign-born person.
- Both parties must be free to marry.
- The citizen must intend to marry the foreign-born person within 90 days.
- The two parties must have met in person at least once within the previous two years.
All of these criteria must be verified by providing evidence along with your application to USCIS. Hiring an immigration attorney is one sure way to apply for a K1 visa confidently.
Does the K1 Visa Approval Require an Interview?
Yes, both the U.S. citizen and foreign-born partners must attend an interview at the applicant’s local U.S. embassy or consulate. The petitioner and beneficiary should expect to bring documents to support their application and the proper forms to apply for the K1. These forms include the I-129 Petition for Alien Fiancé and the I-134 Affidavit of Support. The USCIS should inform you of additional documents to bring, but it is also a good idea to get legal counsel from a lawyer to ensure the best results from your application.
During the interview, you will be asked questions about your intentions regarding moving to the United States and your relationship with your fiancé. Again, we urge you to seek the legal advice of an experienced immigration lawyer who can counsel you in your unique situation.
How Do I Adjust My K1 Visa Status?
The K1 visa is not intended to allow the foreign-born person to live indefinitely in the United States. It allows for one-time entry into the country, meaning if the person leaves the U.S. before marrying their U.S. citizen fiancé, they may not return unless they get a new visa. This also means your visa will expire 90 days after you enter the United States. To legally retain the residence, you must upgrade your status by applying for a green card.
This is done by submitting the proper forms to show that you are in good health, have good moral character, and have married the person you were engaged with when you obtained the K1 visa.
Should You Hire Our K1 Visa Attorney?
Getting your K1 visa and upgrading to a green card following your marriage are both exciting steps on your path to legal residence in the United States. However, these processes can be confusing and frustrating with the critical deadlines and fluctuating regulations in U.S. immigration law. Before seeking a K1 visa, it is imperative to seek the advice of a legal professional with plenty of experience in immigration.
At the Law Office of Kevin L. Dixler, our immigration attorney has worked with marriage-based immigration cases for nearly 30 years. This experience has given him a depth of understanding many attorneys do not offer. While our appointments are not free, we offer reasonable rates that make immigration services available to everyone. We think you’ll find that the small price is worth the knowledge and skill you receive in Attorney Dixler’s immigration work. Please take the risk of going it alone or using an inexperienced lawyer, as even minor mistakes can cost devastating delays and even deportation. Call us today to find out how we can help you at 312-728-4610.