Starting a new relationship is always a challenge, especially if you want it to last forever. When you add another complicating factor, like living in different countries, the whole process can become overwhelming.
Most people know that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) does grant fiancé(e) visas for those engaged to United States citizens, but not everyone understands how to obtain or utilize a fiancé(e) visa. There are three basic steps that you will need to complete in order to help your intended spouse secure a visa and then enter the country to marry you.
File specific immigration paperwork
There are several forms that you will need to submit to the USCIS. Your fiancé(e) living abroad will likely need to submit paperwork as well, usually to the United States Embassy in the country where they live.
You need to establish that you have a relationship and that you intend to marry once they enter the country. The information that you provide in those papers will then be subject to review when you attend an immigration interview.
Attend an immigration interview
Immigration interviews focus on verifying application information, eliminating any serious concerns about an applicant and ensuring the validity of their request. For fiancé(e) visas, some of the focus will be on determining the legitimate nature of the relationship. Both parties may need to present themselves for an interview.
From how the two of you talk to one another to your evidence of a pre-existing relationship, your relationship with one another will be subject to scrutiny by the USCIS.
Prepare the basics for the wedding before your fiancé(e) arrives
When someone enters the United States on a K-1 or fiancé(e) visa, they can only stay for a very brief amount of time. A K-1 visa is only good for 90 days after someone’s entry into the United States. If you don’t marry before then, you may need to file more paperwork or even start the process all over again.
Planning as much of your wedding as possible before your fiancé(e) enters the country will help you meet that strict deadline despite how much work arranging a wedding usually requires. Understanding the proper steps to secure and use a fiancé(e) visa can help you bring your partner to the country and plan for a happy future together.