A K-1 Visa, also called a fiancé visa, allows you to enter the United
States for the purpose of getting married. You don’t have to intend
to stay in the country permanently to be eligible for this kind of
visa. Eligibility requires that you:
- Intend to marry a U.S. citizen.
- Have met your fiancé in person in the last two years
- Are legally able to marry
The second requirement can be waived based on cultural customs or extreme hardship.
According to the International Marriage Broker Regulation Act (IMBRA),
petitioners must disclose if they met their fiancé through a marriage
broker. Additionally, they have to show the signed, written consent form
that authorizes the release of their personal contact information.
Certain criminal convictions can also disqualify you from obtaining a K-1
Visa under IMBRA regulations. If you are applying for a fiancé
visa, you have to disclose incidents like:
- Domestic Violence
- Sexual Assault
- Child Abuse & Neglect
- Dating Violence
- Elder Abuse
- Homicide, Murder, & Manslaughter
- Rape, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Exploitation, & Incest
- Trafficking, Peonage, & Involuntary Servitude
- Slave Trading, Kidnapping, Abduction, Unlawful Criminal Restraint, &
At Sintsirmas & Mueller, we strive to help our clients achieve their
American Dream. Regardless of the specific circumstances surrounding your
case, you can be confident in our ability to advocate for your legal rights.
Our lawyers will break down your case and perform extensive research to
help you make informed decisions every step of the way.
Do you have more questions about obtaining a K-1 Visa for you or your fiancé?
We can help you. Contact our Cleveland team of K-1 Visa lawyers
to get started on your case today.