True love knows no boundaries. It might happen when U.S. military personnel, stationed abroad, meets the love of their life. Or someone temporarily working in a foreign nation might meet that special someone before being transferred back home. The era of online dating sites has made meeting a potential spouse from another land possible in a way that was never true before. But everything worthwhile comes with a challenge and in these cases, it can be the legal challenge of getting a K-1 fiancé(e) visa so the significant other can come to the United States.
Our Indianapolis K-1 visa lawyers have been serving clients since 2014. We’ve built up a track record of success, and one reason is that we want to be sure people are comfortable working with us. Talking to an attorney about sensitive personal issues can be nerve wracking and we aim to set clients at ease. Then we get down to work and give them the hard work and due diligence they and their loved ones are counting on. From our Indianapolis office, we serve all of Marion, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Shelby, Boone, Madison & Morgan counties, througout Indiana and across the United States of America.
Proving an Engagement
An unfortunate reality is that claiming to be engaged when there is really no intention to marry is a tactic that gets used to defraud the United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS). So, the USCIS will want to see proof of engagement before granting a K-1 visa.
Examples of proof might be the fact money has already been spent planning the wedding. Reception venues require a down payment and the receipt for that can be a compelling piece of proof. If a couple has photos of the moment the marriage proposal was made, this can also be introduced.
Cellphone photos generally can help make the case to USCIS. They are dated and time stamped, so a couple that has pictures taken of each other throughout their dating relationship can use the pictures to prove a timeline. It’s also helpful to bring in emails sent to each other that can further establish the timeline and demonstrate (without sharing the most personal emails) the genuine feelings the couple has for each other.
Good legal counsel that has been through these cases before can talk with each client individually and come up with suggestions for proving the engagement to USCIS.
How to Apply for a K-1 Visa
The form used will be the I-129F and it will be filled out by the person who is already a U.S. citizen, done on behalf of their fiancé(e). Presuming approval, it is sent on the National Visa Center (NVC) in New Hampshire. At this point, the NVC assigns the petition a case number and moves it on to the U.S. Embassy where the fiancé(e) lives. The fiancé(e) is then able to file their own petition for the K-1 visa.
An attorney who has been through this process before can make sure documentation is in order, offer guidance in preparing for the interview, and ensuring the rights of the applicants are being respected.
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