Fiancé(e) Visas (K1 & K2)

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Overview

The fiancé(e) beneficiary K1:

The fiancé(e) K-1 visa is for the foreign-citizen fiancé(e) of a U.S. citizen.  The K-1 visa permits the foreign-citizen fiancé(e) to travel to the United States and marry his or her U.S. citizen sponsor within 90 days of arrival.  The foreign-citizen will then apply for adjustment of status to a lawful permanent resident (LPR) with the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).  Because a fiancé (e) visa permits the holder to immigrate to the United States and marry a U.S. citizen shortly after arrival in the United States, the fiancé (e) must meet some of the requirements of an immigrant visa.  

The fiancé (e) derivative K2:

If a child of the fiancé(e) wishes to accompany the fiancé(e) to the United States, he/she needs to attend the same visa interview as the fiancé(e) and apply for a K-2 visa.  He/she must follow all of the same procedures as the application for a K-1 visa, including paying a visa application processing fee, preparing for all required documents and attending a visa interview.  Please note that the derivative child may be issued a K-2 visa within one year from the date of issuance of the K-1 visa to the parent. The derivative child of the fiancé(e) is not covered under the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA). Therefore, if he/she turns 21, he/she is not eligible to immigrate to the United States and should not schedule an interview appointment.

The U.S. citizen sponsor must file Form I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiancé(e), with the USCIS.  Form I-129F cannot be filed at a U.S. Embassy, Consulate, or USCIS office abroad. Further information is available on the USCIS website under Fiancé(e) Visas

Scheduling an appointment online

After USCIS approves the petition, it is sent to the National Visa Center (NVC) for further processing. Then, the NVC will send it to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where your fiancé(e) will apply for a K-1 visa.

Please do NOT schedule your interview date until you have received the Instruction Package Letter  from the U.S. Embassy.  The Instruction Package Letter  will instruct you on how to complete Form DS-160(s) and schedule an appointment.

To schedule an appointment online for an interview for K visa:

  1. Determine the visa class you are apply for is K.
  1. You must pay the visa fee. The visa fee page lists the visa types and correlating visa fee in US dollars. To pay your visa fee, read the Bank and Payment Options This page explains how to make your visa fee payment. You must keep your receipt number to book your visa appointment.
  1. The next step is to complete the DS-160 form. Be sure to read the Guidelines for Completing the DS-160 Form All information must be correct and accurate. Once the form is submitted, you cannot make any changes. If you need assistance, please consult an immigration lawyer or translator. The call center cannot help you complete your DS-160. You will need your DS-160 number to book your appointment.
  1. If you have not created a profile previously in our system, please click here to create a profile. After you have successfully created a profile, on your dashboard, click “New Application/Schedule Appointment” and proceed to respond to the questions as prompted. If you have an existing account, click here to sign in. After you have successfully signed in, on your dashboard, click “New Application/Schedule Appointment” and proceed to respond to the questions as prompted

             For each applicant being scheduled you will need:

                    The applicant's passport number

                    The receipt number from GT Bank receipt.

                    The ten (10) digit barcode number from the applicant's DS-160 confirmation page 

  1. As you go through the process you will be able to enter personal data, add dependents confirm visa payment and finally, schedule your appointment.
  1. Visit the U.S. Embassy on the date and time of your visa interview.                                                                  
  2. You will be required to bring a printed copy of your Appointment Confirmation letter, your current passport and all other supporting documents to the visa interview.
  1. If your visa is approved you will pick up your passport at the US Embassy at the time the officer at the embassy specifies.                                                                                                                                            
  2. Only applicants with scheduled appointments will be admitted into the U.S. Embassy.

DO NOT MAKE TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS UNTIL YOUR VISA HAS BEEN ISSUED.

Rescheduling or cancelling your interview appointment

If you are unable to attend your appointment, you can reschedule or cancel your appointment online. Please log in your account here. On the home page, select “Reschedule Appointment” or “Cancel Appointment” on the left of the screen.

Please note that the fiancé(e) visa application processing fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.  However, the receipt is valid for one year from the date of payment.  Applicants can use this receipt to reschedule their interview appointment while the receipt is valid, but must attend a visa interview within one year of the fee payment.  After one year, the fee payment will expire and applicants must pay the fee again.

DO NOT MAKE TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS UNTIL YOUR VISA HAS BEEN ISSUED.

More information

For more information about K-1 visa, please visit the websites of the Department of State