K1 Visa Process: Fiance Visa Overview For 2019
The K1 visa process is very popular with foreigners and US citizen alike. Why? It’s because it’s one of the fastest and easiest ways to get to the United States.
Although the K1 fiancé visa is a temporary nonimmigrant visa, it usually ends with the immigrant being able to adjust status after getting married to their US citizen fiancé.
There may be many reasons why you’ve chosen the K1 visa over the CR1 spouse visa. It could be due to upfront costs, timeline for approval or the affidavit of support requirements.
In this post, we’ll take a look at the K1 visa process for 2019 and what you should be aware of.
Manu met his fiance while he was on a trip to India to visit family. He fell in love Rita and they decided to get engaged after several months of long distance relationship. Manu began the process by completing the I-129F petition and submitting to USCIS with their evidence.
After 5 months, their I-129F petition was approved and sent to the National Visa Center (NVC). After completing the online forms and scheduling the interview, Rita was closer to moving to the US. The interview went well for Rita and she was told that the consulate needed to review some documents and she would get the K1 visa back with her passport soon.
Does this sound like a simple K1 visa process to you? Well, it does but sometimes it doesn’t go as smoothly. But don’t panic!
Even if things don’t go as planned, you can help your case by responding quickly to USCIS, NVC or the US consulate. Ultimately, it is up to you to make your case strong and get approved for the K1 visa. 🇺🇸
Is The K1 Fiancé Visa Better Than CR1 Spouse Visa?
Okay, so this is a question I get a lot from readers who haven’t yet decided whether they will apply for the K1 or CR1 visa.
I get it. I was there once where my partner and I couldn’t make up our mind either. We ultimately decided on the K1 visa because of the speed and ease we could apply for one.
To say it another way, we looked at the pros and cons and went with what worked best for our relationship. 🥰
Of course, I can’t tell you which one you should choose but I can give you an idea of the difference between the K1 and CR1.
- K1 visa is slightly faster than CR1 visa.
- K1 visa requires the US petitioner to meet smaller income requirement.
- K1 visa is faster to process by a couple of months.
- CR1 visa allows you to become a green card holder upon entering US.
- CR1 visa allows you to work right away in the US.
- CR1 visa is easier to get from high fraud countries.
As you can see from the list above, there are some good things and bad things for each visa type. I hope that by reading a few of these that it helps you make up your mind easier.
There is no right or wrong answer here. Which ever visa you decide to apply for will be right for you. So, don’t sweat it! 😉
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How To Speed Up K1 Visa Process
So you want to skip ahead of the line, do you? Join the club then! 😅
Everyone and their mama wants to get the K1 visa approved as fast as possible. But, is this really possible? Hmmm maybe, maybe not.
The K1 visa process has multiple steps and there really isn’t a way to skip any of them. USCIS will processing your I-129F petition in the order that they receive it. The sooner you send it in the faster they will process your application.
Here’s the deal. There is no way to request an expedite of your K1 visa application. 😔 Sorry folks!
Additionally, if your case is complicated then it may take much longer than the “average” processing times they post on USCIS website. I find that this average timeframe can be very misleading.
Alright – but how do I make sure my K1 visa is processing quickly? Simple. Follow these guidelines before submitting your K1 visa:
- Fill out form I-129F petition correctly.
- Submit the correct filing fee.
- Include enough evidence to prove your relationship.
- Include your letter of intent.
- Meet in the 2 years prior to submitting your petition.
- Have a real relationship!
Yup, that’s pretty much it. If you follow the rules above, then you should get your K1 visa approved in record time. This can be as fast as 7 months but closer to 11 months for others.
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How To Get Approved For 90 Day Fiance Visa
Have you watched the reality TV show called “90 day fiancé?” Well it’s quite popular but I’ve only seen clips of it. For some strange reason I’m not as interested as I would have been if this show came out when I was still waiting on my K1 visa. 🤨
So, how the heck do you get approved for the K1 fiancé visa? What is the K1 visa process like?
The best way to describe the K1 visa process is that it’s similar to taking a test to get into the school you REALLY want to be in. Your hopes and dreams are riding on a positive outcome but you know it’s not fully in your control.
So, what do you do?
Well, you stay up all night checking your case status, you tell family and friends you will be moving “soon.” Soon turns into months of waiting and you start to feel sad, lonely and out of control.
Doesn’t sound fun, right?
I’ve been there and thankfully my fiancé was there for me at the time and helped get through it together. It’s hard being in a long distance relationship but it’s even harder waiting for US immigration to finally make a decision about your relationship.
Hang in there! You’ll get through it too and be better as a couple on the other side.
Why a K1 Visa Is Denied At The Consulate
I hate to be the barer of bad news… but it’s possible that your K1 visa is denied at the Consulate stage.
The vast majority of honest K1 applicants are approved. This is true. But there are a small number of applicants that are denied because of different reasons. I’ve outlined some of the reasons below:
- Not having enough evidence of your relationship
- Not meeting in the 2 years before filing I-129F petition
- Petitioner not meeting income requirement
- Suspicion of immigration fraud
- Multiple K1 visas filed in the past
- Having a communicable disease
The above is not a complete list. There are obviously many more reasons for a K1 visa denial but they may be more case specific than the ones I listed above.
Ultimately, if you are denied, I highly recommend getting the help of an experienced immigration attorney to help you out. Don’t try to appeal a K1 visa denial yourself.
The other option is to reapply for the K1 visa and make sure your submit a really strong case. Reapplying might be best if the reason for denial was due to a simple mistake that you can overcome.
Related Post: K1 Visa Denied Experiences 2019 – Case Studies
Conclusion: The K1 Visa Process Overview
The K1 visa process for 2019 is a bit more simple in the number of forms, the fees, and process. When I was completing my own K1 visa process many years ago, it wasn’t as easy as it is today.
I’m not talking about the waiting being easier, but USCIS has simplified the paperwork. Unfortunately, with these changes they have also increased the cost of the filing fee. 😩
There are three main players in the K1 visa process:
- USCIS – they handle processing of your I-129F petition.
- NVC – they handle processing of online form DS-160, I-134 affidavit of support, scheduling interview.
- DHS – they handle the visa interview process and issuance of the k1 visa.
- CBP – they handle the port of entry process.
My tip for you is to submit your petition with as much evidence as you can. Don’t skimp on this part! Be confident in your relationship and stick together through these hard times, it will pay off! 👍
Need more help with your K1 fiance visa? Check out the Migrant Academy! It’s an interactive online course platform that helps you submit your own I-129F petition with step-by-step video tutorials.
Ayan is the founder of the Migrant Academy community, the My Path To Citizenship Blog and Podcast.
After successfully navigating the hurdles of US immigration. She now dedicates her time to helping other couples achieve their goals of starting their new life together in the US.