K1 Visa Fees and Expenses

Last Updated: 4/24/2018

K1 Visa Petition Fees

The cost of the K1 fiance process can be quite high. Especially for those who are on a limited income such as retirees, military personnel and those who are disabled. However, finding love overseas is well worth the cost if it means that you will be able to spend the rest of your life with your soulmate.

The total costs can range due to the cost of travel, accommodations, government filing fees and medical exam costs. Petitioning your foreign fiance is a very expensive and time consuming task but if you are willing to do the research, you will have a high chance of successfully being approved.

Fortunately, the K1 visa timeline gives you some time to pay each fee separately at different times. The initial fee pays for the actual review and processing of your petition. Since the USCIS is self funded (meaning the government doesn’t use tax payer money to pay for the service) the filing fees go towards their budget.

Every case is different and only you can truly calculate the total cost of your petition, but the typical K1 visa case can range from about $800-$1,000 for self petitioning all the way up to $5,000 if you hire an immigration attorney.

Fees and Expenses For The K1 Visa

Filing Fees (required)

USCIS filing fee: $535

Embassy fee: $265

Other expenses: postage, photocopies (varies)

Total K1 Cost: $800

Variable Costs

Travel cost: varies by location

Medical cost: $100 – $500

Assistance: $800 – $5,000 (attorney)

Should You Hire An Attorney?

Hiring an immigration attorney isn’t always necessary and everything they will be doing, you will be able to do. However, for those of you have more money than time – you can definitely opt for the assistance of a lawyer.

Fortunately, you do not need to know everything about the immigration legal system to be able to petition your fiance. The vast majority of people who file for the K1 visa do it themselves. The basics are pretty easy to understand and the hardest part is to gather all the evidence that is required.

Take your time when you are putting together your K1 packet to make sure you haven’t missed anything. Check out the K1 visa guide for more information about what you will need to include with your petition.