What are the K-1 visa requirements?

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There are various steps in the K-1 visa process. However, the journey can be divided into two major components, petitioning the fiancé for a visa and actually applying for the visa. Each has separate and unique K-1 visa requirements.

Form I-129F Petition Requirements

The first step to obtaining a K-1 visa is for the U.S. citizen to file Form I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiancé. When filing Form I-129F, the petitioner must also submit:

  • USCIS filing fee
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship
  • Evidence any previous marriages have been terminated
  • Passport-style photo
  • Evidence of in-person meeting with fiancé
  • Evidence of intention to marry

Additional items may be required based on the petitioner’s answers in Form I-129F. For more detailed evidence, read evidence to submit with Form I-129F. When you prepare your petition through CitizenPath, we will generate personalized filing instructions based on your specific situation.

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K-1 Visa Requirements

Once USCIS approves the I-129F petition, the U.S. Department of State will have additional K-1 visa requirements. USCIS will transfer the case to the National Visa Center (NVC). The K-1 visa applicant (foreign fiancé) will need to submit the following items to the NVC or U.S. embassy that is requesting them:

  • Form DS-160, Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application
  • Passport valid for at least six months beyond intended period of stay in the U.S.
  • Police certificates from your present country of residence and all countries where you have lived for six months or more since age 16
  • Medical examination
  • Form I-134, Affidavit of Support
  • Passport-style photos (2)
  • Evidence any previous marriages have been terminated
  • Evidence of bona fide relationship with the U.S. citizen petitioner
  • Visa fees

Each U.S. embassy may have slightly different K-1 visa requirements and may request additional evidence. The consular officer may ask for additional information, such as photographs and other evidence of a bona fide relationship with the U.S. citizen.