Love knows no bounds, but the same cannot be said for United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. Luckily, there are ways that you can bring your loved one to the United States legally. The easiest and most likely to be successful of these options is the K-1 Fiance Visa. If you are ready to be engaged, this visa may be the most efficient and effective option for you. Whereas spousal visas can take several years for approval, K-1 fiance visas are typically issued in under 18 months. Once the visa is issued and your fiance has used it to gain entry to the United States, you have a 90-day period from the date on which it was issued to legally marry. If you fail to marry within this 90-day time frame, the visa will be void and your fiance will have to return to their home country or risk being deported. For this reason, it is important only to apply for this visa if you and your partner are already engaged, serious about each other, and are ready to be married almost immediately. If you meet this criteria as a couple, a Chicago K-1 visa immigration lawyer can help you file a petition for this visa. The sooner that you initiate the process, the sooner your visa will be approved and issued.
Applications for K-1 Fiance Visas are reviewed with a fair amount of scrutiny. Because they are one of the fastest ways to gain entry and permanent residence in the United States, there is a large potential for abuse. This means that you and your spouse may have to undergo multiple rounds of interviews.
You will both be asked questions about your relationship and will be asked to provide proof of your relationship, such as photographs and proof that you have spent a significant amount of time together. Throughout this process, there are multiple opportunities to trip up and say or do things by accident that will result in heightened scrutiny and delays. For this reason, it is important to have experienced legal representation on your side from the beginning.
Your lawyer will help you to save time and money while avoiding costly delays and will advocate for you throughout the process. Your lawyer will also help you to prepare the strongest possible petition for this visa from the start, and ensure that no mistakes are made on the application that could otherwise result in a denial or delays.
Often, applicants may think that they have something on their record that may keep them from being approved. An attorney can review your and your fiance’s backgrounds in order to determine whether there are any factors that would bar approval, and come up with a strategy for still obtaining it if possible. Do not rule out this visa until you have spoken with a lawyer.
If you are ready to marry your fiance and start a life together in the United States, contact the Sverdloff Law Group in Chicago, Illinois today, and schedule a consultation, to find out how our lawyers can help you.