Visa for Fiancés (K1/K2)

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Overview

The fiancé K-1 nonimmigrant visa is for the foreign-citizen fiancé of a United States (U.S.) citizen. The K-1 visa permits the foreign-citizen fiancé 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 permanent resident (LPR) with the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Because a fiancé visa permits the holder to immigrate to the U.S. 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. Eligible children of K-1 visa applicants receive K-2 visas.

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

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

Scheduling the interview date

Once the U.S. Embassy Sofia receives the approved petition from NVC, the Immigrant Visa Section will send a letter with the instructions on preparing for the visa interview to the applicant.

Note: Do not schedule your interview date until you receive these instructions. If you do not receive the instructions from the US Embassy within two months after the notification from NVC about the transferring of your case to Sofia, you have to send an inquiry about the status of your case directly to the Consular Section of the US Embassy Sofia at iv_sofia@state.gov.

Preparing for the visa interview

Fiancé visa interview instructions are available at the website of the U.S. Embassy in Sofia. The visa fee is paid to the cashier at the American Embassy in Sofia on the day of the interview.

Completing the DS-160 form

Each applicant applying for a fiancée visa - including children - must have their own DS-160 visa application*.

Any inquiries on completing the DS-160 can be addressed on the following website. Guidelines for completing the DS-160 form are available at our portal. We are unable to answer any questions or provide guidance on this process.