Fiancé visa (К1/К2, К3/К4)
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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 K-3 nonimmigrant visa is for the foreign-citizen spouse of a United States (U.S.) citizen. This visa category is intended to shorten the physical separation between the foreign-citizen and U.S. citizen spouses by having the option to obtain a nonimmigrant K-3 visa overseas and enter the United States to await approval of the immigrant visa petition. K-3 visa recipients subsequently apply to adjust status to a permanent resident (LPR) with the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) upon approval of the petition. Because the spouse of a U.S. citizen applying for a nonimmigrant K-3 visa must have a immigrant visa petition filed on his or her behalf by his or her U.S. citizen spouse and pending approval, a K-3 applicant must meet some of the requirements of an immigrant visa. It should be noted that under U.S. immigration law, a foreign citizen who marries a U.S. citizen outside the U.S. must apply for the K-3 visa in the country where the marriage took place.
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. The U.S. Embassy is unable to proceed with a case until it has been received from the NVC.
Scheduling the interview date
Once the U.S. Embassy Tbilisi receives the approved petition from NVC, the Immigrant Visa Section will send an email with the visa interview preparation instructions to the applicant. Please follow those instructions carefully.
Note: Do not schedule your interview date or pay the required fee until after you receive these instructions. If you do not receive the instructions from the U.S. Embassy within two months after the notification from NVC about the transferring of your case to Tbilisi, you should request a status update by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Preparing for the visa interview
Instruction Handouts for K Applicants are available at the website of the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi under the heading “Instruction Handouts.” Visa fee payment instructions and options are available at this portal. Please note that applicants who do not comply with the requirements will experience a delay in their processing.
Applicants are required to read the Information on the Legal Rights Available to Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence in the United States and Facts about Immigrating on a Marriage-Based Visa document prior to the interview.
Completing the DS-160 form
Each applicant applying for a fiancé visa - including children - must have their own DS-160 visa application*. The DS-160 must be completed and submitted online prior to your interview at the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi and you must bring the confirmation page with you to the interview.
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.