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Fiance visas and the immigration process

Many citizens living in the United States are engaged to foreign nationals living in other countries. Many of these couples want to live together in the U.S. in order to get married. Individuals who are planning to marry a foreign national in the U.S. should become familiar with immigration laws and visas requirements before trying to tie the knot.

Couples where one person is not a U.S. citizen should understand the application process before getting married. Applying for a fiancé visa can be a complex process. That is why it is important to know the eligibility requirements and what documentation may be necessary in order to obtain a financé visa.

What are the requirements for a fiancé visa in the U.S.? Couples have several requirements to meet, including showing that one of them is a U.S. citizen. Couples must intend to get married within 90 days of their significant other entering the country. Couples must also be able to legally get married. This means not being married to anyone else or having any other previous marriages legally terminated through divorce, annulment or death. In addition, in most cases, couples must have met each other in person at least one time before filing the petition.

Couples are exempt from this last requirement if they are able to prove that it would be an extreme hardship or that it would violate the customs of one of the couple's culture or social practice. 

Filing for a fiancé visa can be a complicated process as there are many requirements that have to be met before a visa will be issued. Individuals living in the U.S. may want to consult an immigration law attorney for advice and help during this process. 

Source: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, "Fiance(e) Visas," Jan. 2, 2014

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