A fiance visa can be your first step toward starting a new life in the United States with your partner from another country. It enables them entry to the U.S., and upon marriage, your spouse can readjust their status and become a permanent resident.
However, not everyone qualifies for a fiance visa. There are some requirements that must be met to be eligible, as discussed below.
Who can apply for a fiance visa?
First, only genuine relationships are considered for a fiance visa. You may need to prove that you have been in a relationship leading to marriage and have met at least once over the last two years. Communication records, photographs or even witness testimony can provide such evidence.
The partner in the United States must be an American citizen who can legally enter into a marriage contract. For example, they must meet age requirements and not still be legally married to someone else. They also need to prove that they can meet the household’s financial needs as the sponsoring partners.
The foreign partner must not have committed crimes that would deny them entry into the United States. They must meet other visa requirements as well.
You only have 90 days
Once your partner is granted a fiance visa, the clock starts ticking. You only have 90 days before tying the knot. Otherwise, their visa will expire, and they may have to return home.
Getting the paperwork right
Like with other kinds of visas, it is crucial to avoid any mistakes with the paperwork. Any inaccuracies or missing information could set you back several months or even years. It may be wise to seek legal guidance to help expedite the process and avoid mistakes that could derail your plans.