K-1 fiancee visa documents to gather now
citizens and their foreign fiance(e)s frequently use the K-1 fiancee
visa to bring their loved ones to the U.S. The K-1 fiancee visa regulations state
specific requirements that must be met before the foreign fiance(e) is
permitted to enter the U.S. Generally, the K-1 fiancee visa application must present
evidence of the petitionerís U.S. citizenship, the development of the
coupleís relationship, the fact that they have met within the past two
years, their status as two people who are free to marry, and their
intention to marry within 90 days of the foreign fiance(e)ís arrival in
the U.S. Provided that these
elements are met, the foreign fiance(e) can enter the U.S. on a K-1 visa.
times at the INS and the overseas U.S. consulates are lengthy as the INS
receives thousands of applications daily and the U.S. consulates impose
tighter security measures. As of December 10, 2002, over 210 visas were
pending at the U.S. embassy in Moscow. These delays are difficult to
endure for a couple in love.
addition, the couple must factor in their time spent gathering personal
documents for inclusion in the K-1 application. U.S. citizens will need to
submit documents that may be lost or expired. In these cases, they will
need to submit requests to other U.S. federal and local government offices
such as the IRS for copies of records. U.S. citizens can shorten their own
preparation time by obtaining the following documents immediately:
U.S. citizens who are citizens based on birth in the U.S. can prove this
by producing a copy of their state birth certificate. This can be obtained
by calling or visiting their regional Office of Vital Records in the state
in which they were born.
certificate. If the U.S. citizen was naturalized but has
misplaced his or her naturalization certificate, they can obtain a
replacement. Instructions and the form are located at this INS web page
An U.S. citizen can also prove citizenship by including a copy of
his U.S. passport in the K-1 application. If one was lost or has expired,
thorough instructions are provided on the Department of State website
passport page located at http://travel.state.gov/passport_services.html
If either or both the U.S. citizen and foreign fiance(e) has been
previously married, K-1 regulations require submitting proof that the
marriage has been dissolved. U.S. citizens can provide a court dissolution
decree to show this. To obtain a copy of any of a divorce decree in the
United States, write or go to the vital statistics office in the state or
area where the divorce occurred.
income tax returns. The U.S. citizen will need to demonstrate that he
or she has the financial resources to support the foreign fiance(e). This
can be shown by producing IRS tax returns for the past three years.
Contacting oneís accountant is the easiest method. However, if such
records are unavailable, past tax returns may be requested from the IRS.
Instructions on how to submit this request are available at http://usgovinfo.about.com/library/howto/htoldtax.htm
securing these important documents now, the preparation of the K-1
fiance(e) petition will proceed much faster and smoother. The K-1
application process requires some homework; taking care of things now
facilitates the process and brings the couple one step closer to being
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