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K1 FIANCEE VISA REQUIREMENTS

The immigration requirements for a K1 Visa are simple but firm:
  1. The petitioner must be a United States citizen. Legal Permanent Resident “Green Card” holders of the U.S. are not allowed to obtain a K1 Visa for their foreign fiancee.

  2. Both the petitioner (U.S. citizen) and the beneficiary (foreign fiancee) must be free to marry. This means that if either has been previously married he or she must be either divorced or widowed, or else the marriage must be legally annulled.

  3. The petitioner and foreign fiancee must have the intent to marry within 90 days of the foreign fiancee’s arrival in the U.S.

  4. The petitioner and foreign fiancee must have met in person within two years prior to filing the fiancee visa petition with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (the USCIS and formerly the "INS" - Immigration and Naturalization Service ). There is a hardship waiver available for this requirement, but it is extremely difficult to obtain. The fact that the petitioner is too busy with his work, children, sick parent, etc. will not be adequate to obtain the waiver. To qualify for a waiver, most often there is a medical condition that prevents the US citizen from international travel.

  5. The U.S. citizen petitioner must meet a minimum income requirement that is the poverty level set by Congress every February. The current requirements are listed below:

    2014 Poverty Guidelines
    48 Contiguous States & D.C.

    Size of
    Family Unit
    Fiance Visa Marriage Visa
    1 $11,670 $14,588
    2 $15,730 $19,663
    3 $19,790 $24,738
    4 $23,850 $29,831
    5 $27,910 $34,888
    6 $31,970 $39,963
    7 $36,030 $45,038
    8 $40,090 $50,113
    For more than 8, add $4,060 for a fiance visa and $5,075 for a marriage visa.

    2014 Poverty Guidelines
    Alaska

    Size of
    Family Unit
    Fiance Visa Marriage Visa
    1 $14,580 $18,225
    2 $19,660 $24,575
    3 $24,740 $30,925
    4 $29,820 $37,275
    5 $34,900 $43,625
    6 $39,980 $49,975
    7 $45,060 $56,325
    8 $50,140 $62,675
    For more than 8, add $5,080 for a fiance visa and $6,350 for a marriage visa.

    2014 Poverty Guidelines
    Hawaii

    Size of
    Family Unit
    Fiance Visa Marriage Visa
    1 $13,420 $16,775
    2 $18,090 $22,613
    3 $22,760 $28,450
    4 $27,430 $34,288
    5 $32,100 $40,125
    6 $36,770 $45,963
    7 $41,440 $51,800
    8 $46,110 $57,638
    For more than 8, add $4,670 for a fiance visa and $5,838 for a marriage visa.


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