Form I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiance = $340
U.S. Dep. of State K-1 Visa Fee = $265
Total = $605
$975 flat fee (payment plans available)
In addition to filing fees and legal services, there are a number of other costs you need to consider as you plan your fiancé visa process--things like plane tickets, translations of vital records into English, postage, copies, etc.
One other potentially large expense is the cost of a physical exam, which is a required part of the application process.
These additional costs could be small or could range in the thousands of dollars depending on your circumstances.
Below we provide some basic information that should help get you started as you learn more about K-1 Visa Fees and the Fiancé Visa process. Check out our Knowledge Base for more information.
You should check with USCIS and your local consulate to see how long the fiancé visa process currently lasts. Processing times change frequently and delays are unfortunately very common.
As a result, your wedding plans will be a moving target--let friends and family know they need to be flexible while you wait for your visa.
A K-1 Visa is valid for six months. This means the alien fiancé has six months after the visa is granted to enter the country, and then after entering the U.S. you must be married within 90 days.
If you fail to enter the U.S. in the six months during which your visa is valid, your K-1 Visa will expire and you will need to begin the entire process again.
In addition to worrying about U.S. immigration law, you also have to get married.
You must be married within 90 days of the alien fiancé's entry into the U.S. For some, three months from entry into the country to saying "I do" is no big deal. For others, 90 days to get married sounds like a difficult undertaking.
Once married, your fiancé should not leave the U.S. until he or she receives their green card, which means any honeymoon or vacation plans will have to fit within the 50 United States.
Once you're married it's time to apply for permanent residency. The green card application process has it's own set of pitfalls and delays separate from the K-1 Visa process.
It also has it's own set of fees.
Careful financial planning for K-1 Visa fees, and then green card application fees, should be something you consider. From your first fiancé petition to when your fiancé receives their green card, expect to spend anywhere between $5,000 to $6,000 in immigration and legal services alone.
If either you or your fiancé has a criminal history, talk to a lawyer before you apply. The same applies if you're concerned about your alien fiancé's immigration history in the U.S., or if either of you has been married or you have petitioned for someone in the past.
Each of these scenarios present circumstances that could raise a red flag or create a potential problem in the fiancé visa process.
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