Love Transcends Boundaries: Navigating the Journey of Long-Distance Love with a Fiancé Visa

Love Transcends Boundaries: Navigating the Journey of Long-Distance Love with a Fiancé Visa


In the season of love, as Valentine’s Day approaches, couples around the world are celebrating the joy and warmth that love brings into their lives. For those in long-distance relationships, however, the distance can be a challenging obstacle. This Valentine’s Day, we explore a heartwarming solution to unite couples separated by borders – the fiancé visa. More than just a document, it’s a bridge that brings lovers together, offering hope and a pathway to a shared future.


Love Across Oceans: The Challenge of Long-Distance Relationships

Long-distance relationships can be both emotionally and logistically challenging. The separation, time zone differences, and cultural disparities can take a toll on even the strongest of connections. This Valentine’s Day, we shed light on how the fiancé visa can turn the tide, transforming challenges into opportunities for growth and commitment.


Marriage Visa, Fiancé Visa or K-3 Visa: Which One Should You File?


Marriage Visa (CR-1 or IR-1)

A Marriage Visa or CR-1 or IR-1 visa is a spousal visa that is achieved by a two-step process while the foreign national spouse is abroad. The first step is a family petition or I-130 filed by the US Citizen (USC) or Lawful Permanent (LPR) spouse for their foreign spouse that proves that the relationship is legitimate. US Citizenship and Immigration Services decides the family petition purely based on the evidence submitted, without any interview. After the I-130 is approved, USCIS sends the case to the National Visa Center, where more documentation, including the Affidavit of Support, and fees are paid in the second step of the process, called Consular Processing. Once all documents are received, the file is forwarded to the U.S. Embassy for an interview to be scheduled. After the case is approved, the person will get an I-551 stamp marked on their passport, and their green card will arrive in the mail at their spouse’s US address.


Benefits of the Marriage Visa or CR-1 or IR-1 Visa

The CR-1 or IR-1 or Marriage visa is one of the cheapest ways to get your green card, and it is also beneficial when the foreign spouse needs to continue working or studying in the foreign country during the process. However, this process takes longer than the K1 Fiancé Visa for the K3 Spousal Visa.


Fiancé Visa (K-1)

A fiancé visa or K1 visa is a visa filed by an LPR or USC fiancé for their foreign future spouse before they are married. The process is to file the I-129F, and later complete Consular Processing after the case is approved. Although the fiancé visa is achieved in two steps just like the Marriage or Spousal visa, it is important to note that once the foreign national comes into the country, they will enter with a K1 visa and not the green card. The foreign national must marry their USC or LPR spouse within 90 days of their entry in order to qualify for the green card. Then, they must file the I-485 Adjustment of Status application and wait for their green card interview inside the United States.


Benefits and Drawbacks of the K-1 Fiancé Visa

The Fiancé Visa is one of the fastest ways to get your foreign significant other in the United States if they do not have another visa to enter the country. Further, the Fiancé Visa is an excellent visa for spouses who meet online and would like to “try out” the relationship in person before they actually get married. On the other hand, this process is more costly and takes longer before the foreign spouse receives the green card as opposed to marrying abroad to file for the Marriage or K-3 visas.


K-3 Spousal Visa

The K-3 Spousal Visa is a hybrid between the K1 Fiancé Visa and the CR-1 or IR-1 Marriage Visa, in that it permits a Marriage visa to be expedited to the same speed as a Fiancé visa. This visa is only available to spouses of US Citizens, not Lawful Permanent Residents. To file, an I-130 Family Petition must first be filed, and an I-129F petition can be filed thereafter with the receipt notice of the I-130.


This process was created because of the backlogs at USCIS for family petitions. If the I-129F case is processed faster than the I-130, the foreign spouse will be able to enter the country on the K3 visa, and once inside the United States, they will file the I-485 Adjustment of Status case. However, since USCIS has sped up on processing I-130s in recent years, in many cases, the I-130 case is processed faster than or simultaneously with the I-129F. If this occurs, the foreign spouse will be issued a CR-1 or IR-1 immigrant visa, and they will enter the country with their I-551 stamp on their passport and receive their green card in the mail in the U.S. within a few weeks.


Benefits and Drawbacks of the K3 Visa

The benefits of the K-3 Spousal Visa is that it is the fastest way to bring your foreign spouse to the US. Further, you have the option to come in the US with the K-3 visa and apply for Adjustment of Status inside the US or wait for your green card stamp at the embassy. The drawbacks are that the process is more costly to apply this way as opposed to a standard CR-1 or IR-1 visa.


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As we celebrate love this Valentine’s Day, let us not forget those whose love transcends geographical boundaries. The fiancé visa offers a tangible solution for couples separated by distance, turning their dreams of a shared life into reality. So, to all those in long-distance relationships, take heart and consider the possibilities that await you – after all, love knows no borders.


This month is not only love that we are celebrating but rather the birthday of our dear lawyer. In honor of Attorney Alicia Morgan’s birthday this month, we’re offering a special promotion – Free 30-minute marriage and fiancé visa consultations throughout February. Book your session now!


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