K-1 VISA RESOURCES

k1 visa Sep 09, 2019

The beginning of the legal journey to be in the same country as your partner can be daunting. There is so much information available on the internet, so how can you know which to trust when you’re beginning your K-1 visa journey?

Here’s my list of helpful resources for the K-1 visa process. These same sites have information about other visas, too.

To start with, of course you shouldn’t ignore the US government. If you’re looking for official information about the K-1 visa or any other US-based visa, this is where you’re going to find it.

GOVERNMENT:

FREE FORUMS:

There are a number of free forums where others going through the K-1 visa process share their experiences. This can be incredibly helpful because there are parts of the process that vary from country to country and embassy to embassy. Research the forums out there and find the ones that are most applicable and helpful to you. Of course, always remember that other...

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NURTURING YOUR RELATIONSHIP DURING THE K-1 VISA PROCESS

k1 visa Mar 11, 2019

When we talk about the K-1 process, there is a lot of focus placed on paperwork and bureaucracy, naturally. Without these two things, there is no K-1 visa and the bright future together that you're hoping for feels like an impossible dream. But more than any thoughts about immigration lawyers or assembling your application packet, I hope you will remember to take time for your relationship itself.

I am a researcher (by nature, not by profession), and I don't go more than a few hours without looking up information about something that I'm curious about. In a weird way, the K-1 process was a dream for me because there was so much information to consume. Every day I could read new stories on VisaJourney and search out new, obscure situations that I was afraid could happen to us.

Did any of these things help move our application along? Not even a tiny little bit. Did any of them make my relationship stronger? Well, you try having a conversation with your partner while they're...

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THE K-1 VISA WAITING GAME

k1 visa Mar 04, 2019

Immigration takes time, and the K-1 process is no exception. I won't give estimates for how long it takes here, as this varies depending on a number of factors. For the most up-to-date information, check in with both USCIS and the forums of your choice. In my experience, USCIS is more conservative in their estimates of time, which makes sense as their reporting is going to set expectations for future processing wait periods. To supplement that information, your forums will be a great place to find firsthand accounts of others' visa processes. VisaJourney has a great feature called the timeline where you and other users can share the dates that you filed your paperwork and that the subsequent steps took place.

One certainty is that there will be waiting. So what can you do to maintain your peace of mind during that time? Here's some advice:

1. REMEMBER TO DATE

Don't forget to date your partner during this waiting period. Before you ask, yes even do this...

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OUR K-1 VISA TIMELINE

k1 visa Oct 29, 2018

If you’re currently going through the K-1 (Fiance) Visa process, you know that it is long, and that it can be difficult to find information about how it works, especially in the specific embassy where you are applying.

Here, I’m sharing our timeline from application to adjustment of status.

APPLICATION:

On May 24, 2016, we sent our initial application (I-129F) to USCIS. Preparing this application packet took probably about two weeks — it required a number of forms that included information about both of us, proof that we’d met in person, and an affidavit of support. As we were living in Turkey at the time, we opted to send the packet back to the US with some friends who were visiting, rather than braving the international mail route.

On June 2, 2016, we received our first Notice of Action from USCIS, which is basically a verification that they have received your documents. It’s a relief to know that everything has arrived, but then there is no...

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THE ONLY ADVICE YOU NEED WHEN PLANNING A K1 VISA WEDDING

k1 visa Mar 01, 2018

IMAGINE YOUR DREAM WEDDING…

Did you dream about your wedding as a child? One perfect day, you and your partner surrounded by everyone you love, eating your favorite food, dancing to your favorite songs, capturing it all in beautiful photos you will treasure forever — one day to remember and celebrate for the rest of your life.

…AND NOW LET IT GO.

For those about to begin their marriages on a K-1 (fiance) visa, the best piece of advice I can give you is to let go of the idea of “one perfect day” right now. A K-1 visa is granted to an engaged couple with the stipulation that they must get married to each other within 90 days of the non-US citizen partner entering the US. Naturally, if you’re reading this, I don’t know your story, but if I had to guess I’d say 90 days is not enough time to plan your perfect celebration and ensure that all your loved ones will be able to be there.

The easiest solution? Separate the ceremony...

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FIANCE VISA STRESS

k1 visa Sep 25, 2016

THE FIANCE VISA WAITING GAME IS STRESSFUL (DUH)

Months later, it’s time for another post. I’ll explain the delay shortly, but I won’t apologize for it. It’s recently become painfully obvious (literally) that there is a lot of stress involved in moving between continents, spending months away from your partner, changing jobs, and planning a wedding. Doing all of those things at the same time creates an ideal situation for an immune system to cry out in rebellion its own variation of, “Stop crying or I’ll give you something to cry about!”

Once upon a time, about three weeks ago, I was preparing for a solo trip (no visa for Hüseyin) to Vienna to present my first-ever conference paper. I would spend a few days there and then return to Turkey to pack my things, say my goodbyes, and then fly back to the US to begin the transition to life there, waiting for Hüseyin to join after his visa interview. Prior to leaving for the trip, I’d...

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