When an American citizen wants to bring his fiancée into the United States from a foreign country, the proper procedure is to file for a Fiancee Visa. Once the Fiancee, or Beneficiary receives his visa at the United States Consulate in his foreign country, and enters the United States, he marries his U.S. Citizen spouse and then applies for Lawful Permanent Residence, or a Green Card.
There are some requirements that must be followed before someone petitions for a Fiancee Visa. First, the couple must have met at least one time during the previous two years. They must both be free to marry, and intend to marry within ninety days of the Fiancee’s entry into the United States. Also, if the Petitioner has committed certain crimes or if the couple met through the services of an International Marriage Broker, information regarding those issues must be disclosed to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”).
When considering a Fiancee Visa, it is important to begin to gather evidence of the relationship, including a record of flights, hotels and expenditures when visiting your Fiancee. Also, take several photographs of your time together and include members of your fiancée’s family. Consulates CAN and DO deny Fiancee Visas all the time so it is important to work closely with a qualified immigration attorney.
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