How to Begin the Fiancé(e) (K-1) Visa Process
What is a fiancé(e) visa?
A fiancé(e) visa (or K-1 visa) is technically a nonimmigrant visa. Because the process is similar to that of an immigrant visa, however, the Immigrant Visa (IV) Unit of the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo handles fiancé(e) visas. The fiancé(e) visa is for foreigners who wish to marry a U.S. citizen in the United States and then become legal permanent residents without having to leave the United States. K-2 visas are for the children of K-1 applicants.
How do I obtain a fiancé(e) (K-1) visa?
Your U.S. citizen fiancé(e) must file a Form I-129F (Petition for Alien Fiancé(e)) by mail at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Service Center in the United States with jurisdiction over your fiancé(e)’s place of residence. If your fiancé(e) is living outside of the United States, he or she must file the petition by mail at the USCIS Service Center in the United States with jurisdiction over his or her place of last residence in the United States. Once your fiancé(e) has filed a petition for you, you may check its status by accessing the USCIS Case Status Search Page.
USCIS forwards the approved petition to the Department of State’s National Visa Center, which then sends it to the IV Unit of the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo.
When your case is ready for scheduling, the IV Unit will send you a letter with the link to access our webpage in order to get all the information needed to complete your process.
Please follow these steps to schedule appointments at both the Visa Application Center and the U.S. Embassy. Failure to follow these steps will result in delays in your case.
What documents are required for my interview at the Consular Section?
When your case is ready for scheduling, you will receive a letter from the Consular Section to let you know that you are ready to make your appointment to go to the Visa Application Center and the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy. For your interview at the Consular Section you will need:
- Your appointment letter
- Instructions for K-1/K-2 Visa Applicants
- Instructions to fill out the DS-260 Application online
- Instructions to fill out the DS-160 Application online
- Information Concerning the Medical Examination and Vaccines
- List of Items that Cannot be Brought into the Consular Section Building