Atlanta K-1 Visa Attorney Helping with Your Application
The K-1 or fiancé(e) visa is a non-immigrant visa intended for foreign nationals who are engaged to U.S. citizens and want to come to the United States to get married. To qualify for a K-1 visa, you and your fiancé(e) must plan to marry each other within 90 days of the fiancé(e) from abroad entering the U.S with a K-1 visa. You must be able to show that your marriage is valid, meaning both of you have a genuine intent to marry and live a life together.
The marriage may not be for the sole purpose of obtaining an immigration benefit. You must be able to prove that you have met in person in the past two years, and that you have maintained a true relationship. You must each be at least 18 years of age, be eligible to marry, meaning that any other marriages have been legally dissolved, and the U.S. citizen must meet federal poverty guidelines. You and your fiancé(e) have been dreaming of a life together, and you do not want anything to get in the way of that. An accomplished K-1 visa lawyer from Sessoms Law Office, LLC can guide you through the visa application process and help you get to the best possible outcome for your K-1 visa application. Call our Atlanta office today at 678-853-7402.
Once We Are Married, Does the Foreign Fiancé(e) Become a U.S. Citizen?
Once the fiancé(e) who is from abroad has come to the United States and the couple has married within the specified 90-day window, the non-citizen fiancé(e) may apply for a Green Card through the Adjustment of Status process. If successful, the Adjustment of Status process can grant the fiancé(e) who has recently arrived in the U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident status, which grants the right to live and work in the United States indefinitely. After maintaining status as a Green Card holder for 3 years, the non-citizen spouse may apply for United States citizenship through the naturalization process.
Will Our Children Be United States Citizens?
If your children are born in the United States, they are automatically U.S. citizens at birth, even if one spouse is still a non-citizen. If you reside outside the United States and the biological child of a U.S. citizen is born abroad, the child is eligible for United States citizenship through the naturalization process if under the age of 18. Stepchildren are included as children of the U.S. citizen parent for purposes of visa applications, but not for the purposes of naturalization and citizenship unless the citizen has adopted the child under an approved means of adoption.
In other words, if your foreign national spouse had a child with another person before you were married, that child may be granted a visa to join their parent in the U.S., but may not be eligible to apply for citizenship. The advice of an experienced immigration lawyer can help you to determine what your child’s rights to citizenship may be if born abroad.
What if I am a U.S. Citizen and My Fiancé(e) is Not, and We want to Marry Abroad?
If a United States citizen marries a non-citizen and the marriage occurs outside the United States, the K-1 visa does not apply. The K-1 visa is only an option for those couples who are not yet married and who plan to marry in the United States within 90 days of the non-citizen‘s entry. In order for the non-citizen spouse to enter the United States after marrying a citizen while outside the U.S., he or she will have to go through the consular process for obtaining a Green Card at the nearest U.S Embassy or Consulate. Once that application is approved, the non0citizen spouse is allowed to enter the United States as a Lawful Permanent Resident with the right to live and work in the U.S without a time limit. The United States immigration process is complicated and time-consuming.
Assistance from a skilled and knowledgeable immigration attorney can keep your stress to a minimum and lead you toward the best possible conclusion. Call Sessoms Law Group, LLC today at 678-853-7402 to let us help.
Is it Worth it to Hire a K-1 Visa Lawyer?
You and your fiancé(e) have been dreaming of your marriage, and it is most likely that you want to begin your life together as soon as possible. The process for obtaining a K-1 visa can be lengthy, and any errors in the documentation or filing can slow things down even further. Hiring a skilled K-1 visa attorney can help to ensure that your K-1 visa application is processed as quickly as possible so that you and your fiancé(e) can make your dreams come true.