PETITION FOR ALIEN FIANCÉ(E) FORM I-129F

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FORM I-129F

This is the form you should use to request permission for your fiancé(e) and his/her children to come to the United States to marry you and apply for lawful permanent residency; or if you are already married, to seek permission for your foreign spouse and his/her children to come here and apply for a Green Card.

WHO MAY FILE FORM I-129F?

To file Form I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiancé(e), with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) you must be a U.S. citizen and you and your fiancé(e) or foreign spouse must meet certain requirements.

If you are filing this form on behalf of your fiancé(e) you must be able to prove that both can be legally married and intend to marry within 90 days of  his or her admission to the United States. You must also be able to prove that you have seen each other in person within two years immediately prior to asking permission for your fiancé(e) to come here   to marry you and apply for permanent residence; or prove that such a meeting never transpired due to extreme hardship or because it would have been a serious violation of the customs in his or her country.

If you are filing this form on behalf of your husband or wife, you must show that you have or are also  filing Form I-130 on his or her behalf and want to have him or her come here as a nonimmigrant to await the immediate availability of an immigrant visa and to file for adjustment of status.

HOW TO FILL THE FORM I-129F?

Complete this form by typing or printing neatly in black ink. If you need extra space to answer any questions, use the space provided in Part 8. Additional Information or attach a separate sheet of paper. On each additional sheet, type or print your name and Alien Registration Number (A-Number) (if applicable) at the top of each sheet; include the Page Number, Part Number, and Item Number of the question you’re answering; and sign and date each sheet.

Answer all questions fully and accurately. If a question does not apply to you  type or print “N/A,” in the space provided unless otherwise directed. If your answer to a question which requires a numeric response is zero or none, put the word “None,” in the space provided unless otherwise directed.

Be sure to sign Form I-129F in the applicable space and include the filing fee and all required paperwork.

DOCUMENT CHECKLIST

At the time of filing, you must submit all evidence and supporting documentation.

In addition to the completed, signed form and filing fee, you must also provide supporting documents or proof of your U.S. citizenship and other information to USCIS.

  • Acceptable proof of U.S. citizenship includes copies of official documents such as:
  • your birth certificate, as long as it was issued by a U.S. civil authority;
  • your original Certificate of Naturalization; your original Certificate of Citizenship;
  • your Form FS-240, Report of Birth Abroad of a Citizen of the United States;
  • your valid, unexpired U.S. passport or passport card issued with a validity period of at least five years; or a statement executed by a U.S. consular officer certifying that you are a U.S. citizen and the bearer of a currently valid U.S. passport.

Translations. If you submit a document with information in a foreign language, you must also submit a full English translation. The translator must sign a certification that the English language translation is complete and accurate, and that he or she is competent to translate from the foreign language into English. The certification should also include the date, the translator’s signature and printed name, and may contain the translator’s contact information.

The additional information required depends on whether you are filing the petition for your fiancé(e) or foreign spouse.

FORM I-129F FILING INSTRUCTIONS

Filing Fee: The filing fee for Form I-601 is $535. $930. You may pay the fee with a money order, personal check, or cashier’s check. When filing at a USCIS Lockbox facility, you may also pay by credit card using Form G-1450, Authorization for Credit Card Transactions. If you pay by check, you must make your check payable to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Please note that service centers are not able to process credit card payments.

Fee Waiver: A fee waiver request will be accepted from a VAWA self-petitioner, an applicant for a T visa, battered spouse or child of a lawful permanent resident or U.S. citizen, an applicant for Temporary Protected Status, or an alien for whom a determination of their likelihood of becoming a public charge under section 212(a)(4) of the Act is not required at the time of their application for admission or adjustment of status. Please see uscis.gov/feewaiver for more information.

Where To File?  The filing location depends on the immigration benefit you are seeking. To view a complete list of addresses, go to our Direct Filing Addresses webpage.

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What if the bride has children?

A minor child of a bride or groom (unmarried and under the age of 21) automatically has the right to a K-2 visa. If the child’s country of residence is properly addressed, the US government will (with some exceptions) seek the consent of the father or mother of the child. This process can be quite long and it is better to take it into account before the process begins.

What are the requirements for applicants for a “K-1” visa?

A. Potential spouses must confirm that they have met personally for two years prior to filing the petition.

B. Their intentions to marry must be fair.

C. Voluntary desire to marry within 90 days from the date of arrival in the United States.

How long will it take to allow the bride (groom) to enter the US?

Typically, the process takes about 4-6 months from the date of submission of the petition. In cases where the USCIS requests additional evidence or suspects you of the authenticity of any information from you, the petition can be processed much more time.

What is the process of obtaining a K-1 visa?

Step One: Define the right to receive (you can use our compliance test)

Step Two: Documentation for filing a petition with the Immigration Service

Step Three: Submission of your petition by your Bridegroom or Bride (US citizen) to the USCIS and waiting for approval.

Step Four: If the petition is approved, the immigration service sends a package of documents to the US Embassy.

Step Five: The US Embassy receives an approved petition and sets a date for the interview with the bride or groom (residing abroad).

Step Six: The bride / groom (residing abroad) prepares documentation for the embassy.

Step Seven: The bridegroom / bride (residing abroad) is interviewed by the embassy.

Step Eight: With a successful outcome to the interview, the US Embassy eats an immigrant visa for travel to the United States.

Step Nine: You must marry in the US within 90 days

A detailed overview of obtaining a visa here

What If you met my Fiance online?

The USCIS not stoping you from dating online, just simply requare the petitioner to confirm that they meet IMBRA (International Marriage Broker Regulation Act) rules. See details here. 

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