With expertise in all aspects of family-based immigration, Metropolitan Detroit immigration attorney Mani Khavajian has successfully helped countless couples obtain fiance visas (K1 and K3 visas), marriage visas and other US immigration benefits including Adjustment of Status petitions, travel documents, work authorizations, and travel visas.
K1 Visa: the Fiance Visa
If you are a citizen of the United States who is engaged to be married to a foreign citizen or if you are considering marriage, the K-1 visa is the most obvious US immigration option. The K1 visa permits you, as a U.S. citizen, to bring your would-be spouse to America for a ninety day time period, during which time your fiance must either marry you or return to his or her home country. One important aspect of the K1 visa is that there is no legal requirement that you and your fiance have to get married if you decide, for whatever reason, not to follow through with the marriage.
K3 Visa: Visa for Spouses
The Form I-129F is not just an immigration visa petition for a fiance but may also be used by a spouse. Among other provisions, the Legal Immigration and Family Equality Act, the so-called LIFE Act, expanded the availability of K visas to include the spouses, the K3 visa, and minor (under 21 and unmarried) children of U.S. citizens who are residing abroad, and the K4 visa. In order to obtain a K-3 visa, the American spouse must have submitted an I-130 immigrant petition. Once the I-130 receipt notice is received from USCIS, the US citizen spouse can then file the I-129F.
K4 Visa: Visa for Children
In addition to allowing spouses of U.S. citizens to enter the U.S. to apply for adjustment of status, Congress created the K-4 visa to allow minor children (under 21 and unmarried) of K-3 spouses to enter the U.S. as well.
Expert Immigration Guidance for your K Visas
At Khavajian Law our goal is to provide the highest quality of professional legal service for our immigration clients. For those seeking a K1 or K3 visa, our immigration services may include:
Preparing all immigration forms: the immigration process of obtaining a marriage visa or K visa typically involves some combination of the following immigration forms:
- Form I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiance(e)
- Form I-864, Affidavit of Support Under Section 213A of the Act
- Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status
- Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization
- Form G-325A, Biographical Information
- DS-156 Nonimmigrant Visa Application
- DS-156-K Nonimmigrant Fiance(e) Visa Application
- DS-157 Supplemental Nonimmigrant Visa Application
- From our immigration law offices in Dearborn and Farmington Hills our immigration lawyers will meticulously complete all the necessary immigration forms and assemble the all required fiance visa documentation to ensure that your immigration visa case is processed efficiently without delay.
Preparing you for your K visa interview at a U.S. Consulate:
At Khavajian Law, our team doesn’t just prepare the USCIS immigration petition for you. We carefully manage your immigration case throughout the entire immigration process. In our judgment, a skilled immigration attorney is especially crucial during the difficult Embassy/Consular stage, where the fiancee is preparing for a possibly problematic interview abroad with an immigration officer. In our experience, the immigration interview at a U.S. Consulate or Embassy is where most potential problems with a K visa occur.
Resolving problems with immigration agencies:
Immigration Attorney Goldstein resolves problems with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS formerly known as the INS), the Department of State National Visa Center (NVC) in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and the U.S. Consulate in your fiance’s home country.
Why an immigration attorney is essential
You basically get one shot at the K visa since the denial of a visa at a U.S. Consular post is generally a non-reviewable and non-appealable decision. Clearly, the time to involve a good immigration attorney is from the beginning of the immigration case before an unfixable problem arises. Aside from an outright denial, an improperly documented marriage visa may result in a vague or cryptic “refusal” under § 221(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). The Consulate rarely provides the fiancee with a meaningful explanation for why the fiance visa was refused or how the refusal may be overcome. In our experience, a INA 221(g) refusal results in, at best, months or years of delay while your marriage visa remains stuck in the immigration bureaucracy.
Contact Metropolitan Detroit K visa attorney Mani Khavajian today and take the worry out of the marriage visa process.