Consequences of Marriage When Waiting For K-1 Fiance Visa

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I filed a K-1 Fiance Visa for my fiancé in the Philippines a few months ago.  I visited her a couple of weeks ago and while I was there on the spur of the moment we decided to get married.  Can I proceed with the K-1 Fiance Visa?

 Unfortunately, because you got married your fiancée is no longer your fiancée .  She is now your wife.  As such, you no longer qualify for a K-1 fiancee visa. 

 In order to bring her over to the United States you will need to file a I-130 petition.   The process should take about a year to 18 months to complete.  However, the time it takes to process these types of cases varies by country and it also changes over time.  The good news is that your wife will enter the United States with a green card.  As a result you will not need to do an adjustment of status case, in order to obtain her green card, once she arrives in the United States. 

The K-3 (marriage visa) option should also be explored.  If this option is available your wife can enter the United States sooner.  However, you would need to go through the adjustment of status process with her when she is in the United States.  With a K-3 visa she would not enter with a green card. 

You should review your situation with an immigration attorney to see which option would be the best option for you.

 

This article  is under fiance visa attorney reno and fiance visa lawyer reno   My office would be happy to talk to you, free of charge, about all of your Immigration options.

If you have further questions please feel free to contact our office at 888-801-6558 for a free consultation.  We have clients in California, the United States and throughout the world.

Disclaimer: The information provided on this site is not legal advice but general information only. Laws can and do change. Additional laws can apply in your situation. Therefore, you should ALWAYS seek legal advice about your case. This article is only a basic introduction to this issue. Please talk to an attorney about your specific case.

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  • S. Lucas
    TEMPORARY VISA
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    Our experience was amazing. The process was smooth. Larry and Jason helped us every step of the way to get my husband’s temporary visa. When I started getting anxiety about how long it takes, what’s the next step or what if’s, I would call either of them and they had no problems giving me answers. Jason went with us to our meeting with immigration, and made us laugh the whole time. He really helped keep me calm as I suffer from anxiety very badly. A year later, I can still call Larry and ask questions about the next step. I’m very thankful I found these guys!!! Highly recommend them!

  • L. Alvarado Jr.
    IMMIGRATION LAW
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    I met the love of my life in China. When I was looking for an Immigration attorney to help me get the K1 Visa for my fiance, I was so glad that I found the Law Office Of Lawrence Gruner. Attorney’s Lawrence Gruner and Jason Marachi gave us excellent representation throughout the whole process and got us through the process very quickly and smoothly. It only took six month’s for my fiance to get her K1 Visa and move to the U.S. with me so we could get married and start our lives together. And in another six month’s later, my wife now has her Green Card. I highly recommend this Law Office for your Immigration Law needs.
    Thank you Mr. Gruner and Mr. Marachi!!

  • M. Obregon
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    Lawrence and his legal team are stellar. They provided an affordable solution to our immigration related legal issues. My wife and I turned to Lawrence and his team from friends that also had a successful experience. Simply, we all agree that it was the right choice. Everything was completed as offered and his legal advice as a lawyer and a friend is always there. Thank You!

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Can I work If I Enter the United States with a K1 Visa?


If you enter the United States with a K1 fiance visa then you are eligible to apply for work authorization.  The key word here is apply.   You can apply to obtain your work authorization card.  However, you cannot work until you have obtained your work authorization aka “work permit” from USCIS.

This work authorization you receive will only be valid for 90 days.  It will likely take you about 90 days, after you apply,  to receive the card.

A better choice would be to get married to the United States Citizen who sponsored you and then apply for your permanent residence (green card).   This is done via the adjustment of status process.  At the same time you apply for adjustment of status you may apply for your work authorization card from USCIS.  It should take about 90 days to receive your work authorization card.

This work authorization card you receive from USCIS while applying for adjustment  of status will be valid for one year.  However, your green card application should be approved within this one year period (generally the green card should be approved within 4 months or so).  Once you receive your green card you can work using the green card only (i.e. there is no need for the work authorization card).  You can simply provide a copy of your green card to prospective employers.

Lawrence Gruner is a Sacramento Fiance Visa Attorney and a Sacramento Green Card Attorney with almost 20 years of experience.  He handles Immigration cases throughout California, the United States and the World.  He may be reached toll free at 888-801-6558 or at www.visa4you.info

This article is just a basic introduction to this topic.  You should seek a competent Immigration Attorney to review your specific facts and circumstances before proceeding with your case.

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  • S. Lucas
    TEMPORARY VISA
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    Our experience was amazing. The process was smooth. Larry and Jason helped us every step of the way to get my husband’s temporary visa. When I started getting anxiety about how long it takes, what’s the next step or what if’s, I would call either of them and they had no problems giving me answers. Jason went with us to our meeting with immigration, and made us laugh the whole time. He really helped keep me calm as I suffer from anxiety very badly. A year later, I can still call Larry and ask questions about the next step. I’m very thankful I found these guys!!! Highly recommend them!

  • L. Alvarado Jr.
    IMMIGRATION LAW
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    I met the love of my life in China. When I was looking for an Immigration attorney to help me get the K1 Visa for my fiance, I was so glad that I found the Law Office Of Lawrence Gruner. Attorney’s Lawrence Gruner and Jason Marachi gave us excellent representation throughout the whole process and got us through the process very quickly and smoothly. It only took six month’s for my fiance to get her K1 Visa and move to the U.S. with me so we could get married and start our lives together. And in another six month’s later, my wife now has her Green Card. I highly recommend this Law Office for your Immigration Law needs.
    Thank you Mr. Gruner and Mr. Marachi!!

  • M. Obregon
    IMMIGRATION LAW
    img

    Lawrence and his legal team are stellar. They provided an affordable solution to our immigration related legal issues. My wife and I turned to Lawrence and his team from friends that also had a successful experience. Simply, we all agree that it was the right choice. Everything was completed as offered and his legal advice as a lawyer and a friend is always there. Thank You!

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