In the beginning of 2019 the K1 visa costs are as follows:
a) USCIS filing fee to start the fiance visa case is $535;
b) The embassy fee for the fiance visa is $265 (this is paid near the end of the process at the embassy where the fiance visa interview is held); and
c) The medical examination fee will vary by country. In some countries it is as low as $60 and in some countries it is as high as $300. This fee will be paid directly to the medical provider and will be paid prior to the fiance visa interview near the end of the case.
As you can see the K1 visa costs are staggered throughout the case. You are not paying all of the government filing fees at one time.
You will also pay other small miscellaneous costs. For example, you will need to pay to have any supporting documents which are in a foreign language translated into English (for example a birth certificate), for a passport for your fiance (if she does not already have one) and passport photos for the case.
If you work with a paralegal, “immigration consultant” or notario (who may or may not have any actual training, may or may not be licensed or insured and who cannot give you legal advice nor talk to the embassy or consulate on your behalf) the fees will be less than what an attorney would charge. However, the help that they will be able to provide you will be much more limited.
An attorney, although he or she would likely charge more than a paralegal, “immigration consultant” or notario , is professionally trained to see all potential issues and potential pitfalls in your case and help you succeed. An attorney, unlike a paralegal or notario, can give you legal advice, look at all the possible problem areas in your case, and talk to the embassy or consulate on your behalf if any problems were to arise in your case.
Given that the current approval rate for fiance visas is in the 50% range and that a failed fiance visa case can cost you to be separated from your loved one for an extra 9 months (or much longer for other more serious consequences) it would seem to make sense to at least consult with an experienced immigration attorney prior to filing any documents with USCIS.
If you would like more information about the fiance visa process make sure to read our popular blog post: Ten Things You Should Know About the Fiance Visa Process.
If you would like more information about what to look for in an Immigration Attorney please read our article: “What You Should Know Before You Hire an Immigration Lawyer.“
This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended, in any way, to be legal advice. Please always consult with an immigration attorney prior to filing any paperwork with USCIS. The above filing fees change regularly.
Lawrence Gruner is an immigration attorney with over 20 years of experience handling fiance visa cases. His office handles cases in California, the United States and the World. He would be happy to talk to you , at no charge, about your immigration case. You can email him your fiance visa questions at email@example.com. You may also call him at 916-760-7270 or 888-801-6558.