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Things To Remember During The Fiance Visa Process

18th May 2011
By michaelmoody84 in Immigration Law
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Submission checklist for the petitioner (US citizen) :

A complete and signed Form I-129F
Form G-325-A (2) completed and signed, one by the Alien FiancÚ and one by the American Citizen.
A signed, notarized affidavit of support Form I-134.

The application should be accompanied by all the necessary supporting documents, photos, and submission payments. Insert everything into an envelope and mail it to the Immigration & Naturalization Regional District Office. Add the Post Office labels for Certified Mail and mail.

Documents Required for the fiance visa process :

While the process is going on, the alien fiancÚ (e) should collect the following documents:

A valid passport for travel to the US and with a validity date at least six months beyond the applicant's intended period of stay in the US.
Birth certificates for the alien fiancÚ (e) and accompanying unmarried children (under the age of 21).
Documents proving any previous marriages were dissolved such as death certificate, divorce decree, annulment for both the applicant and the petitioner

Police clearance/certificate from all places where the alien has lived since turning 16 years old.
Photographs of the alien (3) and photographs each of the accompanying children (3). Fax or mail the alien fiancÚ (e) a copy of the photo specifications so that the alien fiancÚ (e) can have the photos done while waiting for an interview dates.
A medical examination and vaccination report for alien fiancÚ (e) and for all children over 14 years old that proves none of them has a communicable disease. The American Consulate will provide the fiancÚ (e) with information about the requirements and will instruct the alien fiancÚ (e) to wait for the American consulate's instructions. All applicants for immigrant visas should have the following vaccinations if appropriate for age, medical condition or medical history: Mumps, Measles, Rubella, Polio, Tetanus and diptheria toxoids, Pertussis, Influenza type B, Hepatitis B, Varicella, Pneumococcal. Medical examination (vaccinations are optional)

As a fiancÚ(e), you need not fulfill this requirement at the time of your medical examination for a fiance visa. However, these vaccinations are required when you adjust status once you get married.
Evidence of financial support (Form I-134, Affidavit of Support) may be required.
Two Non immigrant Visa Applications, Form DS-156
One Non immigrant Fiance Visa Application, Form DS-156K
Two non immigrant visa photographs.
Evidence of a fiancÚ relationship
Payment of fees.

Apart from the documents mentioned above, the consular officer may ask for additional information depending on the circumstances of the case. Any document in a foreign language should have an English translation. Have photocopies of civil documents, such as birth and marriage certificates while going for the interview. Original documents will be returned to you.

Note that the requirements for the fiance visa may differ according to circumstances. The consular office will provide the alien fiancÚ with a request for all the necessary documents

Submitting the application :

Make copies of the completed forms and documents before submitting, that way you have records of everything you sent.

Submit the forms, documents and filing fees to your local Immigration and Naturalization office Please note that some USCIS Offices may not accept in-person submissions. Contact your local USCIS Office and get it confirmed.

USCIS prefers the direct mail. It is recommended to mail the application via registered mail, this form of postage will enable you to keep a receipt of this transaction. Once the USCIS receives your application, they will stamp the date on the registered mail card and send it back to you.

When the petition is filed by the American Citizen and has been approved, the USCIS will notify the alien fiancÚ (e)'s American Embassy and will forward the file. The American Embassy will interview the alien and if approved, will provide he/she with the fiance visa.
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