Understanding Form I-129F
The Form I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiancé(e), is a critical document for individuals seeking to bring their fiancé(e) to the United States on a K-1 visa. This section provides an overview of the eligibility requirements, necessary documentation, and anticipated processing times.
To file Form I-129F, the petitioner must be a U.S. citizen. Both the petitioner and the beneficiary must be free to marry, meaning any previous marriages must have been legally terminated by divorce, death, or annulment. Additionally, they must have met in person at least once within two years before filing the petition, although there are exceptions to this requirement based on cultural norms or hardship.
When submitting Form I-129F, the following documents must be included:
- Proof of U.S. Citizenship: A copy of a birth certificate, passport, or naturalization certificate for the U.S. citizen petitioner.
- Evidence of Meeting in Person: Photos, travel itineraries, or passport stamps demonstrating that the couple has met in person within the required time frame.
- Proof of Relationship: Correspondence, photographs, and affidavits from third parties can serve as evidence of a genuine engagement.
- Divorce or Death Certificates: If applicable, documents confirming the legal termination of any previous marriages for both the petitioner and the beneficiary.
The processing times for Form I-129F can vary depending on the workload of the USCIS service center where the form was filed. Current estimated processing times can be checked via the USCIS official website. It generally ranges from several months to over a year. After approval, the case moves to the National Visa Center (NVC) and ultimately to the relevant U.S. Embassy or Consulate for further processing and interview scheduling.