Helping your fiancé(e) to become a U.S. permanent resident…
If you are an U.S. citizen who wishes to marry a non-U.S. citizen or even permanent resident, there are different ways for you to help your fiancé(e) to obtain permanent residence.
The fist, most common way is to apply for a fiancé(e) visa if your fiancé(e) is located overseas and you want to marry him/her in the United States. Through this visa, your fiancé(e) is able to enter the United States for a 90-day period of time so you can make your wedding ceremony in the United States. Once you are married, your new spouse can apply for permanent residence and remain in the United States while we process the application. Everyone who decides to choose this method, must file a Form I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiancé(e).
The second most common way is by marrying your fiancé(e) who lives overseas. If you marry overseas, you can then file a Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, for your new spouse.
Basic eligibility requirements for a fiancé(e) petition
First, you must be a U.S. citizen in order to file a fiancé(e) petition. In your petition, you must show that:
- You are a U.S. citizen;
- You and your fiancé(e) intend to marry within 90 days of your fiancé(e) entering the United States;
- You are both free to marry; and
- You have met each other in person within 2 years before you file files for permanent residence.
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