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Understanding the K-1 visa

Due to the popular television show "90 Day Fiancé," many Americans have become more informed about the K-1 visa. Fans of the show may have seen the couple Steven Frend and Olga Koshimbetova get approval for Olga's visa got approval. 

There are numerous visas available, and immigrants should review all their options to see which is best for them. You may already know a lot about the K-1 visa due to the show, but here are some of the basic facts to give you a better understanding of the practice. 

What are the requirements?

There are numerous requirements to qualify for the K-1 visa. For starters, the sponsor and other spouse must already be a citizen of the United States. Both individuals must qualify to marry, which means one person cannot still have a valid marriage to another person. The couple needs to prove the relationship and subsequent marriage is legitimate. This may involve providing pictures and communications to show the people have already spent a substantial amount of time together. One requirement is the couple must prove they have seen each other in person at least once within the last two years. 

What documents are necessary?

The first step any couple in this situation needs to take is to fill out Form I-129F. The primary function of this paperwork is to prove the validity of the relationship. It must show the citizenship of one individual as well as proof the couple has met in real life at least once. This can include hotel and flight itineraries. After this, the couple needs to fill out Form DS-160. This is the actual application for the K-1 visa. Along with this form, both people need to provide two passport-style photos, birth certificates and sealed medical exam forms. Lastly, the couple needs to go through an interview at the closest U.S. embassy. 

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