If your Fiancee is from one of the more economically depressed countries and has never previously been to the United States, there is only one U.S. visa that she will be able to obtain. That is a FIANCEE VISA, also known as a K visa, or K-1 visa. Her chances of obtaining any other type of visa are slim to none.
You could marry your future bride in her own country, but most likely you will have to be physically present there for a minimum of one month before your wedding day. After that, you will have to file her visa petition in the US and it generally takes longer (up to a year in some cases) to obtain her visa as your wife as opposed to using the K-1 process.
This is what is required for you to be able to file a petition using the K-1 process:
- You must be a US citizen. Permanent residents of the U.S. are not allowed to obtain Fiancee visas.
- Both you and your Fiancee must be free to marry. If either of you have been previously married, you will have to be either divorced, widowed, or had your marriage annulled.
- You must have met your Fiancee in person within the previous two years. Since it is almost impossible to obtain a visitor visa to visit the U.S., this means that you must go to her country to meet, or arrange to meet in another country.
- You must meet the minimum income requirement for the fiancee visa petitioner. Please click here to see the income tables.