Fiancé (e) visa (К1/К2)

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The fiancé K-1 nonimmigrant visa is for the foreign-citizen fiancé(e) of a United States (U.S.) citizen. The K-1 visa permits the foreign-citizen fiancé(e) to travel to the United States and marry his or her U.S. citizen petitioner within 90 days of arrival. The foreign-citizen will then apply for adjustment of status to a permanent resident (LPR) with the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Because a fiancé(e) visa permits the holder to immigrate to the U.S. and marry a U.S. citizen shortly after arrival in the United States, the fiancé(e) must meet some of the requirements of an immigrant visa. Eligible children of K-1 visa applicants receive K-2 visas.

The U.S. citizen sponsor must file Form I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiancé(e), with the USCIS Dallas Lockbox. Further information is available on the USCIS website under Fiancé(e) Visas. Note: Form I-129F cannot be filed at a U.S. Embassy or USCIS office abroad.

After USCIS approves the petition, it is sent to the National Visa Center (NVC) for further processing, and NVC will send it to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where your fiancé(e) will apply for a K-1 nonimmigrant visa.

Scheduling the interview date

Once the U.S. Embassy Helsinki receives the approved petition from NVC, the Immigrant Visa Section will send a letter with the instructions on preparing for the visa interview to the applicant.

Note: Do not schedule your interview date until you receive these instructions. If you do not receive the instructions from the US Embassy within two months after the notification from NVC about the transferring of your case to Helsinki, you have to send an inquiry about the status of your case directly to the Consular Section of the US Embassy Helsinki . Please be advised that you might have submit a new petition if you do not schedule an interview within four months of petition approval.

Visa fee payment instructions and options are available at this page of the portal.

The first step of the interview scheduling process involves submitting a request for appointment through your profile. That step is completed when the system prompts you with the message “Your request to schedule an appointment has been received and will be reviewed. You will receive an email once your request is approved". As soon as the US consulate approves it, you will be notified notified via email to log back into your profile to access the calendar and choose an appointment date and time.

Preparing for the visa interview

Please read about security restrictions at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate that describes what you can and cannot bring with you to your interview. You should bring your appointment letter and the documents required for your visa class.

If you missed your initial appointment with the US Embassy please log back into your profile and reschedule your interview appointment.

Completing the DS-160 form

Each applicant applying for a fiancée visa - including children - must have their own DS-160 visa application. The DS-160 must be completed and submitted online prior to your interview at the U.S. Embassy in Helsinki. The DS-160 form must be submitted online and the printed confirmation page must be brought to the interview. The U.S. Embassy in Helsinki will not accept handwritten or typed applications and you will not be permitted to attend your interview without a DS-160 confirmation page.

Any inquiries on completing the DS-160 can be addressed on the following website. Guidelines for completing the DS-160 form are available at our portal. We are unable to answer any questions or provide guidance on this process.