The fiancé(e) K-1 nonimmigrant visa is for the foreign-citizen fiancé(e) of a 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 sponsor within 90 days of arrival. You can learn more about fiancé(e) visas on usvisas.state.gov.
How to Apply
To apply for a fiancée visa, follow the steps on the Fiancé(e) Visa Process on usvisas.state.gov.
After requesting a visa appointment, you should receive an appointment date and time within one (1) business day by return email. Here are some tips to expedite your visit to the Embassy:
Location: The Embassy is located in Bayan (block 6) near the intersection of Routes 206 (Khaled bin Abdul Aziz Street) and 302 (Masjed Al-Aqsa Street).
Parking: In June, the Embassy opened a new 120-car parking lot for your convenience. During periods of high demand, however, you may be required to find on-street parking in the residential neighborhood surrounding the Embassy and walk to the main gate. Please plan accordingly.
Arrive early: Arrive thirty (30) minutes prior to your interview time. Proceed to window #2 at the Embassy’s main gate and present a copy of your appointment notice. The wait for your personal interview may last several hours, especially during the summer rush, so you are encouraged to bring reading material.
Identification: Bring a second form of identification (for example, Kuwaiti civil id) to leave with the guard before entering the Embassy in addition to your passport.
Prohibited items: You will pass through a security screening prior to entering the Embassy. Leave mobile phones, pagers, cameras and other electronic devices at home or in your vehicle. Visa applicants are not permitted to bring these items onto the Embassy compound.
Who may accompany the applicant: Applicants should come to the interview alone. Parents, however, may accompany children under 18.
Applicants with physical disabilities: Applicants with a physical disability may bring an escort. Those requiring special accommodation should notify the Embassy of their needs well in advance of the interview date.
Once Inside The Embassy:
Take a number: Once you enter the Consular Section, take a number from the machine and have a seat in the waiting room. Once your number is called, proceed to the appropriate window to begin processing.
Complete all forms: Ensure that all required forms have been completed in their entirety before approaching the window. Have your Burgan Bank receipt and photos in hand. Note: You must include the full address of the location (home, hotel, etc.) where you will be staying initially in the United States. Incomplete or unsigned forms will not be accepted.
Customer service statement: Read about what you can expect from our consular staff during your visit and our expectations of you, the applicant.
Fingerprints: Prior to your interview with a Consular Officer, you will be required to scan your fingerprints for biometric identification.
Interview: Be prepared to present all the required and recommended documentation at the time of your interview. At the end of your interview, the Consular Officer will inform you whether your application has been approved; held pending additional information from you; held pending administrative processing; or refused.
At the end of your immigrant visa interview, the consular officer will inform you whether your visa application is approved or denied.
Some visa applications require further administrative processing, which takes additional time after the visa applicant’s interview by a consular officer. Applicants are advised of this requirement when they apply. Most administrative processing is resolved within 60 days of the visa interview. When administrative processing is required, the timing will vary based on the individual circumstances of each case. You can check the status of your visa application on ceac.state.gov.
If your visa has been denied, you may find useful information on Ineligibilities and Waivers on usvisas.state.gov.
After the Interview
If your visa has been approved, you will be informed how and when your passport and visa will be returned to you. Carefully review the information on the Fiancé(e) Visa Process on usvisas.state.gov to learn what to do when you receive your visa, entering the United States, and other important information.