U.S. K-1 Fiance Visa Cost
Introduction to U.S. K-1 Fiance Visa Cost
The U.S. K-1 Fiance Visa cost specifically contains three different categories:
- U.S. Government Fees
- Application Preparation
- Other Expenses
The U.S. K-1 Fiance visa cost information that we provide herein is current as of the post date. We will try to keep this information current.
U.S. K-1 Fiance Visa Cost- Government Fees
The following are the government fees, as of December 2016, to obtain a K-1 Fiance Visa:
Filing Fee $535
Embassy Fee $265
Total Government Fees $800
Understanding the initial K-1 Fiance Visa Government Fees
Firstly, the USCIS filing fee of $535 is sent along with the I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiance. That being the case, the USCIS filing fee is paid by either U.S. bank check or money order.
Secondly, the embassy fee of $265 is paid toward the end of the process. For this purpose, the embassy tells you in a letter your options on how to pay the fee.
Adjustment of Status Fees
The Adjustment of Status is the process of changing from a K-1 Visa to a Legal Permanent Resident. Also, you receive your green card as part of the Adjustment of Status. This is done soon after you marry.
The fees for adjustment of status are summarized below:
Adjustment of Status Fees (after Marriage)
USCIS Filing Fee $1,140
Biometrics Fee $80
Total Adjustment of Status Fee $1,220
Employment Authorization Document
If you apply for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD), Form I-765, at the same time as your Adjustment of Status, then the EAD fee does not apply.
Removal Of Conditions Government Fees
If you receive a two-year green card from your adjustment of status, it is a conditional residence green card because you have been married less than two years. There are additional government fees for the Removal of Conditions. In fact, apply during the 90 days before your second anniversary as a conditional resident. The expiration date on your green card is also the date of your second anniversary as a conditional resident.
The fees specifically for the Removal of Conditions are summarized below:
USCIS Filing Fee $595
Biometrics Fee $80
Total Fees $675
Total Government Fees
Based on the fees above, the total government fees as part of an IR-1 spouse visa is $1,200. However the total government fees for a CR-1 spouse visa is $1,875 after the initial visa fees and removal of condition.
U.S. K-1 Fiance Visa Cost- Application Preparation
The following typical U.S. K-1 Fiance Visa cost information for application preparation is dependent upon on the application preparation that you choose.:
- Self Preparation $0
- Visa Consultant $450 – $1,500
- Immigration Attorney $1,500 – $3,000
Obviously, self preparation is the least expensive application preparation cost at $0 as you do it on your own. Therefore, if you can do it, save on application fees by doing the visa application yourself. Our site provides guides and recommendations for self preparation including our K-1 Fiance Visa USCIS Phase, NVC Phase, Embassy Phase, and Port of Entry Phase web pages. We also have a web page for K-1 Now that you are in the U.S. If you are a well-organized person, can research and learn the visa application process, are good at filling out forms both paper and on-line, then you may be able to self prepare the visa application for your beneficiaries. However, if not, you should consider using a visa consultant or immigration attorney.
Visa/Immigration consultants are professionals experienced in preparing visa petition applications and other immigration services for a fee. The consultant fee is on top of the U.S. government fees listed above. Although, there are many individuals and companies world-wide that offer these services. We recommend using Rapid Visa.
About Rapid Visa
RapidVisa is one of the world’s top ranked Visa/Immigration Consulting companies. In fact, they can assist you in your K-1 Fiance Visa application.
They have over a 90% visa success rate. Furthermore, they have hundreds of testimonials. Even more, approvals are guaranteed or your money back.
RapidVisa can also prepare the following applications beside the K-1 Fiance Visa petition:
- IR-1/CR-1 Spouse Visa
- IR-5 Parent Visa
- Adjustment of Status
- Removal of Conditions
- U.S. Naturalization
Reasons for Choosing Rapid Visa
You may be thinking, “I can save $450 or more by self preparing.” There are so many reasons why you should not self prepare and choose RapidVisa. We believe that their low fee is a “Big Bang for the Buck” because:
- They do quality control checks on every application to make sure that the application is complete with over a 90% success rate.
- They have software that asks you easy questions instead of filling in forms. The software works almost like tax return software asking you simple questions and then the software fills in the government forms.
- The data entry is done on-line. As a result, the US citizen and the alien beneficiary can each login from their respective locations to fill out their sections.
- They have the fastest turn around. For example, after you enter information in the software, they can turn your application around in 4 hours or less.
- They have great customer service. When you call, no machine answers the phone. You talk to a real person that can assist you 7 days a week. They have an on-line chat feature on their website for customer service.
- They have offices in the U.S. and other countries. Their offices in other countries are strategically near the U.S. embassy for that country.
- Lowest Price: They claim that they are hundreds less than their competition and will beat any advertised price.
Our Experience with Rapid Visa
We used RapidVisa’s services for our CR-1 Spousal Visa application petition. In fact, our petition was approved with visa in hand in hand and we entered the U.S. within 7 months from the date of application submittal. In addition, we had no RFEs during any of the phases. If you do chose to create an account with RapidVisa, please use the links above.
We did not need a Visa/Immigration Attorney and did not use one because of the high costs. Therefore, we do not have any contacts for a Visa/Immigration Attorney. A Visa/Immigration Attorney may be recommended if you have previous legal issues or foresee legal issues in your petition. If you need an immigration attorney, we recommend that you use Legal Match to find an immigration attorney that is right for you. Click the link below to search Legal Match for a free search to find for an immigration attorney that suites you.
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U.S. K-1 Fiance Visa Cost- Other Expenses
Other items to consider in the U.S. spouse visa cost include the following:
- Medical Fee $60 – $300 (Depending on the country). For this purpose, check the foreign embassy website to see the medical facility for that country. Then, go to their website and look up the cost and other information. Also, see our blog post “What to Expect at your K-1 or IR-1/CR-1 Visa Medical Exam” for more information on your K-1 Fiance Visa medical exam.
- Costs for obtaining evidence (birth certificates, ect…)
- Passport size photos (Petitioner, Spouse and Children)
- Travel costs. For example, are you going to go to your spouse’s interview? Therefore, you need airfare. Likewise, when you spouse come to the U.S., they will need a plane ticket.
- Specific requirements of the spouse’s foreign country.
- Passports (for both beneficiaries and Petitioner). Also, see our blog post “US Passport- First Time or Renew Existing Passport to See Loved One Overseas“for more information on getting your U.S. passport.
- Visa, if applicable, for U.S. Citizen to enter the spouse’s foreign country. In addition, see our blog post “Foreign Visa for US Citizens Visiting Loved One Overseas” for foreign visa requirements.
- Translation of documents into English, if necessary
- Lodging. Lodging is a must when your spouse lives too far away from the embassy or medical facility. Therefore, a hotel is needed for their appointments.