Port of Entry Phase for K-1 (Fiance(e)) Visa

Immigration Customs inspector with passports for K-1 Fiance Visa Port of Entry

K-1 Fiance Visa Port of Entry Summary

A thumbs up filled in with American flag signifying visa approval and ready to go to the United StatesThis post specifically describes the K-1 Fiance Visa Port of entry procedures when entering the United States for the first time on your K-1 Fiance Visa.

If you are reading this, congratulations.  The U.S. Embassy or Consulate has approved your K-1 Visa. Likewise, you may have it in hand and you are ready to travel to the United.

Remember: You must specifically enter the United States within six months of receiving your K-1 visa.

However, you have one more step before you are officially approved.

Namely, you now need to enter the United States and go through Immigration and Customs at the Port of Entry.

The port of entry is the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facility where you first fly, drive or sail into the United States.

The port of Entry phase for an K-1 (Fiance(e)) Visa consists of the following steps:

  1. Travel to and enter the United States
  2. Stand in line for immigration interview
  3. CBP immigration officer interview
  4. Get your luggage (baggage claim)
  5. Customs Check
  6. Exit

Travel to and Enter The United States

Air plane landing in the United StatesBack your bags, get your tickets,and fly to the United States. Also, don’t forget your passport with Visa and your unopened visa envelope.

As a final point in your Visa, you need to go through the K-1 Fiance Visa Port of Entry. Terefore, don’t risk being denied entry to the United States based on bringing something prohibited or restricted. For this reason, click here to see what is prohibited or restricted to bring to the United States.

On your way, you are given a Form 6059B Customs declaration form to fill out for each family for anything that you need to declare. Fill out this form before you arrive. When you enter the United States, you proceed to the line for the immigration interview.

Stand in Line for Immigration Interview

At most facilities, you proceed to a line for U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents or a line for non-U.S. Citizens.

If you are entering with your U.S. Citizen fiance(e), it is OK for you (and K-2) to accompany your fiance(e) in the the U.S. Citizen line. On the other hand, if you are alone, you should go through the non-U.S. Citizen line.

In the future after you get married, adjust your status and get your green card, you are a U.S. permanent resident and can specifically go through the U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents line.

CBP Immigration Officer Interview

Woman hnding passport documents to an immigrations officer during interview at airportIf your U.S. citizen fiance(e) is with you, he/she goes through the immigration inspection before you and gets the stamp in his/her passport.

The CBP immigration officer has the final say on whether or not you to emit you into the United States.

Firstly, the immigration officer will check your passport and visa. Secondly, the officer will open and examine the contents of your visa envelope. Thirdly, the officer will enter data into a computer.

Remember: DO NOT open the visa envelope before you reach this step.

The officer will ask you some questions.  Make sure that you answer these question truthfully and honestly.

The officer will take your (and any K-2s) picture and fingerprints.

The officer may search your person or belongings.

If all goes well, the officer will stamp your fiance visa in your passport with a time frame of 90 days.  The officer will instruct you that you must marry within 90 days to stay in the United States. If you do not marry your petitioner within 90 days, you must leave the country.

Get Your Luggage (Baggage Claim)

baggage claim carouselFirstly, after you exit the immigration interview area, go to the baggage claim area to retrieve your luggage.

Secondly, after you get your luggage, go to the customs inspection line.

Customs Inspection

At the customs inspection, there will be another CBP officer. You will hand the officer your Form 6059B Customs declaration form.

Note: You are not allowed to carry certain items like fruits, vegetables, plants, or dangerous items.

Ordinarily, hand the officer your form and he allows you to pass.

However, you could be asked if have anything to declare.  Hence, the officer may ask you questions related to what you have brought to the United States.  

Occasionally, the officer may search you or your belongings.

Exit

Bronze plaque of the Statue of Liberty welcoming people from all over the worldConsequently, that is all you need to do for the K-1 Fiance Visa Port of Entry.

After customs inspection, you can exit the CBP area and into the United States. Congratulations!!!!!!

Welcome to the United States!!!

Hence, you are now free to travel to your new home.

Lastly, it’s time to plan your wedding and get married.

 

 

 

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Now That you are in the USA (K-1)