K-1 visas allow foreign nationals to travel to the United States and marry their U.S. citizen fiancé(e)s within 90 days of arrival. Foreign nationals may then apply for adjustment of status to lawful permanent resident (LPR) with the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). K-2 visas (for the minor children of K-1 applicants) cannot be issued until the primary applicant parent’s K-1 visa has been issued.
For additional information on this type of visa, please visit the USCIS webpage on Fiancé(e) Visas.
- The U.S. citizen must complete and file an I-129F petition with USCIS on behalf of their fiancé(e) beneficiary and wait for official notification from USCIS.
- Once USCIS has approved the petition, they will forward it electronically to the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Montevideo through the National Visa Center (NVC). The Embassy is generally unable to provide any assistance or information until the case file arrives in Montevideo.
- Upon receipt of the case file, the Consular Section will send instructions to the petitioner and beneficiary via e-mail. The beneficiary must carefully read and follow the instructions.
- Schedule and complete the medical exam process with an Embassy-approved physician. As these examinations have limited validity, all beneficiaries should wait to schedule these appointments until two weeks before the scheduled appointment date.
- Attend the interview, bringing with you all the required documentation and the interview registration confirmation page.
- If you’ve filed petition I-129F with USCIS but haven’t received a response, please check the status of your case on this USCIS website, using your receipt number.
- Please read the information regarding Rights and Protections for Foreign-Citizen Fiancé(e)s and Spouses of U.S. Citizens and Spouses of Lawful Permanent Residents.