How to File for Adjustment of Status for K1 Visa Holders

To file for adjustment of status for K1 Visa holders, Fiance Visa holders, is as important as getting the K1 Visa itself. This is the phase that grants permanent residence to K1 Visa holders. It allows the applicant to stay in the United States while the application is being processed. The requirements are not very different from the K1 visa application, so those who are planning to adjust their status have nothing to be worried about.

After marrying your US citizen fiancé, you need to file Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status with the USCIS. There will be fees that you need to pay for the Adjustment of Status for K1 visa holders. Filing fee is around $1070 including the biometric fee (rates may be subject to change).

Subsequent requirements or evidence you need to supply may include (but are not limited) to your foreign passport, birth certificate, photos, K1 petition approval notice marriage certificate and affidavit of support. You will also need to undergo medical examination when adjusting status.

In most cases, fiancé visa applicants also file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization with the USCIS service centers together with Form I-485 filing. This allows them to be eligible to work in the US if approved.

USCIS may request applicants adjusting status for additional evidence so it’s best to secure other pertinent documents related to the K1 visa application, to the applicant and the spouse, in case it is requested. All original copies must also be intact. An interview may also be required so applicants must be prepared to attend this if asked to.

The above mentioned information are just the basic things you need to know in order to properly transition from a K1 visa holder to a permanent resident in the United States. For more information, you may visit the official website of USCIS. Remember to always provide true and honest answers when filing up the form and appearing before a USCIS officer to avoid having problems with your application.

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