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Validity K1 Visa

So the validity of the K1 visa is 6 months when you receive it. What does this mean exactly?

Does it mean I have 6 months to enter the U.S.?

Or does it mean I have 6 months to go to the U.S., get married and have the AOS filed before the K1 expires and/or approved?

I may have my K1 in July 2016, but I am planning to fly to the U.S. in September 2016 and get married on 17th of October 2016. Would there be any issues here?

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Validity K1 Visa

So the validity of the K1 visa is 6 months when you receive it. What does this mean exactly?

Does it mean I have 6 months to enter the U.S.?

Or does it mean I have 6 months to go to the U.S., get married and have the AOS filed before the K1 expires and/or approved?

I may have my K1 in July 2016, but I am planning to fly to the U.S. in September 2016 and get married on 17th of October 2016. Would there be any issues here?

From the DOS Nonimmigrant K1 Visa FAQs:

After You Receive a K-1 Fiancé(e) Visa

If you are issued a K-1 visa, the Consular Officer will give you your passport containing the K-1 visa and a sealed packet containing the civil documents you provided, plus other documents prepared by the U.S. Embassy or Consulate. It is important that you do not open the sealed packet. Only the DHS immigration official should open this packet when you enter the United States. As the K-1 visa holder, you must enter the United States either before or at the same time as any qualifying children holding K-2 visas.

With your visa, you can apply for a single admission at a U.S. port-of-entry within the validity of the visa, which will be a maximum of 6 months from the date of issuance. You must marry your U.S. citizen fiancé(e) within 90 days of your entry into the United States.

REF: https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/immigrate/family/fiance-k-1.html#14

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Validity K1 Visa

So the validity of the K1 visa is 6 months when you receive it. What does this mean exactly?

Does it mean I have 6 months to enter the U.S.?

Or does it mean I have 6 months to go to the U.S., get married and have the AOS filed before the K1 expires and/or approved?

I may have my K1 in July 2016, but I am planning to fly to the U.S. in September 2016 and get married on 17th of October 2016. Would there be any issues here?

No issues.

  1. You have 6 months from your medical to enter the US
  2. Once you arrive you have 90 days to marry ****This is the most important part**
  3. Filing your Adjustment of Status is on you the sooner the better of course.

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I will give you actual dates to help paint a better picture.

The visa is valid for use for 6 months. This only for entering the US. Then after you enter the visa is for being withing the US for 90 days to get married.

  • Say you are issued the visa January 1st. You have until July 1st* to use the K1 visa to enter the US. After July 1st the visa is no longer valid.
  • Say you enter May 31th*. You will then have until August 30th to get married. Any time after that you will be out of status.
  • The timeline you put in your post are perfectly fine. There shouldn't be any problems.

*Please note that the July 1st and May 31st date may not be exactly 180 and 90 days respectively, but I mentioned it for easy reference.


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