US Fiancee and Spouse Visa Petitions: Change in Fee Schedule

Published: 05/08/2007

Recent changes implemented by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) have resulted in a change in fees for those filing an I-129F petition or an I-130 petition. Approval of these petitions is required for those attempting to obtain a K-1 fiancee visa, K-3 visa, or CR1/IR1 immigrant wife or husband visa.

A K-1 fiancee visa is necessary for citizens of the United States who wish to marry an individual located outside of the country. For this type of visa to be granted, certain conditions must be met. The American sponsor and his/her foreign fiance(e) must have personally met. Both parties must have a genuine intention to marry, and must enter into a legally binding union within 90 days of the fiancee’s arrival. In most cases, a fiancee’s children will be allowed to enter the country as well. Issuance of a K-1 fiancee visa is based upon approval of an I-129F petition (Petition for Alien Fiance(e)). Please note that if you are submitting an I-129F petition to obtain a K-1 fiancee visa that the fee for filing has increased from $170 to $455.

A CR1/IR1 visa applies to the situation in which a US citizen is already married and wishes to bring his or her spouse to the United States. For a CR1/IR1 visa to be issued, an I-130 petition (Petition for Alien Relative) must be submitted and approved by the USCIS. Please be aware that the processing fee for an I-130 petition has increased from $190 to $355.

K-3 visas allow a foreign wife or husband of a US citizen to come to the United States relatively quickly, where she or he will be allowed to complete the rest of the immigration process and apply for a permanent residence (“Green Card”) inside of the country. For this type of visa to be granted, an I-129F petition must be submitted and approved while an I-130 petition is still pending. As of July 30, 2007, the $170 fee for the I-129F (K-3 visa) petition will be waived. Applicants, however, will still be required to pay the fee for the I-130 petition, which has increased to $355 from $190.

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