The K-1 visa is for the fiancé of a U.S. citizen to come to the U.S.A for the purpose of marriage. If married, you have 90 days to apply for an adjustment of status to become a permanent resident. This is an exclusive process reserved for certain intending immigrants.
You are not required to obtain another immigration medical examination when you are adjusting your status as a K-1 entrant provided that the following are true:
• You file Form I-485 within one year of your overseas medical examination.
• The medical examination did not reveal a Class A medical condition
• You received a waiver of inadmissibility.
Confirm that the vaccination record (DS 3025) was properly completed and included as part of the original, overseas medical examination report. If not, you must have the vaccination report completed by a designated civil surgeon. It can speed up the approval time for your adjustment of status to permanent resident.
For adjustment of status through a K-1 visa entry, the following forms should be submitted:
• Form I-485, Application to Adjust Status
• Form I-864, Affidavit of Support
• Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record
• Form I-131, Application for Travel Document (optional)
• Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization (optional)
A biometrics screening is a short appointment at a U.S.C.I.S Application Support Center. They’ll use this data to perform and background check and create a green card. A few weeks after filing the adjustment of the status package, U.S.C.I.S will mail you an appointment notice.
Applications for permanent residency via marriage are some of the most abused by individuals seeking to circumvent immigration laws. If you have married for genuine reasons (and not for the primary purpose of obtaining a green card), there’s nothing to worry about. Nonetheless, it’s best to prepare for the I-485 interview.
U.S.C.I.S issues a conditional green card to foreign nationals who obtained permanent residence through marriage less than two years prior. This is an additional measure to reduce green card fraud. During the two-year period, conditional residents have all the same rights and privileges as lawful permanent residents.