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K-1 Fiancé Visa & TLC's New Show

Sunday nights are my night for relaxing and indulging in my guilty pleasure, reality TV. This past Sunday night I came across a show on TLC called 90 Day Fiancé. I decided to watch it because, (1) it involved immigration law and (2) it looked like an entertaining show. The show is about four women who come to the US on a 90-day fiancé visa called the K-1 visa. After they arrive in the US, the women live with their fiancés for the first time and must marry before their visas expire in 90 days. If they do not marry their fiancé within 90 days, they must return to their home country.

Of course, the show does not go into the specific requirements for eligibility for the K-1 fiancé visa. According to US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), to be eligible for the K-1 visa you must show that:

(1) You (the petitioner) are a US citizen
(2) You intend to marry within 90 days of your fiancé entering the United States
(3) You and your fiancé are both free to marry and any previous marriages must have been legally terminated by divorce, death, or annulment and
(4) You met each other, in person, at least once within 2 years of filing your petition. There are exceptions available for
the 4th requirement.

Additionally, according to USCIS, if you do not marry within 90 days of entering on a K-1 fiancée visa, you must leave the US or else you will be in violation of US immigration law. This means that you could be deported or will not be able to receive a US visa in the future.

Overall, I enjoyed the first episode of 90 Day Fiancé. I recommend it. Just keep in mind that there is more to the K-1 fiancé visa than portrayed in the show.

More information on fiancé visas can be found at http://www.uscis.gov/family/family-us-citizens/fiancee-visa/fiancee-visas.

To find out more about the show 90 Day Fiancé on TLC, visit http://www.tlc.com/tv-shows/90-day-fiance/about.htm.

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