Congratulations, you and your fiancé have finally completed all the required forms and gathered all the documents you need to attach to your I-129F fiancé visa Petition. Now it is time to assemble your petition and mail it to USCIS.
First impressions matter, when an immigration officer reviews your fiancé visa petition the first thing he or she will notice is whether or not your petition is properly assembled. An immigration officer is likely to assume that a poorly prepared petition contains other mistakes as well. Therefore, it is extremely important to properly assemble and organize your fiancé visa petition.
This guide will help you properly organize and assemble your fiancé visa petition making a good first impression on the immigration officer reviewing it.
In order to properly assemble your fiancé visa petition you will need a 2-hole punch, fastener, and a fastener base. Do not use staples, spiral notebooks or clips to assemble your petition. Simply 2-hole punch the top of each page and use a fastener and fastener base to hold your petition together.
The instructions below explain how to assemble your K1 fiancé visa petition from top to bottom:
First, place your check for the filing fee, passport style photo of petitioner, passport style photo of beneficiary in a clear sealable bag and paperclip the bag to your cover letter.
Next, use your fastener and fastener base to assemble your petition in the following order:
- Cover letter (See: Sample I-129F Cover Letter)
- Form I-129F
- Supplemental answer to Form I-129F Part 2, Question 34.a. (See: Sample Fiancé Meeting Statement)
- Form G-325A (Petitioner)
- Form G-325A (Beneficiary)
- Proof that petitioner is U.S. citizen (birth certificate, etc.)
- Statement of Intent to Marry (Petitioner)
- Statement of Intent to Marry (Beneficiary) (See: Sample Statements of Intent to Marry)
- Proof of meeting in person, within the past two years (photos, plane tickets, etc.)
- Proof of ongoing legitimate relationship (emails, chat logs discussing wedding plans, etc.)
- If either party was previously married, the U.S. citizen petitioner has a criminal record, or the U.S. citizen petitioner has previously filed form I-129F in the past there are additional documents that must be included in your petition. (See: Required Documents for K1 Fiancé Visa petition)
If you want you can use tabs to make it easier for the immigration officer to find documents in your fiancé visa petition. If you decide to use tabs place them on the bottom of the page (never on the side). Do not place tabs on the side of your petition, because it won’t fit well in the government’s files. Write numbers on each tab that correspond to the numbered list in your cover letter.
After the above documents are fastened together attach form G-1145 (optional) to your cover letter with a paperclip. If you are using this form do not fasten it with the other documents. (See: Sample of a Completed Form G-1145)
Where to send the K1 Fiancé Visa Petition
If sending the petition by U.S. Postal Service, the address is:
Attn: I-129F Original Submission
P.O. Box 660151
Dallas, TX 75266
If sending the petition by express mail or a courier service, the address is:
Attn: I-129F Original Submission
2501 South State Highway 121 Business
Lewisville, TX 75067
Before mailing the petition the U.S. citizen petitioner should make two photocopies of the entire petition packet sent to USCIS. The U.S. citizen petitioner should keep one copy for his or her records and send the other copy to his or her fiancé beneficiary abroad. The fiancé beneficiary abroad should familiarize themselves with the fiancé visa petition, as he or she may be asked questions about it in the upcoming K1 visa interview.