A problem that plagues many fiancé(e) visa sponsors is the requirement that the sponsor’s “stable” gross earnings after business deductions exceed 100 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines in order to qualify for sponsorship. This requirement rises to 125 percent once you marry your fiancé(e) and he or she seeks permanent residence. Moreover, these earnings must be “stable” enough to ensure your long-term financial ability to support your fiancé(e).
A K-1 fiancé(e) visa allows you to enter the US, and it buys you some time (90 days, to be exact) to stabilize your immigration status. Marrying your US citizen partner, however, is not the end of the story -- you are still going to need to change your status to permanent resident in order to remain in the US long-term.
Fiance visa fraud is more common than marriage-based green card fraud for a number of reasons -- because fiancé(e) visas are processed more quickly, because it is easier to establish a legitimate engagement relationship than a legitimate marriage relationship, and because it is easier to simply fail to marry a fiancé(e) than to divorce a spouse.
In this useful guide are the steps necessary to apply for a fiancé(e) visa.
Most people realize that the US government allows US citizens to bring their foreign spouses to the US as permanent resident. Not everyone realizes, however, that even an engagement to be married can qualify your fiancé(e) to enter the US long enough to marry, at which point you can sponsor him or her for permanent residence. This approach is not only possible, it is preferable for people facing certain circumstances.