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The U.S citizen in the relationship will be responsible for much of the paperwork and application process. The process will require multiple steps.
A K-1 visa extension, also known as a visa revalidation, is possible if a couple simply runs out of time. Once USCIS approves an I-129F petition, it is valid for four months. The validity of the petition can be extended for four months at a time by a consular officer to allow more time for visa processing.
When filing for a K-1 visa, you’ll want to have all your paperwork ready to prove your eligibility, your relationship, and your current single status. The instructions for the I-129F petition will list what you need, and you may wish to have additional documentation on hand in case the USCIS requests further information.
In some cases, applications will also require an International Marriage Broker Regulation Act waiver. This waiver may be needed in situations where a U.S. sponsor has sponsored two or more fiancé(e)s in the past or has had an I-129F petition approved within two years. These waivers and the International Marriage Broker Regulation Act are intended to protect foreign-born partners from abuse and harm.