Friday, March 22, 2019

What is a Form I-129F?

What is a Form I-129F?

A Form I-129F is a Petition for Alien Fiance filed through the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The form can only be filed by a U.S. citizen over the age of 21. Non-US citizens including Lawful Permanent Residents (i.e. Green Card Holders) are not able to petition their foreign fiances. 

Before a U.S. citizen can file for his or her foreign fiance, they must have physically seen each other within two years upon filing the petition. Included in the petition is proof of such meeting involving copies of passport stamps showing that the U.S. citizen was in the foreign fiance’s home country, plane tickets, pictures taken of the couple during their meeting, and other forms of evidence showing that the couple has met. 

In addition to the supplemental documentation which must be submitted, the U.S. citizen petitioner is required to certify whether the couple met through an International Marriage Broker. If the couple did meet through a marriage broker, the petitioner must disclose this information and provide additional documentation such as forms that the foreign fiance signed with the marriage broker prior to the couple meeting.

by: Enterline and Partners Consulting

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