As a U.S. citizen in North Carolina who plans to marry someone who hails from another nation, you need to secure something called a fiancé visa to have your loved one come to the United States and marry you. There are certain eligibility requirements that come with securing a fiancé visa, and there is also a specific process involved in doing so.
According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, you and your situation must meet the following terms for you to be able to get a fiancé visa for the individual you plan to marry.
Obtaining the fiancé visa
You must be an adult and a legal U.S. citizen to apply for a fiancé visa for your loved one. You also have to be free to marry, meaning you are not already in a marriage, and the same holds true for your loved one. Furthermore, the two of you must have met in person at least once during the two-year span that precedes your filing a petition, unless doing so would result in unnecessary hardship or you breaking established customs. Finally, you have to marry your fiancé within 90 days of the date he or she arrives in the United States.
Failing to marry within 90 days
The 90-day marriage deadline is an important one, If you and your fiancé fail to tie the knot within 90 days of his or her arrival on U.S. soil, your fiancé’s presence in the country becomes unlawful. He or she could potentially face deportation. Failing to marry within the 90-day window may also make it more difficult for your loved one to move to the United States later.
If your foreign-born fiancé also has children who were born in another nation, those children may be able to relocate to the United States by getting K-2 nonimmigrant visas.