I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiancé(e)

Use this to petition to bring your fiancé(e) (K-1) and that person’s children (K-2) to the U.S. for marriage to you, or to bring your spouse (K-3) and that person’s children (K-4) to the U.S. to apply for lawful permanent resident status.

How to report suspected marriage fraud
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has an online tip form to report suspected benefit/marriage fraud or other violations.

Help for immigration crime victims
Different types of support are available through ICE’s Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) Office.

Number of Pages

Form 13; instructions 15.

Edition Date

04/10/17. A new edition of this form is coming soon. In the meantime, you may file using the 04/10/17 edition. You can find the edition date at the bottom of the page on the form and instructions.

Where to File

File Form I-129F at the USCIS Dallas Lockbox facility:
 

 

  • For U.S. Postal Service (USPS):
    USCIS
    P.O. Box 660151
    Dallas, TX 75266

    For FedEx, UPS, and DHL deliveries:
    USCIS
    Attn: I-129F
    2501 South State Highway 121 Business
    Suite 400
    Lewisville, TX 75067

Filing Tips for Form I-129F

Complete all sections of the form. We will reject the form if these fields are missing:

  • Part 1. Information About You
    • Classification Sought for Your Beneficiary
    • Family Name
    • Your Mailing Address
    • Date of Birth
  • Part 2. Information About Your Beneficiary
    • Classification Sought for Beneficiary
    • Family Name
    • Date of Birth

Don’t forget to sign your form!  We will reject and return any unsigned form.

Filing Fee

$535. You may pay the fee with a money order, personal check, or cashier’s check.  When filing at a USCIS Lockbox facility, you may also pay by credit card using Form G-1450, Authorization for Credit Card Transactions. If you pay by check, you must make your check payable to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Please note that service centers are not able to process credit card payments.

Checklist of Required Initial Evidence (for informational purposes only)

Please do not submit this checklist with your Form I-129F. It is an optional tool to use as you prepare your form, but does not replace statutory, regulatory, and form instruction requirements. We recommend that you review these requirements before completing and submitting your form. Do not send original documents unless specifically requested in the form instructions or applicable regulations.

If you submit any documents (copies or original documents, if requested) in a foreign language, you must include a full English translation along with a certification from the translator verifying that the translation is complete and accurate, and that they are competent to translate from the foreign language to English.

Did you provide the following?

  • Evidence of your U.S. citizenship:
    • A copy of your birth certificate, issued by a civil registrar, vital statistics office, or other civil authority showing you were born in the United States; 
    • A copy of your naturalization or citizenship certificate issued by USCIS or the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS); 
    • A copy of Form FS-240, Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA), issued by a U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate; 
    • A copy of your unexpired U.S. passport; or 
    • An original statement from a U.S. consular officer verifying you are a U.S. citizen with a valid passport.
  • Evidence you or your fiancé legally terminated any previous marriages (if applicable)
    • Divorce decree
    • Annulment order
    • Death certificate for prior spouse
  • One color passport-style photograph of yourself and one for your fiancé taken within 30 days of you filing this petition 
  • Evidence of legal name change (if applicable)
  • Evidence to support an IMBRA waiver (if applicable)

If you’re petitioning to classify your fiancé(e) as a K-1 nonimmigrant, did you provide the following?

  • Evidence you and your fiancé(e) intend to marry within 90 days of their admission into the United States as a K-1 nonimmigrant.
  • Evidence you met your fiancé(e) in-person within two years of you filing your Form I-129F. If you haven’t met within two years, submit evidence that meeting in-person would violate strict and long-established customs of your fiancé(e)’s foreign culture or social practice or would be an extreme hardship on the petitioner.

If you’re petitioning to classify your spouse as a K-3 nonimmigrant, did you provide the following?

  • Evidence that you filed Form I-130 on behalf of your spouse 
  • Marriage certificate

Special Instructions

U.S. citizens petitioning for K-3 visas for their foreign national spouses must include:

  • A copy of the Form I-797C, Notice of Action, showing they have filed Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, on behalf of their spouse listed on the form; and
  • A marriage certificate, proving the legal marriage between the U.S. citizen and the foreign national.

Additional information about K-1 and K-3 visas is available at these links:

Do not include:

  • Anything that contains electronic chips and batteries (such as musical greeting cards) or any non-paper materials such as CD-ROMS, DVDs, toys, action figures, or thumb drives. We will not accept these types of materials. However, we will accept photographs or copies of these items. 
  • Any biological or genetic samples as DNA evidence. For information on DNA testing and submitting DNA samples, please visit the Department of State’s webpage.
  • Graphic photos of childbirth or intimate relations as evidence of a relationship or marital bona fides.

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