If you are a U.S. citizen, you may bring your fiance(e) to the United States to marry and live there, with a nonimmigrant visa for a fiancé(e) (K-1). An I-129F fiance(e) petition must be filed with USCIS in the United States.
Fiance(e) visa petitions approved by USCIS are processed by the National Visa Center (NVC). K1 fiance(e) visa applications are processed by the Immigrant Visa Unit in Frankfurt. The Immigrant Visa Unit will send you a notification letter after the approved petition is received (“Packet 3”). Upon receipt of this letter you may start your visa application and submit required forms and documents to the U.S. Consulate General Frankfurt.
Please note that we are still prohibited from issuing K visas to persons physically present in Germany under Presidential Proclamation 9993, which has suspended routine travel from the Schengen Area to the United States due to COVID-19. Under recent guidance, however, the following K-1 visa applicants may qualify for a national interest exception (NIE) if he or she is travelling (1) as a public health or healthcare professional or researcher to alleviate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, or to continue ongoing research in an area with substantial public health benefit (e.g. cancer or disease research); or (2) to provide care for a U.S. citizen, to include alleviating the burden of care from a medical or other institution, or to prevent a U.S. citizen from becoming a public charge or ward of the state or the ward of a medical or other institution. If the K-1 visa applicant has a U.S. citizen child (unmarried, under the age of 21), he or she will also qualify to process his or her visa application.
Application Instructions/Required Documents
The Immigrant Visa Unit will send you a notification letter (packet 3) after the approved petition has been received. Once you receive this letter you may start your visa application and submit all forms and documents listed in the Immigrant / Fiancee & K-Visa Application Checklist (pdf) to the U.S. Consulate General Frankfurt. Do not submit any documents to the National Visa Center.
After the Immigrant Visa Unit has received and reviewed the documents, we will release your request for an appointment through our Visa Service Provider. The request will automatically be triggered as soon as you pay the visa application fee. After the request has been approved by the Immigrant Visa Unit, you will be notified to log back into your profile and do the actual scheduling of the appointment.
Do not attempt to schedule an appointment before you are instructed to do so. An appointment request without authorization by the Consulate will be denied.
Please notify us immediately in case of:
• An address change
• Change of marital status
• Death of petitioner
• Birth or adoption of additional children
Applicants are responsible for scheduling their own appointment for a medical examination directly with one of our designated panel physicians before the scheduled interview date. The results of the exam are valid for six months. The results need to be valid by the time you enter the U.S. with the visa, therefore, the visa will be valid only for the validity time of the medical. The medical exam appointment should not be scheduled too early.
If these tests expire on or before your interview, you must undergo a modified examination to update your results. If the medical exam expires before the visa can be issued, you must also undergo a modified examination to update your results.
Medical examinations performed by non-authorized physicians or an approved panel physician outside of Germany will not be accepted.
The following documents are required for your medical examination:
- Valid passport
- 4 photographs (photo requirements)
- Vaccination records (vaccination requirements )
- Fee (varies depending on physician)
- Medical history (disabilities, illnesses)
- Statement of pregnancy (Mutterpass)
- Print out of the CEAC (DS-260/DS-160) confirmation page
Panel Physicians Offices in Germany
List of panel physicians in Germany (PDF)
K Visa applicants must pay the application fee in the local currency equivalent. In order to pay the fee, you must create a profile with our Visa Service Provider: http://www.ustraveldocs.com/de. Information on fee payment process is available at http://www.ustraveldocs.com/de/de-niv-paymentinfo.asp.
You will not be able to schedule your appointment without payment of the online fee.
Please Note: It can take several days to receive the payment confirmation, so please plan accordingly.