Navigating Partner Visas: What Options Do You Have?

Passport and US Visa for immigration

Uninformed immigrants often find themselves facing significant obstacles in legal matters, especially when it comes to bringing a partner to the United States. As an immigration lawyer, my mission is to provide clarity and support to empower immigrants regardless of their status. In today's episode of the Empowered Immigrant Podcast, we delve into a common question: Is there such a thing as a boyfriend/girlfriend visa?

Understanding Partner Visa Options

Let's explore the three main avenues based on your relationship:

  • Tourist Visas: While not designed specifically for partners, tourist visas offer a temporary solution for visits. It's crucial to avoid misrepresentation and demonstrate genuine intent to return home after the visit to prevent visa cancellation.
  • Fiancé Visas: If marriage is on the horizon, a fiancé visa (K-1 visa) could be the answer. This process involves proposing to your partner, obtaining a fiancé visa, and getting married within 90 days of their arrival in the U.S.
  • Marriage-Based Cases: Opting for marriage before applying for a visa can streamline the process, albeit with slightly longer wait times for visa approval. However, this route may offer fewer legal complexities and expenses compared to the fiancé visa route.

Considering Alternatives

While these three options are commonly pursued, it's essential to weigh their pros and cons based on individual circumstances. Additionally, other immigration avenues, such as work visas, family petitions, asylum, and U visas for crime victims, may offer viable alternatives depending on your situation.

Empowering Immigrants Through Knowledge

At Landerholm Immigration APC, we're dedicated to empowering immigrants with the knowledge and resources they need to navigate the U.S. immigration system successfully. Whether you're exploring visa options for a partner or facing other immigration challenges, we're here to provide compassionate support and expert guidance.


Thank you for joining me today. Remember, your American dream is within reach, and we're here to help you every step of the way. Stay tuned for more insightful discussions and practical tips on our next episode of the Empowered Immigrant Podcast.

Until then, I'm Otis Landerholm, reminding you that knowledge is power. Have a fantastic day ahead!

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