By law, a fiancé(e) petition can only be filed in the United States at USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Service) office. The petitioner must be a U.S. Citizen. However, U.S. citizens may submit petitions abroad (as opposed to filing with the USCIS in the U.S.) for the following immediate relatives: spouses, minor unmarried children, and parents. Please see detailed instruction on how to file I-129F form here: http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/types/types_2994.html
When submitting the I-129-F form for approval, be sure to include all of the following documents: a photocopy of your U.S. passport identification page (plus a copy of your naturalization document if you are a naturalized citizen); a photocopy of your fiancé(e)'s birth certificate with a translation; photocopies of any death certificates of a previous spouse that you or your fiancé(e) may have and photocopies of any divorce decrees terminating a previous marriage that you and your fiancé(e) may have, with translations; two passport-size photographs of both yourself and your fiancé(e), attached to the bottom of the G-325 biographic forms; a photograph of the two of you together to prove you have met; and copies of birth certificates of any minor children your fiancé(e) may have, with translations. Question 14 on the I-129F asks you to list the names and dates of birth of any children your fiancé(e) may have. Children up to the age of 21 may accompany their parent to the U.S., or may follow-to-join at any time up to one year after the parent receives his/her visa.
Once the petition has been approved, USCIS will notify you and forward the petition to US Embassy Ashgabat for all fiancé(e)s residing in Turkmenistan.
Once we receive an approved fiancé(e) petition, we immediately send a set of instructions and appointment form to your fiancé(e) .
Instructions for fiancée visa interview
- Please prepare your documents according to these complete instructions before the interview and follow them carefully.
- All documents should be submitted ON THE DAY OF THE INTERVIEW.
- Children immigrating with you (unmarried, under 21 years old) must also be present at the interview.
- Please see the list below. All listed documents are required for each applicant.
- Translations and copies. Copies of the documents do not need to be notarized. Translations must be certified/notarized only when the original is in a language OTHER than Russian or Turkmen. (e.g. a translation from Ukrainian into English must be certified, a translation from Russian or Turkmen into English does not need to be certified).
- Payment. Please pay the application fee $ 240.00 for each applicant (fees are subject to change) please check with the Embassy closer to the day of your interview. We accept only U.S. dollars in cash. Credit cards are not accepted.
- Tickets. We strongly advise you to not purchase your tickets or make any final travel arrangements before you receive a visa. In case of issuance you will get your passport back the next day.
List of Documents:
(should be prepared for EACH family member immigrating with you)
- DS-156 (2 originals), DS-156-K and DS-230.
- Travel passport: original and copy of biographical data page with the photo.
- Birth certificate: original, copy and translation into English (please see page 1 for information on when translations need to be certified).
- For those who had prior marriages: divorce certificate/death certificate of spouse, if applicable: original, copy, translation into English.
- Applicants over the age of 16 are required to submit police certificates in all names as well as all dates of birth that they have used. If an applicant has lived abroad, a police certificate must also be submitted from all countries in which he/she lived for more than one year
- The results of your medical exam in a sealed envelope. The medical exam must be conducted by the Embassy panel physician (see here: http://turkmenistan.usembassy.gov/iv_medical.html for detailed information regarding the medical examination, please contact panel physician directly.
- Three photos 5x5 cm, with white background for visa (you will need two more photos for medical examination forms).
- Form I-134 from your US citizen fiancé(e
- Money to pay the consular fee.
Once found qualified for visa issuance, your fiancé(e) will receive a non-immigrant visa in his/her passport, valid for one entry into the U.S. at any time within the next 6 months. The issued visas are given out the next working day. He/she will also receive a separate immigrant visa packet to present to the immigration officials at the U.S. border. If you decide that you do not wish to marry within the 90 days for which your fiancé(e) will be admitted to the U.S., you are obliged to ensure that your fiancé(e) does not remain in the United States.
More detailed information is available at http://www.travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/types/types_2994.html
If you have questions related to fiancée visas, please contact us by email or call:
Telephone: (993-12) 350049 on Monday, Wednesday or Friday between 11:00 a.m. to 13:00 p.m.