Petition Process

The process for bringing your fiancé or spouse to the United States involves USCIS, the U.S. Department of State (DOS), and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).


At each stage in the process, background and security checks may be conducted on both of you.


These checks are conducted using fingerprints, names, or other biographic or biometric information.




  • You file a Petition for Alien Fiancé or Spouse. These forms ask USCIS to recognize the relationship.
  • USCIS reviews the form and the documents you submitted.
  • USCIS may mail you a request for evidence if they need additional documentation or information.
  • If you establish your eligibility, the USCIS approves your application and recognizes the claimed relationship.
  • Otherwise, they deny your application and notify you of the reasons for denial.