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I filed for my K1 visa but realized we might not be approved since my fiance and I are first cousins. Will my K1 visa get approved? He is currently in Europe and I am worried if USCIS will approve our marriage visa application or not?


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Your K1 visa may get approved depending on which state you reside in. If you reside in a state that allows first cousin marriages, then your K1 visa application should get approved. You may get a request for evidence (RFE) from USCIS, so be prepared for this.

Next Step: If you are planning to marry your first cousin, contact us at to identify any possible issues with your situation. You may want to consider getting help with your K1 visa application to avoid delays or denials.

States that allow 1st/first cousin marriages:
Alabama, Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia

States that States that allow 1st/first cousin marriages with restrictions:
Arizona, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Utah, Wisconsin

States that DO NOT allow 1st/first cousin marriages
Arkansas, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming

Submitted by: Susy G. of New Jersey, USA

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