As you may know, an interview is an essential part of obtaining virtually any nonimmigrant visa for entry to the United States. But K-1 fiancé visa interview questions dive deeper into your history and long-term intentions. They can even seem a little personal. For some people, that’s a little scary.
It’s natural to be anxious about your K-1 interview. If you prepare yourself and know your fiancé well, you’ll find that the fiancé visa interview questions are actually very simple to answer. The K-1 questions will focus on your relationship with the U.S. citizen fiancé, and there’s no reason to fear the interview if you have a genuine relationship.
Who Should Attend the K-1 Fiancé Visa Interview
The K-1 beneficiary must attend the interview along with any K-2 children included on the same I-129F petition. The U.S. citizen sponsor is not required to attend the interview and generally may not attend. However, some U.S. embassies or consulates may allow the U.S. sponsor to attend. Check with the U.S. embassy near you for specific rules about fiancé visa interviews.
What Documents Do I Need to Bring to the Interview?
You will need to bring the following documents with you to the interview:
⦁ Form DS-160: Once this form has been completed through the online process, you will see a DS-160 confirmation page. Print this confirmation and bring it with you to your interview.
⦁ A valid passport enables you to travel to the U.S. and is valid at least six (6) months beyond the length of the K-1 visa. (Some country-specific agreements provide exemptions.)
⦁ Birth certificate: Be sure to have a version translated into English.
⦁ Divorce or death certificate(s) of any previous spouse(s) for both fiancés. Again, there are some country-specific exemptions.
⦁ Police certificates from your present country of residence and all countries where you have lived for six months or more since age 16. A police certificate details arrests and outcomes of any arrests.
⦁ Medical exam documentation: This must be done before the interview. The local embassy or consulate notifications will provide specific details, such as which doctors and locations are acceptable. The vaccinations required by law for immigrant visa applicants are not required for a K-1 visa applicant, but it is strongly recommended. Especially if the couple is going to file for a green card because the vaccines would be required.
⦁ Form I-134: Bring the Affidavit of Support form with you.
⦁ Two 2×2 photographs
⦁ Evidence of relationship
Why Fiancé Visa Interview Questions Get So Much Attention
Visa fraud, and particularly marriage fraud, has historically been a problem for U.S. immigration officials. Marriage fraud happens when at least one of the parties of the marriage enters into the marriage to circumvent immigration laws to acquire immigration benefits (like a green card) falsely. Marrying for the primary purpose of obtaining a green card is a clear fraud case.
Therefore, U.S. immigration officials focus their questions on your relationship. They need to be convinced that your relationship is genuine and that you are getting married because you are in love and plan to live a life together. The K-1 visa is in place so that the foreign fiancé may enter the United States to marry the U.S. petitioner within a 90-day period. With this in mind, be careful of this fiancé visa interview question.
Sample Questions About the K-1 Applicant
The consular officer may begin by getting to know the K-1 applicant and information about his or her background. Typical questions the officer may ask about your background include:
⦁ What is your full name?
⦁ When is your birthday?
⦁ How old are you?
⦁ What is your nationality?
⦁ What languages do you speak?
⦁ Were you previously married? If so, when?
⦁ Do you currently work?
⦁ Have you been to the United States before? If so, when, why, and how?
⦁ Do you have family living in the United States? If so, where?
⦁ Have you had a K-1 fiancé visa before? If so, when?
⦁ Have you ever been arrested? If so, for what?
⦁ When do you plan on entering the USA?
Sample Questions about the U.S. Petitioner
Immigration officials screen applicants by asking questions that a typical person in a real relationship would know about his or her fiancé. The expectation is that you know your fiancé well. The consular officer will test this knowledge by asking you questions about your fiancé and his/her background.
Some sample questions include:
⦁ What is your fiancé’s name?
⦁ When is your fiancé’s birthday?
⦁ Where was your fiancé born?
⦁ How old is your fiancé?
⦁ What is your fiance’s phone number/email address?
⦁ Does your fiancé have some favorite hobbies or interests?
⦁ Did your fiancé go to college? Where?
⦁ How did you and your fiancé meet?
⦁ Has your fiancé been married before? If so, when and why did he or she divorce?
⦁ Where does your fiancé live?
⦁ Does your fiancé live with anyone?
⦁ Does your fiancé have children? If so, how many?
Sample Questions about the Relationship
A couple that has gone through a normal courtship will know most things about each other. You’ve discussed many of the big issues that come with marriage. For example, you should probably know about your fiance’s desired number of children, and other plans for the future. The consular officer will ask you a series of questions about your relationship in order to determine if it is real. Examples of fiancé visa interview questions about your relationship include:
⦁ When and where did you and your fiancé meet?
⦁ How long have you known your fiancé?
⦁ How many times have you and your fiancé met in person?
⦁ Where did you and your fiancé meet in person?
⦁ What activities do you enjoy doing together?
⦁ Have you ever met your fiancé’s parents? Why or why not?
⦁ Will any step children live with you?
⦁ Has your fiancé ever visited you in your country?
⦁ Have you visited your fiancé in the U.S.?
⦁ When did your fiancé propose to you?
⦁ How did your fiancé propose to you?
⦁ Did you have an engagement party? Who was there?
⦁ Have you already planned your wedding?
⦁ Can you provide any evidence that you’ve planned the wedding?
⦁ Will your family be attending your wedding?
⦁ Where will you and your fiancé live after you are married?
Other Possible K-1 Interview Questions
The K-1 visa interview will feature a lot of questions to determine if your reasons to enter the United States are purely based on your status or your relationship. Here are a few more questions that you might want to expect:
⦁ Do you work anywhere right now? What is your current workplace?
⦁ Are you aware of everything that you have to do once your K-1 visa has been approved?
⦁ What is the color of your fiancé’s eyes?
⦁ If your fiancé has been married before, do you know the name of their ex-spouse?
⦁ Does your fiancé have any pets? If so, how many do they have?
⦁ What is the religious background of your fiancé?
⦁ Does your fiancé have a criminal background? Have they ever been convicted?
What Happens Next?
There are a few possible outcomes following the interview:
⦁ The officer approves your application immediately. You will receive your passport containing the K-1 visa if your application is approved. Additionally, you will receive a sealed packet that should not be opened. The Department of Homeland Security will look for this sealed packet when the applicant first enters the United States.
⦁ The consulate officer may ask that more evidence be submitted to support the application and continue to consider the application.
⦁ The consulate officer may find a reason to not believe the validity of the relationship or other serious issues and recommend that the request for a visa be denied. Reasons could be a prior arrest for serious charges, or they do not find the relationship genuine. It is, however, relatively rare for a K-1 application to be denied without first having the chance to submit additional evidence.
As I promised, here’s some bonus information that you may not know about:
The consular officer’s goal is to establish that the applicant is part of a genuine relationship. Here are some tips about the types of evidence you should have to help illustrate your life as a couple:
⦁ Create a timeline of the relationship and take a trip down memory lane. Go over the key dates, events, and memories of your time together. Bring copies with you if you have photographs or other mementos that support the relationship.
⦁ Create a folder with all your official documents. This should include translations of original documents like birth certificates if they are not in English.
⦁ Look for documents that support the legitimacy of your relationship. Travel itineraries, photos of trips taken together, the phone bills for when distance kept you physically apart, receipts of big events, birth certificates of any children you may have had together — think of anything that can demonstrate the length and legitimacy of your relationship.
⦁ Documents that support the financial stability of the relationship. Include evidence of joint bank statements, rental or mortgage agreements, and evidence of any assets that you co-own as a couple.
⦁ Organize the documentation. It doesn’t have to be color coded and cross-sorted alphabetically, but it is recommended that you have a system that allows you to identify any documents as needed easily.
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