What is a Fiancé Visa or K-1 Visa?
A Fiancé Visa or K-1 Visa is a visa that allows the engaged partner to enter the United States. Upon entering the United States the engaged couple must get married within 90 days. After the couple is married the immigrant or non-citizen partner of the couple may apply for a green card. The term fiancé is used to describe either partner.
Requirements for a Fiancé or K-1 Visa
In order to obtain a fiancé or K-1 Visa, both partners must have the intention of marrying within 90 days and meet these requirements.
Must be engaged to a US citizen, and must have proof of citizenship
A written statement with intent to marry and must have the intention of marrying within 90 days of them entering the US
Have proof of your relationship before you were engaged (photos, text messages, letters, travel receipts, letters from family members)
Must have proof that you have met in person at least one time in the past two years.
Copy of passport photos
Must get married within the United States
Proof that the U.S. Citizen partner can support the immigrant partner, non-U.S. citizen for the period of time the K-1 Visa is valid. (Miniminim requirement is $17,420 after deductions and taxes)
Previous marriages from either partner must be legally terminated
How to Apply for a Fiancé Visa
The Fiancé Interview Process
During the process of obtaining a Fiancé Visa, the immigrant, non-U.S. citizen will have a scheduled interview in their home country at the U.S. embassy. The embassy will send you a notice 4 to 6 weeks before your scheduled interview.
The interview is typically about ten to twenty minutes long. Along with answering about five to ten questions, you will also be required to bring the following documents.
Here's a list of documents you will need for your interview;
Form DS-160 confirmation page and code.
A valid passport for more than 6 months after your intended stay in the U.S.
Your interview schedule letter
Approved Form I-129F
Any criminal background documents, if applicable
Divorce or death certificates in case of a previous marriage, if applicable
Evidence of the relationship with the U.S. citizen before you were engaged
Medical examination documents
So that you are prepared for your Fiancé interview here is a list of the most common questions that you will be asked.
Questions about your fiancé
What is your fiancé's full name? How do you spell it?
How old is your fiancé'?
What are your fiancé's hobbies & interests?
What make/model/color is your fiancé's car?
What color are your fiancé's eyes?
What color is your fiancé's hair?
What does your fiancé do for a living?
Where does your fiancé live in the U.S.?
Where and when was your fiancé born?
What is your fiance's salary?
Was your fiance married previously?
Does your fiancé have any children?
What are your fiancé's parents' names?
What is your fiancé's religious background?
Does your fiancé speak and understand your language?
Do you speak and understand your fiancé's language?
Has your fiancé ever been convicted of a crime?
Does your fiancé have any siblings/What are their names?
What is your fiancé's phone number/email address?
What are your favorite traits about your fiancé'?
What is your fiancé's favorite movie/music/food?
Does your fiancé have any pets/What are their names?
Do you know any of your fiancé's friends?
Questions about you both as a couple
Where do you plan to live in the United States?
When and how did you meet your fiancé'?
How long have you been with your fiancé?
How did the proposal happen?
What are your wedding plans?
What is your wedding date?
Do you have honeymoon plans?
Do you and your fiancé's have plans to have children in the future?
Have you met your fiancé's parents? Has your finacé met your parents?
What kinds of things do you enjoy doing together?
How does your family feel about the engagement?
How does your fiancé's family feel about the engagement?
Why did you decide to marry in the USA rather than in your country?
What do you and your fiancé have in common?
How many times have you met in person?
How do you picture your life in 5 years?
How many people do you expect at the wedding?
How long did you date before getting engaged?
Questions about yourself
Have you ever been to the United States?
When do you plan on entering the United States?
Have you ever been denied a visa to any country?
How many times have you been married?
Do you have any relatives in the United States?
Have you ever been convicted of or arrested for a crime in the past?
What do you do for a living?
Typically a decision will be made on either the same day of the interview or shortly after. You will also be informed if you need any additional evidence.
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How to Apply for a Fiancé Visa (K-1 Visa)
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