Your fiance should be thoroughly prepared for the questions that will be asked at the K1 fiance visa interview. This sounds simple but the best way to do well at your fiance visa interview is to know your fiance very well.
This does not sound romantic but you should know the mundane and basic information about each other. Take time to learn all about your fiance prior to the interview. You should especially know about potentially sensitive areas like previous relationships and previous arrests. As it will take approximately 10 months (2019 timeline) from the time your case is filed, until you have your interview, you have plenty of time to get to know your fiance better.
Getting to know each other well will be better for your relationship and it will also be better for your interview. In no event do you want a USCIS officer bringing up subjects during your interview which you know nothing about. This could be enough for the consular officer to conclude that the relationship is not a valid one and deny the case.
Answer all questions honestly. If you do not know an answer,or you forgot an answer, tell the immigration officer the truth. In no event should you attempt to guess an answer or worse lie to the immigration officer. Also, do not argue with the immigration officer for any reason. Arguing never helps your case. Remember, the officer has enormous power in the interview situation.
During the K1 Fiance Visa Interview, the Consular Officer should be asking you the standard fiance visa interview questions. The officer will try to assess the following:
a) Whether the foreign fiancé has complete information about her US citizen fiancé and his life. This includes information about his past relationships, family, employment, etc.
b) Whether the foreign fiancé is serious about marrying her US citizen fiancé and is genuinely interested in him; and
c) Whether the foreign fiance is a person of good moral character
Before you attend your interview you should read and review any and all documents which were part of your case. Pay special attention to the form I-129F Petition for Alien Fiancee and all supporting documents. Make sure that everything is accurate and that you know the exact answers you and your fiance gave to the questions. You may wish to read our very popular article: “Top 10 Things You Should Know About the Fiance Visa Process.”
What is your name?
Where were you born?
When were you born/how old are you?
What is your nationality?
Have you ever travelled to the United States? If yes, then on what visa? How long and where did you stay in the US on that trip?
Do you have any friends or relatives in the US?
Have you ever been sponsored for the K-1 visa fiancé visa before? If yes, then what happened?
Have you been married before? How did that relationship end? (death, divorce, annulment)
Are you divorced?
Do you have any children? If yes, then what is their age?
What is your fiancé’s full name?
What is your fiancé’s date of birth?
Where does your fiancé live?
Where was your fiancé born?
Does your fiancé live in an apartment or in a house? Does your fiancé rent or own the place? When did your fiancé buy that house?
How long has your fiancé lived there?
Where did your fiancé live before that?
Does your fiancé live with his/her parents?
Where do your fiancé’s parents live?
What kind of food does your fiancé like/dislike?
What is your fiancé’s occupation?
What is your fiancé’s salary?
How many siblings does your fiancé have? Have you ever met them?
Has your fiancé ever been married? If yes, then when did your fiancé get divorced? Why didn’t your fiancé previous marriage work out?
Does your fiancé have any children? What is their age?
Do the children live with your fiancé?
What is their custody arrangement?
What language does your fiancé speak?
Has your fiancé ever been arrested?
Please describe in detail how and where did both of you meet
When did you meet in person?
How long have you known your fiancé?
How much time have you spent together overall?
When was the last time you saw your fiance in person?
In what language do you and your fiancé communicate?
How do you keep in touch with your fiancé? Phone/email/chat?
How and when did your fiancé propose to you?
What do you love about your fiancé?
Have you ever met your fiancé’s parents? Why or why not?
Has your fiancé ever visited you in your country? Have you ever visited your fiancé in the US?
What is your and your fiancé’s religion?
When and where did you get engaged?
What are your wedding plans? When and where will it happen?
Will your family attend the wedding?
Why aren’t you getting married in your home country?
If the U.S. Citizen or the foreign fiance has a criminal past this should be evaluated prior to filing for the K-1 fiance visa. Certain crimes will make either party ineligible to file for the fiance visa. There may be other options available to you. You should consult with an experienced immigration attorney prior to filing any documents with USCIS.
If there is a large age difference between you and your fiance, you do not share a common language, your fiance is coming from a “high fraud” country, you have different religions, you have not conformed with the societal norms for your fiance’s home country concerning becoming engaged, or if the U.S. Citizen has attempted to sponsor someone else for a green card or a fiance visa in the past, your case will be more difficult and you should be prepared for questions, and hopefully bring evidence to your interview that resolve, these issues.
The Consular Officer’s primary responsibility is to make sure that a “bona fide” or real relationship exists between the US citizen and his fiancé. The questions he or she asks are designed such that the necessary information can be extracted from the applicants.
The fiance visa interview is a very important interview in your life. It may be the most important interview of your life. If the interview goes well then you will be cleared to come to the United States and enter on your fiance visa.
However, if the interview does not go well you should expect that your case will be denied. You should consult with an attorney prior to your interview to go over how to handle your case if your case is denied.
Be sure to go to your interview with the right attitude. Your attitude should not be one that says you are entitled to a fiance visa because your spouse is a United States Citizen (you are not). ( Or worse, an attitude that says that the immigration officer works for your spouse as your spouse is a tax payer.) You should go into your interview with an attitude of respect. Respectfully answer the questions being asked. If a question frustrates you or upsets you do not take it out on the interviewer. Simply take a deep breath and answer the given question.
If you prepare before the interview and have the right attitude during the interview you should do well.
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Fiance Visa Denials
At the end of 2018 and into 2019 the fiance visa denial rate increased to approximately 50%. This is the current average for all cases filed nationwide. (During this same time almost all of my office’s fiance visa cases have been approved. We have close to a 100 % success rate.)
However, if you are filing a fiance visa case make sure everything is in order as these cases do not enjoy the high approval rate they once did. A few years ago I understand that the overall approval rate was close to 90%. Those days are long gone. If you want to know more about fiance visa denial rates please read our article on the subject. (Fiance Visa Denial Rates 2018)
Upon arriving in the United States on your K-1 visa you will have 90 days in order to get married. After you get married you would want to file your adjustment of status packet with USCIS in order to obtain your permanent residency (green card).
After you apply for your green card you will obtain a work authorization/advance parole (travel) card. This card should arrive within 3 to 6 months of submitting your green card documents (adjustment of status packet). Just to be extra safe: I do not recommend travelling on your advance parole card unless you check with your immigration attorney first to make sure that you will not have any problems returning to the United States.
As part of the adjustment of status case you will have another interview. This time your U.S. Citizen spouse will be with you.
If all goes well at this interview you will receive your conditional green card. This conditional green card will be good for 2 years. The card itself will tell you the date of its expiration. Within 90 days of the expiration of the conditional green card you will need to take the conditions off of it by filing the I-751 and sending in all of the supporting documents. If that case is approved you will receive your permanent green card.
Many people stay in the United States as permanent residents. They decide, for different reasons, not to become U.S. Citizens. However, many other people do wish to become U.S. Citizens. Under current law, if you received your green card based on marriage to a U.S. Citizen, and you are living with the U.S. Citizen, you may apply for U.S. Citizenship 3 years after receiving your original green card. You actually may file up to 90 days prior to this date–be careful to not file too early as the case will not be approved. U.S. Citizenship has its own requirements and is beyond the scope of this article. However, if you decide you would like to become a U.S. Citizen, you should consult with a competent immigration attorney prior to filing.
Lawrence Gruner is a Fiance Visa Attorney and a Fiance Visa Lawyer with more than 20 years of experience handling these types of cases. He is also a green card attorney. His office handles cases throughout California, the United States and the World. You may reach our office at 916-760-7270 or toll free at 888-801-6558 . You may also email us, at firstname.lastname@example.org
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