According to U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Services (USCIS), K-1 visas are issued to immigrants coming to the United States to marry an American citizen. They also issue K2 visas through the same process for the children of K-1 holders.
As a part of the process to get a K-1 visa, the immigrant hoping for a K-1 visa will undergo an interview with immigration officials that focuses on their relationship with their fiancé. Many people find these interviews somewhat personal, but it is imperative that the interviewer learns as much about your relationship as possible. So, what are the K-1 visa interview questions?
What Can I Expect During the K-1 Visa Interview?
K-1 visa interviews usually last less than half an hour, and you will likely be asked only a fraction of the questions on this list. However, this should give you a good idea of what to expect and help you practice the answers you want to give. Remember to keep your focus on the purpose of this visa—to move to the United States to get married.
You can expect to answer questions about:
You and Your Background
- What is your name?
- When were you born? How old are you?
- Where are you from?
- What languages do you speak?
- Were you previously married? When? When did it end?
- Do you work?
- Have you visited the United States? When? For what purpose?
- Do you have family in the United States?
- Have you applied and/or received a K-1 visa in the past?
- Have you ever been arrested? When? For what? Were you convicted?
- When do you plan on going to the United States?
- Do you understand what you need to do after visa approval?
- What is their name?
- When is their birthday? How old are they?
- Where were they born?
- What is their phone number or email address? How do you stay in contact?
- What are their favorite hobbies or interests?
- Did they go to college? What did they study? Where?
- Were they married before? When? Did they divorce?
- Do they have children? How many? Do you know their names?
- Where do they live?
- Do they live alone?
- Where did you meet? When? How?
- How many times have you seen them in person?
- When did you first meet in person?
- What do you do when you are together?
- Have you met their parents?
- Have you met their children? Will any of them live with you?
- Have they visited you in your country?
- Have you visited them in the United States?
- When did the individual propose to you? How?
- Did you have an engagement party? Where was it? Who attended?
- Have you planned your wedding? Where will it be? Have you booked the venue? Catering?
- Will your family come to the wedding?
- Where will you live after the wedding?
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Navigating the Process to Get a K-1 Visa
The process of getting a K-1 visa begins when the U.S. citizen files an I-129F petition on behalf of their fiancé(e), who will become the applicant. Once the government assesses the petition, they will forward it to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your fiancé(e)’s country. You will receive a letter notifying you of this.
The letter will outline the next steps in the process, including a date to officially apply for the K-1 visa and report for an interview. According to the U.S. Department of State, the fiancé(e) and any children applying for a K-2 visa will need to gather the following documentation and take it to the interview with them:
- Form DS-160, online nonimmigrant visa application: Complete these forms online and bring the confirmation page with you.
- Your passport
- Birth certificate
- Divorce or death certificate: Documentation showing that any previous marriages of you and your future spouse have ended.
- Police certificates: You must have one from each country you lived past age 16, and for any children over age 15.
- Medical examination
- Evidence of financial support: Form I-134 or an affidavit of support may be requested
- Two (2) 2×2 photographs
- Evidence of the relationship: This could include photographs, letters, emails, or other documentation shipping your relationship.
- The required fees
In most cases, only the applicant and their children need to attend. In fact, some embassies and consulates ban the U.S. citizen partner from these interviews.
How Can an Immigration Attorney Help with the K-1 Visa Process?
An immigration law firm can handle the K-1 visa process for you from beginning to end. They can prepare and submit the initial petition, help you understand the purpose and what to expect during the interview, and walk you through your arrival in the United States. They will also explain the expectations after you arrive.
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