If you’re applying for a K-1 fiancé(e) visa, and you’ve already received a letter informing you of an upcoming interview, then you’re probably wondering what you can do to prepare. As long as you’re in a good faith relationship with your partner, you have nothing to worry about. But it’s still a good idea to go into the interview process well-equipped. To that end, this article will answer some of the more frequently asked questions about the K-1 visa interview.
K-1 Visa Common Questions
Do I need to do anything prior to my interview?
There are a few things you’ll need to complete before attending your interview. In this section, we’ll discuss the most important steps you’ll need to take before your appointment.
Complete Form DS-160
First, you’ll need to complete Form DS-160 (“Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application”). The consular officer will use this form, in combination with your interview, to determine whether you are eligible for a K-1 visa.
IMPORTANT: You’ll need to bring the DS-160 confirmation page to your interview.
Attend Medical Exam
You will also need to attend a medical exam for yourself and any children you’re bringing. Be sure that you use a doctor approved by the U.S. consulate or embassy — otherwise, your exam will not be accepted. It’s imperative that you attend the exam and get all the necessary vaccinations prior to your interview. The doctor will either forward the results to the consulate or hand you a sealed envelope. If you receive an envelope, do not unseal it — just bring it with you to your appointment.
As each country has slightly different procedures, you may want to check the embassy website ahead of time. For instance, if you happen to live near the Buenos Aires embassy, you will need to attend 3 separate appointments for your medical exam. In most (if not all cases), you’ll need to discuss your medical history, medications, and any ongoing medical procedures.
You’ll also want to double and triple check that you have all the necessary documents for your interview. We’ll go into greater detail in the following section, but suffice to say, it’s very important that you have originals or certified copies of all the documents you submitted to the National Visa Center (NVC) as part of your application. If, for whatever reason, you don’t bring these documents, you will likely have to reschedule your interview and delay the visa process even more — you may even get denied.
Set Up Courier Service
Once you’ve completed your interview, the embassy will send all your documents back to you by mail. For this reason, it’s a good idea to visit the consulate website to determine which courier service they use and how much it will cost. You may also need to register with the service ahead of time so you can receive the documents in a timely manner.
What should I bring to the interview?
You (and any children accompanying you) will need to bring the following materials to the interview:
- Birth Certificate
- Divorce or death certificates —
to ensure that you and your spouse have no ongoing marriages, the consular officer will want to make sure any previous unions have dissolved.
- Originals or certified copies of civil documents
— when you submitted your DS-160, you uploaded a number of documents. Be sure to bring all of these to your appointment.
- DS-160 confirmation page
— when you complete the Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application, you should see a confirmation page. Print this and bring it with you.
- Unpaid fees
— if you haven’t paid your fees in full, be sure to do this at the appointment.
- Police certificates
— you (and any children over 16) will need to bring certificates for every country you’ve lived in for more than 6 months, since your 16th birthday.
- Medical examination
— as mentioned above, you may need to bring the results of your exam, but you should not unseal the envelope in which they are contained.
- Two identical color photographs
— for more details about the photo dimensions, visit the U.S. Department of State’s website.
- Unexpired passport
— in addition to being unexpired, your passport must also be valid for at least 6 months beyond your intended date of entry.
- Proof of relationship
— you will need to bring all the evidence you’ve gathered proving the validity of your relationship.
- Affidavit of support
— in some cases, you may need to submit a document signed in black ink by your U.S. citizen fiancé(e) stating that they will support you financially while you’re in the United States. Your partner will also need to supply proof of income, which may include pay stubs and a federal tax return.
There may be certain documents that you could not send to the NVC without first translating them to English. Be sure to bring these documents with you to the appointment.
Is there a dress code?
In short, no, there is not a dress code. That being said, it’s a good idea to look presentable. You can dress casually, but you don’t want to stand out as excessively underdressed. At the same time, you certainly don’t need to wear a full suit and tie, or fancy dress. Ultimately, you don’t want your attire to be the first thing they notice. Wear something neutral that allows them to see you.
Do I need an attorney?
You certainly don’t need an attorney, but if you’re worried about the interview, it couldn’t hurt to consult a lawyer ahead of time. They can walk you through the interview process, preparing you for what’s to come. They can also help ensure that you have all the paperwork you need to bring to the appointment. In the end, however, you will likely have to attend the interview without legal representation.
What if I can’t attend?
If you are unable to go to the interview, be sure to contact the consulate or embassy as soon as possible. If you do not contact them within a year, your petition could be cancelled, and you will not receive a refund on any fees paid during the visa application process.
What types of questions will they ask?
This is perhaps the biggest cause of anxiety for anyone attending a K-1 visa interview. While it’s totally understandable that you find this stressful, rest assured that it probably won’t be as bad as you think. The consular officer will primarily be interested in determining whether or not you and your partner have an authentic relationship.
For the most part, the U.S. citizen sponsor is not permitted to attend. Some embassies, however, may have varying policies, so be sure to check the consulate website to determine whether both parties can be present. And, as mentioned above, if you are bringing children on a K-2 visa, they will need to come with you to the appointment.
As for the actual questions: these will vary depending on the particular officer, but in general, they (the consular officer) will first want to get to know you — including your name, birthday, nationality, and any other pertinent information. Then, they will likely want to know more about your fiancé(e) — everything from their name to their hobbies and interests.
Finally, the consular officer will likely want to know more information about your relationship with the U.S. sponsor. To that end, they might ask about:
- When you met
- Your shared interests
- The proposal
- Who will be attending the wedding
- Whether you’ve met your fiancé(e)’s parents
- Any future plans you and your fiancé(e) may have
Again, if you and your partner are truly in love and you actually intend to get married, then you have absolutely nothing to worry about. But if you’re in need of assistance, we can help. Boundless has teamed up with RapidVisa and together we can help you gather all the appropriate paperwork in preparation for your interview. Get started today!