Tips to Use When Applying for a K-1 Visa
Are You Applying for a K-1 Visa?
I bet you never thought that you would meet your true love on that backpacking trip to Prague until….you did. Now you want to marry and, like most couples, live together. The only problem is, you’re a U.S. citizen and they’re not. How do you salvage this Romeo and Juliet love story? By applying for a K-1 visa, of course!
However, when applying for a K-1 visa, part of the USCIS’s process involves you providing concrete evidence of your relationship and intent to marry. Their job is to ensure visas are not provided on the basis of fraudulent relationships. If yours is the real deal, let them know!
Here are some tips to help you along the process:
— Before getting too headlong into the process, familiarize yourself with the steps involved. The entire thing can take anywhere from 4-10 months.
— The U.S. citizen partner must file a petition for the non-citizen to receive the K-1 visa and provide in-depth, accurate information.
— The U.S. citizen must supply evidence that both partners can marry without legal restriction. They also must give proof of at least one face-to-face meeting in the last 2 years. Such proof can take the form of itineraries, receipts, or other tangible documents that prove the couple was together.
— If gathering all of this documentation seems daunting, ask family and friends to help gather the information. They may have items such as photos that prove the validity of your relationship.
— The best way to approach this process is for a couple to consider their best times together and then find evidence that would prove to a stranger that it happened. For instance, if the first date was dinner and a movie, try to provide the meal receipt and a ticket stub to prove it happened.
At first, this whole process can seem overwhelming with its many applications and forms to file. Demonstrating the validity of your relationship will require both answering questions and supporting your claims with evidence. However, at the core of the entire thing is convincing the officer that you and your partner are in fact in love and committed to one another. Remember that simple bit and you should be fine.
Looking to petition for a K-1 visa? Learn more and get step-by-step instructions here.
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