The final step in applying for a K-1 Visa is for your fiancé(e) to visit the US embassy in her country of residence (or a neighboring country if there is no US embassy in her country, or if that embassy does not process visas) and sit for her visa interview. By this point, it's been several months since you and your loved one began the process when you filed your Petition for Alien Fiancé(e) with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. The end is near, but you can't relax yet!
After the case is sent from the National Visa Center to the US embassy in your fiancé(e)'s country, the embassy will contact your fiancé(e) with instructions for how to proceed with the medical exam and to schedule an appointment for the K-1 Visa interview.
This interview is conducted to determine whether you and your fiancé(e) are actually in love and want to get married for the sake of your relationship and, possibly, a family, or if you are getting married simply so your fiancé(e) can get a green card. The latter would be immigration fraud, and the interview provides the final proof that your relationship is the real deal.
With the legalization of same-sex marriage in the United States in 2015, gay immigration rights are identical to heterosexual immigration rights, including in the cases of fiancé(e) or spousal visas.
What to Expect at the K-1 Visa Interview
The K-1 Visa interview probably won't last more than half an hour. You as the US citizen fiancé(e) are not required to attend this interview, but some countries allow you to do so.
Your foreign fiancé(e) will be asked a variety of questions to help the officer determine whether or not your relationship is genuine. If it is, you really have nothing to worry about. Still, there are a few things your fiancé(e) can do to prepare for the interview and feel confident before, during, and after.
Steps to a Worry-Free K-1 Visa Interview Experience
1. Know Where to Go
Plan ahead about how he will get to the embassy so that he can arrive on time without feeling rushed and stressed.
2. Have All Documents Ready
When we help you through the K-1 Visa application process, we'll be breaking down exactly what forms and supporting documents you'll need. You and your fiancé(e) can breathe a sigh of relief as she goes to the embassy, knowing she has everything they'll need to see.
3. Treat It Like a Job Interview
What would you do if you wanted to get hired? You'd dress well and treat the interviewer with respect and courtesy. This is no different. Your fiancé(e) should take care to answer the questions thoroughly but not excessively--there's no need to ramble or offer extra information. If the interviewer wants to know about something he will ask.
4. Anticipate the Interview Questions
Your fiancé(e) will be asked a handful of questions about you and your relationship. If you know each other well, there shouldn't be anything in there that would throw him off. It pays to have a few discussions prior to the interview to make sure he remembers certain dates, names, and places.
The interviewer might ask questions like these:
• How long have you known your fiancé(e)?
• Where did you meet?
• Has your fiancé(e) ever been married before?
• What are your wedding or honeymoon plans?
• What is your fiancé(e)'s dad's name?
• What does your fiancé(e) like to do?
• Why did you decide to live in the US instead of here?
• What is the address where you will be living?
• Has your family met your fiancé(e)?
• Have you ever been the United States?
Your fiancé(e) should also know exactly what is on all the forms and supporting documents. If the interviewer asks about something that is written on one of the forms, the answer your fiancé(e) gives should be consistent with what is on the form.
5. Stay Calm
It's a nerve-racking process, but if your fiancé(e) is especially anxious it might make the interviewer suspicious. This is the last step in a long process. You've made it this far. Your relationship is solid and you're looking forward to marrying the love of your life. Relax and clear this final hurdle!
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