Popularly known as the “fiancé(e)” visa, the K-1 visa must be petitioned by the US citizen who wants to bring his/her foreign soon-to-be spouse to the United States to get married. While the K-1 visa is a nonimmigrant visa, it offers a pathway to lawful permanent residence.
In this article, you will discover which items to bring to a K-1 visa interview.
What Should I Bring to My K1 Visa Interview? – In Detail
The first to apply for a K-1 visa is filing Form I-129F (Petition for Alien Fiancé). Accordingly, the US citizen petitioner must file Form I-129F on behalf of his/her foreign fiancé. When proceeding to the interview, the applicant must bring a copy of Form I-129F (already filed) with original copies of all supporting documents required.
Form DS-160 Confirmation
The first item to be brought to a K-1 visa interview is a print of the confirmation page that shows one has completed Form DS-160 (Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application) on the US Department of State website.
Form I-797 (Notice of Action) is a petition approval notice sent by USCIS to successful applicants. When attending the K-1 interview, it may be good to bring a photocopy of the USCIS letter that confirmed the approval of Form I-129F.
Only valid passports are accepted by USCIS. Hence, applicants must pay attention to the document’s validity, which must be at least six months beyond the applicant’s intended period of stay in the US (unless in case of exception).
Applicant’s Medical Examination
During the process, the K-1 visa beneficiary – the foreign fiancé – must go through a medical examination as part of USCIS protocols. In the interview, the applicant must bring the exam results inside an unopened envelope provided by a licensed physician (unless the results were sent directly to the US consulate).
When attending the K-1 visa interview, the applicant should bring an original copy of Form I-134 (Affidavit of Support), signed by the US citizen petitioner – exclusively using black ink. Additionally, it is recommendable to bring a copy of the petitioner’s most recent federal tax returns.
Similar to other visa applications, the fiancé must submit two passport-style color photos taken within 30 days of attending the K-1 visa interview. Make sure to bring photos that meet all USCIS requirements, including:
- Being 2″ x 2″ in size
- Having a white to off-white background
- Being printed on thin paper with a glossy finish
- Having no retouching or mounted effects
The applicant must write his/her name and birth date on the back of each photo using a pencil before adding them to the document package.
Original Birth certificate
The applicant must submit an original, full-form birth certificate when attending the K-1 visa interview. The document must be issued by the government agency or civil authority in the applicant’s birth country, and not an excerpt nor short-form certificate.
Also, K-1 applicants should bring a certificate from their present countries of residence and all countries where they have lived for six months or more since age 16.
Evidence of Relationship with the US Petitioner
K-1 visa applicants must submit an updated statement of their intent to marry the US petitioner and prove the validity of their relationship, which may include recent pictures taken together, emails, letters, etc.
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