We met on Cupid.com. Is this a problem for a K1 visa?
Great question. How you first met would not be an issue for the consular officer. However, you must have met in person. I have detailed the exact steps for the K1 visa in previous posts. Here they are from first steps to visa interview:Having served as an Executive Assistant for a former US Department of State Foreign Service Officer and Consular Officer, as well as worked in an immigration law firm and for an immigration help center, I believe I can help. This does not serve as legal advice as I am not an attorney. While form instructions are available on the USCIS website for each form, immigration law firms also often provide free 30 minute consultations.The fiancé visa is has an unusual visa application process as it is technically a temporary non-immigrant visa, lasting only 90 days. During this time the fiancé and U.S. citizen sponsor are to be married and she will adjust status from the US.First Step: Petition for Alien Fiancé(e)The US petitioner is required to complete Form file Form I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiancé(e), Petition for an Alien Fiancé. A money order of $535, made payable to the “U.S. Department of Homeland Security” is required at the time of submission. It is crucial that you make the money order payable to “U.S. Department of Homeland Security” rather than USDHS or any other variation. You can staple the check to the application neatly at the time of submission. See this USCIS website to find where to submit the application: Direct Filing Addresses for Form I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiancé(e). You can find more general instructions here and, if you have questions regarding particular questions in the form, be sure to read the useful instructions PDF from this USCIS page, where you can also find Form I-129F.Step Two: Consular ProcessingThe application will be sent to the National Visa Center and to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where the fiancé lives outside the US. Once you receive the submission receipt, you can complete form DS-160 Online Non-immigrant Visa Application with the receipt number. The Embassy or Consulate will also send instructions specific to the country of application. You will want to check the .gov website for the specific embassy your fiancé will be having her/his interview. Search for the .gov US embassy and consulate website for that location. For example, when helping someone apply from Nigeria, we went to this official government website, and click “#3 visas,” to read more information.Make sure that you check spelling in this form perfectly. Have names match exactly to official document. I have had people leave out one of their middle names or give a nickname run into a lot of issues. Go off of your passport or legal documents to avoid any unneeded trouble.You will want to attach passport photos online the DS-160 application online and bring 2 with you to your interview to be safe. Here are the passport requirements. When completed, print the confirmation page and bring to interview. Do not bring the entire form—Just the confirmation page. The Consular Officers use the scan code to track your petition.Final note for DS-160: This page does not save regularly. Make sure the write down the application number so that you can log back in and save at each section/page to avoid losing your place.Step Three: Prepare for the interviewAfter that is submitted, you will acquire documentation to prove the nature of your relationship as well as Form I-134, Affidavit of Support. At this point you will need to acquire documentation specific to the Embassy/Consulate your fiancé will be interviewing. Here are some basic ideas regarding what to bring and how to bring it:· Organize your documentation and label it so that it is easy on the Consular Officer’s eyes. Remember, he/she handles countless interviews a day. Make this one easy on the consular office. If you want to would recommend what many law offices do: Create a table of contents; separate each section with a different color of paper which has the section labeled. This makes it easy to thumb through; bind the papers neatly together with a clip or fastener.· Form I-134 as well as proof of your income as a Legal Permanent Resident such as taxes from the last 3 years. Search USCIS I-864P, HHS Poverty Guidelines for Affidavit of Support, to see if you meet the financial requirements to sponsor your fiance. If you do not, you will need a co-sponsor.· Copies of marriage and divorce or death certificates for all previous marriages involving yourself and your spouse.· Copies of all of your forms and related documentation (specifically: I-129F Receipt, Form I-134 Affidavit of Support, DS-160 Confirmation Page, other submission receipts, appointment notice, your fiance’s non-expired medical and certified police record)· Documentation proving the nature of your relationship. This can include but is not limited to: photos with fiancé(e) on various trips, engagement celebration, proof of engagement ring purchase, announcement to friends/family, affidavits from friends/family/employer, previous travel itineraries, phone records demonstrating regular communication, letters to and from fiancé(e) (regular and special such as birthdays or anniversaries).‡ A passport valid for travel to the United States and with a validity date at least six months beyond your intended period of stay in the U.S.· Check the embassy website for your country to see if additional documentation is required for your location.Finally, prepare for the interview itself—This is crucial, especially in the current political climate. Although exact numbers are hard to come by, I have read that anywhere from a quarter to one-third of visa applications are denied at the interview stage. This varies widely depending on the consulate, consular officer and country from which you are applying. Unfortunately, many people are denied visas due to unpreparedness or nervousness at the time of the interview. It is understandable: a lot is riding on one quick interview. I have found a service that seeks to increase your chances of a successful interview by connecting applicants with experienced former foreign service officers for one-one-one practice interviews. Check out the website here: www.visapreponline.com and let me know what you think. I wish I had known about this service several years ago?Please keep us updated and good luck?