K1 Visa Interview Basics What it is.
Having witnessed first hand a K-1 Visa interview with my fiancé at the embassy in the Philippines, I would like to share my knowledge with you so you what to expect during the interview. The Interview exam is without doubt the most highly anticipated and stressful part of the visa process, so it is essential that you prepare properly so you both have confidence and peace of mind going into it.
K-1 Visa interview questions are designed to find out whether the relationship you have with your fiancé is legitimate or not. Your foreign national fiancé should have no problem passing if she knows her fiancé well. The officer at his or her discretion may grant or deny the visa or ask for added information.
You don't need to attend the interview however, I highly recommend you go to support her. The interview itself can last from 10 to 20 minutes on average and will include some basic questions about her and the fiancé. It's important that she never tries to make up answers if she gets nervous or stuck on a question. Any attempt to misrepresent the real facts of the case will result in denial of the Visa. It's critical that your fiancé is consistent with all the information provided in the first application. The officer will ask to see documents containing proof of your relationship and that you have met in person at least once. They will want to see letters of correspondence such as photographs together, phone bills, emails, Skype, and wedding preparations, this is so the officer can see that the relationship has continued to evolve especially from the time the visa was first applied until the present.
K-1 Visa What do They Assess
The Interview assess that your foreign national fiancé wife to be has complete knowledge of her fiancé's life. This includes information about his family, children, past marriages, where he works, lives and whether she's just interested in marrying you to get to the US for a green card.
They will ask whether if she has ever committed any crimes or Visa fraud in her homeland or abroad. All applicants must give police reports from any country that she has ever lived and worked. They will want to know if she has had any health issues, all foreign national fiancé visa applicants must pass a medical examination to make sure she has no communicable diseases.
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Typical K1 Visa Questions
K-1 Visa interview questions consist of three different categories. The officer will first start the interview by asking your foreign national fiancé some general questions about her background and intentions for entering the United States, below are some samples.
- What is your name?
- What is your date of birth?
- Have you been married before?
- What is your education?
- How many times have you been married?
- Have you ever travel to United States before if so where and why?
- Why do you want to go to the United States?
- What is your religious background?
- Do you have any family members living in the United States?
- Have you ever been sponsored for the K-1 fiancée visa before.
- Have you ever been approved or denied a US visa before?
- Do you have any children if so how old are they, will they go with you or join you later?
- Are you divorced?
- Where were you born?
- What is your nationality?
- Are you a terrorist?
- Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a crime?
The second will test her knowledge her fiancé, she should easily be able to answer these questions if she really knows you well.
- What is your fiancé's full name and how old is he?
- When is his birthday?
- What is your fiancé's religion?
- What does your fiancé do for a living?
- Where does your fiancé work
- What is your fiancé's education?
- What is your fiancé's address or phone number?
- Has your fiancé ever been married before?
- How do you spell your fiancé's last name?
- What is your fiancé's phone number?
- When did your fiancé get divorced?
- Why did your fiancé's first marriage end in divorce?
- Does your fiancé's have children?
- How many children and how old?
- Are you willing to take care of your fiancé's children?
- Does your fiancé have any brothers or sisters?
- What was the last gift he bought for you?
- Where was your fiancé born?
- What kind of food does your fiancé like to eat?
- Does your fiancé live in a house or an apartment?
- Has your fiancé ever been arrested or convicted of a crime?
- Does his children live with him what are the custody arrangements?
- Where does his parents live?
- How where and when did you first meet?
The third is about relationships and your wedding plans.
- How and where did you both meet described in detail?
- Have you ever met or talked to your fiancé's parents?
- How do you and your fiancé communicate?
- How many times has your fiancé visited you hear?
- What kind of activities do you enjoy doing together?
- Do you have wedding plans already?
- Will any of her family members attend your wedding in the United States?
- How do your families feel about your plans to get married?
- When and where will the wedding take place?
- In what state are you going to get married?
- Did you make a formal announcement of your marriage?
- Have you ever met your fiancé's children if so where and when?
- When and where did you get engaged?
- How does your fiancé's family feel about the engagement?
- Do you and your fiancé plan to have children in the future?
- Do you plan to have a honeymoon if so where?
In conclusion your fiancé must be prepared to answer these types of questions from the officer during the interview and make sure you have all of your necessary documents of evidence in order.
During one of my visits to the Philippine Embassy I met a couple of men that told me they had been in the K-1 process for many years. I asked them what was the problem they said too many mistakes were made on the paperwork over and over again. Don't be penny wise and pound foolish if you need to hire an attorney to help you with the paperwork by all means do so. Allowing your fiancé to do all the paperwork because you cannot be on hand or won't pay for help could be a big mistake. Having gone through this with my own fiancé and helping friends with their paperwork I can tell you the girls simply don't fully understand some of the questions after all English is a second language to them. Its much better to hire an attorney to see the process through. The visa paperwork is done one form at a time if one mistake is made it will be rejected and you will have to re-file and re-pay to have it done correctly. This will cost you months and months of delays and extra money supporting your fiancé there and she waits.
Tip, you would think once your Visa is approved you are completely in the clear well think again. After I sat in the restaurant across from the embassy waiting for my wife to pick up her Visa I discovered when she came back the employee at the window took a couple of last-second stabs trying to trip her up with a couple of tricky questions in an attempt to deny handing her that Visa so beware and go with her.