An interview is an essential part of obtaining virtually any nonimmigrant visa for entry to the United States. But K-1 fiancé visa interview questions dive deeper into your history and long-term intentions. They can even seem a little personal. For some people, that’s a little scary.
It’s natural to be anxious about your K-1 interview. If you prepare yourself and know your fiancé well, you’ll find that the fiancé visa interview questions are actually very simple to answer. The K-1 questions will focus on your relationship with the U.S. citizen fiancé, but there’s no reason to fear the interview if you have a genuine relationship.
Why Fiancé Visa Interview Questions Get So Much Attention
Visa fraud, particularly marriage fraud, has historically been a problem for U.S. immigration officials. Marriage fraud happens when at least one of the parties of a marriage entered into the marriage for the purpose of circumventing immigration laws to falsely acquire immigration benefits (like a green card). Marrying for the primary purpose of obtaining a green card is a clear case of fraud.
Therefore, U.S. immigration officials focus their questions on your relationship. They need to be convinced that your relationship is genuine and that the couple is getting married because they are in love and plan to live a life together. The K-1 visa is in place so that the foreign fiancé may enter the United States for the purpose of marrying the U.S. petitioner within a 90-day period. With this in mind, be careful of this fiancé visa interview question.
Who Should Attend the K-1 Fiancé Visa Interview
The K-1 beneficiary must attend the interview along with any K-2 children included on the same I-129F petition. The U.S. citizen sponsor is not required to attend the interview and generally may not attend. However, some U.S. embassies or consulates may allow the U.S. sponsor to attend. Check with the U.S. embassy near you for specific rules about fiancé visa interviews.
Sample Questions about the K-1 Applicant
The consular officer may begin by getting to know the K-1 applicant and information about his or her background. Typical questions the officer may ask about your background include:
- What is your full name?
- When is your birthday?
- How old are you?
- What is your nationality?
- What languages do you speak?
- Were you previously married? If so, when?
- Do you currently work?
- Have you been to the United States before? If so, when, why, and how?
- Do you have family living in the United States? If so, where?
- Have you had a K-1 fiancé visa before? If so, when?
- Have you ever been arrested? If so, for what?
- When do you plan on entering the USA?
- Do you know what you need to do after being approved a K-1 fiancé visa?
Sample Questions about the U.S. Petitioner
Immigration officials screen applicants by asking questions that a typical person in a real relationship would know about his or her fiancé. The expectation is that you know your fiancé well. The consular officer will test this knowledge by asking you questions about your fiancé and his/her background.
Some sample questions include:
- What is your fiancé’s name?
- When is your fiancé’s birthday?
- Where was your fiancé born?
- How old is your fiancé?
- What is your fiance’s phone number/email address?
- Does your fiancé have some favorite hobbies or interests?
- Did your fiancé go to college? Where?
- How did you and your fiancé meet?
- Have your fiancé been married before? If so, when and why did he or she divorce?
- What is your fiance’s ex-spouse’s name?
- Where does your fiancé live?
- Does your fiancé live with anyone?
- Does your fiancé have children? If so, how many?
Sample Questions about the Relationship
A couple that has gone through a normal courtship will know most things about each other. You’ve discussed many of the big issues that come with marriage. For example, you should probably know about your fiance’s income, desired number of children, and other plans for the future. The consular officer will ask you a series of questions about your relationship in order to determine if it is real. Examples of fiancé visa interview questions about your relationship include:
- When and where did you and your fiancé meet?
- How long have you known your fiancé?
- How many times have you and your fiancé met in person?
- Where did you and your fiancé meet in person?
- What activities do you enjoy doing together?
- Have you ever met your fiancé’s parents? Why or why not?
- Will any step children live with you?
- Has your fiancé ever visited you in your country?
- Have you visited your fiancé in the U.S.?
- When did your fiancé propose to you?
- How did your fiancé propose to you?
- Did you have an engagement party? Who was there?
- Have you already planned your wedding?
- Can you provide any evidence that you’ve planned the wedding?
- Will your family be attending your wedding?
- Where will you and your fiancé live after you are married?
Preparing for the K-1 Visa Interview
The consular officer will not ask you to answer all of questions listed above. In fact, your interview may only last 15 to 30 minutes. It’s not an interrogation. It’s a chance for the consular officer to personally interact with you to confirm the validity of the K-1 visa application and collect any necessary information to complete the application.
Here are three important tasks as you prepare for the K-1 visa interview:
- Download the 89 Fiancé Visa Interview Questions
Review the questions and discuss them with your fiancé if necessary. There’s no need to memorize your answers. Just be familiar with them so that you are prepared to provide a natural answer. Download the sample questions >>
- Gather Items for the Interview
Prepare a folder with copies of all the previously filed documents (like Form I-129F), supporting documents filed with Form I-129F and any original documents requested in your visa interview appointment letter. Here’s a K-1 interview checklist >>
- Review the I-129F Petition
Read over the Form I-129F that your U.S. citizen fiancé filed on your behalf. Be familiar with it. If any of the information has changed, have supporting documents ready so that it doesn’t delay your case.
The K-1 visa requires that you marry the U.S. petitioner within 90 days of entering the United States. If you have evidence of a planned wedding, this is helpful. Take it to your interview. Examples of evidence include a copy of the invitation or receipts for the venue, food, entertainment, dress, flowers, etc.
Honesty is the Best Policy
In some cases, it may be difficult to answer a question. For example, many people can’t explain eloquently what their long-time spouse really does for a living. You may not even know the specific answer to a question. Don’t panic. Be truthful and share what you do know. The important thing is that you are honest. Making up answers won’t help. Lying in a visa interview can have long-term immigration consequences. If you are uncomfortable about an answer because you think it could be a problem, this is a good indicator that it’s best to speak with an immigration lawyer. As long as you know your fiancé well and are getting married for legitimate reasons, you’ll have no problem answering any of the K-1 fiance visa interview questions.
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Note to Reader: This post was originally published on April 18, 2017, and has been modified with improvements.