Did you find love abroad? If you’re tired of communicating via the internet, then you’re probably ready to take your relationship with your partner to the next level. Proposing and bringing your partner to the United States to marry you may be the next step in your plan.
Bringing your life partner over here isn’t as easy as it seems. You must first apply for a K-1 visa to do so. Approval of your application isn’t a slam dunk. Familiarize yourself with the most common reasons immigration officials deny K-1 visa applications so you hopefully can avoid these problems.
Marrying before you receive your K-1 visa
Anyone applying for the K-1 visa must not yet be married. Immigration officials will deny your visa application if you marry before your intended comes to the U.S. At that point, you’ll have to apply for a different visa.
An inability to support yourself financially
K-1 visa applicants must submit proof that they’re financially able to take care of themselves and that they’re not apt to require government support. Many foreign-born fiances have their U.S. citizen future spouse sponsor them if the former doesn’t yet have the means to do so themselves.
Traveling before you receive your K-1 visa
Any travel while your K-1 visa is pending may delay the processing of your visa application. Any security checks that immigration officials perform before issuing your visa may have to be redone if you do.
Substantiating your relationship
Immigration officials are unlikely to just read about your relationship on your application but instead want to see proof that it exists. You may want to include photographs or anything else you might have that shows how well-integrated your lives are along with your application.
Do you have a good chance of qualifying for the K-1 visa?
Applying for and receiving a K-1 visa are two different things. There are plenty of other common mistakes that visa applicants make that may deny their applications. Legal assistance can help you avoid pitfalls like these.