Congratulations on getting to the interview stage of the K1 Visa. I bet you are excited, and nervous at the same time. Well K1 Visa Guru is here to save the day. I am going to help you through the process of what requirements you need, and what documents you will want to take with you to your interview. So right now you are wondering “What are the Requirements for the K1 Visa Interview?”
Received your NOA2 so now what?
So at this point in the game you have gotten your Notice of Action (NOA2) in the mail, and your petition has been sent off to the National Visa Center (NVC). Don’t be alarmed if you don’t hear anything after getting the NOA2. After the petition is sent to the NVC you won’t get anymore communication throughout this process. This causes some concerns usually from people because they want to know what is going on. Well I am here to tell you Everything is OK. Now there is still a chance the petition can be kicked back to USCIS once it gets to the NVC.
So what could go wrong once it gets sent over to the NVC? When the petition is sent to USCIS at the beginning it is their job to verify all the documentation that you are submitting. They go through and verify all the I-129f is filled out correctly, and nothing is missed like signatures, Social Security Numbers, and addresses. Verification of your evidence of relationship takes place to make sure the evidence is sufficient to prove you are in a valid relationship. If they feel the evidence is not sufficient they will send you a Request for Evidence (RFE). We will explain what the RFE is in another blog. Once all this is complete, and the RFE is sufficient they will then send the petition to the NVC.
The NVC will receive your petition, and a 30-day process will ensue. The NVC is in charge of doing a second thorough check to verify the documents are filled out correctly, and nothing is missing. This is the beginning of the intense background checks. They will verify your employment, criminal background for both of you, and prepare the petition for shipment to the Embassy you put down on your petition to which you want to have your interview. During this process you will receive no communication at to the status of your petition. If the petition is sent back the USCIS then you will receive notice of this in the mail. You pass the NVC stage, and your petition is on its way to the Embassy.
You Passed the Test – Petition is on its way to the Embassy
Your entire petition is now on its way to the Embassy. This is fantastic news. The Embassy will receive your petition, and begin the process of going through another process of background checks, verifying your evidence, and verifying the petition is completed properly. We have not had 3 times the petition is checked for accuracy. The Embassy has more access to checking backgrounds, including criminal backgrounds as well. If you made it through the first two steps, and your were not completely honest on your petition this is the time they will find out. This is the reason that you need to be honest about every aspect of your life, and your fiance(e) life. If you don’t think of something they will probably find out, and you will either have to explain why you did not divulge the information, and explain the circumstances of what they found. This can cause a lot of stress for your fiance(e) during the interview, because you did not prepare for this situation.
If you do not put something down on your petition it can hold up your petition for quite sometime, or it will get an automatic denial. You don’t want to risk holding up your petition. It is very important that you are upfront about everything no matter how long ago, or how minor an offense you think it might be. This includes your family. If you paid for a lawyer for a family member that was arrested for something you might want to put that in your petition. If you don’t and they find it then it will look like you were hiding it. Again this can cause your petition to be rejected, or it will hold up the process. If this happens then you might want to get an immigration lawyer to help with your case, because it can cause headaches for a long time until it is resolved.
Petition is at the Embassy – What to expect now?
Now that your petition is at the Embassy the focus changes from the Petitioner, and is now on the Beneficiary. Your fiance(e) is up to the plate. Whatever email address you put down on your petition is going to receive an email with the directions on what steps you are to take next to begin the process of signing up for your interview. The instructions will be in their native language, and also English. This will lay out everything you will need to do to sign up for your interview, and what documents they will require you to get before you get to your interview.
Requirements for the K1 Visa Interview
Here are what is required when you go to your interview for you K1 Visa:
- Completed Form DS-160, Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application. After you have completed the form and submitted it you will get a confirmation page. You must print this form and submit it when you go for your interview. Remember that not only do you have to fill it out for your Visa, but any K2 Children must have a DS-160 filed, and the confirmation page printed along with the K1 Visa.
- 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.
- Birth certificate. You can submit this document in your native language, but be sure to have a certified translation copy as well. The Best practice is to also have the birth certificate of the U.S. Citizen Petitioner as well with you during the interview.
- Divorce or death certificate(s)- These documents are essential as they will prove that you are able to legally marry when you arrive in the U.S. They can be the original document, a copy of the original document. This must also be for each spousal death or divorce. Example is if you were married 3 times you must have all 3 divorce documents so their is no question that the marriage will be legal.
- Police certificates- This document is required from any and all countries for which you have lived since the age of 16 years old. Any K2 Children 16 years must have this document also for the interview.
- Medical examination – This is an essential piece of the interview process. You must get a medical exam at your own expense. Once the exam is complete you will receive the medical documents in a sealed envelope. DO NOT OPEN THIS DOCUMENT. The person doing your interview will open it during the interview. Have a list of your vaccinations with your documents. (The vaccinations are optional and are not required, but it is nice to have in case they ask you about your vaccination history.)The cost of the medical exam can range in price from $200-$500 USD.
- Evidence of financial support – Form I-134 – Affidavit of Support is required to take to your interview. The petitioner should have filled out these, and provided the proof of income (Last 3 years of taxes, bank statements, pay stubs, and letter from his/her employer to verify employment.)
- Two (2) 2×2 photographs. See the required photo format explained in Photograph Requirements
- Evidence of relationship – Copies of your Letter of Intents, more recent photos of the two of you together if you have seen each other since filing the petition, phone/video/chat records, any copies of plane tickets, receipts from the visit, and any other evidence you wish you bring to your interview.
- Copy of the original I-129f Alien Fiance petition in case anything was missing during the process.
- Payment of fees – All receipts from payment of fees. You should not be required to pay any money the day of your interview.
Interview Time – Shake off the nerves
You have gathered everything from the list above. You are in your best looking interview clothes. Arrived at the Embassy/Consulates early for your interview. Standing in line you are going over all the answers to the questions you think they might ask you. Now it is time to shake off the nerves. Take a deep breath, exhale slowly, and remember YOU GOT THIS!
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