How to answer K1 visa interview questions
Author: Vadym Rogov
The fiance visa interview is the ultimate step in the K1 visa process. Also, this is the most difficult step on the way to successfully obtaining a k1 visa, as anxiety and uncertainty may cause your fiance to fail the interview. This article is intended to be an overview of the course of the interview and to give both peace of mind.
First, the consular officer will determine whether there are any legal inadmissibility issues. The officer will ensure that all required documentation is presented and will examine the veracity of your relationship. The embassy official has complete discretion as to whether or not the visa will be granted.
Questions may be based either on evidence submitted with the initial filing or on documents brought directly to the interview. Most questions may sound basic, however, they are significant in purpose. Any attempt to misrepresent the facts of the case to the officer will result in a denial of the case. Moreover, anyone who attempts this will be deprived of United States immigration benefits in the future. They key to success is your strong romantic relationship and thorough preparation for the interview. During the fiance visa interview the officer will examine three major categories:
√ Your fiance’s knowledge of biographical information (for both parties). Biographical questions tend to be the easiest part; however, it is critical that your fiance is consistent with all information previously provided in the application. She/he may be asked about residence and employment history, educational and family background, hobbies, interests, religious views and plans in the United States. Again, it is important that your fiance’s answers not deviate from what has already been provided to the government officials, as this may raise red flags. Thereafter, the same questions will be asked about you (U.S. Petitioner). Examples include: Does he have children? Where does he work? Where do his parents live? What is his religion? Etc.
√ Veracity of your relationship. The Embassy officers are trained to weed out all fraudulent applications. However, even if you do have a solid, legitimate relationship, it is still imperative to be thoroughly prepared. We always advise taking evidence of your continuing relationship to the interview covering the period from the initial filing of the case all the way until the interview date, so that the officer can see that the relationship has continued and evolved. Questions about your relationship may include, but are not limited to: how, where and when you met? How long have you known one another? Describe your physical meeting. Why do you want to go to the United States? Etc. As you see, the last question is quite tricky. Your fiance must always state the marriage to you as a first priority. If she/he starts describing expectations of life in the United States, it may indicate to the officer that the marriage is not a first priority.
√ Your fiance’s behavior. If your fiance is nervous and gives inconsistent answers, it may signal a red flag to the interviewing officer. It is understandable that certain applicants can be anxious during the interview, but her/his nervousness along with inconsistent answers is definitely a bad sign. If your fiance does not remember certain information she/he must be honest about it. Again, any attempt to misrepresent will jeopardize your application.
Conclusion. Your fiance must be thoroughly prepared for the interview and she/he must know what to expect. Having experienced assistance and representation will provide your loved one with peace of mind during the course of the process and the fiance visa interview in particular. It is much better to hire professionals from the very start rather than deal with delays or denial, which can put your relationship at risk. Please feel free to contact our office with any questions you may have regarding the fiance visa process.