What Should I Bring To K1 Visa Interview?
If you want to know what you should bring to K1 visa interview, keep reading! By the time you get to the K1 visa interview, you’re likely feeling a lot of different emotions: excitement, nervousness, eager and relieved.
Well, this post is going to give you the answer!😊
First things first though, let’s talk about what the K1 visa process looks like and what you can do to prepare for it.
The K1 fiancé visa interview is mainly to determine if you (the beneficiary) is eligible for the visa. This means that you will need to convince the consular officer that all your paperwork looks good and you can answer their questions honestly.
During my K1 visa interview, I didn’t know what to expect because I didn’t know anyone else that had gone through the fiancé visa process. Back then, there weren’t a lot of blogs or Youtube videos either, so I was left to search online for similar K1 experiences.
In the end, I did fine at my interview by simply answering the questions that the consular officer had for me as best as I could. But, it’s still a good idea to be prepared for anything that comes up so that you don’t look like a bumbling idiot, am I right? 😂
Juliet met her fiancé Lucas on FaceBook and they quickly hit it off. Lucas is from Spain and Juliet is a US citizen. Their relationship was long distance for more than 18 months before filing the I-129F petition the third time they saw each other in person.
The petition was approved 6 months later and it was now time for Lucas to attend his K1 visa interview. He was happy for the day to finally arrive but was worried about a few misdemeanors that could come up during the interview.
In the case example above, Lucas should be ready to answer any questions about his criminal history. It’s likely the US consulate already has information about his convictions so it’s best if he is complete honest about his past.
What Documents To Bring To The K1 Visa Interview?
Thankfully, the US consulate will likely mail the beneficiary an appointment letter that details what you should bring with you. But, this can differ from consulate to consulate.
Before attending your K1 visa interview, you should gather and organize all the documents you are going to bring.
The first thing you will need to bring with your is an entire copy of the I-129F petition. Although this isn’t required by the Consulate, it’s a good idea to bring it just in case they ask for something you didn’t think they would!
Note: if you didn’t make a copy of the I-129F petition before you sent it to USCIS, don’t worry about it. Try to bring the original copies of all important documents such as your birth certificate.
Here is a general list of documents you should bring to the K1 visa interview:
- Interview appointment letter
- Passport valid for 6+ months
- Receipt of online payment to NVC
- Entire I-129F petition documents
- Originals of copies of important documents
Again, most of the items listed above are not absolutely required to be submitted to the US consulate, but I highly recommend bringing them anyway. The last thing you want is for the consular officer to ask for something you left at home! 😩
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What Evidence To Bring To The K1 Visa Interview?
Ok, hold on a minute…. what is the difference between documents to bring and evidence to bring?
Glad you asked! 🤔
The difference is that evidence will support the documents you’ve already submitted. For example, if you submitted the I-134 affidavit of support to NVC it’s best to bring supporting documents to the K1 visa interview as well.
You may have already sent in your supporting evidence to the National Visa Center (NVC) already, but you should also bring them to the interview (just in case).
Evidence to bring to the K1 visa interview:
- Bank statements
- Tax transcripts
- Photos together
- Evidence of communication
Although, you aren’t asked to provide more than what you’ve already submitted, I’m in the camp of always providing TOO much evidence rather than too little.
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What Happens If I Forget To Bring My Evidence?
This is the nightmare scenario I want you to avoid! 😱
Of course, if you forget an important document or evidence, it’s not the end of the world, I promise. You will be given an opportunity to send it in to the US consulate after the interview but I will warn you that it can delay processing of your K1 visa.
This is what’s called “administrative processing.”
Administrative processing is a stage that your K1 visa will be in whenever further review is necessary by the consulate. It can mean that they need more time reviewing your evidence, gather other information, running background checks… oh and suspicion of immigration fraud. 😳
How long does administrative processing take after the K1 visa interview?
The answer is: it depends.
It can take as little as a few days or as long as a few months depending on how complicated your case is. As long as you have submitted enough evidence and your engagement is bona fide, you shouldn’t have anything to worry about.
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How To Get Approved At The K1 Visa Interview
Okay, so what’s the magic secret to getting approved for the K1 fiancé visa?
If I knew the answer to this 100% for every single person applying, I’d be a very rich woman! 🤣
We all want to know if our K1 visa case will be approved right up until the interview. It’s not guaranteed but you can definitely push the odds in your favor.
USCIS and DHS aren’t out to destroy your life by denying the K1 visa! They just want to protect the United States from fraudsters. Makes sense, right? So, knowing this, you should provide evidence to show that you are not committing fraud and that you qualify for the visa.
Here are my tips to getting approved for the K1 visa:
- Arrive early for your interview appointment
- Bring all documents and evidence to support your case
- Have an easy straight-forward case (I know this may not be in your control)
- Be in a genuine relationship
- Reduce any red flags in your case
- Prepare for your K1 visa interview questions
That’s it! Sounds easier said than done, huh?
Well, by reading this post I can tell that you are one smart girl or guy. Doing your homework about the K1 visa interview process is important to put yourself at ease on what to expect.
I’ve seen people get so nervous that they sabotage their interview by answering questions incorrectly or providing TOO much information that wasn’t asked for. 🤦♀️
Don’ let that be you!
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Conclusion: What To Bring To The K1 Visa Interview
Hopefully, this post on what to bring to the K1 visa interview has helped you understand what you can expect at your interview. The best advice I have for you is to stay calm, prepare for the interview and bring everything.
Additionally, if you can have your US fiancé go with you to the interview, this can sometimes be helpful. It’s not required but it could help you if you are nervous at all interviews, not just ones to do with US immigration.
Finally, if you do forget to bring a document with you to the K1 visa interview, don’t panic! 🤬 You will be able to send those documents in after the interview.
Unfortunately, sending documents after the interview will cause your visa to be delayed by a few days or weeks. This can result in your case being in administrative processing which is a catch-all phrase for “consular needs more time reviewing your documents.”
Looking for help with your K1 visa application and preparing for the interview? Check out The Migrant Academy! It’s an interactive K1 visa online course that details every step of the process in an easy-to-understand way. Come join a thriving community of like-minded migrants (and their American fiancé’s) bound for the United States.
Ayan is the founder of the Migrant Academy community, the My Path To Citizenship Blog and Podcast.
After successfully navigating the hurdles of US immigration. She now dedicates her time to helping other couples achieve their goals of starting their new life together in the US.