Xia Chang and Jacob Miller,who had been dating each for three years, got engaged last year in China. Xia is a Chinese national and Jacob is a U.S. citizen.Jacob filed a K-1 Fiancée visa petition on behalf of Xia. The petition has been approved and Xia has been scheduled to appear at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok for her visa interview. Just one week before the interview, Xia found out from some of her friends that the K-1 fiancée visa interview is actually very difficult, especially for Chinese nationals. Apparently, because of some cases of fraud that have occurred in China, her friends told her that immigration officials presume that most Chinese women marry U.S. citizens simply for a chance to go to the U.S. and get a green card, not for love. With just one week remaining until her interview, Xia started panicking. To add to her worries, she found out that the interview would take place in a private room and she had no information about the kind of questions she could be asked during the interview. The fact that Jacob would not accompany her to interview made her even more nervous.
First, let’s clear up some misconceptions, particularly about the K-1 Fiancé(e) Visa interview in China. Until a few years ago, K-1 fiancé(e) visa interviews were indeed very difficult for individuals in China, Russia, Vietnam, Mexico and the Philippines as the scrutiny was intense. Today, however, the intense scrutiny is not restricted to these countries. In the last few years, U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide have experienced higher rates of K-1 fiancé(e) visa fraud. As a result, U.S. embassies and consulatesaround the world are more carefully scrutinizing all K-1 fiancé(e)visa applications. Furthermore, K-1 applicants often have to undergo intense visa interviews.
The K-1 fiancé(e) visa interviewis usually the final step of the K-1 visa process in the foreign national’s home country. The interview is also the most dreaded step. It is important to note that even though this is the “fiancé(e) visa” interview, it is conducted much like the interview for spouses of U.S. citizens. The interview is where the foreign nationalfiancé(e)of the U.S. citizen will be interviewed by a consular officer who will determine whether or not the relationship is legitimate. The consular officer has the discretion to grant a visa, ask for additional information or evidence, or deny the visa.
The K-1 fiancé(e) visa interview can last anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes on average. The K-1fiancé(e) visa interview may take place in a private room, as long as the consualate or embassy can accommodate this, and will be conducted by a consular officer. In most circumstances, the only people in the room will be the consular officer and the foreign nationalfiancé(e)and a translator, if necessary. The U.S. citizen fiancé(e) is never required to attend K-1 fiancé(e)visa interview at theconsulate. While some consulates do allow the U.S. citizen fiancé(e) to attend, it is best to check with the Consulate before doing so. Children who will beapplying for the K-2 visa must also attend the interview.
During the K-1 Fiancé(e)Visa Interview, the Consular Officer Assesses:
- Whether the foreign national fiancé(e)has complete information about herU.S. citizen and his life, including details about family, past relationships, marriages, employment etc;
- Whether the foreign national fiancé(e) is genuinely interested in the U.S. citizen and is serious about marrying him/her; and
- Whether the foreign national is a person of good moral character and is not inadmissible.
Sample K-1 Visa Interview Questions:
In order to help foreign national fiancées like Xia prepare for the K-1 fiancé(e) visa interview, we have listed a comprehensive sample list of K-1 visa interview questions that have been asked by the consular officers in the past. These sample K-1 visa interview questions willgive you a better understanding of the range of questions you could be asked during your K-1 fiancé(e)visa interview.While an officer may not ask these exact questions, the questions asked will most likely be some variation of the questions seen below.
In most cases, officers will ask approximately 5-10 questions during each interview, not including basic questions about the foreign national fiancée. Remember, it is okay to forget or not know some of the answers. Just remain calm and resist the urge to guess or make up answers.
- Sample Questions About the Applicant/Foreign National Fiancé(e):
- What is your name?
- Where were you born?
- What is your nationality?
- How old are you?/When were you born?
- Have you ever been to the U.S.? If yes, on what visa? How long and where did you stay in the U.S. on that trip?
- Do you have any relatives in the U.S.?
- Have you been sponsored for the K-1 fiancée visa before? What happened?
- Have you been married before?
- Are you divorced?
- Do you have any children? How old are they?
NOTE: The consular officer may ask only a few questions about the foreign national fiancée. The officer is more interested about how much you know about your U.S. citizen fiancé(e)and the relationship between the foreign national and U.S. citizen fiancés.
- Sample Questions About the Petitioner/U.S. Citizen Fiancé(e):
- What is your fiancé(e)’s full name?
- What is your fiancé(e)’s date of birth?
- Where was your fiancé(e) born?
- Where does your fiancé(e) live?
- Does your fiancé(e) live in an apartment or in a house? Does your fiancé(e) rent or own? When did your fiancé(e) buy that house? How long has your fiancé(e) lived there? Where did your fiancé(e) live before that? Does your fiancé(e) live with his/her parents?
- Where do your fiancé(e)’s parents live?
- What is your fiancé(e)’s occupation?
- What is your fiancé(e)’s salary?
- What kind food does your fiancé(e) like/dislike?
- How many siblings does your fiancé(e) have?Have you ever met them?
- Has you fiancé(e) ever been married? When did your fiancé(e) divorce or get the marriage annulled? Whydidn’t your fiancé(e)’s previous marriages work out?
- Does your fiancé(e) have any children? How old are they?
- Do the children livewith your fiancé(e)? What is the custody arrangement?
- What language(s) does your fiancé(e) speak?
- Has your fiancé(e) ever been arrested?
- Sample Questions About The Relationship and the Wedding:
- How and where did both of you meet? Please describe in detail.
- How long have you known your fiancé(e)?
- When did you meet in person?
- How have you kept intouch with your fiancé(e)?By chat/phone/email?
- In what language do you and your fiancé(e) communicate?
- How and when did your fiancé(e) propose to you?
- What do you love about your fiancé(e)?
- Have you ever met your fiancé(e)’s parents? Why or why not?
- Has your fiancé(e) ever visited you in your country? Have you visited your fiancé(e) in the U.S.?
- Do you know any of your fiancé(e)’s friends?
- What is your religion & your fiancé(e)’s religion?
- When and where did you get engaged?
- When and where are you getting married?
- What day of the week is the wedding?
- What are your wedding plans?
- Where will the wedding be? How many guests will be invited?
- Will your family be able to attend?
- What if they cannot go to the U.S. for the wedding?
- Why aren’t you getting married in your home country?
- Where is your honeymoon going to be?
The K-1 fiancé(e)visa interview is one of the primary sources of stress and anxiety for K-1 visa applicants. Being unaware of the interview process and not being prepared for the possible questions that may be asked only makes the stress and anxiety worse. This article is designed to help those who are preparing for theK-1 visa interviewget a better idea of what types of questions to expect.
The consular officer’s primary responsibility is to ascertain the bona fides of the relationship. The interview questions are designed to weed out applicants whomay not have a real relationship and are simply seeking a way to go to the U.S. As an individual who is going to get married, the foreign national fiancé(e) is reasonably expected to answer basic questions about the U.S. citizen fiancé(e) and the relationship.
In addition to being prepared for the types of questions to expect, the foreign national fiancé(e) should remember to keep his/her paperwork organized and to act in a professional and friendly manner. The foreign national fiancé(e) should also make sure to review all the necessary paperwork at least one to two days before the interview. Chances are the answer to most questions will be found in the documents and evidence.
The sample interview questions helped Xia prepare for the K-1 fiancé(e) visa interview. After reading this article, she understood what the consular officer was trying to assess and knew the different types of questions she could be asked.
Following the advice of a VisaPro immigration expert, Xia successfully passed her K-1 fiancé(e) visa interview. Now Xia is in the U.S. with Jacob. Both of them are extremely happy and are busy with their marriage preparations.
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