3 Most Common Reasons for K-1 Fiancé Visa Denials

06 Apr 2015

As we’ve said before, K-1 fiance visa denial are very low. Even lower if you hire RapidVisa to help. About 95% of all applications are approved, whereas 99.7% of RapidVisa’s customers are approved. Denials are few and far between. But they do happen. Here are some of the most common denial reasons we see out there. Reasons for potential denials are generally laid out in the Immigration & Nationality Act of 1952. These are the most common reasons we see, and are based only on our experience.

1. Insufficient Evidence of Bona Fide Relationship

Determining whether or not your relationship is legitimate is almost completely arbitrary, and based on the consular officer you get. Sometimes, whether or not your relationship is real or not, there are subtle biases an officer may have. These could be anything from your age difference to what vibe they feel during the interview.

Some items that may raise a red flag as to your relationship’s legitimacy:

  • Engaged a very short time after meeting
  • Huge age difference
  • Different religions
  • Severe difference in culture
  • No common spoken language
  • Very little physical time together
  • Poor interview

The best way to avoid the ‘bona fide’ issue is to legitimately have a relationship. Also, keep good evidence during your engagement period, take pictures, get to know your fiance, build a great petition (use RapidVisa – we have a 99.7% approval rating), and have a great interview.

2. Fraud Via Misrepresentation

It never ceases to amaze us how many people think they can fool the government and put their futures at risk by misrepresenting themselves in a fiance visa application.

As the law states:

In general.-Any alien who, by fraud or willfully misrepresenting a material fact, seeks to procure (or has sought to procure or has procured) a visa, other documentation, or admission into the United States or other benefit provided under this Act is inadmissible. – § 212(a)(6)(C)(i) of the Immigration and Nationality Act

Here are some examples we’ve seen of fraud and misrepresentation:

  • Photoshopping or fake photos
  • Falsified affidavits from friends and family
  • Inconsistencies between application and evidence
  • Applying for the wrong type of visa to intentionally circumvent the immigration process
  • Not disclosing medical or criminal history
  • Falsifying income

3. Unqualified

What you’d think would be the most obvious reason to avoid a denial is one of the most frequent causes – Not being qualified in the first place. Often times, this snafu occurs when the applicant thinks they meet a certain qualification but it turns out they don’t. For a list of fiance visa requirements, go here.

Here are a few examples we see related to this one:

  • 2 year meeting requirement
    Applicant starts the petition qualified, but takes their time filling out the information, and by the time they file it 6 months later, they find themselves out of the 2 year meeting requirement. Keep in mind the 2 year meeting requirement is from the date you file your petition with the USCIS.
  • Income requirement
    Either the petitioner’s income changes for the worst during the application, or the numbers just don’t add up via the evidence and the income requirement can’t be met. See our income requirement calculator.
  • Free to marry requirement
    Petitioner or applicant are in the process of a divorce when the application is submitted, however divorce isn’t finalized. If you’re already married, this disqualifies you from being eligible to marry.

Already denied? Here are some things you could do. If you have any questions about the process, give us a call at 1 (800) 872-1458.


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45 Thoughts on “3 Most Common Reasons for K-1 Fiancé Visa Denials

  1. Tom Curtis says:

    Two year meeting requirement: Please explain meaning. Have to have know each other for two years? Wait two years after submitting K1 visa application?

    • RapidVisa Staff says:

      It just means you must have met in person within the last two years. It doesn’t matter if you’ve known each other for 2 days or 20 years, if you saw each other face to face at least once within the last 2 years (of the date of applying), you meet the requirement. If the last time you met in person was two years and 1 day ago, you wouldn’t qualify. You’d need to take another visit trip.

  2. Mitzi says:

    Hi, If we’re unable to meet personally but we have known each other for almost 2 years and constantly talking via Skype would that be sufficient or would need to personally meet ? And for filing the fiance visa would that mean within 2 years of knowing each other or after the 2 years?


    • RapidVisa Staff says:

      Unfortunately, they won’t count Skype, you will need to physically meet to be eligible. The 2 year requirement simply states you must have met in person at least once at least within the last 2 years (of applying). You could meet them today, and apply for the visa tomorrow. But you couldn’t, for example, meet 2 years and 1 day ago, and apply today. You’d be beyond the 2 year mark.

  3. RapidVisa Staff says:

    Question moved.

  4. hi says:

    do you process H4 visa?

  5. RapidVisa Staff says:

    See above for moved question.

  6. carla says:

    Why does age matters when it comes to who you fall in love with? So my fiance and I would be denied fiance visa because of huge gap in age? Met while on vacation in 2012 and talked on phone every single day after return back to state..went back to nigeria in 2013 spent 2weeks vacation together ..and I have spent last 2years being a bone marrow donor for my son and my fiance has handle it well knowing I could not travel doing this process and now 2016 in 18 days I leave for nigeria for 6 long wonderful weeks in his home..but this site states we would never get approve fiance visa due to age gap..age nothing but a number..we as human can not help who we fall in love with..older women falling in love with younger men all the time..immigration need to get over this…and let people be happy with whom they chosen to spend life time with ..love has no boundaries. .

    • RapidVisa Staff says:

      We’ve seen large age gaps get approved, but the relationship must be rock-solid and leave no doubt in the consular officer’s mind. Many have a better chance actually getting married overseas then filing for a spousal visa, because that is harder to disprove. Best of luck in your future endeavors, Carla.

  7. carla says:

    Rock-solid? Exactly what does that mean? What rock solid evidence needed apart from the normal evidence you submit..think I am confused with the process..but extremely anxious to know what does immigration call rock solid..I just want to know what we are up against ..I really want this to go well..apart from suggesting getting married overseas what can we do to prove our love is strong and most importantly it’s real..we been through it all and yet still standing stronger than ever before…

  8. ivette says:

    What about if I don’t meet the Income required. .???

  9. Angel says:

    Hello Rapid Visa! My boyfriend is an active duty Serviceman in the U.S. Army. I haven’t met him in person yet but he will come visit on July and he will petition me. My question is, how fast will the process be since he is in the Army?

    • RapidVisa Staff says:

      The process is usually 5-6 months on average. Being in the army doesn’t make a difference as many of our customers are in the military. There is mention of expediting for military at USCIS here, however in our experience it might even make your process longer.

  10. Colleen says:

    Hi! My Fiance and I both live in Nicaragua but I am currently still a US resident. We want to file for a petetion so we can move to the US and get married. We will be living with my dad while there- Does he count as the finacial support that they are wanting us to prove?

  11. Carole miller says:

    My son who is US citizen and is living with a woman in Costa rica. They have one child 4 years together and she is expecting again. They want to move to the states to get married in US before she has this latest child. She is due in Jan 22,how long will process take through you?
    Thanks in advance.

  12. Joseph says:

    My fiancée has kids, but are not coming to the US. Does she still have to name them on the Form I-129F? Also I only have to fill out the petition and turn it right and nothing else?

  13. Joseph says:

    Also my fiancée is from the Philippines they do not have divorce decrees how does she prove that her marriage is over?

  14. Gemma says:

    I’ve met my fiance last December of 2014. We always Skype from then till now and he didn’t visit me yet because he said he will just visit me after my annulment..he was the one who pay my lawyer.. is it a right move that he will come visit only after my annulment?

  15. CHRISTINE says:


    My husband is a US PR and he filed a divorce in the US. Now, I have a USC boyfriend, will by divorce decree from the US be enough as a right to marry in the US even if i dont have an annulment?

  16. Ingrid says:

    Hi, I am Brazilian and tried my tourist visa twice last year and once in 2015 to visit my fiancé. Both times were denied. Is that an issue during the visa process?

  17. Diana says:

    Engaged a very short time after meeting
    – We got engaged during our first trip together, is that okay?
    Huge age difference
    – Our age difference is 9 years. Will it be another red flags?
    Different religions
    – We are having different religion, but we did have discussion about it, and he willing to convert to my religion. Will it still be red flags?
    Severe difference in culture
    – Malaysian culture and US culture is different. However, I believe that I’m more to adapting US culture. Will that be okay?
    Very little physical time together
    – We know each other for a year, and we have video call at least twice a week! One video call will lasted around 4-8 hours! But, unfortunately, we only meet once in person and spending time just a week together. Will it rais red flags?
    Family acceptance
    – His family accept and excited for this, however, my family not that happy because they wondering whether i will be able to practice Islamic lifestyle when I’m at States. However, my family didn’t reject it too! My dad did say that, he will let me get marry with him if i believe that he’s the one for me. But, they still refuse to meet him in person. Will it be a problem?

  18. Lishk says:

    Hi, my fiancé in US live alone and his mom and sister live in US too, so do I need to count his mom and sister in the sponsor’s household part in the income requirement calculator? Thanks!

  19. jomar says:

    I have bf for almost 6 months we are gays two men and we are living with HIV positive… And we decided to get married this year however we didnt met yet but we always talked everysY and we love each other.is that a possibility we denied our fiancee visa?

  20. Gilda says:

    Hi i have been with my fiance for a whole year and we want to apply for a fiance visa our age difference is 15years is it possible that i will be denie

  21. saurav says:

    hi,i over stayed my student visa in Ireland couple of years back but came back to home town and my partner lives in united states and we have like 7 years age .does it hamper my K1 visa interview regarding my previous overstaying ireland visa? could you explain .regards saurav

  22. saurav says:

    hi there,
    overstayed my student visa in Ireland couple of years back have to return for personal reason.me and my partner are seeing each other for last 3 years now(my partner is USA Citizen) but we have gap of 7 years and due to my overstay of Ireland visa..does it hamper my rights to get k1 visa or have to face any difficulties ?

  23. Gen ferrer says:

    Hi i just have a quick question.. My partner was here in Phil for a year so he doesnt have a latest tax return but he has for the last past 2 or 4 years and now he just started a new job and wants to petition me and our son using k1 visa to usa.. So what does he need to do to meet the income requirement for this situation?

  24. Ivy says:

    Hello. I just have two concerns to ask. First, I am an Asian and my fiancé is American. Our age gap is 25 years. Is there an age gap bracket in order to qualify for K1 application. Secondly, if I have been refused for B1/ B2 visa application before, will it cause harm on the K1 application. Please advise accordingly. Thank you

  25. Terrance says:

    My gf and I have a baby together ,She is pregnant with my second child .She lives in the Philippines with my child and soon the be newest child .She tried getting annulment there but was denied because her husband abandoned them when she was pregnant with my step daughter, So the court said that everyone deserves a second chance .He has nothing to do with my step daughter I took them under my wing .I want to know is there anything that I can do to bring them here with me .

  26. Cah says:

    Hello, my ex filled a k1 visa but we broken up after receiving the noa2 because we wanted different things for our future, I wanted kids and he was more focused
    in work, he send emails to cancel but we didn’t get a answer (I have a copy of this emails), shortly time after that I met someone online and after 7 months talking we meet in person, we fall in love and now we are engaged it’s been almost 2 years that my ex applied the k1 and almost 1 year that the noa2 expired, Can my fiance apply the k1 visa for me being the beneficiary again for a different person? That’s any timeline for a beneficiary?

  27. Summer says:


    My fiancé and I have been together for almost 2 years (March) we have just had a baby girl together who is only a month old. We’re hoping to marry in December this year.
    I have a few questions about the financial requirements. My fiancé was in the military for 8 years ( we met during his last year ) he is a us citizen and now receives Military disability / compensation from the VA including fees for school also provided by the VA. I have read that “stable” sources of income include VA benefits, do these two count and is this statement true?
    My second question is does my baby have to have the K2 visa? How does this work out with her being under a year old.
    Thank you 🙂

  28. Madinatu saysay says:

    Hi, my fiance and I been together since I was a kid! I left him in Africa when I was 15 years. We have been talking on social media for the past four years. I going back to Africa March to spend my 19 birthday with him and I’m excited about it!! My question is can I send for him on a fiance visa when I come back? But I’m a student and doing part-time work will I still be about to send for him on a fiance visa?

  29. Seela says:


    My fiancé is a US citizen and he’s Christian , and I am Jordanian and Muslim by law, we met online, and developed a relationship for a year now, during which we met twice, one of those visits we got engaged, considering that we can’t legally get married in Jordan due to our religious differences, we decided to apply for k1 visa and have a civil marriage in USA, does this difference in religion make it a risk for our k1 visa to get rejected? Knowing that we don’t mind our different religious back as a couple, while it’s socially unacceptable in Jordan for interfaith marriages, but we have our families support and blessings.

  30. Aryana says:

    Fiance visa or spousal visa wich on is quicker

  31. daniel whiting says:

    if i have a criminal record here in the u.s, but i’ve paid my debt but i meet all the other requirements, do i stand a big risk for denial? my fiance is in Thailand. please let me know

  32. Emily says:

    Can you be denied on your K1 visa because you lied about your contagious disease on the first time that you tried US TOURIST VISA.It was already cured.

  33. lisa says:

    I am a fulltime college student, this is my last year in college. I’m unemployed at the moment. I have been with my boyfriend over 3 yrs to come. i think its time we live together to pursue our future. what is the best advice can you give me.

  34. Jillian donnelly says:

    What about same sex couple? Will there be any discrimination toward same sex couple? My fiancee lives in cuba and i live in america. We are both females. Cuba doesnt recognize same sex marriage so we cant get married in Cuba but i assure we still can apply for k-1 visa because we will be interviewing at US embassy possibly in Georgetown, Guyana as cuba doesnt have us embassy anymore. Just want to know our chances.
    Thank you,


  35. Oyetunji Abodunrin Oladepo says:

    I have two questions that bother me. My fiance is an American, we love each other, our age difference is 27yrs,does it mean I can’t apply for K1? Secondly, I had applied for F1 visa before but I was denied. Does it mean I’m not eligible for K1 or I will be denied for changing from F1 to K1?

  36. anita weaver says:

    Hi I reside in uk ad my fiancé is in USA
    In meeting the sponsorship requirement would my savings be taken into account at all
    Thank you

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