Age Difference/Age Gap

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The Age Difference/Age Gap between a couple may play a factor in the approval odds of a fiance or spousal visa. Age gaps are not uncommon among such visas. In fact, they are more common than not. In a study put out by RapidVisa in 2019, the US Sponsor median age was 42, while the beneficiary median age was 30. Most cases show the US sponsor being older than the alien beneficiary.

Age Gaps Among K1 Fiance Visa Sponsors & Beneficiaries

Most couple have age gaps, and most of those cases get approved.

Which Types of Age Gaps Are Problematic?

While most couples do have an age difference, certain circumstances can cause more headache than others.

  • Age gaps over 30 years
  • Age gaps where the US sponsor is an older female, and the beneficiary is a younger male from a country where men don't typically marry older women (ie. Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Ghana, Uganda)

These unfortunate scenarios do cause issues for couples, however they are not always insurmountable. It's always important to shore up the case by building up the other bona fides of the case. This may mean developing the relationship more, by taking more visit trips, comingling funds, and overall building a relationship that is harder to doubt the validity of. If your embassy allows it, it's also a good idea for the US sponsor to attend the embassy interview with the applicant. In short, the age difference is just one factor that plays into the decision, so it's important to not have any other holes in the case that add to that problem.

Which Types of Age Gaps Generally Cause No Problems?

  • Anything under 5 years
  • Age gaps up to 25 years between an older US male and a younger female from Southeast Asia
  • Age gaps up to 25 years between same-sex couples

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