This article is a compilation of Dos and Don’ts for fiancé(e) and spousal visa petitions. Follow these tips to avoid costly mistakes and unnecessary delays. Nobody can really move your petition along any quicker but there are steps you can take to ensure you have the best chance at getting your fiancé(e) or spouse to the U.S.
- Do not circumvent the process or attempt to game the system by applying for a tourist student or employment visa. It is very rare to receive approval for these types of visas and it would be considered immigration fraud if you attempted to come to the U.S. under false pretenses.
- Do not try to get around the requirement of physically meeting your fiancé(e) in person within the last two years. Unless you have absolute proof that you are not physically able to meet your fiancé(e) don’t file for a waiver.
- Do start the process as quickly as you are able. Putting off the application for a K-1 Fiancé(e) or CR-1 Spousal Visa will delay the process.
- The quickest and easiest way to speed up the visa petition process is not to slow it down. Follow all instructions; submit the required forms and documents; and provide adequate supporting evidence. Not providing any of the aforementioned items can delay the process.
- Do include adequate proof of a bona fide relationship. Marriage certificate photos of the two of you together and stamps in your passport are good forms of evidence. Letters of intent third-party affidavits and receipts can be used as proof. Establishing joint accounts together could provide additional proof.
- Do physically meet with your fiancé(e) as frequently as you are able and/or allowed to. Do not allow too much time to pass between visits.
- Do communicate often even if it is via instant messaging online video chatting email and/or telephone. Record and save email and chat logs.
- Do be honest with your fiancé(e) or spouse. Do not hide things from each other like past criminal convictions previous marriages and/or children. You do not want any surprises to come up in the interview process.
- Do get to know each other. Your fiancé(e) may be asked questions about the relationship; future plans for the relationship like raising a family; your background or past; and your ability to support your foreign spouse.
- Do buy your fiancé(e) an engagement and/or wedding ring to show your love and prove you are serious. Save the receipt for the ring and include that evidence of a bona fide relationship.
- Do celebrate your engagement and wedding with an engagement party and wedding reception.
- Do confirm that you meet the income requirements and are eligible to petition for the visa you are applying for. Check income requirements for your state here.
Disclaimer: The information herein is not intended as legal advice and is provided for general information only.Questions involving interpretation of specific U.S. laws should be addressed to an attorney and/or government officials.