What To Do If Your K-1 Fiancé Visa Is Denied

04 Mar 2015

Although the approval rate for K-1 fiance visas is high, there are times that it goes wrong. There are many reasons a fiance visa can be denied at the very end of the process. Some reasons are obscure, and some are more common. Often times no reason is given right away, or the reason is generalized to a matter of not being able to prove a “bona fide” relationship. In other words, the consular officer has a hunch that you’re not really in it for love. Unfortunately, this final approval process is widely arbitrary and up to the discretion of the consular officer. We’re not a law firm, so we can’t give you advice. The information herein is for educational purposes only.

Man contemplating his options

A fiance visa denial is a stressful event that is usually avoidable.

To avoid denial in the first place, you should:

  1. Meet all the requirements of the K-1 visa.
  2. Put together a fantastic petition with great evidence (Hint: Use RapidVisa – We have a 99.7% approval rating and a money back guarantee).
  3. Be prepared and have a great fiance visa embassy interview.

“That’s great, but unfortunately, I’m already denied! What are my options?”

Although getting denied is a huge inconvenience, very costly, and could cause some hardship on your relationship, it’s important to know it’s rarely the end of the road. Unless you have legal issues, lied on your petition or during your interview, or otherwise don’t meet the requirements, you may have a few options.

First, you need to find out what went wrong. It’s a good idea to get help. In many cases, RapidVisa can help you, but if you have any legal concerns, you should consult an attorney.

Options (a road)

3 Options (In no particular order):

A. Appeal the denial.

Appealing the denial is one option. You have 33 days to file a form I-290B, Notice of Appeal or Motion. There is a non-refundable $630 fee. Whether or not your denial is overturned, this fee will not be returned. To find out more about the appeal process, see our post How Do I Appeal a Denied K1 Fiance Visa?.

B. Start over with the K1 visa process.

Another common thing people do is start over from scratch by re-applying for the K-1 visa. Be aware that your previous denial could play into the whole scenario. If you do re-apply, you should do it with the knowledge of what went wrong so you can fix that this time around. Your goal is to leave no doubt in the consular officer’s mind that your relationship is bona fide, and you are eligible for the visa.

If you use us, our software will pre-screen you to make sure you meet the government requirements. If you are truthful and get to 100%, there’s a 99.7% chance you’ll be approved. However, if you are from certain regions like western Africa or Jamaica, you may have a tougher time with the K-1 in our experience. But with our service, you get your money back if denied, so you can rest assured we’re not in this to give out refunds. We use our experience of over 13,000 petitions to set you up for success. We want you to succeed.

Get married and apply for a CR1 visa.

Another route denied couples get is to just bite the bullet, get married in the alien’s country, and apply for a CR-1 spousal visa. Getting married could overcome the challenge of convincing the officer that you are serious about your relationship. Perhaps the consular officers feel it’s less likely for people to commit immigration fraud on a spousal visa rather than a fiance visa.  For information on the spousal visa timeline, go here.

If you have any questions about the process, give us a call at 1 (800) 872-1458.

Disclaimer: The contents of this post were accurate to the best of our knowledge at the time of publishing. Immigration is constantly changing, and old information often becomes outdated, including procedures, timelines, prices, and more. Take note of the publish date. For archival purposes, these posts will remain published, even if new information renders them obsolete. Do not make important life decisions based on this content. No part of this post should be considered legal advice, as RapidVisa is not a law firm. This content is provided free of charge for informational purposes only. If anything herein conflicts with an official government website, the official government website shall prevail.

17 Thoughts on “What To Do If Your K-1 Fiancé Visa Is Denied

  1. Martins Amechi says:

    Dear Rapid visa , I was shocked seeing this post that I can be denied is like now no guarantee that that my fiancee in Nigeria can be approved. Because I read on your next post saying most folks from Jamaica and western Africa barely get approved but why !? Now you guys said on the article I read that you guys are not immigration PPlease I wanna. Get convinced. .

    • RapidVisa Staff says:


      It’s not that ‘barely any’ from those regions get approved, in fact most of them do. But the approval rate in our experience is not quite as high as 99.7% like our overall approval rating. If we work with you, we will give you the best chance of approval. We also offer a money back guarantee so you don’t have to worry. To put you at ease, give us a call.

  2. Robylyn cario says:

    Dear rapid visa ..I just wanna ask ..
    I have a fiance before who applied a K1and K2 visa for me it was last 2006.but the U.S embassy didn’t send me a denied …but all I know my fiance just stop and did not continue the process coz me and him find out that the baby K2 is not his baby ..( but a’ll I know before his the father but the DNA test tells hi is not…
    So the questions is ..it’s still appear to my application or to my interview again if ever my othe fiance will apply anothet K1 visa for me? this coming nxt process of my K1 visa..

  3. Tamra says:

    My fiancé just had his interview and we did not get approved. We think it’s because I was only able to come for two days. We did not have an engagement party or anything because of the time frame. We are thinking if I go this summer for two weeks, we can take engagement pictures, have the engagement party. With all of those evidence plus plane tickets and pass port information, do you think it’s possible to get reapproved? Also is there anything that we need to fill out and send it before they call him? This is for Morocco

  4. Kim says:

    I just got married in Jamaica and want to start the visa application so he can come up. My financial circumstances have changed. I recently got laid off and collecting unemployment from the state but combined with my salary in 2017 I make enough to sponsor him but will the USCIS consider unemployment income?

  5. hami says:

    our k1 denied bcoz we did married in beneficiary country and filed the petition of fiance and at interview denied the visa we did not know the counsolar office checked first we did at the time of filing k1 we were fiance and according to islamic law our lawyer registered the nikah into marriage and the sttsus of srelaionship turned into married we nned a guidenace plzz

  6. Jana says:


    April 2018, my fiance who is American citizen sent the Petition for Alien fiance and the only thing we’ve received so far is that the petition was received and is in process. Now I am just getting through all the paperwork and found out that he, by mistake, filled up my dad’s name wrong. Do you think that this will have the really bad influence on the petition or the whole process? According to all the instructions, I assumed that my fiance didn’t make any other mistake but this one. What do you think about it?

    And because it’s been 5 months, and let’s say everything is alright, how long do you think it should take?

    Thank you for your time. Jana

  7. JTR says:

    @Jana, the USCIS received our petition in early March, and we didn’t get more news and weren’t approved until early September. So be ready to wait 6 to 7 months for a reply!

  8. RapidVisa . My case is that I was living over in the Dominican Republic for 2 and half years . My fiancé and I have been together for 1 year and 6 months . Now we are expecting . I am 5 months pregnant and am expecting a baby girl in July. I moved back to the US so I can get the proper care. My fiancé and I speak Spanish to each other . I was living there so it was more beneficial for me to learn Spanish . Will that cause any questioning that he speaks no English ?

  9. Chanwfe says:

    My fiance is from a Caribbean, I’m a US citizen I was called over her country for the interview to be proceed and when we both went it was denied because of some “contradictions” according to them…. It hurt us both and I was wondering what’s the next step because I want her to be with me already and this really hurts her. It was very disappointing because we provided every necessary stuff to them even personal stuff and they couldn’t even find our pictures and stuff she sent in to them this was really sad….we waited for hours it wasn’t right

  10. Goodness says:

    Hello , please I am from Nigeria and my fiancé is and citizen. He has been to Nigeria ones and stayed a week. We are planning to get married next year in the Nigerian way and then the white wedding in the Us. We want to start filling for the fiancé visa and we need help and more information on what we need to have for it to be a successful process. And how long will it take for a fiancé visa to be approved?

  11. Wendy says:

    We received K1 aplication denied. What to do?

  12. Joan says:

    Hi rapid visa may ask please ask for your answer..my fiance have 5divorces she have 3 wives divorce him.and he divorce his two wives..is this possible that we approve our visa? Please reply thank you for your reply

  13. Keith Grady says:

    Rapid visa, I received an RFE because I didn’t have the receipt number,A-number or date filed on my I-129 for my previous fiancée/spouse. As well as the I-130 spousal petition. I don’t have access to that information since that was almost 20 years ago. On my new I-129F like I didn’t know that information so I marked it as N/A not available. Will my I-129 still be denied if I don’t have that information and state to immigration that problem? It is the only thing holding me up. Also would your services be able to help me with my problem?

  14. Jona says:

    Hi Rapid visa, me and my bf been together for 3 months now and hes planning to come in November and start the process of our K1 visa in January , I know that considers short amount of time. Do u think it will affect our application? Thank you and hope to hear from you soon.

  15. Zac says:

    So my fiance and I unfortunately broke up after receiving our NOA2 . I wrote a letter to the U.S. embassy in Tokyo explaining to them that we are calling off the engagement. If I, for some reason in the future, were to meet someone from another country and eventually wanted to marry, will this affect us?

  16. Olive says:

    My fiance which is a us citizen file for my k1 visa and was approved by uscis with 4month which last from 20oct to 21 February,but while waiting for the process with nvc and embassy to invite me.unfortunately u.s embassy did not contact me in time,I only received a letter from embassy a month to my approval 10 January expiration date,and was able to secured a date on 20febuary.I went for my interview and I meet all the requirements but I was denied base on the expiration date,please what should I do?

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