What is Your current situation?
You have fallen in love, Your special someone lives far from your home
In a foreign land. You are separated by thousands of miles, and you have had enough webcam and instant message conversations to last a lifetime. You want to end your loneliness, And the separation. You need to bring her or him home to stay
So, what do you do?
Well, you gird your loins to enter and eventually overcome a complicated and difficult immigration system that stands in the way of your happiness.
Fortunately, I am here to help you.
Today I am going to explain
“How to Bring your Fiancee home to the USA”
And , please watch to the end of this video, because near the end I will also explain what happens after your partner arrives.
After all, after going through so much effort, you don’t want her or him to
have to leave your side. I will speak about what the next steps after arrival
Are needed to obtain and keep permanent residency and the process for your partner to become a US citizen
Now, let’s talk about “How to bring your Fiance to the USA on a K1 Fiance Visa”
A brief summary of the process is as follows:
We prepare an application, it is submitted in the USA to the United States
citizenship and Immigration service (USCIS),
And then once USCIS has completed its review, the case goes to the US State
department’s National Visa Center (NVC) in New Hampshire.
And finally NVC couriers the case overseas to a US Embassy or Consulate near your partner for your partner’s in-person consular interview and issuance of the visa into your partner’s passport..
Then your partner travels to the USA, shows the visa at the border, and joins you here inside the USA.
Now let’s get into the details:
First we submit a thick package of application forms and supporting documents and evidence. This is the “front loaded petition” that VisaCoach is famous for.
My philosophy, the VisaCoach philosophy, which we rigorously follow on every case, team VisaCoach works on, is that success, final outcome, final approval, depends 99% on the quality of your application that you and we together prepare and submit to US immigration.
We take every opportunity, leave no stone unturned, in making your application as complete and persuasive as possible.
The quality of the work we accomplish at the start, at the “front” of this process, determines the ultimate outcome.
When quality goes in, we expect a positive result to come out.
The petition package is mailed to USCIS.
Fiancee Visa applications go to Dallas, Texas
After initial sorting then the applications are assigned and forwarded to one
of six USCIS service centers that are scattered throughout the USA.
At the destination USCIS service center your case is reviewed and processed.
USCIS takes many months, often over a year to complete their review. For current timing best is that you contact my offices as USCIS processing times are a moving target and recently have been changing on a monthly basis. Sorry, but recently they have been going slower.
Applying for your partner’s visa through US immigration is similar to traveling on a one lane highway. The cars that get on the road ahead of you must exit and get to their destination before you arrive at yours. And the cars behind you, must wait for you to get to yours before them. The only option you have is to enter and get in line as soon as you can. At VisaCoach we can’t help you pass the other vehicles, but what we do do is work to make sure that YOUR vehicle, your application is done properly, that it reliably makes the journey without breakdown and gets you to your destination as quickly as the immigration traffic will allow.
The sooner you get started, and the sooner you submit, PROVIDING your application is properly done, then the earlier you get your visa.
The review at USCIS includes an FBI background check. This is usually only on the US Citizen’s background, however it is also conducted on your partner if she or he had ever lived in the USA.
When USCIS is satisfied with your application, they “approve” it. But they are really just saying that the USCIS review is over. Now another branch of the US government gets involved and must also finally “approve” your case. USCIS hands your case over to the US Department of State, for their review and processing, to their service center in New Hampshire, called the National Visa Center, or NVC for short
NVC confirms which consulate is the one to process your case, and assigns a case number that starts with three letters that identify the consulate, such as CDJ for Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, MNL for Manila, Philippines, LGS for Lagos, Nigeria and so on.
If the consulate is current on their workload, NVC immediately ships the case to the consulate using diplomatic courier. If the consulate is backed up then the case will sit longer at NVC until the consulate advises they are ready to handle more cases.
Your case has now arrived overseas at the consulate handling your case. And now there are many critical steps for both you and your partner to accomplish before the interview.
Please recall, that unlike other services, I the VisaCoach and my team are still with you on this journey. We are still with you to answer your last minute questions and give you final instructions and personalized checklists in the final run up to the final interview.
Depending on the country the final steps to the interview can be pretty complicated, as consular posts often do things slightly different country by country. Fortunately, at Visacoach we’ve worked with most consulates already, so we have a history of experience to draw upon to guide you on what procedures need to be followed.
Soon after your case arrives at the consulate, the consulate reaches out to you or your fiancee via email, telephone or postal mail confirming that the consulate is ready to process your case.
You, the US sponsor, send your partner the affidavit of support we prepare for you along with financial evidence such as tax returns, employment and asset proofs.
For his or her part, your Fiancee collects the documents that now must be taken to the consulate for presentation at the interview, such as police clearances and singleness certificates.
Prior to the consulate interview, your partner undergoes a thorough medical exam at a clinic appointed by the consulate.
The exam must only be conducted by the clinic that has been approved by
the consulate, and no other. Your partner can’t use their own doctor.
At the end of the medical exam, the results are sent directly to the consulate or given to your partner in a sealed envelope.
On the big day your partner attends the interview at the US consulate.
Shortly, after arrival at the consulate she or he is greeted by a local clerk,
and asked to present all of the documents that the consulate requires..
The clerk goes over each item, ticking off on his/her checklist that confirming if the documents are satisfactory
It is critical that your partner be well prepared and has brought EVERYTHING that is required.
Failure to bring even one item might cause the interview to be canceled,
or if allowed to proceed, might add months of additional delay till the visa is issued.
Because this is so critical, and with proper planning it is so easy to avoid problems, we at VisaCoach prepare for you a personalized detailed checklist on what must be brought to the consulate (without fail). We prepare this checklist using our knowledge of your background and situation combined with our previous experience working with the consulate, knowing what they want as well as what they don’t want.
Finally comes the actual interview. This is when your partner meets with an
American consular officer, it is no longer the local hires. This officer will be
making the final decision on your case.
This is the BIG event.
During the interview, the consular officer must be CONVINCED your relationship is bona fide and not a sham contrived for immigration purposes.
Sorry, to say this, but US immigration has had a long and troubled history with visas for fiancee’s and spouses. Their experience has not been a good one.
For regular immigration, there are simple tests of eligibility.
For example if a naturalized US citizen applied for his/her brother to immigrate to the USA, eligibility would be simply demonstrated by a review of both birth certificates. The parents names on the birth certificates would match, and the brother would promptly hear “welcome to the USA”
But for “romance” type visas, for the fiancee visa you have applied for, there is NO simple, clear test.
Instead, the officer must rely on you and your partner’s words, your statements that your relationship is real, not a sham for immigration purposes..
Don’t get me wrong. I know that YOU are totally sincere, totally in love, totally genuine.
But the officer does not know you like I do. There is nothing personal about the officers suspicions, because before you, the “well has been poisoned”, by the con-men, scammers, gigolos and gold diggers, who long ago figured out that if they convincingly lied about their plans, lied about wanting to be in a stable marriage with an American partner, they could cheat their way to win the golden ticket, to a richer life in the USA
These crooks make it difficult for honest people like you.
Because no simple reliable test exists, because so many consular officers have been tricked and made fools of before, because of their frustration and embarrassment, the consular officers have decided to take the gloomy and confrontational attitude that all romance visa cases are probably shams. not bona fide.
Sadly they treat you and your partner as “guilty until proven innocent”
The original application that we prepared and submitted to USCIS, long long ago, at the start of this journey, now lands on the Consular officers desk
for his or her preparation for the interview.
The officer reviews the application while your partner, alone and nervous, is waiting in the lobby of the consulate. The officer searches for clues of trickery, for “red flags” that might increase his general suspicions. The officer is looking for reasons to deny.
And this is why the Visacoach method of “front loading” a petition is so valuable. We craft each application, understanding the consular officers’ stand point.
We understand as a professional, if he or she is convinced of your sincerity he or she is going to approve and issue the visa.
We also know that if it is not crystal clear to the officer that the couple is genuine, if for any reason he or she is not absolutely convinced, the officer
would prefer to deny, instead of taking any chances.
After all, if he or she approves a scamming couple the officer’s career
and reputation is hurt, but if the officer makes a mistake and denies an honest couple, he or she is only being diligent, and the denied couple can always reapply, so “no harm done”.
So what we do is help the officer make the right decision.
We help him/her do their job by going the extra mile preparing your application to make sure it does the sincere, honest and persuasive talking for you, to convince a reasonable but skeptical officer to trust you and your situation.
It would be nice if you could attend the interview and personally be available to smooth out any misunderstandings before they cause problems. But you won’t be there. Only your partner attends the interview. Even if you are present outside the consulate, you will not be allowed in, you remain outside. Your partner undergoes the interview alone.
While you can’t be there in-person, our philosophy at VisaCoach is to help you to be there, at least “in Spirit”.
With each VisaCoach “front loaded” application, we include a personal statement from you that describes “how you met, why you were attracted to each other, the development of your relationship, key moments in your courtship, the circumstances of your proposal, and your plans for a future life and family together in the USA.
Bona fide couples have history. They have plans. Their history and plans have many, many details. By sharing these details, we help the officer to get to know you. And once the officer gets to know you, he or she is surely going to trust you and your situation.
For most of my clients, creative writing is difficult. I know it is difficult for me.
But I have designed our system at VisaCoach to help make it easy for you to tell your important honest detailed story.
We help you tell your story by asking you short pertinent questions about your courtship and plans for the future. We take your answers given in your voice and prepare your personal statement for the officer to get to know you.
This personal, honest statement goes a long, LONG way to bring the
consular officer to an early understanding that you and your partner are two genuine and sympathetic human beings, who have a sincere love story, and could be his or her neighbors back in the USA.
But telling your story is not enough. Words alone are not enough. A successful petition must also verify your honest story with actual proof. Once we know your situation, Visacoach provides a thorough, detailed, personalized checklist of the various types of evidence that support your application. Your relationship breaks down into two parts. The times you were long distance and the times you were together in-person. We help you identify your demonstrative evidence of both parts and combine them with your final Front Loaded.petition
By front loading your application with well chosen evidence, by telling your story to place you there in spirit, we set the tone for a short and sweet successful interview, ending with “Welcome to the USA ”.
About two weeks later, the consulate returns your partner’s passport with the visa stamped inside. It is usually shipped via a local courier service.
The courier delivers the passport to your partner’s home address, or if your partner prefers, she or he can arrange to personally pick the passport up at one of the courier’s offices.
The visa is valid for 6 months. The clock starts ticking on the date of the medical, not the date of the consulate interview so we recommend taking the medical close to the time of the consulate interview about 2 weeks prior.
Your partner has plenty of time to settle affairs, give notice, say goodbye to family and friends, pack, then leave for the USA.
Arriving on a K1 fiance visa, you have 90 days to “get to know each other better”, and decide to marry, or not.
You don’t have to marry, but if you do not, your fiancé should leave the USA
before the allowed 90 day visit expires.
Assuming you marry on time, your new spouse can stay in the USA, and never has to leave, providing that you and your spouse take the next important immigration step by applying for permission to stay.
This new application is called Adjustment of Status. Your spouse “adjusts” his or her immigration status from a 90 day visitor to a lawful permanent resident.
VisaCoach helps you prepare this application too. Previously, US immigration was concerned about fraud. They still are. So this application again must contain critical evidence of a bona fide relationship. We include evidence of the wedding, honeymoon, setting up a home together. We again help you write your personal statement updating what is happening in your bona fide relationship.
Once permanent residency is approved, your spouse gets the Green Card, that drivers license sized card that proves your spouse can live in, can work, and can travel to and from the USA.
But wait ! The Green Card that arrives shows that it’s only good for two years. It is going to expire. This temporary green card is called a “conditional” green card.
At the start of the immigration process, for your partner to get permission to come to the USA we had to overcome US immigrations “guilty until proven innocent” attitude.
The reason that they only issue a temporary, Conditional green card is
because they are STILL cautious, they are still skeptical about your “romance” case and they want one more opportunity to catch you in fraud.
Before the two year deadline, we apply again to US immigration. This time we apply to upgrade your spouse’s temporary green card to get a permanent one.
This application is called “Removal of Conditions on Residence”. Once again, to be successful, we must demonstrate your relationship’s sincerity. Now we submit evidence of your last two years of living together in the USA Including bank accounts, and written statements from your friends and neighbors attesting to knowing you as a bona fide, genuine couple.
At the end of this process, your spouse finally gets a regular
Green Card, this one is permanent without conditions.
For many this is the last stop on the US immigration journey. Your spouse has her or his green card, can reside in the USA as long as she or he wants.
However, for many, there is one more, one last Final step that is taken. And that is to apply for Naturalization to become a US citizen
Once your spouse has been a lawful resident for 2 years, and 9 months, your spouse is eligible to apply to become a US Citizen. On approval is able to vote in US elections and travel using a US passport. And of course, I and the VisaCoach team are there to help with this verify last application as well.
The couples Team VisaCoach helps become our friends and family. We are honored to guide you through each step of the immigration Journey. Starting from courtship to arrival on visa, to conditional and then unconditional permanent residency and finally all the way through to US naturalization and Citizenship
This was Fred Wahl, The VisaCoach,
here to personally guide you on this journey.