US Visa application in two days

posted 3 years ago in Intercultural
Post # 3
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135 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

What kind of visa are you applying for? 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Yes. The sort of visa you are applying for makes all the difference. Is it a fiance visa or just a standard tourist visa. If it’s a residency visa then things are much more complicated and less certain.

I say this as I have a son who is getting married to his American FI in September. He has multiple entry to the USA until 2020 but no right to work. She has applied for, and got, a UK fiance visa which is similar to the US model but which makes it clear she cannot work or have recourse to public funds. 

Be prepared to answer a lot of questions about your FI’s income and ability to support you though. Immigration to both the US and UK is tough and offiials are very suspicious about motives. You will need to demonstrate significant knowledge of your FI and his circumstances.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Creek club at ion, SC

k1 visa?? Thats what ive applied for. I know people say its pretty easy to do yourself but especially if your working on a deadline and want to get everything done no fuss no stress, id get a lawyer

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@regisaurus:  Good luck. My K1 interview is next week (10 1/2 months later!), so if you want any advice for when you get to that stage, feel free to pm me 🙂

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@regisaurus:  In that case it’s easy! Just make sure you have set travel dates and show that you have reasons to come back to Turkey. Depending on what kind of job you have they might ask you details about it. Be ready to answer questions regarding your employment. I would refrain from mentioning boyfriend/engagement. Visiting friends, wanting to see the areas you will be traveling to would be good. Know the details of your travel (which I’m sure you do). If you are calm and have sensible answers you’ll probably get approved for the visa in less than 15 minutes. 

PM me if you have more questions, I’ve gone through this in istanbul once for B-2 and twice for F-2. 

 

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Good luck! My FI is from Jamaica and here in the US on H1-B so we will be going through the PR process soon after marriage. We are hoping that many of our wedding guests are approved for B-2 visas. I will add you to the list of people I’m praying for. Good luck!

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@TaurianDoll:  If your FI is here on an H1-B, did he still have to apply for the K1?  I’m in the states on a TN visa, so wasn’t sure if I still needed a K1 or could just apply after marriage.  

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@regisaurus:  Yeah try not to see that as lying, but rather bending the truth :). Boyfriend sometimes rings alarm bells as so many people try to abuse thus. And make sure you know details about the female friend! Don’t forget to relax. It’s normal to be excited but I’ve seen people tense up a lot. You aren’t doing anything wrong!

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@pixiecat:  no. he’s still employed under his H1-B so we are choosing to continue on with that. he will apply for permanent residency sometime next year after we get married in august of this year, file our 2013 taxes jointly, and give our marriage some time so we don’t “look too eager”. 

 

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

If you are only going for a tourist visa that’s much easier! Just be sure to make it clear that you are only going on holiday and, when asked, make it clear that you have a job and home to come back to.

My son applied for a 6 month tourist visa to the USA (he planned a long distance cycle ride from Canada to San Diego) and had to be interviewed at the American Embassy because 6 months is longer than the average visa. The first question they asked him was “Don’t you have a job in the UK and if so, how can you take a vacation for 6 months?” to which he was able to reply yes, but that he had an approved sabbatical. His visa was approved immediately because it was clear that he had good reason to leave the USA and come home to England.

The thing that immigration is most keen to avoid is people over-staying (you’ll not get back into the USA again if you do) and being readily able to overstay and thus disappear into the States. When I was waiting for entry clearance to Seattle the other year, immigration got pretty tough with an English girl who had a boyfriend in Washington State. They asked her to confirm what college course she was taking and where in England she was taking it.

So I’d definitely avoid mentioning your boyfriend or any marriage plans. 

Good luck!

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@regisaurus:  Your university course will be a real help! It just proves you have a great reason to come home and graduate!

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