Thanks to TLC's Hit Show, 90 Day Fiance, more people are learning about the K-1 visa process. A K-1 visa allows you to bring your fiance to the United States for up to a period of 90 days. During these 90 days, you must get married, or your fiance will be required to leave the country. Fans of this show know that the series does show some people easily getting approved for the K-1 visa, while other people have their visa denied. If you are considering applying for a K-1 visa for your loved one, you may wonder why a K-1 visa may be denied. Here are a few of the most common reasons.
The Sponsor Does Not Meet the Income Requirements For the Visa
One of the top reasons why your K-1 visa may be denied is because the sponsoring party, or the United States citizen, does not meet the income requirements for the visa. When it comes to determining what the income requirements are, the federal government looks at the cost of living where you reside and how many people you already support, such as your children. They then determine what the minimum income requirement is for you to be able to support the new person you are bringing to the United States. If you lose your job or your income declines after you file the petition, and you no longer meet the income requirements, your visa can be denied.
Not Being Able to Show You Are in a Real Relationship
Another common reason why a K-1 visa may be denied is that you cannot show you are in a real relationship, or the person interviewing you and your future spouse does not believe it. You have to meet certain requirements, such as seeing your fiance at least once every two years, having photos together, and ensuring your friends and family know about the relationship.
Paperwork or Administrative Errors
The final common reason why a K-1 visa may be denied is due to paperwork or administrative errors. There are a lot of forms that you need to fill out when applying for a K-1 visa. You may also be asked to supply additional information or more forms. If forms are incorrectly filled out or you do not provide additional information within the requested time, the application can be denied.
The K-1 visa process is a time-consuming and costly process. Hiring an immigration attorney to guide you through the process can ensure that you and your fiance are prepared for the interviews that you will face, have plenty of proof to show you are in a legitimate relationship and can help ensure all of your paperwork is submitted timely and error-free. If you are just starting the process or you have a K-1 visa that was recently denied, get in contact with an immigration lawyer to learn more about the K-1 visa process.