8 Ways to Provide Proof of Relationship for K1 Fiance Visas
February 2nd, 2018 -
Like many, you may wonder how to provide the proper evidence needed to support a K1 Fiance visa and bona fide proof of relationship.
For petitioners, you must present proof of your relationship when you file the I-129F petition, and it's vital to continue collecting evidence that your Chinese fiancee will present at K1 visa interview in Guangzhou.
When the consular officer asks to see different types of evidence, there should be no doubt that the two of you are in love, have met in person, and communicate often.
Below is a suggested list of how you can present bona fide proof of relationship.
Phone or Skype Calls
Call logs provide proof of correspondence by showing the date, origination, and destination of calls placed between the petitioner and Chinese beneficiary. These numbers will match up on immigration forms.
Just to note: If your using messaging or email as your source of communications you don't need to start using phone or Skype.
QQ International, WeChat, or Email
Messages and emails can be collected and saved which will display names and dates of correspondence.
You do not need every single e-mail or chat message. Present a few for each week to cover the months of correspondence when submitting petitions. For the interview, a couple of pages for each month.
Take pictures of the two of you together while in China. Get duplicates developed. One set of photos your Chinese loved one will use at the interview. The others you can bring back to the states to file with the petition.
Take photographs of the two of you together in different settings, on different days, and with landmarks such as an airport, bus station, or train station in the background. Write a few words on the back about what you were doing or who you're with, the location, and the date.
You can also send photos arranged together from a printer. Write captions under each about what you were doing or who you're with, the location, and the date.
Take photos of the two of you together with your fiancee's family. Try to capture meals together and happy moments.
Submit 8 to 10 photos with the petition. Your spouse/fiancee should take twice that many to the K1 interview arranged in a portfolio. There may be more photos to add if you make a second trip to China after filing the I-129F.
Cards and Letters From Family Members
Not only a way for your fiance(e) to get to know your family better, but also demonstrates to a consular officer that your family is anticipating your foreign fiance(e) and upcoming marriage.
Your family members can send letters, holiday cards, and or photos.
Family members can write names on the back of photos helping your fiance remember names if asked. It's nice to have card or letters with a United States return address.
Talk this over with your family and let them know how their correspondence can play an essential role with immigration officials.
Affidavits from Fiancee's Friends and Colleagues
It's a sure thing that when you visit your fiancee in China, she will want to introduce you to her friends or colleagues. You may even travel together or attend events.
Asking them for a signed affidavit that you met in person and your intentions to marry is very easy to do. Most will be happy to help.
You or your fiancee will need to type the affidavit in English and help them understand what they are signing if they can't read English. Otherwise, it can be in Chinese as long as it's translated, signed, and dated.
Here's what you should include in the affidavit.
Heading: Affidavit of Support
Sub Head: The undersigned, being duly sworn, deposes and says:
- My full name is (First and Last Name)
- I reside at (Street, City, Province, and Country)
- My date of birth is (mm/dd/year), and my place of birth is (City, Province, Country)
- My relationship to (Petitioner Full Name) and (Beneficiary Full Name) is as follows: I am a (friend, colleague, student, etc.) of (Beneficiary Name) and have known her for (months or years). I have known both (Petitioner First Name) and (Beneficiary First Name) as a couple for (Months/Years).
- I have direct knowledge the (Petitioners Full Name) and (Beneficiary Full Name) met in person within the past two years.
- I testify to the following: I swear that (Petitioners Full Name) and (Beneficiary Full Name) have met in China on (this date) as I was invited to join them (whatever you all did together). (This is a place to mention the second meeting if that be the case)
I affirm that the above-listed facts are accurate to the best of my knowledge.
Type affiant's Name with Telephone Number.
Have affiant sign and date
Copies of US Passport
For the interview, your US Passport pages show arrival and departure dates. This information will correspond with your letter of intent to marry, and airline and boarding pass.
Airline Tickets and Boarding Passes
Travel tickets and airline boarding passes show your trips to China to visit your fiancee and are submitted with the original petition. Any travel tickets that come after can be sent to your fiancee to take to the interview.
Hotels, gifts, flowers, ring. or money wires to your fiancee. This evidence gets sent to USCIS with the original petition. Any receipts that come after can be added to take to the interview.
The Short of the K1 Visa Process
K1 Fiance Visas are historically quicker than Marriage Visas.
Unlike marriage petitions, they by-pass National Visa Center (NVC) processing in the United States which on average can take 3 to 4 additional months. However, the file does go from USCIS to the National Visa Center (NVC) to receive a case number.
The NVC then forwards the fiance petition to the U.S. consulate where your fiancee will receive instructions to continue the next steps for K1 Fiance Visa processing and scheduling an interview.
At the interview, you will want the officer to see the time frame of an ongoing real love relationship with bona fide proof. And, you have documentation to prove it.