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Required Documentation for K-1 Visa Applicants

Written By The Shapiro Law Group on June 23, 2021

K-1 visa applicants will need to bring several types of documentation to their visa interview. Through a K-1 visa, U.S. citizens can sponsor their fiances and enable them to travel to the U.S. for marriage, followed by applying for a Marriage Green Card via adjustment of status. 

Documentation to Bring for K-1 Visa Interviews

When scheduling a visa interview for a K-1 application, the following documentation is important for applicants to bring.

Completed Form DS-160

When applying for a K-1 visa, the first form for applicants to complete and bring will be Form DS-160, which is an online nonimmigrant visa application. Both the K-1 applicant and his or her children entering the U.S. on K-2 visas will need to complete and bring the form to their interview.

A Valid Passport

Another crucial piece of documentation to bring to an interview is a valid passport that allows for travel to the U.S. The passport also needs to be valid for a minimum of six months following the intended period of stay within the country, with some exceptions.

Police Certificates

Applicants will need to bring police certificates from their current country of residence, along with all countries where they have lived for at least six months since they were 16 years old. Accompanying children ages 16 and over will also require these police certificates.

Evidence of Relationship

K-1 visa applicants will need to provide evidence of their relationship with the U.S. citizen fiance. 

Birth, Death, and Divorce Certificates

Other important documents include birth certificates of the applicant, along with divorce and death certificates for the spouses of both the applicant and sponsor.

Medical Examinations

An authorized panel physician will need to perform a medical examination. While vaccinations are optional for K visa applicants, these individuals are still encouraged to get vaccinations that immigrant visa applicants are required to get.

Evidence of Financial Support

In some cases, an Affidavit of Support through Form I-134 may be required for an interview.

Two Photographs of the Applicant

Two 2″ x 2″ photographs of the applicant are also needed. They must also be in compliance with the U.S. Department of State’s photo requirements.

Apart from these documents, consular officers may require additional documentation, including additional photographs and evidence of the relationship between the applicant and the U.S. citizen fiance. With all of these documents gathered and organized, applicants will ultimately be more prepared for their visa interviews.