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How your social media profile could help your K visa application

| Jun 26, 2020 | Family Immigration

Falling in love with someone who lives in another country can seem like a hopeless, if romantic, experience. However, if you really want to make things work, you can get married and have them enter the country as your fiancé(e) shortly prior to your wedding.

Fiancé(e) visas, also known as K visas, are subject to strict scrutiny and many conditions, which means you will have to be careful about what you do if you want to successfully bring an international love interest home as your spouse.

Social media is commonly used as evidence

It is common for attorneys to recommend that those going through legal proceedings, ranging from pending criminal charges to divorce, should be wary of what they post on social media. The same is often true for those hoping to secure a visa or immigrate to the United States.

What you share on social media can absolutely influence the way that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) handles your application. However, instead of just refusing to use social media until your fiancé(e) enters the country, you may find that your previous and ongoing social media content can help validate your relationship.

Social media can provide a timeline for your romance

From an Instagram post of your first dinner out together to a Facebook post bemoaning how hard it was to leave after you fell in love abroad, the things that you share online can help prove that you have been in a real relationship and show how long it has lasted. Anything from live-streaming your proposal to sharing pictures from dates could help you build a case for the validity of your relationship.

Other people interacting with your posts will also help

It could be possible for someone to spend a long time planning to make a marriage look legitimate for immigration purposes. However, it is unlikely that people engaged in that degree of fraud will involve their family in the process.

When your loved ones comment on and like the posts you share on social media about your relationship, those interactions help demonstrate that you have openly had this relationship and that you have the support of your broader social network in pursuing it.

Regardless of what you share, you will have to share your login information

Reviewing social media profiles has become common practice for the USCIS while processing visa applications. In other words, since you and your fiance will likely be subject to social media scrutiny anyway, you might as well be forthcoming with login info.