Can you get a K-1 visa if you’ve never met?

On Behalf of | Dec 17, 2020 | Family Immigration

There is a high likelihood that someone in America could meet someone else that they fall in love with online or vice versa. In some cases, they may have met once or twice in either country, but then they may have separated and returned home.

If you met your now-fiancé through the internet, you may be concerned that you won’t be able to get approval for a fiancé visa, also known as the K-1 visa. That’s not necessarily true. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) wants to see that your relationship is authentic. This is usually proven with statements from family and friends, co-workers or others. It may be proven with videos or images you have with each other.

Can you get your K-1 visa if you haven’t met in person?

In the case that you haven’t met in person, you won’t be able to get a K-1 visa. The law requires that you meet with your partner at least once in the last two years before filing the petition. If you haven’t met yet, now would be a good time to take a short trip to one country or the other to gather the proof you need of that meeting. If you have photos together from an overseas job or recent business trip, then that should be enough to satisfy the meeting requirement.

This may be a tough situation for people who don’t have the approval to come to one country or the other, but there are usually exceptions. If you’re struggling to get the K-1 visa despite your authentic intention to get married, you may want to speak with your attorney about your options.