Step 5 of the Fiancé Visa Application: USCIS Interview

Step Five centers around the USCIS interview—where couples must validate their relationship and the immigrant beneficiary’s eligibility. This interview assesses detailed aspects of both partners’ lives together, scrutinizing the authenticity of their relationship through various questions about their history, marriage, and plans. Whether you’re preparing for an interview or hoping for a direct approval, understanding this phase is key to successfully concluding your application.


Possibility of Waiving the Interview

2024 has seen a shift towards waiving interviews for couples who present a robust and convincing application, highlighting the importance of a well-prepared initial submission. This development can significantly streamline the process, though it remains at the discretion of the immigration officer.

Preparation If Called for an Interview

If selected for an interview, couples are notified about 30 days in advance, detailing when and where it will take place. It’s crucial to arrive well-prepared with all necessary documents and updated evidence of the relationship. What should you bring to present your case effectively?

  • Official Identification:
    • Passports of both partners.
    • Birth certificates.
    • Any previous immigration documentation (visas, entry stamps, etc.).
  • Marriage Documentation:
    • Original marriage certificate.
    • Any divorce or death certificates of previous spouses if applicable.
  • Proof of Relationship:
    • Updated photos of the couple together, especially from significant events like the wedding, trips, and family gatherings.
    • Joint bank statements or financial records showing co-mingling of finances.
    • Joint lease agreements or mortgage documents proving cohabitation.
    • Affidavits from friends and family attesting to the legitimacy of the relationship.
    • Correspondence between the couple (emails, letters, chat logs).
  • Financial Documents:
    • Recent tax returns and employment verification for the U.S. citizen sponsor to prove financial stability.
    • Form I-864, Affidavit of Support, completed and signed by the sponsor.
  • Legal and Immigration Documents:
    • Any previous legal name changes or legal documents pertaining to both partners.
    • Documentation of any previous legal issues or immigration violations, if applicable.
  • Medical Examination:
    • A sealed envelope containing the results of the medical examination required by USCIS, unless already submitted.
  • Work and Travel Authorization (if applied for):
    • Copies of Form I-765 (Application for Employment Authorization) and Form I-131 (Application for Travel Document) if applicable.
  • Miscellaneous:
    • Any additional documents requested in the interview notice.
    • Copies of all documents being submitted.

What Happens Next?

The outcome of the interview can vary. Some couples may receive an immediate green card post-interview, while others might experience a wait or, in optimal scenarios, have the interview waived entirely, leading directly to residency approval. Understanding each possibility prepares couples for all outcomes. As you approach the final step of your fiancé visa process, remember, every detail counts. For personalized advice or to address specific concerns about your case, don’t hesitate to reach out. Our team is here to guide you through every step—ensuring your journey ends successfully. Don’t hesitate to visit our resource center for more detailed guides to use on your journey through this process.

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