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K-1 Visa questions

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Hello All,

I am from Bulgaria and my boyfriend is from Arkansas, USA.

I am 21 years old.

We have been in a relationship since late October 2014. I applied for a tourist visa on May 2015 to go visit him. My tourist visa was denied on the grounds that i have not settled in Bulgaria, even tho I have lived here for 21 years and I have been working here since I was 19 years old.

My boyfriend will visit me in the summer ( in a few months ) and then we plan to get engaged. Then we plan to file for K-1.

Do you think my tourist visa denial will prevent us from getting a K-1 visa and is there a high rate of K-1 visas denied? Because my tourist visa was denied after less than 1 minute interview, even tho I had all documents required and many documents from my boyfriend, so I am very worried.


Our K1 journey so far:

Service Center : California Service Center (We were lucky. They are lighting fast.)

Consulate : Bulgaria

I-129F Sent : 2015-09-08

I-129F NOA1 : 2015-09-17

I-129F RFE(s) : None (Praise the Lord and my fiance for being awesome with documents, unlike me) :)

I-129F NOA2 : 2015-10-15 :dancing: :joy: ( 37 days after sending the petition we got NOA2 )

NVC Received : 2015-10-22

Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned : 2015-11-02

NVC Left : 2015-11-04

Consulate Received : 2015-11-13

Packet 3 Received : 2015-11-16 Brown Slip

Interview Date : 2015-12-07 APPROVED!!! (L)

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Tourist visas are usually denied because everyone is assumed to have immigrant intent which is why strong ties are needed to the home country.

K1 visas have nothing to do with tourist visas because they are a non immigrant visa WITH immigrant intent.

A k1 is expected to stay in the states and adjust status.

A previous tourist denial will have no effect on a k1.


My Name is Daisy, I am British, I say things bluntly and to the point.
London K1, A complete guide -- >http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/474161-london-k1-a-complete-guide/
I am Daisy the Beneficiary, These are my views!
U.K. k1 visa, approved 2014.

NOA1: 20/03/2014

NOA2: 11/04/2014 (22 days)

Interview: 09/07/2014 (111 days)

D.O.E 29/07/2014

Married 29/08/2014

AOS from K1/K3 Guide -->http://www.visajourney.com/content/k1k3aos

AOS/EAD/AP Sent: 12/11/2014

Delivered at Chicago LB:15/11/2014

NOA1 (all 3): 17/11/2014

NOA1 (all 3) hardcopy: 24/11/2014(Notice date 20th)

Bio-metrics App letter: 28/11/2014(Notice date 21st)

Bio-metrics App Cleveland Ohio: 10/12/2014

EAD/AP:Approved/production 31/01/2015(update 2/2/1015) (80 days)

Combo Card: Mailed 5/2/2015

Combo Card: Delivered 6/2/2015AP

NOA: Approval Notice received 7/2/2015

Interview waiver letter: received 23/2/15 dated: 18/2/2015

Green Card: APPROVED 31/07/2015

(Remember, all my dates are British layout.. the proper layout!)

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Do you think my tourist visa denial will prevent us from getting a K-1 visa and is there a high rate of K-1 visas denied?

No to both.


Phil (Lockport, near Chicago) and Alla (Lobnya, near Moscow)

As of Dec 7, 2009, now Zero miles apart (literally)!

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