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Hello All,

Any advice would be appreciated on this situation. Partner and I would like to meet and spend time together. I am in the U.S. and he is from India. Our goal is to apply for K1 visa, after his visit. We don't want to mislead the consulate officer, but unsure of how to word the purpose of his trip. He has the financial resources to fund his trip here, and his next employment contract will be starting in a few months. He also owns his own home, so there is the property. He will come visit for 4-6 weeks or so, and then return home. Is this legitimate? We are not abusing the tourist visa, are we? A K1 would be filed after he has returned to India. Again, I want to make sure I'm understanding the processes, and not in any way abusing the system. Will it be an auto-denial if he says he's coming to meet a potential romance?

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No there is no indication you are abusing a tourist visa. It is good that he has the resources to fund he trip and owns his own home. What is his travel history like? Has he previously traveled to other countries? That usually helps.

When speaking with the officer you HAVE to tell the truth. There is no proper wording of how to explain things. Only the truth. Because if found they are lying or hiding something, the person would be ineligible to receive any visas in the future.

Coming to see someone is not an automatic denial. He simply has to convince the officer that he is not a risk of staying in the US and will return to his country.

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Many engaged couples have tried for a visitor visa before filing for a K-1. The results varies depending on their personal circumstances.

The US Consulate is aware that some folks intend to use the visitor visa to circumvent getting a K-1.

The way you have presented things don't look good. Next employment contract starting in a few months means he's currently not working. Your usage of "potential romance" to meet a fiancee is playing loose with words. How is a fiancee a "potential romance?" The CO is trained to spot these word games.

You used the word "partner." Are you gay and have a fear of pursuing a same-sex K-1 in India?

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It's best to explain purpose as the truth, no word games. US embassy\consulates in India have experienced just about every word game that's played, so it's best to state facts.. and let the CO adjudicate based on those facts.

Maximizing chances of a visa or minimizing chances of a rejection don't usually find favor with US Consular staff.

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Thank you both for taking the time to respond to my query! It is so very appreciated!! :-)

We want to do everything legal and by the book. We know that we cannot marry in the U.S. without a K-1. We also know that he cannot overstay his visa. He does have lots of travel history and has never once overstayed a Visa in another country, including U.S. I guess I was just concerned with whether or not coming to visit someone for romantic purposes (that is more than a friend) is abuse, since the tourism visa is for pleasure or visit friends or family. Perhaps I'm interpreting "friends" far too literally. We want to meet, spend time together, and marry after a K-1. Provided all goes well, of course. We wouldn't do anything to jeopardize his chances of the K-1 (such as, going off and marrying on a whim, or him overstaying his visa), could that be considered a good reason for the C/O to have belief he would return, or no? It wouldn't be the only evidence he has, I'm just wondering if that should be mentioned, or, just not offered unless specifically asked?

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Depends on the totality of the situation, the limited you have mentioned does not sound that good.

Hi Boiler,

Thank you for the feedback! You mention that it does not sound good based on info given. Could you provide some specifics about why you say it doesn't sound good? Thanks!

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Many engaged couples have tried for a visitor visa before filing for a K-1. The results varies depending on their personal circumstances.

The US Consulate is aware that some folks intend to use the visitor visa to circumvent getting a K-1.

The way you have presented things don't look good. Next employment contract starting in a few months means he's currently not working. Your usage of "potential romance" to meet a fiancee is playing loose with words. How is a fiancee a "potential romance?" The CO is trained to spot these word games.

You used the word "partner." Are you gay and have a fear of pursuing a same-sex K-1 in India?

Hi Aaron,

The nature of his work is shipping contracts. He works in the merchant navy, therefore, his employment is always based on a contract. I hope that better clarifies circumstances, and that it's not so much that he is not working (well, he won't be after his contract is up, but only because he'll be on down time until the next one starts up - I wanted to clarify this is not the same as say someone who is unemployed straight off, and going to start a new job - if that makes sense - not sure this changes things?)

Not gay, he is M and I am F. Just wording :-)

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