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Hi All -

This website is SO helpful; I'm so happy to have found it. That being said, I was hoping for some specific guidance on a few issues...Met my fiance last year and we are really wanting to be married, but I am not sure if I should even bother with a K-1. We tried for a tourist visa, so he could just come visit, but he was denied (presumably because the officer who interviewed him assumed he'd marry his sponsor - me - and wouldn't return to his native country). I know K-1s are approved a lot more frequently than simple tourist visas, and we DO want to marry...but I'm not 100% certain if ours will get approved because of the money I make (or lack thereof!).

I graduated from college a couple years back, and have been settling into my career since. I have taken time off to travel, etc. I am now working in a career I love, but I have only been there a little over a year. I don't necessarily have several years worth of tax returns stating that I made 125% of the poverty level (especially in college). I know my family will cosponsor him, but how does that work? Is that even possible? They'd make up for the difference financially, but would that be effective? I am so scared we're going to get denied again...

Seriously, anyyyy help/tips on any of this would be extremely welcomed and appreciated. I am totally overwhelmed by it all and feel like I'm feeling around in the dark here. Thanks.

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Serbia
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Hi All -

This website is SO helpful; I'm so happy to have found it. That being said, I was hoping for some specific guidance on a few issues...Met my fiance last year and we are really wanting to be married, but I am not sure if I should even bother with a K-1. We tried for a tourist visa, so he could just come visit, but he was denied (presumably because the officer who interviewed him assumed he'd marry his sponsor - me - and wouldn't return to his native country). I know K-1s are approved a lot more frequently than simple tourist visas, and we DO want to marry...but I'm not 100% certain if ours will get approved because of the money I make (or lack thereof!).

I graduated from college a couple years back, and have been settling into my career since. I have taken time off to travel, etc. I am now working in a career I love, but I have only been there a little over a year. I don't necessarily have several years worth of tax returns stating that I made 125% of the poverty level (especially in college). I know my family will cosponsor him, but how does that work? Is that even possible? They'd make up for the difference financially, but would that be effective? I am so scared we're going to get denied again...

Seriously, anyyyy help/tips on any of this would be extremely welcomed and appreciated. I am totally overwhelmed by it all and feel like I'm feeling around in the dark here. Thanks.

You should be OK if your family will co-sponsor. We also had the tourist visa denied for similar reaons, despite the fact that we were not even thinking of marriage back then.

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Hi All -

This website is SO helpful; I'm so happy to have found it. That being said, I was hoping for some specific guidance on a few issues...Met my fiance last year and we are really wanting to be married, but I am not sure if I should even bother with a K-1. We tried for a tourist visa, so he could just come visit, but he was denied (presumably because the officer who interviewed him assumed he'd marry his sponsor - me - and wouldn't return to his native country). I know K-1s are approved a lot more frequently than simple tourist visas, and we DO want to marry...but I'm not 100% certain if ours will get approved because of the money I make (or lack thereof!).

I graduated from college a couple years back, and have been settling into my career since. I have taken time off to travel, etc. I am now working in a career I love, but I have only been there a little over a year. I don't necessarily have several years worth of tax returns stating that I made 125% of the poverty level (especially in college). I know my family will cosponsor him, but how does that work? Is that even possible? They'd make up for the difference financially, but would that be effective? I am so scared we're going to get denied again...

Seriously, anyyyy help/tips on any of this would be extremely welcomed and appreciated. I am totally overwhelmed by it all and feel like I'm feeling around in the dark here. Thanks.

If you do not meet or exceed the poverty guidelines you should get a co-sponsor. However, certain countries' consulates do not allow for co-sponsors, so you should declare in your profile where your fiance is from so members can advise you with country-specific information.


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Hi All -

This website is SO helpful; I'm so happy to have found it. That being said, I was hoping for some specific guidance on a few issues...Met my fiance last year and we are really wanting to be married, but I am not sure if I should even bother with a K-1. We tried for a tourist visa, so he could just come visit, but he was denied (presumably because the officer who interviewed him assumed he'd marry his sponsor - me - and wouldn't return to his native country). I know K-1s are approved a lot more frequently than simple tourist visas, and we DO want to marry...but I'm not 100% certain if ours will get approved because of the money I make (or lack thereof!).

I graduated from college a couple years back, and have been settling into my career since. I have taken time off to travel, etc. I am now working in a career I love, but I have only been there a little over a year. I don't necessarily have several years worth of tax returns stating that I made 125% of the poverty level (especially in college). I know my family will cosponsor him, but how does that work? Is that even possible? They'd make up for the difference financially, but would that be effective? I am so scared we're going to get denied again...

Seriously, anyyyy help/tips on any of this would be extremely welcomed and appreciated. I am totally overwhelmed by it all and feel like I'm feeling around in the dark here. Thanks.

You need current income that qualifies, not several years of tax returns showing a history of qualifying. If you've been together in person during the past two years, there's nothing stopping you from starting the process. If you haven't met, you'll need to travel to see him.


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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Australia
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I graduated from college a couple years back, and have been settling into my career since. I have taken time off to travel, etc. I am now working in a career I love, but I have only been there a little over a year. I don't necessarily have several years worth of tax returns stating that I made 125% of the poverty level (especially in college). I know my family will cosponsor him, but how does that work? Is that even possible? They'd make up for the difference financially, but would that be effective? I am so scared we're going to get denied again...

You cannot combine incomes during the K-1 process. You can have a co-sponsor, but that must be one individual person who meets the requirements for his/her own household + immigrant.


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