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I would appreciate any advice you guys might have regarding my fiance’s upcoming K-1 embassy interview.  Specifically, she applied for an F-1 visa and was rejected about three months before we submitted our K-1 application.  We’re wondering what impact this might have on the outcome of our petition and what might come up in the interview.


The objective for the F-1 visa was for her to study English for several months while she lived with me.  She’s serious about improving her English (and plans to enroll in the same program after she immigrates) and we wanted to see what it was like living together for an extended period of time as we had gotten more serious.


After the F-1 visa rejection, we decided to commit and apply for the K-1 visa.  Fortunately, there were no major hiccups and the next step is her embassy interview.


Naturally, she’s concerned about the prior F-1 rejection.  If asked, our plan is just to be honest:  she wanted to study English and get more comfortable with living with me.


My understanding is that theoretically, the F-1 rejection should not affect our K-1 petition – the goal now is to prove we’re in a genuine relationship, and we think we have a really strong case there.  However, we think the primary risk would be if they suspected she was using the F-1 to circumvent the K-1 process, causing the interviewer to question her credibility.  In addition, they might see her as trying to get into the U.S. by any means possible (therefore F-1 followed by K-1) – but this shouldn’t be an issue with convincing evidence, right?


I guess our questions boil down to:

  1. How might the F-1 visa rejection affect the K-1 visa petition process?
  2. What is the best response if the F-1 rejection is brought up?  (We think honesty is the best policy, and the reason for rejection may have been lack of ties to her home country.  When she applied, we had not decided to get engaged yet.)
  3. Is there anything she should not say?


Again, really appreciate any advice or color on our situation.  Thanks!

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You always answer everything truthfully.


A F1 rejection will not impact a K1 unless fraud or misrepresentation was involved.

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3 minutes ago, Paul & Mary said:

You always answer everything truthfully.


A F1 rejection will not impact a K1 unless fraud or misrepresentation was involved.



It is natural to be stressed about it, but she just needs to be honest (which it looks like she plans on doing that anyway).

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September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
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June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
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