If you are applying for a K-1 Fiancé Visa, one of the key aspects of your petition is to provide evidence that demonstrates a bona fide relationship of the couple. A "bona fide" relationship means that it's real, and not just a ploy for immigration. In the couple, the petitioner is the U.S. citizen and the beneficiary is the foreign national.
This bona fide relationship evidence plays a crucial role in convincing the authorities (USCIS and U.S. department of state) that your relationship is genuine.
In this article, we will discuss the types of evidence you can include to strengthen your case for a K-1 Fiancé Visa petition (I-129F), and subsequent visa application (DS-160)
1. Pictures of the Couple Together
Including photographs of you and your fiancé is an excellent way to provide visual proof of your relationship.
It is advisable to include a variety of pictures, preferably in different locations and taken at different times. By showing a range of images, you can demonstrate that your relationship is not limited to a single event or occasion. Ideally, at Malakouti Law, we include at least six or more pictures to present a well-rounded representation of your time together as a couple.
The photos should be labeled with:
the date they were taken (or at least the month and year);
the location the photos is taken; and
the names of everyone in this photos
We suggest submitting at least six photos of the couple from different occasions, and preferably ten or more.
2. Evidence of Travel to Visit Each Other
If you and your fiancé live in separate cities or countries, providing evidence of visits is essential.
This evidence can include:
or any other documentation that shows you have traveled to meet each other.
By demonstrating a history of visiting one another, you can further establish the authenticity of your relationship.
3. Declarations From the Petitioner, Beneficiary
& Other People
A written statement or declaration from both the petitioner and the beneficiary can be a powerful addition to your evidence. These declarations should describe how you met, the special moments you shared, and the reasons you believe your relationship is genuine. Keep the statements concise and heartfelt, focusing on the key details that highlight your bond.
Declarations from both parties provide individual perspectives and strengthen the overall credibility of your case.
Note: declarations presented to USCIS must have particular formalities in order to be considered by USCIS. If you think you may need to submit declarations, you may want to consult with an immigration lawyer about your case.
4. Evidence of Regular Communication
A significant indicator of a genuine relationship is regular communication between partners. Including evidence of ongoing communication can help solidify your case. This evidence can consist of
telephone records; and
any other documentation that showcases the frequency and depth of your communication.
Be mindful of privacy concerns and carefully review the content you share to ensure it is appropriate for submission.
Note: evidence of communication should be printed and submitted on paper (not videos, or audio notes. All evidence in a language other than English must be translated to English.
When including personal communication records, it is essential to be cautious about privacy and security. Scrutinize each piece of evidence to ensure it does not contain sensitive or private information that you would not want to share with immigration authorities. Safeguard your privacy while still providing sufficient evidence to support your case.
Also, note that the evidence mentioned above is not an exhaustive list, and the types of evidence required may vary depending on individual circumstances. Consulting with an experienced immigration attorney can help you determine the most effective evidence to include in your specific case.
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Evidence of bona fide relationship is just one of the many critical elements for a successful K-1 fiancé visa application, and subsequent green card application.
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