Vietnam K1 Visa: How to bring your fiance to USA The K1 Fiance Visa gives your Vietnamese Fiancee permission to travel from Vietnam to enter the USA to marry you. Here I describe the process from I129F Petition submission to USCIS through to medical and consulate interview in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. For more info please call 1-800-806-3210 x 702 or visit

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Your Vietnamese Fiancee needs permission from the US government to
allow her or him to enter the USA. This is called a K1 Fiancee visa.

First we work together to produce a thick packet of forms, evidences
and civil documents. This is required to demonstrate that
you are eligible to apply, and that your true agenda is a
genuine life together, not immigration fraud.

The application itself looks pretty simple. It asks for “name, rank
serial number”. This often leads to overconfidence. Couples who
really don’t understand what all will happen, fill in the blanks
themselves, submit the petition and usually end up shooting themselves in the foot.

This typically results in the leading cause of denial, failure to
convince the consular officer who interviews your fiance
that your relationship is genuine, is “bona fide”.

Sadly, US immigration has had bad experience in the past, with
this type of “romance” visa. Many who were not eligible applied
for fiance visa’s. In reality they were not seeking a marriage
partner but only seeking admission to the USA. Gold diggers,
gigolos, con-men even terrorists have used fiance visas as
back door into the USA. Normally in USA one is “innocent until
proven guilty”. Because of the bad apples who have abused
fiance visas before you, now immigration takes the attitude
“guilty until proven innocent”

This is how a lot of couples get in trouble. They
sadly end up shocked at what happens at the interview.

Because they are “IN LOVE”, they assumed no special effort to prove
their situation was needed.

They assumed the consular officer would instantly approve.

So, they filled in the forms themselves, filing in basic
“Name, rank and serial number” or they hired a cheap online
form filling service.

Those cheap “bare bones” applications, are usually enough to get
one’s “foot in the door”. It’s usually enough to get your fiancee
sitting opposite a consular officer for the interview.

Sadly, just having your “chance at bat”, chance to interview,
is Not enough win approval. It is not enough to demonstrate your
application is “bona fide”.

Now the consular officer, must dig, ask a lot of questions, and
it can easily deteriorate into what feels like an interrogation
until he feels he has enough feeling about the case
to make a yes or no decision.

If he is short of time, or impatient or close minded or in
a bad mood, or if your Fiance is not fast and fluent enough
to provide convincing answers, the simpler course for the officer,
the safer course that does not risk his career or professional
reputation is to deny.

My signature philosophy at VisaCoach is we get achieve success by
“doing the consular officers job for him”.

What that means is that, well, a consular officer starts with certain
expectation of what an eligible couple looks like. If we show
him proof that the couple’s situation matches his expectations,
then we move the case towards approval.

So when I work with a couple, I first discuss with them what they
have been doing, then I explain what the consulate they will
be interviewed at expects. Then I suggest what actions the couple
should take, to do “the right thing”.

For example the consulate in in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Saigon), has very high expectations. Couples, who are able to speak directly to each other without a translator, who have met more often than just during a single trip, who did not get engaged quickly or prior to their face in-person meeting, and who have spent the time and money to have a very elaborate Engagement Party known as a “Dinh Hon” have a higher chance of success than other couples.

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