The K3 Visa is given to the foreign citizen spouse of a United States citizen. Although the U.S. citizen spouse will have been the one to apply for the visa, they are typically not allowed to attend the required visa interview with their spouse. This tends to create stress about what will be discussed during the interview.
Why Do They Interview For The K3 Visa?
The interview serves two particular purposes; the primary focus on this interview is to ensure that the visa is being given for legitimate reasons, and not to enter the country illegally by circumventing the system, or defrauding a U. S. citizen. The second reason is to safeguard against forced marriages. Arranged marriages, as a practice in certain cultures, is not the same as a forced marriage and the interview step is necessary to prevent any man, woman, or child from being forced into a marriage.
What More Could They Want?
Prior to getting to the interview, both spouses will have already answered quite a few written questions on the forms, they will have collected required documents, and submitted to a physical medical exam and possibly related testing. What more could they possibly want to know at this point?
The information required on the forms is very specific and detailed and is in reference to not only spouses, but also any children, each of the spouses’ parents, each of their employers, both past and present, and any previous spouses either of them may have had.
All of that information is very important and relevant to allowing foreign citizens to be given the benefits of the K3 Visa. If the information is correct, and the forms and documents have been brought forth in total honesty, the interview should not be a cause for concern.
Common K3 Visa Interview Questions
There is no set list of exact questions as no two interviews will be the same. All couples and their backgrounds are unique. Therefore, each marriage is a combination of variables, but some common threads that will be present in most of the interviews include:
They will want to know your backstory
- Where were you born and where did you grow up?
- Have you been to the United States before?
- If so, on what visa?
- Where and who did you visit? Do you have family here?
- Do you have children?
- Have you been married before?
- How and when did you first meet your spouse?
- When did you meet his/her family members?
They will want to know how much you know about your spouse
- Was he/she married before you?
- What does he/she do for a living?
- What did they do before that?
- Does he/she belong to a church?
They will want to know about the marriage
- How long were you engaged?
- Where did the marriage take place?
- How many people came to the wedding?
- Did you take a honeymoon?
They will want to know about your future as a couple
- Where do you plan to live?
- Do you plan to work or attend school?
All About You
Your history, your present, and your future are all very relevant factors to providing a full picture of who you are as a whole person. As a human race, there are certain norms and mores that are inherently understood worldwide, but on a smaller scale, specific to regions and countries, some details of those norms vary. In that variance, degrees of what may or may not be acceptable must be defined for a collective of people to coexist.
The definitions take the form of laws and regulations in most countries and provide the security under which the collective of people are able to function and prosper towards their larger goals. Foreign citizens coming from a culture that differs from the norms, laws, and regulations of the United States need to understand the differences associated with entry into the U.S. in order to maintain the integrity of the existing structure.
One instance may include countries in which adults may be allowed to marry children, families may require their offspring to marry someone they do not know, or it may be acceptable for debts to be paid through forced marriage. Each of those practices are forbidden in the United States. It is imperative to understand the purpose of the marriage to prevent those types of arrangements or other issues of public safety.
Preparation For The K3 Visa Interview
The above listed questions are not going to be the same for everyone, however, the underlying purpose of the interview will be the same. Preparing for the interview should not be about rehearsing information, it should begin with having prepared all the petitions, applications, and supplemental information correctly, completely, and honestly. Please contact an experienced immigration attorney at Johnson and Masumi to assist you through this process.