TOURISTS VISA AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO K-1 VISA
Tourist visas are not an alternative to Fiancee visas. The both are non-immigrant visas, but serve different
purposes. Individuals who obtain tourist visas and enter the U.S. on tourist visas must have non-immigrant intent and intend to depart the U.S. after
their visit. Individuals who obtain fiancee visas and enter the U.S. on fiancee visas have immigrant intent and intend to get married within 90 days
of entry and live in the United States.
Before deciding whether or not your Fiancee would like to live in the U.S., it’s logical that she would
want to first visit the United States. However, your Fiancee’s tourist visa application will likely be denied if she told the embassy that the
purpose of applying for the tourist visa is to decide whether or not she would like living in the U.S and/or to visit you. It is important that if your Fiancee
does attempt to apply for a tourist visa, that she does not misrepresent her purpose and does not mispresent any other material facts. When applying
for a Fiancee visa, the embassy will review prior visa applications and determine whether there was any prior fraud or material misrepresentation. If
there was prior fraud or material misrepresentation, the embassy will deny the Fiancee visa.
Even for individuals who do not have an American boyfriend or fiance and simply want to visit the U.S. for
tourism, they must meet a high threshold. The embassy assumes that all tourist visa applicants have immigrant intent and the applicant must convince
the embassy that they have non-immigrant intent. Applicants must demonstrate that they have strong ties to their home country (i.e. have compelling reasons
to return home after the visit) and that their intended visit is specific and temporary.
To Contact U.S Embassies and Consulates abroad
Visa Services (for Foreigners Traveling to U.S.)
Visitor Visas for Business and Pleasure
Visa Waiver Program
Visa Application Forms
Nonimmigrant Visa Photo Requirements
Visa Services Fees
Laurie Wu, Attorney
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