Originally Answered: Pending Fiance visa and wanting to go visit my american boyfriend first, what type of visa should i apply to?
If you are a citizen of Portugal, you do not need to apply for a special visa to enter the USA for a visit. You are eligible for "visa waiver" so you can just come to visit. Now, the visa waiver program is always subject to the decision of the immigration officer you meet at the point of entry into the USA. If the officer feels that you are "a risk" to violate the terms of the visa waiver, ie to overstay, then he might refuse to allow you to enter the USA. However if you have not been making too many visits to the USA, and you have a return ticket for 3 weeks later, you most likely will have no problem at all entering the USA..
Also what will my boyfriend need to take for his interview?
The US citizen, will apply for a fiancee visa for you. While he will have to submit a package of paperwork to "petition" for you. He will not be interviewed. You in fact will face an interview later at the US consulate in Lisbon to demonstrate that yours is a genuine relationship.
We think it is "time to start living together". Sorry, but this visa is for marriage only. Not just for "living together". If you are not seriously intending marriage and a future life together, then the fiancee visa is NOT for you. Wait until marriage is what you want, then apply.
Here is how the process works:
What you should apply for is called a Fiancee or K1 visa. Once approved your foreign Fiance will be allowed to LEGALLY enter the USA for the purpose of marrying you,
then permanently remaining in the USA.
There are a lot of details involved. I have recorded a series of videos that explain the
First of all you have a real courtship and relationship and you both intend to get married.
Then check that you both meet the eligibility requirements: You are a US citizen. You both are currently 'free to marry'. You earn over $18,400 annual income. You have met each other 'face to face' at least once, during the past two years.
You will have to 'prove' that you have a real, genuine, 'bone fide' relationship. You do this by presenting copies of correspondences, photos, letters, plane tickets, etc.
You should make sure that you build from the start a solid 'paper trail' of the communications of your relationship. This means itemized telephone records, emails, instant messages, voip calls, snail mail, packages. If you use prepaid telephone cards make sure yours gives you an itemized call list or find a different card to use..
When traveling to visit your fiancee, take plenty of photos, vary the shots, locations, wardrobes. Meet his family, and friends. Document with photos. Turn date stamping on.
Don't move too quickly. Couples who instantly fall in love and get engaged or married may be suspected of fraud. Go slowly, build your relationship.
Once your relationship gets serious, don't let too much time elapse between trips to meet each other "Face to Face". The longer the separation, the more suspect the relationship is. I recommend travel to meet with your Fiance at least every 6 to 9 months.
Once your relationship has progressed, you have made 1 or more trips, and you have abundant proof of your relationship. Then You apply for the visa, to USCIS, Homeland Security.
Then about 6 to 8 months later he will be asked to come to the US embassy for his interview. If all goes well he will be granted your visa, come to the USA and you can then marry.
Once you marry, he applies for his Green Card and then can remain together with you permanently in the USA.
$340 Fiancee visa filing fee, when You originally apply to USCIS
$200 medical exam fee, just prior to his interview
$450 Visa application fee, just prior to his interview