A nonimmigrant visa is typically referred to as a tourist visa or a business visa. Either type requires that you have enough money to travel while in the country, along with proof of adequate health insurance and passage back home if necessary.
In addition to these general requirements, there are additional rules for students and professionals working abroad. These include requiring student visas and work permits for professional employment. More specific types of visas require different levels of documentation and interviews.
The documents needed depend on what kind of visa you are seeking and how long you will be staying in the country. The process for obtaining each document can take days, weeks, or even months depending on your destination and individual agencies.
While some of these applications can be done online, many do not offer this service and instead require you to send your materials through an agency or consulate of the country you will be visiting. This way they can manage the paperwork and interview processes using their own protocols.
Before you travel to America for a k-1 visa, you will need to be very familiar with your home country’s immigration laws.
You can find this information by doing some research as well as talking to people who are familiar with immigrant rights in your area. You may also want to visit your local embassy or consulate of the United States to see what documentation they require from you when you arrive at your destination.
They might ask to see proof of health insurance, proof of enough money to stay in America for your trip, and documents that prove where you live. If you don’t have any of these things then it is unlikely that you would get approved for a k-1 visa.
If you have received word that your visa has been denied, it is time to begin thinking about next steps. While there are some cases where individuals can reenter their country for up to one year, this is very uncommon.
Many countries will not let foreigners enter if they have had a visa denial or if they cannot prove they will leave within the allowed amount of time. This includes returning from vacation!
Because of this, most people find themselves in an uncomfortable position: They must either remain in the country while their status changes or apply for another visa type and start the process over.
Fortunately, we can help you! HSI, or the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, offers professional guidance on what to do after being notified that your visa has been denied.
They develop strategies specific to each person’s situation, so you know what to expect. You also get someone in place to help you manage any additional stress related to this.
If you have an appointment for a visa interview, then make sure you are prepared with all of your documents!
Make sure to bring your valid passport in addition to your k-1 F2 visa document (proof of entry into Canada as a spouse or fiancee). You do not need to take your wedding band or marriage certificate to the interview unless it is required by law.
If anything about you changes such as where you live, work, or receive education, you will need to update your documents. This could include changing your legal name, adding or deleting dependents, and/or altering your employment status.
To confirm that you have all of your documents, you will be asked to come into the US Embassy or Consulate in person for a formal interview with a consulate officer. This is typically done at a local government building close by to where you live.
At this time, the consulate will go over your visa and work authorization papers again and ask if there are any changes to them. They may also do some additional screening such as asking about health issues or concerns, relationship status, etc. If everything checks out fine, then you’re good to stay!
If not, they can tell you to return home and apply again, or even deny entry into the United States altogether! So it’s very important to make sure you don’t leave anything out when you last spoke with us. We can only help people who have proper documentation, so please be careful about what you include.
If you have a valid visa for Canada, then you are already good to go! You only need to make sure that you do not overstay in the country that is granted to you while visiting.
If this is your first time attending an Immigration Health Assessment (IHA) or K-1 Visa interview at the Canadian Embassy or Consulate, there may be some additional documents required. These can include proof of health insurance, proof of employment with benefits, and/or proof of savings.
We recommend gathering as much information ahead of time as possible so that you are not left scrambling during the interview!
At the very least, bring your passport, visa, and round trip airfare ticket from Canada to the United States and back.
After you have received your visa, you must then schedule an interview with US Immigration to determine if you should be allowed to live in America as a resident alien. This is referred to as your green card interview or simply a citizenship interview!
You will need to dress properly for this meeting. You can wear comfortable clothing that does not make you feel too formal. Many people choose casual clothes due to cost of air travel and the time it takes to get ready each morning.
However, no matter what kind of dress code you are given, you must remember one thing – white shirt with collar. Absolutely nothing else will do!
Why? Because when you remove that, it becomes very difficult to read the answer from someone wearing something similar. If you don’t like lacy shirts, we recommend the blue ones instead! They look just as professional but without all the underware.
The next step in the process is to make sure you are familiar with the location of your visa interview. This includes where the venue is, what time it starts, and if there is any transportation involved.
It’s very important that you know this information well ahead of time as some days your schedule may get moved around or you may need to find alternate transport due to unforeseen circumstances.
If you have received word that your visa has been denied, it is important to be prepared for this!
You should start planning your trip months in advance if you want to ensure that you do not miss any significant parts of your visit.
Many people begin visiting at the very last minute, which does not work well with the K-1 visa program. The longer you prepare, the better!
Planning ahead will also give you time to make necessary arrangements like finding an apartment or house where you can stay while you are in Thailand. This will save you money as hotels are expensive here!
There is nothing wrong filling out all of the forms and applications early, but remember that Thai visas are usually issued within a week of being submitted so don’t overdo it.