Large Age Differences and Proving a Bona Fide Relationship for a K1 Fiance Visa

Age differences between couples is common and generally accepted by USCIS when applying for a K1 Fiance Visa. However, large differences in a couples ages will result in closer scrutiny of your case. I routinely see cases that are approved where the age difference between the couple is 20 to 30 years.  Where there is such a large age difference between the couple, it becomes important to show that the relationship is genuine through other factors.
One factor is the longevity of the relationship. The longer a couple has had a relationship together the better. This is especially true when the couples ages are quite far apart.
Proof that you have regular conversations is also important. Today, there are several ways to stay in touch……cells phones, email, Skype, Viber, texting, Yahoo Messenger, Whats Up, etc…Keeping a record of your communications is important. You will want to submit copies of your conversations with your application. It not only shows that you stay in touch with each other, which you would expect, but it will show the content of your communications. Submit examples of your communications that show that you care for and miss one another.
Proof that you have met and the number of times that a couple have spent time together is also very important. One face to face meeting is required and in most cases sufficient, but the more times you can show that you have been together face to face the better.  Couples who have meet more than once before applying for a K1 Fiance Visa is great evidence of a bona fide relationship.
Commonality of goals, values and religion is also helpful when the couples’ age difference is large. You should point out these factors in a personal letter describing how you met and what caused you to fall in love.
You are welcome to call me anytime at 1-888-515-3529 to discuss your matter. I am always happy to answer questions about the K1 Fiance Visa and give you advice on how to proceed.
Attorney Jeff Pettys
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