To help save money, U.S. citizens who have been dating online will often want to skip the in-person meeting requirement for a Fiancee Visa. However, this rule cannot be avoided unless the couple is unable to meet.
Here is an example where the couple has not yet met, and the foreigner has little chance of visiting the U.S.
I want to bring my g/f from the Philippines to the USA for marriage. We have not met in person, however we talk everyday on the phone and as often as possible online. What must I do to bring her here without me going there first? She has a college degree already in Finance. Thank You
Donald, thank you for your inquiry. Each visa has its own purpose. If you want to bring your girlfriend to the U.S. for the purpose of marriage, she needs a Fiance Visa / K1 Visa. In order to qualify for a Fiancee Visa, you must first meet in person. Since you have not met you do not qualify.
In order to qualify for a waiver of the in-person meeting requirement you must be physically prevented from travel due to a serious and permanent medical condition.
There is the possibility of having her come to the U.S. as a visitor, spending time together, then returning her home to the Philippines once her visit has come to an end. However, please do not have her apply for a visitor’s visa to the U.S. In all likelihood she will not be able to obtain one. If she applies and is denied it will only make our work more difficult in obtaining a Fiancee Visa for her.
In order to qualify for a visitor’s visa to the U.S., she must essentially prove that her life overseas is better than it would be in the U.S. The U.S. wants foreigner visitors who are wealthy and will spend money in the U.S., and especially who will return home after the visit. The U.S. Consulate does not want single, females of childbearing years to stay in the U.S. illegally after the visitor’s visa expires.
If interested, you are welcome to call to discuss once you have made your travel reservations to meet your girlfriend in person. If the meeting goes well, you should be able to obtain a Fiancee Visa for her.
You are welcome to contact me if you like to discuss further.