A K1 visa cover letter is a short and simple opening page for your Form I-129F (K1 visa) application. A cover letter is not required by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), but it can be helpful to clarify your application and to add a level of professionalism. This review discusses how you can write a cover letter that enhances your K1 visa application.
What Is A K1 Visa Cover Letter (Form I-129F)?
The K1 visa is an immigration visa for foreign nationals that are engaged to a U.S. citizen. It allows the U.S. citizen to sponsor their fiancé so that they can come into the country for the purpose of marriage. Upon entry to the United States, the foreign national has 90 days to be married.
A K1 visa cover letter is included in the front of your Form I-129F that the U.S. citizen submits on behalf of their foreign fiancé. Once again, a cover letter is not required by the USCIS, but it can help ensure a successful application.
What Is The Purpose Of The K1 Visa Cover Letter?
The purpose of this letter is to make it easier for the USCIS consular to process the K1 visa application. The cover letter should be short, organized, and easy for the consular to read. Ideally, the primary section of the letter should have bullet points that highlight the content that you have included in your K1 visa application.
Who Needs A Cover Letter?
K1 visa applicants (the U.S. citizen that is engaged to a foreign national) must submit Form I-129F to start the K1 visa process. A K1 visa cover letter can be helpful to include with your K1 visa application.
A Step-by-Step Guide To Writing Your K1 Visa Cover Letter
The best way to write a letter is to consult with an immigration attorney that has experience assisting foreign nationals (and their fiancé) through the K1 visa process. However, generally speaking, you can write a successful cover letter by ensuring all of the details you include are accurate, writing an introduction for the letter, listing the content that is included in your Form I-129F, and offering a thank you note and signature at the bottom of your letter.
Ensure That All Of The Details Are Accurate
The first and most important step in writing a cover letter is to ensure all of your information is accurate. You should first ensure that the consular understands that this is a K1 visa application (Form I-129F). Be sure to also verify that the USCIS address is accurate as well. Your letter can be any size, but the standard size is 8.5 by 11.
Write The K1 Visa Cover Letter Introduction
The next step to writing your letter is to craft the introduction. This should include a brief introduction of yourself and your fiancé. Be sure to use your full names and use a few sentences to describe your situation. Keep in mind, clear and concise should be the focus, so avoid making the introductory section longer than necessary.
List The Content Of Your Cover Letter
The next step in the K1 visa cover letter, and the primary purpose for the letter, is to list the contents that you are including in your application in the order that they are presented. The best way to do this is to list each included item in bullet format. For example, you may need to include the following into your K1 visa application and include a bullet point for each item:
- The Form I-129F
- Proof of U.S. citizenship
- The status of your fiancé
- Relationship information
- Any additional items
You may need to include additional documents. Be sure to provide a bullet point with a brief (yet detailed) description of each one. This helps the consular find everything they need in a timely manner and properly review your K1 visa application.
Thank The USCIS And Provide The Date And Your Signature
The last step to writing a K1 visa cover letter is to provide a thank you to the USCIS for their time and assistance in processing your K1 visa application. Be sure to end your cover letter with the date and your signature as well.
Get In Touch With An Immigration Attorney At Pride Immigration
An immigration attorney can help you through every step, including crafting your K1 visa cover letter. Pride Immigration assists foreign nationals and their fiancé (the U.S. citizen) through the K1 visa process. If you have additional questions and would like to schedule a consultation, then give us a call today at (571) 520-6116 or contact us online.
Beeraj Patel, Esq.
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