Cupid need not apply.
The first mistake to avoid is assuming that US Immigration has any interest (whatsoever) in resolving your international romantic entanglements. It's just not their job.
By contrast, the job they do take very seriously indeed is keeping undesirables and ne'er-do-wells out of the States. Just like an overbearing parent, they may well get the final say in your choice of partner!
Immigration officers spend an inordinate amount of time on partner visas. Of course that's not entirely surprising, as these visas are a magnet for fraud. For some, creating a fictional partnership is not just an easy way to obtain a visa, it is a temptingly well-paid trade involving willing marks, highly motivated (and often well-funded) punters, and no apparent victim except the state.
As a result, these visas are hemmed-in by regulations and monitored more carefully than perhaps any other. That means that even for legitimate couples, it's not just about falling in love, filing the application, and buying your airline ticket.
Remember: Partnership visas are issued STRICTLY at the discretion of the immigration officer.
Those officers use various systems to signal which applicants they should investigate more carefully, and trap fraudulent applicants.
Those same traps are often inadvertently sprung on legitimate but unwary applicants who fail to realise how suspicion can be raised by truthful, but careless or poorly thought-out visa applications.
Do it right the first time.
Yes, bad decisions can sometimes be appealed, reviewed, and occasionally -- but very rarely -- they are overturned.
But far better to get it done right the first time.
The key to partner visas is that it is a process of proving the legitimacy of your relationship, which means it is driven by the facts and the evidence you can produce to support those facts.
And, just like any legal process, knowing how to make that case convincingly and effectively involves a great deal more than merely form submission, and it's certainly about more than producing a carrier bag full of old boarding passes.
What you need, in sum, is both answers to questions about what needs to be done, along with an experienced, professional advocate to make your case.
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