GUIDE & TIPS: Journey To A Successful K1 Fiance(e) Visa Interview
You have already passed your medical exam and now you are ready for your final step to get your VISA --“The Interview”. After you have set your schedule in the Visa Information and Appointment Service, they will email or mail you the date and time of your interview. Never missed/cancel your interview appointment for any reason except for emergencies or else you will find it hard to reschedule it again.
HINTS AND TIPS:
- · Don’t forget to bring all the necessary documents I mentioned in my blog entitled K1 VISA-FIANCEE’s US EMBASSY INTERVIEW PREPARATION.
- · Be attentive to the guard in charge because he will be the one to tell all the applicants of what line they will queue depending on what visa category they belong.
- · Bring extra 4 copies of your 2”x2” white background pictures and black pen.
- · Separate the documents that you will need to show at the queuing line, gate and window for easy flow and avoid panic during the process. These are the passport, Application Visa Fee Receipt, DS156,DS157,DS156k, pictures and appointment letter
It is advisable to book your hotel accommodation a day ahead and near the US Embassy Philippine. The US Embassy Philippines is located at 1201 Roxas Boulevard, Manila, Philippines. To look for the hotels nearby see the Map at the left side.
PROHIBITED THINGS TO CARRY INSIDE THE US EMBASSY
According to the USTRAVELDOCS.COM, below are the things not allowed to carry inside the US Embassy.
•Any battery-operated or electronic devices such as mobile phones, digital diaries, digital watches, pagers, cameras, audio/video cassettes, compact discs, MP3s, floppy disks, laptops, or portable music players.
•Any large shoulder bags/purses. Only bags that can be carried by hand will be permitted.
•Any bags such as travel bags, back-packs, briefcases, suitcases, leather, cloth bags, and zip folders. Applicants can only carry in plastic bags containing application-related papers.
•Any food items (refreshments are available for purchase in the waiting area).
•Sealed envelopes or packages
•Cigarettes / cigars / match boxes / lighters.
•Any sharp objects such as scissors, pen knives or nail files.
•Weapons or explosive materials of any kind.
Failure to follow the above-mentioned means you can’t have your interview appointment. If you able to bring any of these items mentioned you can leave it to the vendors outside but with a corresponding fee. The assurance of safekeeping is not a 100% sure. Therefore, keep the aforesaid belongings at your hotel room.
THE DAY OF INTERVIEW
Be sure to be at the US Embassy Gate as early as 2:00 AM because queuing is already starting at that time. Hundreds of people go to the US Embassy daily for visa purposes regardless of what Visa Category they belong.
Below are the experiences I remembered and encountered during my interview appointment:
a.)You will be queuing with the NON-IMMIGRANTS LINE. Be sure to get ready of your passport, 2x2 pictures, Application Visa Fee Receipt, DS156, DS156k and DS157. The in-charge at the gate will ask some questions and get your passport. Afterwards she/he will attach a sticker at the back of your passport with your name and appointment date.
b.)Next you will enter a door where you will be subject to an inspection including your belongings.
c.)Then you will pass a window where they will get your passport, DS156, DS156k and DS157. After few minutes, they will give your passport back and a number. Note: Keep this number safely you will need this during the process.
d.)You will be directed to a hall where you can see all the people sitting and looking at the screen. Sit and watch the numbers flash in the screen. Wait until an in-charge call numbers. If your numbers are being called with others then you will be asked to go to a door and submit to an inspection again.
e.)There you can see lots of people sitting, watching at the screen again. Sit and look at the screen. These screens flash numbers with window number to go to. Be attentive, because once your number is already been flashed at the screen and you haven’t acted on it. It takes hours before your number will be flashed again. Go directly to the window once your number is being flashed.
f.)The officer-in-charge in the window will ask you bunch of questions, I guess this is the initial interview before the consul’s interview. The officer-in-charge there will ask questions such as how you and your fiancé (e) met?, how long you have been together?, Did you meet in person and how long he/she have stayed?, Did you two travel together?, What do you like in him/her? And all personal questions. Answer him/her truthfully and if you and your fiancé (e) travel abroad together or just local, show him/her the hotel accommodation confirmation & receipt, the plane tickets, the pictures, passport stamps and etc. The more documents you show to him/her the credible your statements are. He will ask you too about where your fiancé (e) works and what his/her jobs and the affidavit of supports document (I-134), the bank statement, the W2, latest Income Tax, the Employment Certificate with salary remuneration. And once he/she is satisfied with the interview and the documents he/she tells you where to go and watch your number to be flashed again. Once your number is flash in the screen go to what door or window you are flash to go to.
g.)This time the consul will do the interview. Be calm and don’t get nervous. This is the final step of the interview. You should answer what is true and if you don’t know the answer or if you forgot when. Says I don’t remember. At first, he/she will ask you if you need an interpreter, but in my case I said thanks but no thanks, I don’t need. I remember, she asked me how we met with my husband now, how long we are together, if we have pictures with friends and etc. If your relationship is legit and true then no need to get worried or nervous. The final words I remembered she/he said, “If your application is approved you will get your visa one to two weeks, and wait for your name to be called in those windows outside.” She didn’t tell me if I am approved or not.
h.)Lastly, this is the final step if you’re approved or not. What happened next is I asked some of the people waiting there if this is the right window to wait after the interview. Then I sat and waited for my name to be called. Of course, I am so worried but I guess it is normal. The person in the window called my name and asked me how I was and etc. All I know that I am approved, He said to me “Good luck in your trip to US, bring a jacket because it is winter there and we will send your visa after a week”.
h.) Lastly, this is the final step if you’re approved or not. What happened next is I asked some of the people waiting there if this is the right window to wait after the interview. Then I sat and waited for my name to be called. Of course, I am so worried but I guess it is normal. The person in the window called my name and asked me how I was and etc. All I know that I am approved, He said to me “Good luck in your trip to US, bring a jacket because it is winter there and we will send your visa after a week”.
Getting a visa is very costly from filing up to interview what more if you keep refilling it again because you got denied because of lack of evidence or other technicalities. Preparation, researching, moral, emotional and financial support from your fiancé (e ) really helps to make the interview easy and smooth. For further information with the US Embassy Philippines click this>>>>.