How I Answered all the K1 Visa Interview Questions for Fiancé at the US Embassy
Having written previously about the K1 visa process, I thought it might be useful to describe in more depth the visa interview itself. This my personal story, rather than a formal guide, but it lets you know something about what’s involved.
I was actually pretty nervous about my K1 visa interview, despite having researched in advance what sort of questions for fiancé that I might be asked.
I suppose all visa interviews are intimidating by their very nature, as the course of your life could be effected by the outcome, but in the end my preparations paid off and I managed to answer all the questions without any major problems.
So here’s what happened.
The K1 interview usually comes at the very end of the visa process, after the petition application, the visa application and the medical. You are invited to come to the relevant embassy or consulate on a certain at a certain time. In my case, this was the US Embassy in London.
My visa interview time was early in the morning, which was a pain as it meant that I had to travel down the night before. Luckily my brother lives within a short train ride of London, so I stayed with him.
Also on the invitation to the interview were instructions regarding booking my visa medical, which should generally be done at least a few days in advance of the interview, if not longer.
Researching The Questions
Using resources that I found on the internet, I was able to get examples of the sorts of things that I might be asked in my K1 visa interview questions, such as: Where did you get engaged? How long have you known your fiancée? What do you love about your fiancée? When is your fiancee's birthday? Where do your fiancee's parents live? Where was your fiancée born?
I had been in a three romance and knew my fiancée pretty well, despite us living on opposite sides of the Atlantic. The only one of the interview questions that really concerned me was about my fiancée’s birthday, as I have a terrible memory for dates!
The Day of the Interview
The instructions on my K1 visa interview invitation letter told me to check the UCIS website in advance, which I did. I therefore knew that you are not allowed to take any electronic devices, including ipods and mobiles phones to the US Embassy in London. People who did take electronic devices were told to take them to a local chemist, where they could leave their devices for a fee and collect them later.
There was a long queue outside the US Embassy in London, which meant that the time given on my K1 visa interview invite didn’t really mean much. I had read beforehand that this was normal and that there was no need to panic if I was stuck in the queue and running late. This would be the first of several major hold ups (in the end I got my visa interview almost 3 hours late!)
Eventually, after going through strict security checks, I got into the embassy where I was given a numbered ticket and directed towards the waiting room. I had to wait a long time before I was first called. But to my disappointment, that was just to pay a fee and check that all my documentation was in order. Then I had to wait again. The next time I was called, it was for my visa interview proper.
It was strange, but after all the nervousness and advance research, the interview itself actually seemed like an anti-climax. Part of it was because it was relatively informal and took place at a stand-up hatch rather than in a private room. I’d thought it would be like a job interview, but if anything it was more like making a claim for unemployment benefit, or suchlike. This might not be the case if you’ve been singled out as suspicious, but as I probably ticked all the right boxes, it was straightforward.
After studying up for all the difficult questions and memorizing the date of my partner’s birthday, all they asked me was: what does your fiancée do for a living and when do I plan to fly to the USA.
A few days later, the K1 visa process was completed and my passport with the fiancé visa inside it was delivered to me by courier, plus a sealed envelope that I had to hand to a customs official when I arrived in the USA. I had answered all the visa interview questions for fiancé successfully!
I've posted more detailed information on my struggle to obtain my k1 fiancé visa, including details of the forms that I filled out and evidence that I had to provide, at my visa blog: My K1 Fiancé Visa Experience.
© 2011 Paul Goodman