This is it, guys!, the fifth step of my K1 visa journey, some applicants are kinda scared to this step, me either but the woman who handles my case at visa services told me don’t be scared it is just interview about you and your fiancé, in fact, this is the most challenging step of your K1 visa journey. She told me to relax and make sure that I know everything about my fiance and bring all my documents. Before the day of my interview, I reviewed all the possible question to the interview, although I know my husband 100% I still prepared and take down all the possible question to me.
Note: Please bear in mind that this is just based on my K1 visa journey experienced, I am not giving any legal advice and I am not an immigration lawyer, I am just ordinary people like you who want to share experience for you to get an idea from my experience.
The Day Before Interview
The day before my interview I made sure all my documents are ready and pack. We didn’t book a hotel this time because it is just a couple of hours, what I did is I rented a van and guess what, my family and my daughter are with me, I let them go with me since the van is huge if I am alone to travel, can’t find car for rent in our area but I told them to just wait for me outside the US embassy or they can go to Luneta park or mall while waiting for me. I sleep early because my appointment is 7:30 a.m, we need to leave Batangas 5 a.m to avoid rush hour and heavy traffic in Manila.
The Interview Day
I brought all documents that I’ve prepared but I added the terms and condition of the dating site where I’ve met my husband, somebody in the Facebook group shared her visa interview experience and consular officer asked her a terms and condition of a dating site where she met her fiance, she doesn’t have it that time that is why her visa is pending until she sends the additional requirements but no worries she is just under 221g (visa is pending) not denied.
September 2, 2016/7:30 a.m, is my visa interview appointment it’s Friday. The van driver drops me in front of the U. S embassy at exactly 7:00 a.m then I showed my appointment letter to the security guard after he checks my appointment letter he instructs me to proceed to the tent where the 7:30 a.m appointment belongs. Actually it’s my second time to go to US embassy that time, the first time is April 2016, for CRBA interview of our daughter Zoey and my husband is with me that time so its very easy and comfortable and the second interview for CRBA is inside the small room where nobody is seeing us except the US consular officer. This time in K1 visa the interview is in front of many applicants, I saw it upstairs after our CRBA interview.
But I want to remind you that you don’t have to go to the US embassy so early if your appointment is 7:30 you can go there 30 minutes before 7:30, you will just stay and stand outside the US embassy if you go there so early.
When I’m in a falling line to the tent, I ready my passport, appointment letter and the confirmation page of DS-160. The staff in front of our line check it then told us to proceed to the waiting area. But before that you will need to go through security check first, do not bring any prohibited items like water, food, sharp objects, cigarette lighter and any flame-generating device, any kind of electronic and battery-operated devices (mobile phone, digital camera, laptop, music player, PSP, USB thumb drive, mobile tablet ETC.) all the list is on the second page of the appointment letter.
After they cleared you, you will proceed to the waiting area in front of the US embassy main building, there are store for food and drinks in the waiting area you can buy there and eat while waiting for the call to go inside the main building of the Embassy, and if you forgot the 2×2 visa picture there is photo booth there. After 10 minutes of waiting the staff called our batch and told us to go inside and you need to go through another security again then proceed to the staff at the desk to get the instructions like where we gonna go first and what is the step, we need to do.
Inside the US Embassy
After getting the instruction from the lady staff, we fall in line to the area of fingerprint, the man in the fingerprint window is kinda strict he seems upset if applicant don’t understand the left and right hand, he asked my passport and the DS-160 then start to do the fingerprint then I proceed to the next step which is a pre-screening/Filipino consular officer interview, they do the first interview, checking and getting the documents needed. You still can speak in Tagalog at this moment he asked my name, my birthday, name of my fiancé, his job, his birthday, how many kids do we have and how many times he visited in the Philippines, and if I need an interpreter for my next interview and then he gets my original documents but he return my passport and DS-160.
- Brown envelop from SLEC (medical record)
- Birth Certificate
- Cenomar (no marriage record)
- NBI (police report)
- MRV slip
After he gets all my documents he told me to go to the oath-taking area. I proceed to oath-taking area but unfortunately, the window is closed so the staff who guiding all applicants said we can proceed to the final interview area which is US consular officer interview, we will just do the oath-taking during the interview. I was surprised because there’s a lot of waiting for the interview, we sit in front of windows where the interview is happening, I’m in the first row of the chairs so it means I am very close to the window of the consular officers, and I can hear everything they talk about. Which is OK because it gives me an idea what the US consular can probably ask to me, but I want you to know that different applicant has different questions. I can also hear when the consular officers raising their voice if they feel irritated or the applicant can’t hear or understand them. And I and other applicants can see too if the applicants are denied or approved.
My Turn To Face The Interview
I forgot to mention that aside from applicants sitting in the chair there is another 10 person standing and falling in line in front of us, they are in the next line to face the final interview with the US Consular officer, if you can’t speak English you must already have a request interpreter to the pre-screening earlier. Because their interpreter is limited and needs to prepare it for you.
This time I’m already standing and falling in line with the 9 applicants in front of US consular officers windows and in front of all applicants sitting in the chairs, I think all the applicants are scared because nobody is talking plus it’s cold inside that makes applicants more nervous.
Now, this is my turn, the consular officer raise his hand means to proceed to his window, and the consular officer who denied many applicants called me, he seems strict and always raising his voice even to the old lady because they can’t understand him. But I have to face him because I’m in the line and he is the only consuls that need next applicant.
My Own Experience (Question and Answer Portion)
In front of Mr. US consular officer is a white man, handsome and a chubby. He asked my DS-160 and passport then check his computer, maybe checking my files there. Then he told me to raise my hand we will do the oath-taking next is finger scanning to the left and right hand. Then the started to ask a question while checking my documents in his table then checked again to the computer. He asks my husband name, the state of my husband and my answer is complete address because I can’t hear him clearly. Then he said what? then I repeat the address of my husband, he said ah OK. Then check to the computer again, after checking he told me so your relationship is almost 4 years now I said yes. Then his next question is, do you have the CRBA and US passport of your daughter, I said yes then he asked can I see it?, after he checked the CRBA of Zoey he said OK “CONGRATULATIONS YOUR VISA IS APPROVED” you can go home now and take care, then he said about domestic violence and about the delivery of my visa while giving a piece of papers but I can’t clearly hear him because I am so happy plus I can hear the interview to other windows.
I left the US Embassy so happy then meet my family in the van. They congratulate me and because I approved we celebrate and eat to Jollibee before we go home. I tell the good news to my husband right away and he is so happy, proud and very excited to bring us to the US. The next day we plan our flight and he bought a ticket for us, I decided to go to US October 20, 2016, I don’t want to miss the happy fiesta to our barangay and I want to spend more time with my family. He will pick me and Zoey because he knows that it’s my first time to travel so far and riding in a plane, and he wanted to be with us for our first-time travel. But before the flight I have to attend a CFO seminar first, this is our topic next time and I will also do a compilation of possible K1 visa interview question in my next post.
I received my visa after 2 weeks, always remember that you don’t have to worry about your visa interview, as long as everything is in order and u can answer all the questions, you will not get deny plus provide all the documents needed.
Note: Do not make any arrangement such as selling all your properties or resigning to your job or buying a plane ticket or other travel arrangement until you have received your immigrant visa.
We just pay Visa services because I and my husband are both busy to our work plus the major reason is we need to apply K1 visa and CRBA of our daughter at the same time which is confusing for us but if it’s only K1 visa I believed we can do it on our own.
Here are some tips for you to do if you want to start to file K1 visa for your foreign fiancé(e) or if your budget is tight:
- Go to the USCIS official website and get information about K1 visa.
- Buy K1 visa step by step guide, Their guide is a big help if you can’t afford or don’t want to pay immigration lawyer or visa services.
- Join the Facebook group that exclusively for a K1/Spousal visa only.
- Don’t be shy to ask for help inside FB group, they are willing to help anyone.
- Do research about K1 visa to google and YouTube, people who have been through to this process are willing to help for free through their blogs and story.
Hope those tips can help you and don’t forget to work together as a team with love and care, avoid misunderstanding just because one does not agree to the decision, before you know it you are done to K1 process.
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