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I will be attending my fiance's interview but I was wondering how will we be questioned. Am I allowed to stand and answer questions with her, or will I be told to be quiet or sit down instead? My fiance can't speak English very well, maybe beginner level... I speak fluent Tagalog so that's how we've always communicated. I'm under the assumption that she will be given a translator right? But honestly I would rather like to either answer the questions myself or at least explain the question to her in Tagalog so she can give a proper answer in case she misunderstood what they asked her.

Follow up question for those whose fiance had an annulment before, were you asked about any specifics of the annulment? Her case was fairly complicated, and I feel that it might be difficult to give a simple answer for even a simple question.


12-01-2014: Sent I-129F package via FedEx

12-03-2014: Package arrived at TSC

12-08-2014: Check cashed

12-12-2014: NOA1 hard copy

01-23-2015: USCIS status: Case was Approved

01-30-2015: NOA2 hard copy

02-02-2015: USCIS sent K1 package to NVC

02-10-2015: NVC received K1 package

02-11-2015: Date that NVC supposedly assigned case number

02-18-2015: Called NVC and asked for case number

02-23-2015: Paid MRV Fee

03-02-2015: Scheduled USEM interview appointment

03-02-2015: NVC letter received

03-09-2015: Medical interview

04-23-2015: USEM interview, got 221g email, CEAC status: Immigrant AP

04-28-2015: CFO Seminar, sent 221g response

04-29-2015: USEM received 221g response

04-30-2015: CEAC status date updated

06-17-2015: CEAC status: Non-Immigrant Ready

06-27-2015: CEAC status: Non-Immigrant AP

07-01-2015: Visa in hand! (CEAC still AP lol)

 

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Its upon the consul's discretion to speak with you or not. Your fiancee can request for a translator at the beginning of the interview. You cannot translate for her as far as I know. She must answer herself.

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I attended my fiancée's interview (now wife). We were asked questions about how many kids I had with my first marriage and also for the divorce decree at the pre-screening window. Also, fiancée gave them all the basic things on the list such as NBI, etc. I stood next to her and we both answered questions.

Next window is the oath, which can be done in English or Tagalog.

Then the next window was the CO. The CO greeted me then told me to sit down and wait while she interviewed fiancée. So, for that part she was solo and did great. She confidently answered all the questions, which were: when is the wedding, what state is the wedding, civil or church. Also she was asked for more pictures of us together. The interview is easy as long as all the documents are in order and the answers are direct and confident.

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I will be attending my fiance's interview but I was wondering how will we be questioned. Am I allowed to stand and answer questions with her, or will I be told to be quiet or sit down instead? My fiance can't speak English very well, maybe beginner level... I speak fluent Tagalog so that's how we've always communicated. I'm under the assumption that she will be given a translator right? But honestly I would rather like to either answer the questions myself or at least explain the question to her in Tagalog so she can give a proper answer in case she misunderstood what they asked her.

Follow up question for those whose fiance had an annulment before, were you asked about any specifics of the annulment? Her case was fairly complicated, and I feel that it might be difficult to give a simple answer for even a simple question.

Whether the CO wants to ask you questions or not is at their discretion, I know when I was there with my asawa I was asked as many questions as she was by both the pre-screener and CO.. it was very low key, chit-chatty almost. The CO we had spoke Tagalog and I am betting they all do, he had asked my asawa a question, when she hesitated for a second with the answer he immediately asked again in Tagalog, which got a grin out of us.


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I attended my wife's and two children's interview and I was able to stand with her when she met with the Filipino CO but he did not direct any questions my way. When we were called up for US CO he looked me and greeted me nicely, asked if I was the petitioner and I responded in the positive and then in a nice tone he explained to me that they really appreciate that the petitioner attends the interview, but at this time, he had questions for me. I invited me to sit and if he needed anything he would call me up. Ten minuets later they were finished and the CO (he was Filipino) smiled and told them they were approved. Wife said there was not much to the interview, just a few questions.

We have all enjoyed the experience, one that I will never forget. I hope others will attend if they are able to.


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Adjustment of Status

AOS March 5, 2014 Submitted AOS with EAD/AP package to Chicago USICS

Delivered March 8, 2014 AOS packaged delivered to USCIS drop box

Accepted March 19, 2014 Text message with receipt numbers

Biometrics April 16, 2014 Biometrics completed

EAD May 23, 2014 Employment Authorization Document approved and went to card production

TD May 23, 2014 Travel Document approved and went for card production

Receipt EAD/AP May 30, 2014 Received combo card EAD/AP

Green Card Approved July 11, 2014 Approved, no interview. Went to card production.

Green Card received July 17, 2014 GC received without interview

Removal of Conditions

Mailed I-751 Dec 16, 2015 Submitted ROC (removal of conditions)

Received Dec 18, 2015 USPS notification of successful delivery

Check Cashed Dec 21, 2015 Check was cashed

NOA-1 Issued Dec 21, 2015 NOA-1 for ROC issued

NOA-1 Issued Dec 26, 2015 NOA-1 Received

Biometrics Appt. Jan 29, 2016 Biometrics Appointment Scheduled [Completed]

 

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When my wife had her interview two weeks ago I went with her (a given considering ours was a DCF case).

The prescreener had me pay for the Visa while she interviewed the wife. When I got back she had more than a few questions to ask me, most likely to see if our answers matched up.

Once we got to the US Foreign Service officer, she asked if I was the petitioner and actually addressed both of us when she asked most of the questions aside from basic biographical questions from the wife.

There are translators available although I get the impression most of the US-FSOs can either speak or understand at least rudimentary Tagalog and know more the longer they're in-country. Try not to answer for her, especially if the questions are being directly addressed to her.


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Dec 11, 2014 - NOA1: Not sure what to put here, Dec 11, 2014, Dec 24, 2014 or something in between.

Dec 24, 2014 - NOA2: I called USCIS @ USEM on Jan 5, 2015 and was told the I-130 was approved on Christmas Eve. Thank you Santa!

Jan 13, 2015 - MNL Case Number & Packet 3 Received via email (I emailed the IV Unit-Manila requesting these on Jan 5, 2015 and Jan 12, 2015)

Jan 21, 2015 - NOA2: Mailed (via PhilPost!) paper/hard copy delivered to our place here in Manila.

Jan 22, 2015 - Packet 3: Mailed (again via PhilPost!) paper/hard copy delivered to out place here in Manila.

Feb 24 & 25, 2015 - Day 1 & Day 2 of Medical @ SLEC. Immunizations given on Day 2, thankfully

Mar 5, 2015 - USEM Interview Appointment - IR-1 Visa Approved! (CEAC Status updated to ISSUED afternoon of interview day)

Mar 10, 2015 - 3pm - Received SMS saying IV Package ready for pickup at 2GO MoA. Picked up at 5pm. (Shipped/Picked Up/In Hand on 3rd Business Day post interview)

Mar 13, 2015 - CFO Manila - Done

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From my observations they tend to let the Petitioner attend the actual interview on K1. If the couple is married then they tend to want beneficiary alone, and beneficiary is not allowed to attend the actual interview with the CO.

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Beneficiary is the VISA APPLICANT :) They have to attend.

Petitioner is always allowed to attend the interview with the K-1 or IR/CR-1, whether they will be asked questions or not is up to the CO.


Hank

"Chance Favors The Prepared Mind"

 

      HandArrow.gif.adeb854ba620933849ae921ca0b44a0c.gif  Link to the Visa Process for Manila Embassy once you have your NOA2 : Click Here

 

Contact Hank: HERE

K-1 visa approved 21 March 2012

...Citizenship... complete!

 

 

 

 

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It's funny that for some reason I imagine a CO to be like an FBI agent who has thoroughly read and studied your entire file and evidences, then asks tricky questions in order to catch you off guard or confuse you such that you answer wrong so they can deny your visa even if you are a legit couple with complete paperwork. That doesn't seem to be the case though. It sounds like the CO's are generally very kind and only ask a few basic questions just to see if you are able to answer honestly and confidently. I even read that sometimes they don't even look at your evidence (maybe because they already have?). ...Here I am trying to account for every possible question they might throw at us... I think I'm stressing over nothing hehe.


12-01-2014: Sent I-129F package via FedEx

12-03-2014: Package arrived at TSC

12-08-2014: Check cashed

12-12-2014: NOA1 hard copy

01-23-2015: USCIS status: Case was Approved

01-30-2015: NOA2 hard copy

02-02-2015: USCIS sent K1 package to NVC

02-10-2015: NVC received K1 package

02-11-2015: Date that NVC supposedly assigned case number

02-18-2015: Called NVC and asked for case number

02-23-2015: Paid MRV Fee

03-02-2015: Scheduled USEM interview appointment

03-02-2015: NVC letter received

03-09-2015: Medical interview

04-23-2015: USEM interview, got 221g email, CEAC status: Immigrant AP

04-28-2015: CFO Seminar, sent 221g response

04-29-2015: USEM received 221g response

04-30-2015: CEAC status date updated

06-17-2015: CEAC status: Non-Immigrant Ready

06-27-2015: CEAC status: Non-Immigrant AP

07-01-2015: Visa in hand! (CEAC still AP lol)

 

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I will be attending my fiance's interview but I was wondering how will we be questioned. Am I allowed to stand and answer questions with her, or will I be told to be quiet or sit down instead? My fiance can't speak English very well, maybe beginner level... I speak fluent Tagalog so that's how we've always communicated. I'm under the assumption that she will be given a translator right? But honestly I would rather like to either answer the questions myself or at least explain the question to her in Tagalog so she can give a proper answer in case she misunderstood what they asked her.

Follow up question for those whose fiance had an annulment before, were you asked about any specifics of the annulment? Her case was fairly complicated, and I feel that it might be difficult to give a simple answer for even a simple question.

During my interview, I noticed some USC(petitioner) were allowed to go with their Filipina fiancee during interview. Some USC were asked to sit down and wait while fiancee was interviewed, but either way you will be allowed to go inside embassy and queue up with your fiancee. Also, an interpreter is available in case fiancee can't express herself effectively in English. In most case for filipinos, we can understand English but can't express ourselves effectively in English. If she is not too fluent, she can always ask for an interpreter. Goodluck.

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From my observations they tend to let the Petitioner attend the actual interview on K1. If the couple is married then they tend to want beneficiary alone, and beneficiary is not allowed to attend the actual interview with the CO.

Beneficiary = the one who will "benefit" from the visa approval so naturally they will be the one at the interview.

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Adjustment of Status

AOS March 5, 2014 Submitted AOS with EAD/AP package to Chicago USICS

Delivered March 8, 2014 AOS packaged delivered to USCIS drop box

Accepted March 19, 2014 Text message with receipt numbers

Biometrics April 16, 2014 Biometrics completed

EAD May 23, 2014 Employment Authorization Document approved and went to card production

TD May 23, 2014 Travel Document approved and went for card production

Receipt EAD/AP May 30, 2014 Received combo card EAD/AP

Green Card Approved July 11, 2014 Approved, no interview. Went to card production.

Green Card received July 17, 2014 GC received without interview

Removal of Conditions

Mailed I-751 Dec 16, 2015 Submitted ROC (removal of conditions)

Received Dec 18, 2015 USPS notification of successful delivery

Check Cashed Dec 21, 2015 Check was cashed

NOA-1 Issued Dec 21, 2015 NOA-1 for ROC issued

NOA-1 Issued Dec 26, 2015 NOA-1 Received

Biometrics Appt. Jan 29, 2016 Biometrics Appointment Scheduled [Completed]

 

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It's funny that for some reason I imagine a CO to be like an FBI agent who has thoroughly read and studied your entire file and evidences, then asks tricky questions in order to catch you off guard or confuse you such that you answer wrong so they can deny your visa even if you are a legit couple with complete paperwork. That doesn't seem to be the case though. It sounds like the CO's are generally very kind and only ask a few basic questions just to see if you are able to answer honestly and confidently. I even read that sometimes they don't even look at your evidence (maybe because they already have?). ...Here I am trying to account for every possible question they might throw at us... I think I'm stressing over nothing hehe.

If you are not hiding anything then you will typically sail right on through the interview to approval.

If there is a hint of something (this is where the FBI comes in) that looks like a scam then off come the gloves. The can unearth a scam rather fast. I am sure they have seen it all.

While at my wife's interview, the CO asked me to be seated and while waiting I couldn't help hearing a conversation go on at the very last window that was close to the waiting area, where I happen to be seated. The young girl was being interviewed and trying to pass off her nephew (her sisters kid, that she was trying to get a visa for to immigrate to USA/California) as her own child on a K1/K2 visa. The CO caught that right and away and the lights went on over her head and I could see the sweat pouring down her face (just kidding) but she was so nervous and the CO kept asking questions of which she stumbled on every answer or her answer was convoluted causing additional questioning. Finally the CO had had enough and declined her application and bared her and the nephew for further processing for now and for the future. Hard lesson to learn.


Spoiler

Adjustment of Status

AOS March 5, 2014 Submitted AOS with EAD/AP package to Chicago USICS

Delivered March 8, 2014 AOS packaged delivered to USCIS drop box

Accepted March 19, 2014 Text message with receipt numbers

Biometrics April 16, 2014 Biometrics completed

EAD May 23, 2014 Employment Authorization Document approved and went to card production

TD May 23, 2014 Travel Document approved and went for card production

Receipt EAD/AP May 30, 2014 Received combo card EAD/AP

Green Card Approved July 11, 2014 Approved, no interview. Went to card production.

Green Card received July 17, 2014 GC received without interview

Removal of Conditions

Mailed I-751 Dec 16, 2015 Submitted ROC (removal of conditions)

Received Dec 18, 2015 USPS notification of successful delivery

Check Cashed Dec 21, 2015 Check was cashed

NOA-1 Issued Dec 21, 2015 NOA-1 for ROC issued

NOA-1 Issued Dec 26, 2015 NOA-1 Received

Biometrics Appt. Jan 29, 2016 Biometrics Appointment Scheduled [Completed]

 

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HELLO.. I JUST POSTED AWHILE AGO IF I THE PETITIONER CAN GO WITH MY FIANCE IN MANILA DURING HIS INTERVIEW? WITH WHAT IVE BEEN READING NOW, THE ANSWER IS A YES?!

Thankyou.


K1 Visa

Service Center :California Service Center

Consulate : Manila, Philippines

I-129F Sent : 12/2014

I-129F NOA1 : 2015-01-05

I-129F RFE(s) :2015-02-16

RFE Reply(s) : 2015-02-26

I-129F NOA2 : 2015-03-04

NVC Received :2015-03-20

Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned : 2015-03-23

NVC Left : 2015-03-25

Consulate Received : 2015-03-27

Interview Date : 2015-04-28

Interview Result : Approved

Visa Received : 2015-05-04

US Entry : 2015-05-18

Marriage : 2015-06-22

???❤️

Adjustment of Status

Date Filed : 2015-06-29

Interview Date : 2015-12-10

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HELLO.. I JUST POSTED AWHILE AGO IF I THE PETITIONER CAN GO WITH MY FIANCE IN MANILA DURING HIS INTERVIEW? WITH WHAT IVE BEEN READING NOW, THE ANSWER IS A YES?!

Thankyou.

You can go inside US embassy anytime you want acutally if you are in danger

You can go with her inside the visa department also, No issues...

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You can go inside US embassy anytime you want acutally if you are in danger

You can go with her inside the visa department also, No issues...

YEEEE.. THANKU. :)


K1 Visa

Service Center :California Service Center

Consulate : Manila, Philippines

I-129F Sent : 12/2014

I-129F NOA1 : 2015-01-05

I-129F RFE(s) :2015-02-16

RFE Reply(s) : 2015-02-26

I-129F NOA2 : 2015-03-04

NVC Received :2015-03-20

Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned : 2015-03-23

NVC Left : 2015-03-25

Consulate Received : 2015-03-27

Interview Date : 2015-04-28

Interview Result : Approved

Visa Received : 2015-05-04

US Entry : 2015-05-18

Marriage : 2015-06-22

???❤️

Adjustment of Status

Date Filed : 2015-06-29

Interview Date : 2015-12-10

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