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Finally have the interview scheduled for Monday (after delays due to the Embassy's technical problems). I'm currently in Costa Rica with my fiancé, but have a trip planned the day of the interview with a friend who's visiting from the States. It would be possible to postpone the trip if it's necessary that I go to the interview, but obviously that wouldn't be the first choice.

What do you think?

Would accompanying him at the interview make a big difference?

If I don't go, do we need to provide extra evidence of our relationship (beyond a copy of all the photos, receipts, passport stamps evidence that we provided in the initial I-129f petition)?

Have there been cases where a K-1 visa was denied, but might have been approved had the fiancé been at the interview??

Any thoughts, advice, experience would be appreciated!

Thank you!

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Personal I'd go. It's a great way to support your fiancé. But more than that, it speaks volumes about your relationship to the interviewer. If they have doubts about it being authentic, your presence may be the thing that results in an approval on the spot rather than being delayed for administrative processing. I'm not saying that your choice will determine your outcome (I was unable to attend my fiancé's interview and he was approved on the spot.) Whatever you choose, good luck on your journey.


K-1 from Haiti - NOA1: 5/27/2014; NOA2: 7/8 USCIS never updated to say that it was sent to the NVC (just in case you're as concerned about your status not updating as I was about mine)
NVC Case Number Received: 7/31; Left NVC: 8/1 - tracked via DHL website; CEAC Status - Ready: 8/7; Packet 3 Received: 9/5 - Beneficiary received packet / Medical Completed: 9/19;
DS-160 Submitted: 9/22 - (CEAC date updated); Packet 3 Submitted: 9/26; Packet 4 Received: 10/24; Interview Date: 11/6 @ 7 am Interview Result: Approved!
CEAC Status Issued: 11/10; USTraveldocs.com finally acknowledged Fiance's passport actually in their system: 11/20; Passport Received: 11/21;

POE: 11/23/2014; Wedding: 2/14/2015

AOS/EAD/AP Filed: 2/21/2015;

USCIS EAD & AP received: 2/25; USCIS AOS received: 2/27; Received NOA1s in mail: 3/5; Biometrics: 3/26; EAD/AP Card in Production: 5/11; EAD/AP Card Mailed: 5/1; EAD/AP Card Received 5/19; NPIW Letter dated: 6/11/15; Green card Approved: 10/1/15;

Green card Received: 10/7/15

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Make sure your embassy allows you to even go in. I went with my fiance and there was a big sign outside saying US Citizens may not accompany their relatives to their inteviews. I tried to get the security guard to let me go in with my man and he just laughed at me. I ended up having to sit across the street.


I-129F Sent: 10/10/2014

NOA1: 11/3/2014

NOA2: 12/08/2014

Interview:4/27/2015

221g denial for missing police clearence
Recieved Police Clearance on 6/1/2015
Sent Police Clearance and Passport to embassy on 6/2/2015
CEAC Status updates:
6/9/2015- AP
6/10/2015-AP
6/22/2015- AP
6/24/2015- READY
Case Creation Date Changed: 6/24/2015
Changed from Immigrant to Non-IV visa: 6/24/2015
6/25/2015- AP again :(
6/29/2015- ISSUED!
7/01/2015- Visa in hand

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Finally have the interview scheduled for Monday (after delays due to the Embassy's technical problems). I'm currently in Costa Rica with my fiancé, but have a trip planned the day of the interview with a friend who's visiting from the States. It would be possible to postpone the trip if it's necessary that I go to the interview, but obviously that wouldn't be the first choice.

What do you think?

Would accompanying him at the interview make a big difference?

If I don't go, do we need to provide extra evidence of our relationship (beyond a copy of all the photos, receipts, passport stamps evidence that we provided in the initial I-129f petition)?

Have there been cases where a K-1 visa was denied, but might have been approved had the fiancé been at the interview??

Any thoughts, advice, experience would be appreciated!

Thank you!

If you can, go with your fiancée. I believe they will not allow you to the interview. I also think that they will not even let you into the embassy. The appointment is for the fiancée and has his or her name on it only.

We are in the process and getting close to an interview. I have seen several different visa interviews and the only person allowed was the one being interviewed. Good luck.

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If you can, go with your fiancée. I believe they will not allow you to the interview. I also think that they will not even let you into the embassy. The appointment is for the fiancée and has his or her name on it only.

We are in the process and getting close to an interview. I have seen several different visa interviews and the only person allowed was the one being interviewed. Good luck.

You are saying a US Citizen can not enter a embassy in country.

I had always heard as an American citizen, you can not be refused to be seen by a consular representative inside embassy.

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*** Thread moved from K-1 Process forum to the Embassy/Consulate forum -- topic involves that stage. ***

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Hand your U.S. passport to the beneficiary to show to the consul. This scores points beyond measure and might result in your being invited in to the interview.


06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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In Turkey, I wasn't allowed. I tried talking to the Turkish rentacop outside but he wouldn't even listen and just laughed at me.


I-129F Sent: 10/10/2014

NOA1: 11/3/2014

NOA2: 12/08/2014

Interview:4/27/2015

221g denial for missing police clearence
Recieved Police Clearance on 6/1/2015
Sent Police Clearance and Passport to embassy on 6/2/2015
CEAC Status updates:
6/9/2015- AP
6/10/2015-AP
6/22/2015- AP
6/24/2015- READY
Case Creation Date Changed: 6/24/2015
Changed from Immigrant to Non-IV visa: 6/24/2015
6/25/2015- AP again :(
6/29/2015- ISSUED!
7/01/2015- Visa in hand

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The consulates are U.S. soil, and no foreigner can deny your admission.


06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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Well a foreigner did deny me my admission. I showed him my us passport and he screamed at me.


I-129F Sent: 10/10/2014

NOA1: 11/3/2014

NOA2: 12/08/2014

Interview:4/27/2015

221g denial for missing police clearence
Recieved Police Clearance on 6/1/2015
Sent Police Clearance and Passport to embassy on 6/2/2015
CEAC Status updates:
6/9/2015- AP
6/10/2015-AP
6/22/2015- AP
6/24/2015- READY
Case Creation Date Changed: 6/24/2015
Changed from Immigrant to Non-IV visa: 6/24/2015
6/25/2015- AP again :(
6/29/2015- ISSUED!
7/01/2015- Visa in hand

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"Are you a U.S. citizen? No? Well, I am, and I'm permitted entry." Etc.


06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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*** Thread moved from K-1 Process forum to the Embassy/Consulate forum -- topic involves that stage. ***

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Hand your U.S. passport to the beneficiary to show to the consul. This scores points beyond measure and might result in your being invited in to the interview.

I accompanied my fiancé (wife now) to her Consulate interview back in January and handed her my U.S. passport for any given reason and it seemed to score major points with the interviewing officer. He was pretty friendly at the K-1 interview and once he asked my fiancé in regards to the last time we seen each other, she quickly replied, "this very moment" and handed the IO my U.S. passport for review. He quickly smiled and said, thank you for providing his passport but we are all set. Nothing else was asked according to my fiancé there after and it was pretty much a friendly convo of about 5 minutes until the IO told her congratulations, your visa has been approved and best of luck to you!

I recommend the presence of the U.S. Citizen for support in the visa process even if not allowed into the interview.

All the best.

-Gera


K-1

August 1, 2014: I-129F packet sent (USPS Priority mail)

August 5, 2014: NOA1 received (email/text)

August 9, 2014: NOA1 hardcopy received/Alien Registration Number changed

October 3, 2014: RFE notice received (email/text)

October 9, 2014: RFE hardcopy received (General question missed on I-129F part 3) *Oops

October 10, 2014: RFE response inquiry sent (USPS Priority mail)

October 15, 2014: RFE response review (USCIS)

October 21, 2014: NOA2 I-129F was approved (email/text)

October 28, 2014: NOA2 hardcopy received

November 13, 2014: NVC received and case number assigned

November 25, 2014: NVChard copy received (case was forwarded to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico Consulate)

November 30, 2014: Filled out forms DS-160 online for fiancé (K-1) and step daughter (K-2)

December 3, 2014: Ciudad Juarez, Mexico Consulate received case

December 18, 2014: NOA3 hardcopy received from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico Consulate

December 22, 2014: Paid visa fees online and scheduled ASC Biometrics + Interview

January 20, 2015: Biometrics for fiancé in Guadalajara Jalisco, Mexico

January 22, 2015: Medical exam at Clinica Medica Internacional (Ciudad Juarez, Mexico)

January 26, 2015: Picked up medical results for fiancé (K-1) and step daughter (K-2)

January 27, 2015: Interview APPROVED!!! (Ciudad Juarez, Mexico)

January 30, 2015: CEAC status "Issued"

January 31, 2015: DHL tracking number received via email

February 3, 2015: Passports ready for pickup via email/DHL tracking (DHL Ciudad Juarez, Mexico - Lopez Mateos) POE El Paso, TX

April 11, 2015: MARRIED 

AOS

April 23, 2015: AOS/EAD/AP packet sent USPS Priority mail (K-1/K-2)

May 5, 2015: NOA1 received (email/text)

May 9, 2015: NOA1 hardcopies received (6) - Dated "4/28/15"

May 16, 2015: Biometrics appointment letter received

May 18, 2015: Biometrics completed (early walk-in)

July 10, 2015: EAD/AP approved (K-1/K-2)

August 25, 2015: AOS interview (K-1/K-2) Fresno, CA "APPROVED" 

September 4, 2015: Green Card received

ROC

May 26, 2017: ROC packet sent USPS Priority mail (K-1/K-2)

June 3, 2017: NOA1 received 

June 17, 2017: Biometrics appointment letter received

June 20, 2017: Biometrics completed (early walk-in)

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The US embassy in Costa Rica allows the significant other to go with the applicant. Reviewing the consulate reviews would have told this and also helps with suggestions and things that may not have been thought of. Just a thought for the next person who may read this. I hope all went well! They were a pretty easy embassy from some of what I have read of the others. I did go with my husband to the CR embassy and I felt that it helped.


K1 Visa AOS ROC
04-26-2012 - I-129F Sent 11-19-12 - AOS packet sent in 12-29-2014 - I-751 Sent
05-03-2012 - I-129F NOA1 12-07-12 - NOA for all 3 packets received via email 12-31-2014 - I-751 NOA 1
08-02-2012 - I-129F NOA2 01-03-13 - Bio Appt 03-04-2015 - Biometrics
08-06-2012 - NVC Received 02-20-13 - Interview and Approval 05-26-2015 - Approved
08-10-2012 - Left NVC 03-02-13 Greencard received
08-17-2012 - Consulate Received
09-06-2012 - Packet 3 Received
09-27-2012 - Interview Date APPROVED!!!!!
10-04-2012 - Visa Received
10-05-2012 - US Entry
10-29-2012 - Marriage

-Don't ever let fear hold you back.-

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Back in 2012 when my family was chasing after their K1/K2 visas at the US consulate in Guangzhou, the consulate policy was no US citizens allowed at the visa interview. I do not know if the policy has changed. since the move to the new consulate compound in Guangzhou. An old veteran of VJ gave me an idea that I believe likely helped in us getting our visas. I flew the over 10,000 km to be with my future family at this very important time in our evolving family to provide moral support, and to have another visit (fourth). I brought along the original documents, applications, etc. I also brought along an Evolution of Relationship letter (EOR). It was basically a two page letter from me describing our relationship. At the time of their interview, I folded the EAR lengthwise, and inserted it into my US passport. I then asked my then-fiancee to place that on top of all of the documents when she slid them under the teller window at the consulate. The CO immediately saw the blue passport and letter, examined the passport and read over the letter. His question was, "Your fiance is now in Guangzhou?" She answered yes, he returned my passport to her, kept the letter, and then continued on with the 10 minute visa interview. I was in another part of the building nervously enjoying a very expensive cup of espresso. We don't know if it made any difference in the CO's determination to approve the visas. However, the moral support effect of me being able to be in the environs at that time were....priceless !!

My recommendation is that if you can make the trek to be with your loved one at this crucial moment in your relationship, do it!! :thumbs:

YMMV,

Good luck on your immigration journey.


Completed: K1/K2 (271 days) - AOS/EAD/AP (134 days) - ROC (279 days)

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