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My fiance from the Philippines can't understand English, and I'm getting really worried about her Port of Entry "interview" at Washington DC. She could probably understand a really basic question if spoken slowly but I think it will be difficult for her to answer back. Being a Filipino myself I communicate with her entirely in her language, but that kind of worked against us in this situation since she didn't get to practice English at all.

Her K1 interview at the embassy went extremely well. I was there at her interview and surprisingly the consular officer asked all of his questions to me and none to her. As far as paperwork, we were complete and had tons of evidence to prove our relationship. A major point of evidence for us was our 5 yr old son's Consular Report of Birth Abroad paperwork showing that he's a US citizen. He will be with her at the POE.

The POE reviews in this forum show that most of the time the CBP officers are nice, but then there are still some that are very serious and ask a lot of questions. I'm afraid she might answer wrong and get denied...

Any advice?


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12-03-2014: Package arrived at TSC

12-08-2014: Check cashed

12-12-2014: NOA1 hard copy

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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

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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

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I feel like they have some kind of translators ready. Obviously not for every single language, but maybe the big ones? I've been through ATL and heard someone call for an Arabic translator. Obviously they deal with non English speakers every day. They must have some way to handle it.

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Just a curious question, where is she flying from for DC to be her POE?


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Just a curious question, where is she flying from for DC to be her POE?

From Manila via Korean Air. It stops at Seoul Korea then straight to DC.


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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English not required, only need to speak Murican.

Anyway with a K1 not a lot to say, hand over the packet look bored and wait.


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Long ride. One possible scenario is that she meets some fellow Pinays on her flight and one person would buddy up with her for the passport check.

Print out a few things for her in English that she can show/say. The CPB folks at the airport have these encounters daily. Chances are they will take the brown envelope and her passport, enter the info, smile and say "welcome to the US."


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FOREIGN INCOME REPORTING & TAX FILING -->> https://www.irs.gov/publications/p54/ch01.html#en_US_2015_publink100047318

CALL THIS NUMBER TO ORDER IRS TAX TRANSCRIPTS >> 800-908-9946

PLEASE READ THE GUIDES -->> Link to Visa Journey Guides

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OP, you might call the CBP station at the POE with a few days' advance notice and ask if they can have a translator on the premises at about the time when the flight is supposed to arrive. Go to www.cbp.gov and look at Ports.


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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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The CBP officers at Dulles are really nice and I'm sure she wouldn't have any issues. The DC area has a very high Asian population so I'm pretty sure that if they don't just open the envelope and welcome her to the US they would most likely be able to find a translator.






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can you teach her to say this, in English?

You are not allowed, by law, to re-adjudicate a K-1 visa. Please take me to secondary, take my visa packet, stamp my passport, and tell your boss you are bullying a K-1 visa holder

Hopefully you wrote this tongue-in-cheek. No reason to get this antagonistic to what might be routine questions that she doesn't understand. OP: If no other passenger can assist, or they have no tanslator available (which I think is unlikely -- they usually can handle widely spoken languages), are you going to be at the airport to meet her? If so, I would suggest she have a paper with her that says her fiance is waiting outside customs and can translate, if needed. I know of at least one case where they pagd the fiance o help them, since it was a rare language.

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I don't think she will have any problems.

Many major U.S. airports have employees who can serve as translators. I have an inlaw who works maintenance at a U.S. airport. He's fluent in Tagalog and Ilocano. Very occasionally, he's called upon to translate. He likes to be called upon to translate because he receives an extra $25 in his paycheck each time.

By the way, what language(s) does your fiancée speak?


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My fiance from the Philippines can't understand English, and I'm getting really worried about her Port of Entry "interview" at Washington DC. She could probably understand a really basic question if spoken slowly but I think it will be difficult for her to answer back. Being a Filipino myself I communicate with her entirely in her language, but that kind of worked against us in this situation since she didn't get to practice English at all.

Her K1 interview at the embassy went extremely well. I was there at her interview and surprisingly the consular officer asked all of his questions to me and none to her. As far as paperwork, we were complete and had tons of evidence to prove our relationship. A major point of evidence for us was our 5 yr old son's Consular Report of Birth Abroad paperwork showing that he's a US citizen. He will be with her at the POE.

The POE reviews in this forum show that most of the time the CBP officers are nice, but then there are still some that are very serious and ask a lot of questions. I'm afraid she might answer wrong and get denied...

Any advice?

I think she would have to say something pretty crazy to be denied entry after a K1 visa has already been granted... Are you going with her? If so, you can walk up to the counter with her. That is what I did. You already did the hard part, the visa was issued and the CBP guy is just supposed to make sure the packet isn't fake and that the person in front of him is the person in the packet. Everything will be fine my friend.

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can you teach her to say this, in English?

You are not allowed, by law, to re-adjudicate a K-1 visa. Please take me to secondary, take my visa packet, stamp my passport, and tell your boss you are bullying a K-1 visa holder

LOL. Thumbs up!


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Shouldn't have to worry too much.

They will try to find a translator if necessary.

My (Chinese) wife who speaks English,

was asked to translate several Chinese POEs during her POE.

So they will find whatever means possible to accommodate her.

And there will be plenty of Filipinos that will be going through the POE

at the same time that could speak English, it really shouldn't be a problem.


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06-02-2014 USCIS web site shows NOA #2 approval
06-06-2014 USCIS web site shows case sent to NVC

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06-16-2014 NVC creates case with GUZ### number

06-19-2014 NVC sends case sent to Guangzhou, China
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06-25-2014 Completed DS-160 and paid K1 visa fee

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06-26-2014 Requested police certificate from Russian embassy

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