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K-1 Interview and Visa (HCM Vietnam)

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Hi Everyone! We're having our interview Aug 18th. How critical is it that I attend this interview with my fiancee? Is it absolutely a must that I accompany her to the interview? Also, with the recent hacks, should we anticipate delay in visa issuance, and for how long? Lastly.. I would appreciate all tips and tricks and recommendations for this interview! Thanks a bunch; and best of luck to all...


2018 03 08 : ROCPackage Recv'd/Signed

2018 03 19 : NOA Recv'd

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2015 11 06 : AOS Package Recv'd/Signed

2015 11 16 : NOA's (3x) Recv'd by Mail

2015 12 04 : Biometrics Completed

2016 01 25 : EAD & AP Approved (No RFE's)

2016 03 09 : Interview Scheduled (No RFE's)

2016 03 16 : AOS Interview - APPROVED

2016 03 24 : Received Green Card by Mail

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2015 02 07 : I-129F Mailed

2015 05 13 : I-129F Approved (No RFE's)

2015 08 18 : K-1 Interview (Visa Approved)

2015 08 29 : Arrived U.S.

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You being there would show how serious and supportive you are. Just be ready in case the interviewer wants to ask you some questions too. I'm sure the fiancee would love to have you there too and this is a good experience for you both. The only tip I can give is not to volunteer information. Answer only what is asked.


My K1 timeline (4 months/NO expedites): http://www.visajourney.com/timeline/profile.php?cfl=0&id=163489

My AOS timeline (10 months):

08/16/2014 - Sent in AOS package

08/18/2014 - Delivered per USPS website

08/22/2014 - Text of receipt numbers received

08/27/2014 - NOA hard copies received (dated 08/19 and 08/21)

08/29/2014 - Notice date of Biometrics letter

09/11/2014 - Received Biometrics appointment letter

09/18/2014 - Biometrics completed at USCIS Raleigh, North Carolina

11/08/2014 - EAD / Travel Document approved and went to card production

11/19/2014 - Received EAD/AP combo card (dated 11/14/2014)

12/16/2014 - Received Notice of Potential Interview Waiver letter dated 12/11/14

06/24/2015 - AOS approved! Card picked up by USPS KY for delivery

06/26/2015 - Received green card by mail (Yay I can rest for 2 years!)

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*** Country-specific thread moved from K-1 Process forum to the Vietnam regional subforum. ***

[Moderator hat off]

Some very specific protocol is unique to HCMC. For example, I understand that presenting a "relationship timeline" is crucial. See relevant threads in the Vietnam forum, and read "Reviews: Embassy" (link atop any VJ page), paying attention to the very worst stories.

Read this thread

http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/410945-k-1-journey-completed/

for relevant realities about being on the premises during the interview.

The visa backlog is being handled or is largely over. However, never presume granting of the visa.


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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Though it is not required, being there with your fiancee only strengthens your case. Plus, it shows you care and eases her worries and/or concerns. I had been through the whole process and, believe me, it was as nerve wracking for me as it was for my wife. Between getting all of the required documents for the interview and being prep'ed for the interview questions (with me via phone calls), she was really stressed out and could not sleep well for weeks. The first night that she was able to sleep for a good 7-8 hours was the day I landed in Saigon.

I believe the visa delay is over. Some VN members have recently reported getting visa issued and delivered in 4 days.


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ROC Journey

09 MAY 2017: Mailed I-751 to California Svc Center (CSC)

11 MAY 2017: I-751 package delivered to CSC

15 MAY 2017: NOA1 sent (got lost in the mail)

31 MAY 2017: Biometrics letter received

05 JUN 2017: Completed biometrics (walk-in)

23 JUN 2017: Received replacement copy of NOA1
 

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N-400 Journey

14 MAY 2018: Mailed N-400 to Dallas Lockbox

17 MAY 2018: Delivered to Dallas Lockbox

04 JUN 2018: Received NOA1

08 JUN 2018: Received biometrics letter

21 JUN 2018: Completed biometrics

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Totally agree with Frontgear, I flew in 4 days before the interview, my fiancée definitely was worried. We brought a ton of evidence from our trips together, relationship timeline, pics, Viber, everything that you read about in the Vietnam threads here. I was asked to sit down and they asked my fiancée about 25 questions. They didn't ask for any pics or evidence from her. But then again we had red flags to overcome, my I-129f was over 1000 pages and I sent 250 pics. I can honestly say reading the threads and preparing my petition accordingly and attending the interview paid off. So due your due diligence, everything you need is all in the forum!

It took 5 working days for my fiancée to recieve her visa.

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Our Journey

K-1 Visa

09/13/2014 - I-129F Sent

09/16/2014 - NOA1

04/08/2015 - NOA2 (204 Days)

04/14/2015 - NVC Received

05/04/2015 - Consulate Received

05/12/2015 - Packet 3 Received

05/13/2015 - Packet 3 Sent

07/08/2015 - Interview - Approved (295 Days)

07/29/2015 - POE - Houston

08/03/2015 - Married

AOS

10/01/2015 - I-485, I-131 and I-765 Sent

10/05/2015 - NOA Receipt

10/26/2015 - Biometrics

12/28/2015 - Filed Service Request For EAD

12/29/2015 - AP/EAD Approved (89 Days)

01/07/2016 - AP/EAD Combo Card Received

02/16/2016 - AOS Approved (137 Days)

02/24/2016 - Green Card Received

ROC

11/18/2017 - ROC 90 day window opens

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