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I want to get forum members thoughts on "How important is for Petitioner to be at Interview in Vietnam?" Based on what I have read:

Of course we both are in love and want to spend our life together, so I want to be there for interview.

It helps, if petitioner is there at embassy for interview.

Our brief story: We both are in love and want to spend our life together. We are so thankful to find each other. Traveled to Vietnam 2 trips. Engagement in HCM. Now waiting for her to join me in US.

Would be great if others can share similar interview experiences. Your advice and ideas welcome...

Thanks,

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You do not have to be there but I would at least for emotional support. She is going to be bombarded with tons of questions. She will be a nervous wreck and confused. Don't you want to be there by her side to offer your support? Ask yourself that question and you will have your answer.

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I wholeheartedly agree with frontgear. I'm currently in HCMC, and had our interview earlier today. Many of the people who were there alone, were visibly nervous and scared. Most appeared to get blue slips, and I can only imagine how devastated they must have been feeling. At that point, they needed their significant other more than ever. Even I wanted to give them hugs, and I'm a borderline hermit. I went in to more debt and will likely miss Christmas at home, but even if it were 10 times that, it would be worth every penny so that I can be here for her. So, imho, even though you aren't required to, you should go to the interview with her. Feel free to ask questions.

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I want to get forum members thoughts on "How important is for Petitioner to be at Interview in Vietnam?" Based on what I have read:

Of course we both are in love and want to spend our life together, so I want to be there for interview.

It helps, if petitioner is there at embassy for interview.

Our brief story: We both are in love and want to spend our life together. We are so thankful to find each other. Traveled to Vietnam 2 trips. Engagement in HCM. Now waiting for her to join me in US.

Would be great if others can share similar interview experiences. Your advice and ideas welcome...

Thanks,

b6543,

In my opinion it shows to the Consular officer that the relationship that you and your fiancee have is bonafide and genuine that you are there at the visa interview to provide support for your fiancee. Any questions or doubts the Consular officer has about your case will be immediately at the visa interview if you are physically there. Good luck to your and your fiancee in this process. I leave the US for Vietnam on January 10th. My fiancee Duong's visa interview is on Friday January 13th. I will arrive in the morning of January 12th the day before her visa interview. I plan to be in Vietnam until January 23rd waiting for her visa to be given to her. Plan to come back with her to the US.

Cesar

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@Chuffnut: Congrats to you both!

@Cesar & Duong: Good luck on the interview. You are doing the right thing.

I, too, went back to VN to be at her side. The consular officer did not need to talk to me but I had to sit across the aisle watching her going through the whole thing. I was actually more worried about the interview than my fiancee. A week before I left for VN, I could not even sleep thru the night. I had a gazillion of what-ifs that went through my mind. Then I thought to myself, if she does not pass this time around, I will just come back in a few months, have a formal wedding, and file for IR1/CR1. Luckily, she did pass. That was more than 2 years ago and we have a beautiful 6-month old daughter now.

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Agree and I had already bought the ticket and was planning to be there for interview. I plan to be with my fiance during the whole process. My fiance Nhung is worth it all and for our new life together.

I was more interested in getting forum members tips for petitioners at interview, how I can best help.

Thanks for responses and your encouragement.

@fontgear Yes. Thanks for sharing your interview experience and advise. Congratulations on baby daughter!

@Chuffnut: Congratulations! Thanks for sharing your interview experience.

@Cesar & Duong: Best wishes.

Thks,

Paul

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Greetings Paul!

I agree with everyone that you should be there. I honestly think it does make a big difference. I had a choice to either be there for my now wife's interview (she just passed her citizen interview on 12/14/16 by the way- yayyyy) or go to pick her up when she had k-1 visa. I chose to be with her because without visa, there is no trip to pick her up. I made sure the CO knew I was there. I took stack of paperwork to counter and returned to my seat. The CO asked if I was her fiancé and she said yes. Surprisingly he asked me to come to window and partake in interview. I was shocked! I did an ice breaker and made CO laugh. After that, interview took 15 minutes and it was approved. I wrote a lengthy review of our experience and encourage you to read it if you are interested. The value of being there a few days before is so you can quiz your fiancée on questions they might ask her. I quizzed my fiancée on about 100 questions about me/us. The key thing is to be prepared and leave no stone unturned.

Me being there helped her immensily because she knew she was not alone and we were in it together.

Best wishes to all that have interview's coming up and happy holidays!

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Agree and I had already bought the ticket and was planning to be there for interview. I plan to be with my fiance during the whole process. My fiance Nhung is worth it all and for our new life together.

I was more interested in getting forum members tips for petitioners at interview, how I can best help.

Thanks for responses and your encouragement.

@fontgear Yes. Thanks for sharing your interview experience and advise. Congratulations on baby daughter!

@Chuffnut: Congratulations! Thanks for sharing your interview experience.

@Cesar & Duong: Best wishes.

Thks,

Paul

Feel free to PM if I can help in any way!

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I wholeheartedly agree with frontgear. I'm currently in HCMC, and had our interview earlier today. Many of the people who were there alone, were visibly nervous and scared. Most appeared to get blue slips, and I can only imagine how devastated they must have been feeling. At that point, they needed their significant other more than ever. Even I wanted to give them hugs, and I'm a borderline hermit. I went in to more debt and will likely miss Christmas at home, but even if it were 10 times that, it would be worth every penny so that I can be here for her. So, imho, even though you aren't required to, you should go to the interview with her. Feel free to ask questions.

I'm still in Denver waiting for the interview date. I'm not worried about my wife but I am interested in how things went for you.

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Maybe necessary for K1 but I don't think for the CR1/IR1. Then again depends on how confident your wife or fiancé is.

My wife spoke fluent English and chatted with CO both in Viet and English. She is very personable and chatty sort so she didn't have any issue.

If you have a genuine relationship you won't have any issues whether you go to the interview or not.

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VJ has such valuable information and expertise and support! Thanks...

@jac_chappin I looked at your detailed review post for your interview...very useful. I am planning to go to Embassy, maybe 2 days before interview to make sure they know I am there and interested.

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