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Can USC attend spouse’s visa interview

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Hi guys,

 

I’m at waiting for noa2 stage.  But I like to look ahead to plan everything out.  I was planning to attend my wife’s interview in Ho Chi Minh city next year...for emotional support(my wife is very nervous).  I was watching a YouTube video where the attorney advises against attending because the consulate will not allow the petitioner inside the embassy/consulate.  Is this true?

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It all depends on the Embassy. I attended the interview for my now wife's K1 visa. There are some Embassy that will not allow petitioners in during the interview.

 

Search the board and research the topic. Also, it will help if you fill in your timeline.


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Even if they don't allow the petitioner there, they can still give the USC's passport to the beneficiary for the interview as evidence that the petitioner is with them in the country.


Timelines:

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AOS (I-485 + I-131 + I-765):

9/25/17: sent forms to Chicago

9/27/17: received by USCIS

10/4/17: NOA1 electronic notification received

10/10/17: NOA1 hard copy received. Social Security card being issued in married name (3rd attempt!)

10/14/17: Biometrics appointment notice received

10/25/17: Biometrics

1/2/18: EAD + AP approved (no website update)

1/5/18: EAD + AP mailed

1/8/18: EAD + AP approval notice hardcopies received

1/10/18: EAD + AP received

9/5/18: Interview scheduled notice

10/17/18: Interview

?/?/18: Approved (hopefully)

 

K-1:

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I-129F

12/1/17: sent

12/14/17: NOA1 hard copy received

3/10/17: RFE (IMB verification)

3/22/17: RFE response received

3/24/17: Approved!

3/30/17: NOA2 hard copy received

 

NVC

4/6/2017: Received

4/12/2017: Sent to Riyadh embassy

4/16/2017: Case received at Riyadh embassy

4/21/2017: Request case transfer to Manila, approved 4/24/2017

 

K-1

5/1/2017: Case received by Manila (1 week embassy transfer??? Lucky~)

7/13/2017: Interview: APPROVED!!!

7/19/2017: Visa in hand

8/15/2017: POE

 

 

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We had our interview in Thailand, and i knew i couldnt go in with her but i still went to be with her while she waited to get into the embasy. We showed up 2 hours early and there was already a line of Thais waiting in line. We were about 200 or more people behind the front. About an hour before an american came walking the line asking people questions. He got to us, asked me if i was a US citizen. I showed him my passport and he moved her to the front of the line and she was first to get in. Cant say that will happen for you but it was a nice perk in Bangkok to have happen to us considering all the delays and waiting to get to the interview stage.

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3 hours ago, NuestraUnion said:

It all depends on the Embassy. I attended the interview for my now wife's K1 visa. There are some Embassy that will not allow petitioners in during the interview.

 

Search the board and research the topic. Also, it will help if you fill in your timeline.

 

 

I read the consulate reviews of HCMC on VJ and some of the petitioner was allowed to attend.  

 

Seems like a lot of conflicting info.

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4 hours ago, IloveDanang said:

 

 

I read the consulate reviews of HCMC on VJ and some of the petitioner was allowed to attend.  

 

Seems like a lot of conflicting info.

You can still plan on being there. If they let you in, great. If not, then at least you get to see you loved one and your presence can add moral support.


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Moved from IR-1/CR-1 Process & Procedures to Vietnam regional forum; since procedures vary from country to country, the OP's question is Vietnam specific which requires a Vietnam specific answer.


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I did attend the interview with my then-fiancee but was told to take a seat in the waiting area. I only got called up when the CO wanted to let me know that he had approved her visa and explained that it would take a few days to get the visa.

 

Some people did get called to the interview booth. Some did not. So the chance is 50/50, or more like 30/70.


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On 6/15/2018 at 7:16 PM, JasonGG said:

Yes, you are allowed to attend with your fiance in HCM city.  I attended with my fiance in May.  I was waved through without showing any ID, but you should bring your passport.  

lol, cause you are white, they don't need to see your passport. 


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