This is to give hope to all of you that have upcoming interviews even if you are from one of the MENA Countries (Usually Middle-East/Arabic Countries. This is the experience of my husband.
His interview was scheduled for April 29th, 2013 at 8:00 at the U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi. He arrived at about 7:30 to a people waiting outside the consulate.At about 7:50 they let the people enter after looking at their interview appointment sheet. He has to leave his phone at security desk, was given a token for later retrieval and proceeded into the embassy. He was directed by a worker to take a ticket and sit and wait to be called. He took the ticket and went to sit about 10 minutes. His number was called and he went up to speak with an officer from India he believes and she briefly looked at his documents/file took it and made some copies of the information that had been sent by the NVC. We had the entire file that was sent just in case they has misplaced some information. She give my husband the file back and gave him a blue piece of paper and told him to sit until his number was called. He sat another 10 minutes until his number was called he was asked for his fingerprints and Oath and had to pay the biometric fee. He was then told to have another seat. After sitting for about 15 minutes he was called up to a window where the lady was sipping tea he said. She greeted him and then proceeded to ask questions. Lady was was white American. She asked:
Where we met?
How long we have been married?
Where we got married?
Where I was now? U.S.
What I was doing there?
She asked what he did?
How long he has been in the UAE?
Had he applied for a visa before? My husband had applied when he had been in the UAE and was on vacation in Egypt but was denied, since he must file in the UAE, not Egypt. He then showed her his visa where he had been granted a visitor visa for Canada instead to go for the reminder of his vacation at that time.
The CO, then looked at our wedding pictures and asked where the weeding was held and my husband told her the exact ceremony location in Abu Dhabi. Then she asked if I was Muslim since I was covered in the Photos. My husband said, no. She asked why I was covered? He said that my wife was working here so she knows the customs here and she likes to cover. The Consular officer said, ok. Then she asked him had he registered with Empost and he said, no.
She then gave him a white sheet in English and Arabic that had his case number and told him to register for the Empost service. She also gave him another sheet, that said that the $165 fee would need to be paid before leaving for the U.S. She then asked for his passport. He gave it to her. So said it would be returned via Empost.
Although the Empost site hadn't shown anything, the USCIS site had an update. So we waited another 3 working days and on May 6, 2013 my husband got a text that he was to pick up his passport. Inside that passport that Visa we had prayed and worked so hard to get. It was a miracle, he's from Egypt an Arabic country with a very usual name and no AP not even a day. And this happened on the wake of the Boston Bombings, in the U.S.
I went to the US in 1990 when I was 6 years old on a B1/B2 visa with my family. In 2000 my parents had applied for an asylum case which in 2005 got denied. In 2006 once I completed my University degree I voluntarily departed the US without informing the immigration authorities. It’s been over 7 years now and I really want to visit back just for vacation purposes. I now reside in Dubai and my work will require me to travel to the US and I don’t want to get denied for the visa.
Can someone please help/guide me as to what should I do?
Can anyone give me a run down on what to anticipate from the US Embassy at Abu Dhabi in regards to/ K-1 visa procedures?
They are supposed to email me the petitioner, rather than emailing/mailing beneficiary?
How long after NVC should I hear from the embassy?
Is it true, you just bring everything on interview day?
Can any of you who have completed the K-1 visa process kind of summarize the whole experience and give some tips on the best way to proceed and give tips on the aspects you thought confusing, ambiguous, or the most efficient way to complete it.
One thing, my fiancee don't have medical or vaccination records. Is this a problem?
My fiancee is from Philippines residing in Dubai.
Thanks for your help. After all the time spent on the petition, suddenly feel confused and anxious about the rest of the visa steps.