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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Iraq
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My SO is what I would deem a high-intermediate English level. If he doesn't understand something, I can reword it so he does. I am concerned what the interview will be like in this sense? Are the interviewers understanding of this? Anyone specifically have any recent experience in Korea? The consulate review is limited.


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I-129:

11/27/07: NOA1

5/02/08: NOA2 (157 days from NOA1)

6/16/08: K1 Interview- ADMINISTRATIVE PROCESSING CO quoted us 2-4 weeks (45 days from NOA2 - 202 days from NOA1)

4/06/09: VISA IN HAND

6/20/09: POE LAX

7/4/09: Making it Legal - Wedding

10/17/09: The big wedding ceremony

AOS:

7/22/09: AOS Paperwork filed

10/27/09: Interview - APPROVED

10/31/09: Welcome Letter Received

Removing Conditions:

7/29/11: I-751 paperwork filed

2/14/12: Card Production Ordered!

2/18/12: Green Card Received

Citizenship:

12/26/12: Paperwork filed

12/31/12: NOA Date

1/14/13: Biometrics Appt

2/26/13: Interview

3/27/13: Oath Ceremony!!

6/30/13: Baby Due Date :)

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Thailand
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My SO is what I would deem a high-intermediate English level. If he doesn't understand something, I can reword it so he does. I am concerned what the interview will be like in this sense? Are the interviewers understanding of this? Anyone specifically have any recent experience in Korea? The consulate review is limited.

Not sure about the embassy there, but as far as I know they can speak the language of their country with the person at the embassy, for Thailand they ask if you prefer English or Thai and I assume this goes for most embassies as the people working there are typically from that country. However, get them to practice some basics about why they are coming to the USA and about you since they will likely have to talk to an officer at the POE here in the US when they land and that will have to be English.

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Iran
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Usually, Consulates and Embassies will have people speaking the local language. And if not, they probably have certified translators to intrepret the interview.

But more than likely they will have someone speaking your SO's language.

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Brazil
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Usually, Consulates and Embassies will have people speaking the local language. And if not, they probably have certified translators to intrepret the interview.

But more than likely they will have someone speaking your SO's language.

I am personally curious to know whether it would count against the intending immigrant if their English skills are limited and feel more comfortable doing the interview in their native language.

I have heard mixed reviews, though it is always hard to say - in the case of someone who did not speak English in the interview and was then denied the visa - whether there were other factors involved as well.

Any thoughts on this from anyone else?


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August 14, 2008: INTERVIEW! Visa issued!

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Iraq
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I wonder what the odds are of having an Iraqi Arabic speaker at the US Consulate in Korea...


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I-129:

11/27/07: NOA1

5/02/08: NOA2 (157 days from NOA1)

6/16/08: K1 Interview- ADMINISTRATIVE PROCESSING CO quoted us 2-4 weeks (45 days from NOA2 - 202 days from NOA1)

4/06/09: VISA IN HAND

6/20/09: POE LAX

7/4/09: Making it Legal - Wedding

10/17/09: The big wedding ceremony

AOS:

7/22/09: AOS Paperwork filed

10/27/09: Interview - APPROVED

10/31/09: Welcome Letter Received

Removing Conditions:

7/29/11: I-751 paperwork filed

2/14/12: Card Production Ordered!

2/18/12: Green Card Received

Citizenship:

12/26/12: Paperwork filed

12/31/12: NOA Date

1/14/13: Biometrics Appt

2/26/13: Interview

3/27/13: Oath Ceremony!!

6/30/13: Baby Due Date :)

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Filed: Other Country: China
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I wonder what the odds are of having an Iraqi Arabic speaker at the US Consulate in Korea...

In all fairness, you didn't mention his native language or country. One would have to look at the flag under your Avatar to know your his native language didn't match that of the country he'll interview.

I would expect the Consular officer to muddle through the best they can but would suggest your husband learn how to request that something be rephrased and to make certain he understands a question before answering.


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