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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Denmark
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Hi all,

I've noticed that in various topics people make reference to the USC being present at the fiance's embassy interview. That stage is a ways off for me, but is that necessary/recommended in all cases? I seem to see plenty of cases where the USC is not present. I ask because I work in academia and I suspect my fiance will get his interview over the summer or fall, and it would be a bit complicated to travel to Scandinavia for this one event. Any explanation, reassurance, or opinions will be mightily appreciated.

Thanks always for your help!

Lisa

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No, the USC is not REQUIRED to be present at the interview. And since your fiance is not in a "high fraud country" you really dont HAVE to be there. As long as he has LOADS of "relationship" evidence with him ( photo's, engagement ring receipts, copies of boarding passes from visits etc..) then he will be ok :)

From and emotional standpoint though, it can be very nerve-wrecking, and sometimes having ones significant other there can help.


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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Philippines
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I just happened to be living here with my fiancée, so it was a non-issue as to me being present for the interview. I wasn't certain I'd be allowed in, though.

Ultimately, I was and the CO divided the interview up between us evenly -- which also surprised me.

Was I required to be there? Absolutely not. Did it end up being well worth it in regard to supporting my fiancée? Absolutely. Was the CO pleased to see me present? Yes, and said so himself.

It's one of those things that you may as well do if you can, but if not be certain your evidence is rock-solid and voluminous as the PP suggested.

Personally, I'd not have missed it for the world; It was one of the most singular events in my life.


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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Philippines
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I just happened to be living here with my fiancée, so it was a non-issue as to me being present for the interview. I wasn't certain I'd be allowed in, though.

Ultimately, I was and the CO divided the interview up between us evenly -- which also surprised me.

Was I required to be there? Absolutely not. Did it end up being well worth it in regard to supporting my fiancée? Absolutely. Was the CO pleased to see me present? Yes, and said so himself.

It's one of those things that you may as well do if you can, but if not be certain your evidence is rock-solid and voluminous as the PP suggested.

Personally, I'd not have missed it for the world; It was one of the most singular events in my life.


17-Jan-10 - Filed K-1

26-Apr-10 - Approved

06-May-10 - Entered POE

24-May-10 - Married

22-Jul-10 - Filed AOS

24-Sep-10 - Biometrics Appointment

18-Nov-10 - Approved

29-Nov-10 - Received Green Card

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Ecuador
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I gently disagree with the lovely & gracious Coralie on a couple of points:

No, the USC is not REQUIRED to be present at the interview.
At some embassies & consulates, it is an unpublicized requirement that the USC be on the premises during the first interview. Failure to heed this requirement courts a 221g or an outright refusal of the visa.
As long as he has LOADS of "relationship" evidence with him ( photo's, engagement ring receipts, copies of boarding passes from visits etc..) then he will be ok
More than a few stories on here recount that the interviewee brought considerable "evidence of bona fide relationship" to the interview, but the consul refused to accept it, consider it, or even acknowledge its existence. (This is why, for most consulates except perhaps in lower-fraud countries, it's prudent to front-load one's K-1 or CR-1 petition before sending it to USCIS -- the consulate cannot then deny or disclaim the existence of the evidence.)
From an emotional standpoint, though, it can be very nerve-wracking, and sometimes having one's significant other there can help.
This is 100% correct. The added confidence that's conferred by your presence can lead to a more confident interview presentation. Also, even if you (the USC) are not allowed INTO the interview, you can hand your U.S. passport to your SO to show the CO. This lends credibility that could (you may never know) mean the difference between issuance or refusal of the visa.

Read the Embassy Reviews for Denmark to learn about specific expectations there, and consider that it is always prudent to cover all conceivable bases.


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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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Vietnam
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I agree with TBoneTX's assessment. In the OP's case, it isn't required for the petitioner to be present, and probably wouldn't make much difference if she was there. However, there are many consulates where it can make a significant difference, and a few where it is essential. Since other people will read this thread for guidance, and since this issue is dependent on the specific consulate, it's important that any advice should be qualified accordingly. Coralie's statement is probably correct for over 90% of the consulates. Anyone should verify whether their fiancee will be interviewing at one of the remaining consulates before assuming that it is also correct for them. The regional forums are a good place to seek answers to consulate specific questions.


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Hi all,

I've noticed that in various topics people make reference to the USC being present at the fiance's embassy interview. That stage is a ways off for me, but is that necessary/recommended in all cases? I seem to see plenty of cases where the USC is not present. I ask because I work in academia and I suspect my fiance will get his interview over the summer or fall, and it would be a bit complicated to travel to Scandinavia for this one event. Any explanation, reassurance, or opinions will be mightily appreciated.

Thanks always for your help!

Lisa

Hi there,

My husband went to the embassy by himself. I couldn't get the time off either, so I wasn't able to travel to Denmark to go with him. He said I didn't need to be there anyway. He said he was asked a few simple questions to verify our relationship; the woman who interviewed him said she could tell we had a true relationship, just by the way he talked about us and answered the questions. He also said that as long as your fiancee has the required paperwork with him when he goes to the interview, he shouldn't have a problem. I know my husband took a picture of me with him and asked the interviewer if she'd like to see it. He had the pic in his wallet, I think. Tell your fiancee if he uses pics, to have some printed out, as the guards will take cameras and cell phones when he enters (and will give them back when he comes out). But if he has photos stored on these devices, he won't be able to use them in the interview. My husband said the interview was no big deal at all. If I remember correctly, he was in and out in no time. I had him call me as soon as he was done. It may have been about an hour and a half total. Advice is just that your honey should be there on time and look respectable, which is a given I think. And tell him to answer the questions about your relationship from the heart. Don't worry about the interview. Once we got to that part, I knew we were on our way! Now we have been married for 2 years and we are in the process of removing his residency conditions. For the most part, we didn't seem to hit any snags along the way. Thank god! Good luck to you!

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Denmark
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Hi there,

My husband went to the embassy by himself. I couldn't get the time off either, so I wasn't able to travel to Denmark to go with him. He said I didn't need to be there anyway. He said he was asked a few simple questions to verify our relationship; the woman who interviewed him said she could tell we had a true relationship, just by the way he talked about us and answered the questions. He also said that as long as your fiancee has the required paperwork with him when he goes to the interview, he shouldn't have a problem. I know my husband took a picture of me with him and asked the interviewer if she'd like to see it. He had the pic in his wallet, I think. Tell your fiancee if he uses pics, to have some printed out, as the guards will take cameras and cell phones when he enters (and will give them back when he comes out). But if he has photos stored on these devices, he won't be able to use them in the interview. My husband said the interview was no big deal at all. If I remember correctly, he was in and out in no time. I had him call me as soon as he was done. It may have been about an hour and a half total. Advice is just that your honey should be there on time and look respectable, which is a given I think. And tell him to answer the questions about your relationship from the heart. Don't worry about the interview. Once we got to that part, I knew we were on our way! Now we have been married for 2 years and we are in the process of removing his residency conditions. For the most part, we didn't seem to hit any snags along the way. Thank god! Good luck to you!

Thank you for your input! I really appreciate it!

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Colombia
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I'll be going to the interview with my Fiancee for the following reasons..

#1) She has never been to Bogota and I'm not comfortable with her being their for the first time alone.

#2) I will need to be there to pay for expenses (Plane tickets, taxis, hotel, medical exams, food, etc)

#3) She will need me there for moral support

#4) I'll be there as proof if the officer has doubts about the relationship

#5) Lastly.. I miss her

Sadly I wont have vacation time to wait until the visa arrives in the mail so I plan on sending her to the POE by herself. The plan is to have her fly back about 2 weeks after the interview given that the visa is approved and I will meet her at the POE airport which wold be either Atlanta or Miami.


Blog: http://fianceek1visa.blogspot.com/

K1 Timeline:
Service Center : Vermont Service Center
Consulate : Bogota, Colombia
2009-12-26 : I-129F Sent
2009-12-28 : I-129F NOA1
2009-12-28 : I-129F NOA2
2010-04-02 : NVC Received
2010-04-05 : Consulate Received
2010-04-20 : Packet 3 Sent (via Fax)
2010-04-22 : Packet 3 Received by Consulate
2010-06-09 : Interview Date (APPROVED)
2010-06-24 : Visa Delivery (Via Domesa)
2010-07-01 : POE (Fort-Lauderdale)

2010-09-04 : Married !!!!

AOS Timeline
2010-09-11 : Packaged express mailed to Chicago Office:
2010-09-13 : Package delivered to USCIS Chicago
2010-09-20 : NOA1 via e-mail
2010-10-15 : Case Xfered to California Service Center
2010-12-01 : Inquiry made regarding delay of biometrics appointment letter
2010-12-15 : Received biometrics appointment letter (Scheduled for 2011-01-05)
2011-01-05 : Biometrics Appointment
2011-01-12 : Work Authorization Card Received
2011-01-26 : Two Year Green Card Received (Thank you VJ!!!!)

Us Citizen

May 2014

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Colombia
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Being my fiancee is Colombian, I beleive the best thing for me to do is be at the embassy. This entire thing is way to valuable and there has been a lot of time and money invested to take any chances.

I understand that this may be diferent for certain countries, but would not risk a bad outcome regardless.. I've set time aside for the appointment at the Embassy and to be with her on the trip to the US for her POE and wouldn't dream of having it any other way..

Hoping all goes well with the Petition so that day will arrive.. :thumbs:

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Colombia
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Being my fiancee is Colombian, I beleive the best thing for me to do is be at the embassy. This entire thing is way to valuable and there has been a lot of time and money invested to take any chances.

I understand that this may be diferent for certain countries, but would not risk a bad outcome regardless.. I've set time aside for the appointment at the Embassy and to be with her on the trip to the US for her POE and wouldn't dream of having it any other way..

Hoping all goes well with the Petition so that day will arrive.. :thumbs:

I agree 100%... We are going to put our best foot forward in an effort to get approved on the first visit. I literally cant afford to pay for a second visit so its a must we get it right the first time. I would also imagine that Colombia is on the "high risk" list and being their could influence the desicion.

I'll try to add as many details about our experience when we have our interview.


Blog: http://fianceek1visa.blogspot.com/

K1 Timeline:
Service Center : Vermont Service Center
Consulate : Bogota, Colombia
2009-12-26 : I-129F Sent
2009-12-28 : I-129F NOA1
2009-12-28 : I-129F NOA2
2010-04-02 : NVC Received
2010-04-05 : Consulate Received
2010-04-20 : Packet 3 Sent (via Fax)
2010-04-22 : Packet 3 Received by Consulate
2010-06-09 : Interview Date (APPROVED)
2010-06-24 : Visa Delivery (Via Domesa)
2010-07-01 : POE (Fort-Lauderdale)

2010-09-04 : Married !!!!

AOS Timeline
2010-09-11 : Packaged express mailed to Chicago Office:
2010-09-13 : Package delivered to USCIS Chicago
2010-09-20 : NOA1 via e-mail
2010-10-15 : Case Xfered to California Service Center
2010-12-01 : Inquiry made regarding delay of biometrics appointment letter
2010-12-15 : Received biometrics appointment letter (Scheduled for 2011-01-05)
2011-01-05 : Biometrics Appointment
2011-01-12 : Work Authorization Card Received
2011-01-26 : Two Year Green Card Received (Thank you VJ!!!!)

Us Citizen

May 2014

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Sweden
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Hi all,

I've noticed that in various topics people make reference to the USC being present at the fiance's embassy interview. That stage is a ways off for me, but is that necessary/recommended in all cases? I seem to see plenty of cases where the USC is not present. I ask because I work in academia and I suspect my fiance will get his interview over the summer or fall, and it would be a bit complicated to travel to Scandinavia for this one event. Any explanation, reassurance, or opinions will be mightily appreciated.

Thanks always for your help!

Lisa

My interview was in Stockholm Sweden, I went there by myself even though me and my fiancé (at that time) ware over a 1and half apart from each other.

You just need to have proof that you DO have a relationship and be able to answer the questions!

Good Luck you will be fine…


2008-05-06 I-129F sent

2008-05-10 Delivered to NVC 3:12pm

2008-05-20 NOA1

2008-05-23 Touched

2008-06-26 Touched

2008-06-27 Touched

2008-09-07 NOA2

2008-09-11 Received at NVC

2008-09-12 Left NVC

2008-09-18 Consulate received

2008-09-25 Pkt3 Received

2008-09-28 Pkt3 Returned

2008-09-30 Pkt4 Received

2008-10-09 Interview

2008-10-13 Medical

2008-10-24 Visa Received

2008-10-30 Fying home to my Jonathan

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Filed: Other Country: Ukraine
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I agree with TBoneTX's assessment. In the OP's case, it isn't required for the petitioner to be present, and probably wouldn't make much difference if she was there. However, there are many consulates where it can make a significant difference, and a few where it is essential. Since other people will read this thread for guidance, and since this issue is dependent on the specific consulate, it's important that any advice should be qualified accordingly. Coralie's statement is probably correct for over 90% of the consulates. Anyone should verify whether their fiancee will be interviewing at one of the remaining consulates before assuming that it is also correct for them. The regional forums are a good place to seek answers to consulate specific questions.

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~Johnny~

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