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Filed: Lift. Cond. (pnd) Country: India
Timeline

My interview was scheduled on 15th July, 2010. I was told to report at 8 a.m. I reached the US embassy at 7.15 a.m. After the security check, I was given a token number. Waited in a hall where immigrant and non-immigrant interviews were to be taken and got my finger print done.

Then I had to wait patiently for my turn. I went to the counter when my token number was displayed. An Indian lady took my papers and went through them.

She returned me few papers such as:

- Call logs, emails, greeting cards,

- Documents showing my fiancés visit to India (boarding pass, hotel and restaurant receipts)

- Birthday gift receipts, original date of birth certificate,

- I-134 supporting documents (bank statement, investment details, 2008-tax return) and X-ray report.

Finally, she told me to deposit the fees and informed me that K1 visa fees had increased to $350 US dollars. I submitted the bank draft and returned her 2 copies of the receipt. You can check exchange rate from the embassy’s website. Also, it is better to call or email them upfront to get the correct exchange rate. http://newdelhi.usembassy.gov/ivvisafees2.html

I had to wait for the final interview which was to be taken by the Consulate Officer who was an American lady. I was asked the following questions.

  1. Who was sponsoring me?
  2. How did we meet?
  3. Was it an arranged match or other arrangements?
  4. I previously visited US on J1 visa (Exchange visitor visa) and the Consulate officer wanted to know for what purpose my previous visit?
  5. Whether I had gone to US for studying or whether I was working there?
  6. a) Consulate officer asked for J1 waiver document (Two year foreign residency requirement documents)
  7. When did I return from the US?
  8. What is my qualification?
  9. When did I get engaged?
  10. Where is snaps/pictures?

Finally, the Consulate Officer told me I should get my passport/visa within a week. I was out of the consulate office by 9:30 AM.

TIPS for folks who visited US on J1 visa and applying K1/K3 (fiancé or Spouse visa):

Please ensure that you get the J1 waiver (Two year residency requirement) first before applying for any K1/K3 visa. Without the waiver the consulate officer will not issue K1/K3 visa. Also, getting J1 waiver from India is a real painful task, so start working on it upfront.

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Thanks for posting, it's helpful to see how other interviews went to prepare for our own. The questions seemed a lot more basic then I was expecting, I thought there would be more of a focus on your relationship and such.


K1 Visa

I-129F Sent :------------------2010-07-28

I-129F NOA1 :----------------2010-08-05

Transferred to CSC:--------2010-08-10

I-129F NOA2 :----------------2011-01-04

NVC Left :----------------------2011-01-19

Consulate Received :------2011-01-25

Packet 3 Received :---------2011-01-27

Packet 3 Sent :---------------2011-01-27

Packet 4 Received :---------2011-02-17

Interview Date :---------------2011-02-24

Visa Received :---------------2011-03-07

Flight: March 10th 2011!

Married: March 22nd 2011!

AOS

AOS Packet sent :------------2011-04-28

NOA1 :---------------------------2011-05-04

I-485 RFE :---------------------2011-05-16

Biometrics letter : ------------2011-05-23

Biometrics Walk-In :---------2011-05-26

RFE Response :--------------2011-05-31

Transferred to CSC :--------2011-06-14

EAD Approved :---------------2011-06-24

AP Approved :-----------------2011-06-28

EAD / AP Received :--------2011-07-02

AOS Approved :---------------2011-08-04

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Congratulations. Thanks for posting the review. I would like to hear as many different questions as possible. I generally like the tone of the questions that have been reported.


7-30-07 - Met in Santa Marta, Colombia

9-19-08 - Engaged

7-13-10 - I-129F sent by USPS Expressmail to VSC;

10-18-10 - NOA2!!!!!!!!!! (Received in hand 10-22-10)

11-12-10 - Sent email to Embassy asking about petition; response "Petition rec'd; send in documents"; sent same day

11-24-10 - Called the Department of State; interview has been scheduled

11-29-10 - Package 3 received by beneficiary

01-19-11 - Interview - VISA APPROVED!!!!!!!!!!!

01-27-11 - Passport received; visa in hand

02-08-11 - POE - Fort Lauderdale, Fla MISSED FLIGHT; 02-10-11 - POE second time's the charm. Easy POE. Welcome to the USA.

03-04-11 - Married

AOS

05-08-11 - Mailed out I-485, I-765 & I-131;

05-16-11 - Text & email msgs with Receipt Number

05-17-11 - Applied for Expedited AP as Victoria's mother was very ill; 05-18-11 - Picked up AP document

05-20-11 - Victoria returns to Colombia; NOA1 for all 3 forms arrive

06-03-11 - Text message "Case now updated"; RFE 06-07-11 - RFE arrives for 2010 Tax Return

06-08-11 - Text message "Case now updated"; Post Office returned a letter that was sent by USCIS; 06-09-11 - Issue resolved

06-14-11 - RFE response sent; 06-21-11 - Text message "Case now updated"; RFE response under review

06-29-11 - Text message "Case now updated"; Case transferred to CSC

08-30-11 - Victoria returns to US

08-31-11 - Biometrics done; Text message - "EAD Card Production ordered"

09-11 - Case transferred back from CSC

11-22-11 - Interview in Albany Field Office. AOS APPROVED.

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Czech Republic
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My interview was scheduled on 15th July, 2010. I was told to report at 8 a.m. I reached the US embassy at 7.15 a.m. After the security check, I was given a token number. Waited in a hall where immigrant and non-immigrant interviews were to be taken and got my finger print done.

Then I had to wait patiently for my turn. I went to the counter when my token number was displayed. An Indian lady took my papers and went through them.

She returned me few papers such as:

- Call logs, emails, greeting cards,

- Documents showing my fiancés visit to India (boarding pass, hotel and restaurant receipts)

- Birthday gift receipts, original date of birth certificate,

- I-134 supporting documents (bank statement, investment details, 2008-tax return) and X-ray report.

Finally, she told me to deposit the fees and informed me that K1 visa fees had increased to $350 US dollars. I submitted the bank draft and returned her 2 copies of the receipt. You can check exchange rate from the embassy’s website. Also, it is better to call or email them upfront to get the correct exchange rate. http://newdelhi.usembassy.gov/ivvisafees2.html

I had to wait for the final interview which was to be taken by the Consulate Officer who was an American lady. I was asked the following questions.

  1. Who was sponsoring me?
  2. How did we meet?
  3. Was it an arranged match or other arrangements?
  4. I previously visited US on J1 visa (Exchange visitor visa) and the Consulate officer wanted to know for what purpose my previous visit?
  5. Whether I had gone to US for studying or whether I was working there?
  6. a) Consulate officer asked for J1 waiver document (Two year foreign residency requirement documents)
  7. When did I return from the US?
  8. What is my qualification?
  9. When did I get engaged?
  10. Where is snaps/pictures?

Finally, the Consulate Officer told me I should get my passport/visa within a week. I was out of the consulate office by 9:30 AM.

TIPS for folks who visited US on J1 visa and applying K1/K3 (fiancé or Spouse visa):

Please ensure that you get the J1 waiver (Two year residency requirement) first before applying for any K1/K3 visa. Without the waiver the consulate officer will not issue K1/K3 visa. Also, getting J1 waiver from India is a real painful task, so start working on it upfront.

Hi to India :)

thanks for very useful post.I have been to the US on J1 visa as an au pair and until yesterday i did not know i need to submit my DS 2019 form to the I-129F package.The thing i did not know is that I should bring it with me to the interview also so thank you.Is the DS 2019 what you mean by J1 waiver right? Just making sure:)


07/23/2007 Arriving to the US on J1 visa as an au pair

12/24/2008 Meeting online

01/02/2009 First beautiful date

08/22/2009 Lenka is leaving the States as her au pair program is at the end

10/08/2009 Lenka visits the US for almost 3 months

12/22/2009 L and E returns back to Czech together,he is introduced to her family

01/28/2010 Lenka visits the US for 3 months

05/28/2010 Student visa denied

06/30/ - 07/07/2010 Eric visiting Czech

07/04/2010 Engaged :)

08/06/2010 I-129F sent

08/17/2010 NOA1

09/19/ - 09/27/2010 Eric visiting Czech

12/17/ - 01/03/2010 Eric visiting for Christmas!! :)

01/11/2011 NOA2!!!!!!!!!!!! YAAAAAAY

01/28/2011 NVC left

02/10/2011 Embassy left

02/14/2011 Packet 3 received

02/18/2011 Medicals

03/02/ - 03/06/2011 Eric coming for the interview in Prague

03/03/2011 Interview!!! APPROVED!!!!!!!!!!!

03/23/2011 USA,POE San Francisco

05/01/2011 Our wonderful wedding day!!!!!

06/06/2011 AOS package sent (along with AP and EAD)

06/13/2011 NOAs1 for AOS package in the mail (including AP and EAD)

06/27/2011 Appointment letter for biometrics received

07/18/2011 Biometrics!

07/29/2011 EAD approved

07/29/2011 AP approved

08/01/2011 Appointment letter for interview received ( August 31st,2011)

08/03/2011 EAD card production ordered

08/09/2011 EAD and AP combo card in the mail

08/31/2011 Immigration interview

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (pnd) Country: India
Timeline

Hi to India :)

thanks for very useful post.I have been to the US on J1 visa as an au pair and until yesterday i did not know i need to submit my DS 2019 form to the I-129F package.The thing i did not know is that I should bring it with me to the interview also so thank you.Is the DS 2019 what you mean by J1 waiver right? Just making sure:)

Hello,

You need to first check if you have Two year Residency requirement for your J1 visa. If INA 212(e) Two-Year Foreign Residence Requirement Pertaining to J-1 Exchange Visitors also applies to you then you need to get the waiver first.

Here is the link for J1 waiver.

http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/info/info_1288.html

Also, you can do Google search and you will find lots of postings on J1 waiver. Hope this helps.

Best.

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Czech Republic
Timeline

Hello,

You need to first check if you have Two year Residency requirement for your J1 visa. If INA 212(e) Two-Year Foreign Residence Requirement Pertaining to J-1 Exchange Visitors also applies to you then you need to get the waiver first.

Here is the link for J1 waiver.

http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/info/info_1288.html

Also, you can do Google search and you will find lots of postings on J1 waiver. Hope this helps.

Best.

thanks for info!!! My DS 2019 form says that I am NOT a subject to the 2year residence requirement,is that ok??

I heard so.

Thank you.


07/23/2007 Arriving to the US on J1 visa as an au pair

12/24/2008 Meeting online

01/02/2009 First beautiful date

08/22/2009 Lenka is leaving the States as her au pair program is at the end

10/08/2009 Lenka visits the US for almost 3 months

12/22/2009 L and E returns back to Czech together,he is introduced to her family

01/28/2010 Lenka visits the US for 3 months

05/28/2010 Student visa denied

06/30/ - 07/07/2010 Eric visiting Czech

07/04/2010 Engaged :)

08/06/2010 I-129F sent

08/17/2010 NOA1

09/19/ - 09/27/2010 Eric visiting Czech

12/17/ - 01/03/2010 Eric visiting for Christmas!! :)

01/11/2011 NOA2!!!!!!!!!!!! YAAAAAAY

01/28/2011 NVC left

02/10/2011 Embassy left

02/14/2011 Packet 3 received

02/18/2011 Medicals

03/02/ - 03/06/2011 Eric coming for the interview in Prague

03/03/2011 Interview!!! APPROVED!!!!!!!!!!!

03/23/2011 USA,POE San Francisco

05/01/2011 Our wonderful wedding day!!!!!

06/06/2011 AOS package sent (along with AP and EAD)

06/13/2011 NOAs1 for AOS package in the mail (including AP and EAD)

06/27/2011 Appointment letter for biometrics received

07/18/2011 Biometrics!

07/29/2011 EAD approved

07/29/2011 AP approved

08/01/2011 Appointment letter for interview received ( August 31st,2011)

08/03/2011 EAD card production ordered

08/09/2011 EAD and AP combo card in the mail

08/31/2011 Immigration interview

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: India
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Hey,

My interview is on Aug. 6th, 2010 at 8 AM at New Delhi. Any tips you have because I am sort of nervous...

My interview was scheduled on 15th July, 2010. I was told to report at 8 a.m. I reached the US embassy at 7.15 a.m. After the security check, I was given a token number. Waited in a hall where immigrant and non-immigrant interviews were to be taken and got my finger print done.

Then I had to wait patiently for my turn. I went to the counter when my token number was displayed. An Indian lady took my papers and went through them.

She returned me few papers such as:

- Call logs, emails, greeting cards,

- Documents showing my fiancés visit to India (boarding pass, hotel and restaurant receipts)

- Birthday gift receipts, original date of birth certificate,

- I-134 supporting documents (bank statement, investment details, 2008-tax return) and X-ray report.

Finally, she told me to deposit the fees and informed me that K1 visa fees had increased to $350 US dollars. I submitted the bank draft and returned her 2 copies of the receipt. You can check exchange rate from the embassy’s website. Also, it is better to call or email them upfront to get the correct exchange rate. http://newdelhi.usembassy.gov/ivvisafees2.html

I had to wait for the final interview which was to be taken by the Consulate Officer who was an American lady. I was asked the following questions.

  1. Who was sponsoring me?
  2. How did we meet?
  3. Was it an arranged match or other arrangements?
  4. I previously visited US on J1 visa (Exchange visitor visa) and the Consulate officer wanted to know for what purpose my previous visit?
  5. Whether I had gone to US for studying or whether I was working there?
  6. a) Consulate officer asked for J1 waiver document (Two year foreign residency requirement documents)
  7. When did I return from the US?
  8. What is my qualification?
  9. When did I get engaged?
  10. Where is snaps/pictures?

Finally, the Consulate Officer told me I should get my passport/visa within a week. I was out of the consulate office by 9:30 AM.

TIPS for folks who visited US on J1 visa and applying K1/K3 (fiancé or Spouse visa):

Please ensure that you get the J1 waiver (Two year residency requirement) first before applying for any K1/K3 visa. Without the waiver the consulate officer will not issue K1/K3 visa. Also, getting J1 waiver from India is a real painful task, so start working on it upfront.

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