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My successful experience: US Embassy, Cambodia, K-1 visa interview.

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December 19, 2013

We arrived at the Embassy at 6:15 am and were number fourteen and fifteen in line. The guards started letting everyone in at about 7:10. The US citizen is allowed to be at the interview. You are allowed to bring a cell phone with you, however it will be held at the guards station until after your interview. The guards will also take your ID card and hold it until you are finished.

At 7:30 an announcement was made to line up at window number 1 to receive your queue number. There was no order to the line, just a mad rush to get to the front of the line. Within five minutes they started calling numbers to go to the appropriate window.

The first window we went to took in all the documents that we had brought. In the appointment letter that you will receive is a list of the documents to bring and what order to have them in. As long as you have all the documents this process takes about five minutes. I had two issues: one, my I-134 from my co-sponsor was a copy (not an original), was told I would have to have the original mailed from the US, two, my fiancé’s police certificate listed me as her spouse, I was told I would need to get it corrected. Even with these two mistakes I was told that she could continue with her interview.

Approximately twenty minutes later we were called to the next window for fingerprinting. One minute and it was complete.

After about an hour wait we were called to window ten. This is the only window that is located in another room and shielded from the other people waiting. The interview began. He first asked me about where I lived in the US, how long had I been in Cambodia (I have been here nine months and actually filed my petition from here), what I did for a living in the US, and if I voted in the last presidential election. He then said that he would ask my fiancé some questions in Khmer. He asked her how we met, how long she had known me and was she ready to move to the US. He then turned to his computer and started typing. A couple of minutes later he turned back to face us and said that he saw no problems at all with approving the visa, however we needed to have her police certificate redone and bring it back to the embassy. If we could do this by Tuesday of next week her visa would be ready on Friday. I asked him about the I-134 that the first lady did not like. He said that he saw no problem with it and that he was the one that made the final decision so just get the police certificate fixed and we would be on our way.

One thing I would like to add is that in our proof of relationship, of the eight pictures I included, two were pictures of our ‘engagement ceremony’ with my fiancé wearing a traditional wedding dress and me wearing traditional wedding clothes. To quote some here on VJ, ‘it looked like a duck and sounded like a duck’ but in this case it wasn't a duck, it was just the way things are done in this country.

209 days from filing the initial petition (17 pages total), no RFE’s, and an easy successful interview. I’m 51 by the way, my fiancé is 29.

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Wow, congrats and happy for both of you!


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*** Thread moved from K-1 Process forum to the Embassy/Consulate forum -- topic involves that phase. ***


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If you haven't done so already, post your review in "Reviews: Embassy" (link atop any VJ page) for Cambodia. Congratulations!

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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December 19, 2013

We arrived at the Embassy at 6:15 am and were number fourteen and fifteen in line. The guards started letting everyone in at about 7:10. The US citizen is allowed to be at the interview. You are allowed to bring a cell phone with you, however it will be held at the guards station until after your interview. The guards will also take your ID card and hold it until you are finished.

At 7:30 an announcement was made to line up at window number 1 to receive your queue number. There was no order to the line, just a mad rush to get to the front of the line. Within five minutes they started calling numbers to go to the appropriate window.

The first window we went to took in all the documents that we had brought. In the appointment letter that you will receive is a list of the documents to bring and what order to have them in. As long as you have all the documents this process takes about five minutes. I had two issues: one, my I-134 from my co-sponsor was a copy (not an original), was told I would have to have the original mailed from the US, two, my fiancé’s police certificate listed me as her spouse, I was told I would need to get it corrected. Even with these two mistakes I was told that she could continue with her interview.

Approximately twenty minutes later we were called to the next window for fingerprinting. One minute and it was complete.

After about an hour wait we were called to window ten. This is the only window that is located in another room and shielded from the other people waiting. The interview began. He first asked me about where I lived in the US, how long had I been in Cambodia (I have been here nine months and actually filed my petition from here), what I did for a living in the US, and if I voted in the last presidential election. He then said that he would ask my fiancé some questions in Khmer. He asked her how we met, how long she had known me and was she ready to move to the US. He then turned to his computer and started typing. A couple of minutes later he turned back to face us and said that he saw no problems at all with approving the visa, however we needed to have her police certificate redone and bring it back to the embassy. If we could do this by Tuesday of next week her visa would be ready on Friday. I asked him about the I-134 that the first lady did not like. He said that he saw no problem with it and that he was the one that made the final decision so just get the police certificate fixed and we would be on our way.

One thing I would like to add is that in our proof of relationship, of the eight pictures I included, two were pictures of our ‘engagement ceremony’ with my fiancé wearing a traditional wedding dress and me wearing traditional wedding clothes. To quote some here on VJ, ‘it looked like a duck and sounded like a duck’ but in this case it wasn't a duck, it was just the way things are done in this country.

209 days from filing the initial petition (17 pages total), no RFE’s, and an easy successful interview. I’m 51 by the way, my fiancé is 29.

Congrats! Can I ask you how many times you met in person before you applied and how long you knew each other? Also, what type of docs did you include as evidence of your relationship?

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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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