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I was researching for statistics on k1 visa and i found these stats for 2017. Does anybody know what pass/fail rates are for thailand and also how hard is interview in bangkok vs. Other countries. Maybe starting to worry to much now that its getting close but just wonder what is chance of denial.

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I have been studying USCIS statistics for 2.5 years since our K1 (not Thailand) was unapproved.  I've never found numbers for how many visas are unapproved at a consular level for each country. 

 

A lot of people say if you have a real relationship its nothing to worry about...but we did and were worried. 

 

I don't have anything to contribute about your chances through Bangkok but if you want more recent statistics for 2018 I compile a monthly database if you send me a message I'll send it to you

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Have you read the reviews of the embassy here on VJ? I just quickly looked over them. Nearly every review is 4 or 5 stars, and it sounds like the interview is very short (often just 3 questions). I also don't recall ever seeing any stories here on VJ indicating otherwise.The only two countries I recall anyone having K-1 "challenges" in SE Asia are Cambodia and Vietnam. 

 

In other words, if you have a straight forward case, I think you can feel confident things will go fine. 

 

Thailand reviews:

 

https://www.visajourney.com/reviews/index.php?cnty=Thailand&page=1&dfilter=5&topic=


Removing Conditions Timeline

Aug. 10, '17: Mailed in I-751

Aug. 21, '17: NOA1

October 23, '18: NOA2- approval

October 30, 18: 10-year GC received

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24 minutes ago, usmsbow said:

Have you read the reviews of the embassy here on VJ? I just quickly looked over them. Nearly every review is 4 or 5 stars, and it sounds like the interview is very short (often just 3 questions). I also don't recall ever seeing any stories here on VJ indicating otherwise.The only two countries I recall anyone having K-1 "challenges" in SE Asia are Cambodia and Vietnam. 

 

In other words, if you have a straight forward case, I think you can feel confident things will go fine. 

 

Thailand reviews:

 

https://www.visajourney.com/reviews/index.php?cnty=Thailand&page=1&dfilter=5&topic=

Thank you, I have seen the reviews but after seeing so many refusals for the fiscal year 2017 worldwide i just wonder if the people that do get refused just never post about what happened. Maybe to painful?

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Well there are plenty of stories here on VJ of K-1 rejections, primarily from Nigeria, Ghana, Morocco, and Pakistan. 


Removing Conditions Timeline

Aug. 10, '17: Mailed in I-751

Aug. 21, '17: NOA1

October 23, '18: NOA2- approval

October 30, 18: 10-year GC received

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My fiancee and I dealt with the embassy in Bangkok. I did put a stellar review for them under the embassy section because it was a very simple interview. Our application was front-loaded very well for our evidence of relationship, and I helped her study a bunch of questions they might ask just in case, and she was more than prepared. All the work and then only 3 easy questions, and have a nice day. The total interview was under 5 Min. We had applied for a tourist visa before applying for a K1 also, and that was denied in under 30 seconds. From my experience and others I have talked to If you have a strong front-loaded application with lots of evidence you should have no issues on a K1. The embassy is hard on anyone wanting a tourist visa for sure, but they seem to be more than willing to issue a K1 as long as you are legit. Just be as prepared as possible for the interview, and I don't think you will have any problems. Good luck, Know that the approval is just the beginning, I am just finishing planning for the wedding soon at a Thai temple here( It's not to easy to find a Monk that is licensed by the State to perform ceremonies.LOL), and have followed the guides here for everything to the letter. Stick with the guides and you will have no issues, as they have not failed me yet, Had her social security card 2 weeks after landing ( Applied the day after Thanksgiving after only being here 48 hours and she was in the system) took everything the guide suggested and was done in about an hour and a Half. Only took 15min to do the card application, rest was wait time. Will be filing AOS soon following the guides here again to the letter, and am hoping for a speedy processing on that also.

 

Good luck, and I think you should be fine as long as you are prepared.

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1 hour ago, BigWill said:

Does anybody know what pass/fail rates are for thailand

That data is not published. The table you posted + the table for # visas issued by country is the most you can get. Neither will get you to an actual approval/refusal rate.

The best you can get is via anecdotal evidence from others. Keep in mind stories seen on VJ are probably cases more difficult than average.


Timelines:

Spoiler

AOS (I-485 + I-131 + I-765):

9/25/17: sent forms to Chicago

9/27/17: received by USCIS

10/4/17: NOA1 electronic notification received

10/10/17: NOA1 hard copy received. Social Security card being issued in married name (3rd attempt!)

10/14/17: Biometrics appointment notice received

10/25/17: Biometrics

1/2/18: EAD + AP approved (no website update)

1/5/18: EAD + AP mailed

1/8/18: EAD + AP approval notice hardcopies received

1/10/18: EAD + AP received

9/5/18: Interview scheduled notice

10/17/18: Interview

10/24/18: Green card produced notice

10/25/18: Formal approval

10/31/18: Green card received

 

K-1:

Spoiler

I-129F

12/1/17: sent

12/14/17: NOA1 hard copy received

3/10/17: RFE (IMB verification)

3/22/17: RFE response received

3/24/17: Approved!

3/30/17: NOA2 hard copy received

 

NVC

4/6/2017: Received

4/12/2017: Sent to Riyadh embassy

4/16/2017: Case received at Riyadh embassy

4/21/2017: Request case transfer to Manila, approved 4/24/2017

 

K-1

5/1/2017: Case received by Manila (1 week embassy transfer??? Lucky~)

7/13/2017: Interview: APPROVED!!!

7/19/2017: Visa in hand

8/15/2017: POE

 

 

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It's always smart to read the recent reviews; and, from any time, the best reviews and the worst reviews.

No harm can ever come from sensibly thorough front-loading of a petition.

 

General reminder:  Remember that COs spend 2 years at each consular post.

A new Section Chief of an Immigrant Visa unit might come in and revise practices.

This is what happened to me and my contemporaries at the [censored] Guayaquil consulate in 2007-8.

Fortunately, as I understand, things have been systemically refined to avoid a lot of what we went through.


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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