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11 minutes ago, Biffa said:

Hi fellow kiwis! Can anyone tell me how much of a wait time there was for their K1 interview? Meaning when they booked your interview for the "earliest possible date" how far away was it? Thanks.

Kia Ora!

 

My husband's K-1 interview was lightning fast!  In fact, it would have been earlier had he not been working down on the South Island.  It could have potentially happened within one week.  As it was, he had to delay it to a couple of weeks, and in fact it was held the same week as his medical.  Auckland consulate is extreme efficient and competent, vis a vis what I have surmised from other consulates from reading VJ.

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Just now, Jorgedig said:

Kia Ora!

 

My husband's K-1 interview was lightning fast!  In fact, it would have been earlier had he not been working down on the South Island.  It could have potentially happened within one week.  As it was, he had to delay it to a couple of weeks, and in fact it was held the same week as his medical.  Auckland consulate is extreme efficient and competent, vis a vis what I have surmised from other consulates from reading VJ.

Wow! Great to hear. Thank you. It's hard to tell from some NZ timelines because they vary so much, I saw one person waited for 2 months so wasn't sure if it was because the consulate was slow. 

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Just now, Biffa said:

Wow! Great to hear. Thank you. It's hard to tell from some NZ timelines because they vary so much, I saw one person waited for 2 months so wasn't sure if it was because the consulate was slow. 

Honestly, I think the variation in interview times at Auckland is more of a reflection on the personal schedules of applicants than the consulate itself.   Every step of our process on that end was extremely professional and punctual.  Good luck, and welcome to the West Coast!

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4 minutes ago, Jorgedig said:

Honestly, I think the variation in interview times at Auckland is more of a reflection on the personal schedules of applicants than the consulate itself.   Every step of our process on that end was extremely professional and punctual.  Good luck, and welcome to the West Coast!

I hear you. My case should be sent to the consulate next week, not on the West Coast just yet 😉 Thanks for your help. Its so hard planning your life with all these things, but its great knowing it could potentially move rather quickly!

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2 minutes ago, Biffa said:

I hear you. My case should be sent to the consulate next week, not on the West Coast just yet 😉 Thanks for your help. Its so hard planning your life with all these things, but its great knowing it could potentially move rather quickly!

I get it!  We were surprised at how quickly things moved after NOA2.  So worth it though!

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Hi there! 

 

I am also wondering about turn around time between submitting the paperwork and getting an interview. We received notice in September 2018 that our petition had been received by the consulate in Auckland. We applied for and received an extension of validity because we are not planning to marry until June 2019 in the USA and didn't want the medical to expire before we arrived in the USA (our plan is to arrive around May 2019). 

 

My fiance had his physical January 7, 2019 and we submitted all of the required documents including DS-160, evidence of financial support, birth certificate, police checks etc. on January 17, 2019. Any ideas as to how long it might take before we'd receive an interview date? We have plans to leave New Zealand in March 2019 to do a bit of traveling before arriving in USA. Just wondering if anyone has any idea if this is a feasible plan, based on their experience waiting for an interview?

 

Many thanks!

 

Sarah

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30 minutes ago, Kiwiwi24 said:

Hi there! 

 

I am also wondering about turn around time between submitting the paperwork and getting an interview. We received notice in September 2018 that our petition had been received by the consulate in Auckland. We applied for and received an extension of validity because we are not planning to marry until June 2019 in the USA and didn't want the medical to expire before we arrived in the USA (our plan is to arrive around May 2019). 

 

My fiance had his physical January 7, 2019 and we submitted all of the required documents including DS-160, evidence of financial support, birth certificate, police checks etc. on January 17, 2019. Any ideas as to how long it might take before we'd receive an interview date? We have plans to leave New Zealand in March 2019 to do a bit of traveling before arriving in USA. Just wondering if anyone has any idea if this is a feasible plan, based on their experience waiting for an interview?

 

Many thanks!

 

Sarah

My guess is that they will schedule it in under two weeks from now, if things at the Auckland consulate are similar to how they were last Fall.  Their scheduling isn't really as tied to the medical appointments as other consulates, per my observation.  It was no problem on their end for my fiancé to interview just a few days after the medical, even before they had received the report from the panel physician.  Although, it is definitely preferable to interview after the medical arrives, as no one likes to receive a conditional approval pending medical.  Best of luck!

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3 hours ago, Jorgedig said:

My guess is that they will schedule it in under two weeks from now, if things at the Auckland consulate are similar to how they were last Fall.  Their scheduling isn't really as tied to the medical appointments as other consulates, per my observation.  It was no problem on their end for my fiancé to interview just a few days after the medical, even before they had received the report from the panel physician.  Although, it is definitely preferable to interview after the medical arrives, as no one likes to receive a conditional approval pending medical.  Best of luck!

Thank you! Funny timing, because about an hour later, we received an email from the consulate advising they had an appointment scheduled for February 7! very impressed with the turn-around time, especially knowing these employees are not being paid due to government shutdown (at least I assume that to be the case!). 

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4 hours ago, Kiwiwi24 said:

Thank you! Funny timing, because about an hour later, we received an email from the consulate advising they had an appointment scheduled for February 7! very impressed with the turn-around time, especially knowing these employees are not being paid due to government shutdown (at least I assume that to be the case!). 

Excellent news!  Yes, those going through Auckland are definitely lucky vs. many of the world's other embassies......we joke that its because why would any sane kiwi want to leave NZ for the US?!  

 

I believe the consular employees are in fact being paid currently.  Definitely hope so.

 

Good luck with your interview!  My husband was nervous, just because of the high stakes involved, but he needn't have been.  They were just as professional and kind as one would expect.  

 

~Erika

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