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They are not interested in answers. They are interested in how confidently or nervously she replies. They watch body language, etc.

 

Have you read embassy reviews for Japan here? I would imagine that for the majority of people the interview is no more than a few minutes and only a few basic questions. So you’ve probably wasted your time rehearsing answers to questions that won’t be asked. 

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Good question.  I believe the CO has to rely on information the sponsor has supplied, information obtained from official background checks, and the demeanor & comfort of the person being interviewed.  If the person being interviewed says "I don't know" to basic information, it would be suspect....imo.


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Before my wife's interview in Taipei, we rehearsed about 80 or 90 questions which our attorney's office had sent us. We spent hours in a coffee shop discussing them.   But when the consulate officer interviewed my wife, she says says it was more like a short chat......with very few questions even about us.......


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My husband and I did the same practice of questions before his interview in Amsterdam.   In the end he answered easy two questions about how we met and then they chatted about the Dutch football teams.

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I have also given my fiance my last 13 months bank statements as well as my tax returns for the last 3 years as I am self employed so it's not as simple as AW to they want the full tax return with all 1099's.

 

 This is something she is also very concerned about that she may be missing something.  Do they go through all of the documentation or is it briefly glanced over?

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19 minutes ago, Zumbadaddy said:

I have also given my fiance my last 13 months bank statements as well as my tax returns for the last 3 years as I am self employed so it's not as simple as AW to they want the full tax return with all 1099's.

 

 This is something she is also very concerned about that she may be missing something.  Do they go through all of the documentation or is it briefly glanced over?

Hey i had my interview in frankfurt/germany, but my fiance is self employed too. We gave them 12 months of bank statements with seeing the income in 2018, the 2017 tax transcript and two of the 1099 where the most money came from. 

 

So she shouldnt worry too much. Only thing is, in germany we are required to send that stuff in advance and then they will give us an interview appointment. So they already had all of this from me, the only thing i brought was the tax transcript because we needed to wait for it.

 

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34 minutes ago, Toastbear said:

Hey i had my interview in frankfurt/germany, but my fiance is self employed too. We gave them 12 months of bank statements with seeing the income in 2018, the 2017 tax transcript and two of the 1099 where the most money came from. 

 

So she shouldnt worry too much. Only thing is, in germany we are required to send that stuff in advance and then they will give us an interview appointment. So they already had all of this from me, the only thing i brought was the tax transcript because we needed to wait for it.

 

Thanks Toastbear  

 

She told me she was supposed to send in my taxes... I think she did that last week, but I told her to bring it to the interview also just in case.

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My wife was worried about the interview. She was asked a grand total of three questions.

 

1. How and when did you meet? (a two-sentence answer was sufficient)

 

2. What state will you live in?

 

3. What date are you going to the US?

 

Of course, it might have helped that I was there with her.

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4 hours ago, Sile2001 said:

My wife was worried about the interview. She was asked a grand total of three questions.

 

1. How and when did you meet? (a two-sentence answer was sufficient)

 

2. What state will you live in?

 

3. What date are you going to the US?

 

Of course, it might have helped that I was there with her.

How long after that did it take for you to get your Travel Document and then the green card... my fiance's really worried about going back as her mom revoered from cancer but she wants to make sure if she needs to go back it's not an issue.

 

Also did you file yourself for the greencard/ travel document or use a service?

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55 minutes ago, Zumbadaddy said:

How long after that did it take for you to get your Travel Document and then the green card... my fiance's really worried about going back as her mom revoered from cancer but she wants to make sure if she needs to go back it's not an issue.

She got her passport with the visa back in two days. She will enter the US week after next, and once they stamp the visa, it immediately becomes a temporary I-551 (I-551 is the official name of the green card) with all the rights and responsibilities of an actual, physical green card. I'm not sure if it's different for your fiancee (assuming she's getting a K-1 visa), but in my wife's case, it functions as her "work authorization" and travel document, so she can travel at will and doesn't have to wait for the actual card itself.

 

55 minutes ago, Zumbadaddy said:

Also did you file yourself for the greencard/ travel document or use a service?

I filed the I-130 and all other forms myself from Japan, which means they had to go to the Chicago lockbox address. But then I'm used to working with complex documents that frequently contain legalese. It's not really that hard to do if you can follow written instructions and double/triple-check to make sure you have everything and that it's correct. That said, if I had been employed at the time and had income, I would have just paid an immigration lawyer to take care of the forms to ensure they were correct, since they've done it a lot. But since I was unemployed, I had time to figure it out on my own.

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1 hour ago, Sile2001 said:

She got her passport with the visa back in two days. She will enter the US week after next, and once they stamp the visa, it immediately becomes a temporary I-551 (I-551 is the official name of the green card) with all the rights and responsibilities of an actual, physical green card. I'm not sure if it's different for your fiancee (assuming she's getting a K-1 visa), but in my wife's case, it functions as her "work authorization" and travel document, so she can travel at will and doesn't have to wait for the actual card itself.

 

I filed the I-130 and all other forms myself from Japan, which means they had to go to the Chicago lockbox address. But then I'm used to working with complex documents that frequently contain legalese. It's not really that hard to do if you can follow written instructions and double/triple-check to make sure you have everything and that it's correct. That said, if I had been employed at the time and had income, I would have just paid an immigration lawyer to take care of the forms to ensure they were correct, since they've done it a lot. But since I was unemployed, I had time to figure it out on my own.

I used Rapid Visa for the K1 process... needless to say I am considering other options than using them again... the few mistakes they made  have caused me to feel this way.   My fiance is just very concerned that it could take the 5 months or more to get the travel document for her to go back to Japan to see her mom, son and keep her Japanese business running.  A business associate this week told em we should have done an H1B instead of the K1.  Regardless were basically finished now.

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2 hours ago, Zumbadaddy said:

I used Rapid Visa for the K1 process... needless to say I am considering other options than using them again... the few mistakes they made  have caused me to feel this way.   My fiance is just very concerned that it could take the 5 months or more to get the travel document for her to go back to Japan to see her mom, son and keep her Japanese business running.  A business associate this week told em we should have done an H1B instead of the K1.  Regardless were basically finished now.

Since there's a business involved, she could possibly request expedited processing of the I-131 (travel document) on the grounds of "severe financial loss to company or person", but there's no guarantee that the expedite will be approved.

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WE finally finished...Interview done and our wedding is planned for March 16.

 

The interview only took about 5 minutes but she was there for almost 2 1/2 hours with finger printing and waiting and other BS.

 

Best of luck to the rest of you.

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