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Hi everyone! Looking for what it's like going to the K1 interview with fiance (USC petitioner). How did it go? Were they asked questions? Were they told to sit?

 

Is it better to bring the fiance?

 

Thanks in advance!

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It’s certainly not required, but it’s generally a good thing. With Manila specifically, they let the petitioner at the window and may ask them questions. Just being there tends to help with the applicant’s nerves. And then you can celebrate together afterwards.


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10/4/17: NOA1 electronic notification received

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1 hour ago, TXBill said:

Hi everyone! Looking for what it's like going to the K1 interview with fiance (USC petitioner). How did it go? Were they asked questions? Were they told to sit?

 

Is it better to bring the fiance?

 

Thanks in advance!

Just do as your told.   If they want to ask you questions they will,  if you will keep your mouth shut and let them ask your fiancee questions,  they might let you stand at the window,  otherwise you will be sitting 


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2 hours ago, TXBill said:

Hi everyone! Looking for what it's like going to the K1 interview with fiance (USC petitioner). How did it go? Were they asked questions? Were they told to sit?

Is it better to bring the fiance?

Thanks in advance!

If you want your fiance to come then bring them to the interview. I went to my fiance's interview and it went fine. The CO talked to me more than they talked to her. 

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7 hours ago, TXBill said:

Hi everyone! Looking for what it's like going to the K1 interview with fiance (USC petitioner). How did it go? Were they asked questions? Were they told to sit?

 

Is it better to bring the fiance?

 

Thanks in advance!

I was at my wife's interview, I know of others that did the same, some were allowed to stand at the window and were asked questions, others were asked to sit down and wait.

 

It was a very good experience in my opinion .. worth the trip.

 

It isn't necessary for Manila that the petitioner be there.


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7 hours ago, geowrian said:

It’s certainly not required, but it’s generally a good thing. With Manila specifically, they let the petitioner at the window and may ask them questions. Just being there tends to help with the applicant’s nerves. And then you can celebrate together afterwards.

It is the CO discretion if the petitioner can stand at the window with the beneficiary, but usually they allow it.


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12 hours ago, TXBill said:

Hi everyone! Looking for what it's like going to the K1 interview with fiance (USC petitioner). How did it go? Were they asked questions? Were they told to sit?

 

Is it better to bring the fiance?

 

Thanks in advance!

I went in Feb 2019. Painless. My fiance (wife) was asked 4 or 5 questions.  I was asked nothing. Just exchanged pleasantries with the CO. Other fiances attended and were asked to take a seat while their beneficiaries were questioned. A couple because they were interjecting too much in the interview and others I think because they wanted to make sure that the fiances knew everything about their petitioner. It was an interesting experience. My wife was very nervous so it was good that I went.


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Thank you to everyone who replied! 

 

In our case, my fiance (petitioner) might not be able to take a leave from work right away. So, if we decided that he'll come to the interview with me, we might have to schedule the interview at a later date ( 2 weeks or so from the earliest available date).

 

Do you guys think it's worth a little more wait? We're concerned since we've only met twice (last year and just before filing, for a total of 20 days) and having him come to the interview might help out with that. 

 

It seems like waiting 2 weeks more for the interview is better than getting a 221g or a refusal.

 

Thoughts?

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9 minutes ago, TXBill said:

Thank you to everyone who replied! 

 

In our case, my fiance (petitioner) might not be able to take a leave from work right away. So, if we decided that he'll come to the interview with me, we might have to schedule the interview at a later date ( 2 weeks or so from the earliest available date).

 

Do you guys think it's worth a little more wait? We're concerned since we've only met twice (last year and just before filing, for a total of 20 days) and having him come to the interview might help out with that. 

 

It seems like waiting 2 weeks more for the interview is better than getting a 221g or a refusal.

 

Thoughts?

I believe that it just doesn't matter.  The Manila Embassy has seen so many permutations and combinations of young, old, one meeting, years of meetings, USC with the fiancée and without that it probably doesn't matter as long as the basics are covered (paperwork and knowing your fiancé).

 

Whether he is there or not is your preference.  For us, it was a determined by finances and vacation time.  I could come to the interview or come and to take her home.  Couldn't do both, so we chose that I escort her home.

 

Everyone situation is different, so do what is best for you.

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34 minutes ago, TXBill said:

Thank you to everyone who replied! 

 

In our case, my fiance (petitioner) might not be able to take a leave from work right away. So, if we decided that he'll come to the interview with me, we might have to schedule the interview at a later date ( 2 weeks or so from the earliest available date).

 

Do you guys think it's worth a little more wait? We're concerned since we've only met twice (last year and just before filing, for a total of 20 days) and having him come to the interview might help out with that. 

 

It seems like waiting 2 weeks more for the interview is better than getting a 221g or a refusal.

 

Thoughts?

If I had the choice I would wait and have fiancé go with you since it sounds like a fairly easy option for you


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6 hours ago, Hank_ said:

I was at my wife's interview, I know of others that did the same, some were allowed to stand at the window and were asked questions, others were asked to sit down and wait.

 

It was a very good experience in my opinion .. worth the trip.

 

It isn't necessary for Manila that the petitioner be there.

 

That was the way with me. I was told to sit down. But then the officer wanted to ask me a few questions, so I went up then. I sat down in the seats provided in plain view of the wife. Maybe like 3 minutes later I was called up to answer a few questions. Good experience also.


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I was at both of our interviews.  At the latest the CO asked me to just stand there but let my wife and step kids answer the questions.  Then he started asking me about my work.  He was familiar with the company I work for.  He actually asked me more questions than he asked them.  They were only asked 2 questions.


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11 minutes ago, John & Rose said:

I was at both of our interviews.  At the latest the CO asked me to just stand there but let my wife and step kids answer the questions.  Then he started asking me about my work.  He was familiar with the company I work for.  He actually asked me more questions than he asked them.  They were only asked 2 questions.

That was the same when I was there, only asked my wife a couple questions, then keep chatting with me.  :lol:  

 

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