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Hello,

My mom's IR5 visa interview is scheduled for Aug 12. I'm petitioning her from the U.S. and she's currently in Ukraine. I am very nervous about it and was wondering if any of you here already went through the interview and could tell me about the process of it and what kind of questions could be asked. 

My mom was denied tourist visa twice in the past, she just doesn't have a positive experience with the embassy. 

Any information would be greatly appreciated.

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I can't provide interview experience, sorry. But I will say that the immigrant visa unit and non-immigrant visa units are separate. There's a big difference between applying for a tourist visa and an immigrant one, so I would suggest letting ehr know that it probably won't be as bad of an experience IMO. Most likely she was denied due to INA 214(b) - immigrant intent...which obviously isn't an issue for an immigrant visa.


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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14 minutes ago, geowrian said:

I can't provide interview experience, sorry. But I will say that the immigrant visa unit and non-immigrant visa units are separate. There's a big difference between applying for a tourist visa and an immigrant one, so I would suggest letting ehr know that it probably won't be as bad of an experience IMO. Most likely she was denied due to INA 214(b) - immigrant intent...which obviously isn't an issue for an immigrant visa.

Hey, thanks for your response. I know that immigrant and non-immigrant visas are different and the process for both of them is different too. My mom is scared of the upcoming interview because she was denied before for whatever reasons we don't know. No one explained anything to her, they just said "Sorry, we can't give you a visa, apply again." I explained it to her that she would have a totally different experience this time because it's IR5 Visa. I'm very nervous too, honestly. 

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2 minutes ago, alona_v said:

My mom is scared of the upcoming interview because she was denied before for whatever reasons we don't know. No one explained anything to her, they just said "Sorry, we can't give you a visa, apply again."

She should have received a paper noting the reason for refusal. That's where the INA 214(b) would be noted. It would not explain why she was unable to overcome the presumption immigrant intent, but that's a judgement call by the CO.

 

Good luck.


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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1 minute ago, H&T said:

There is nothing to worry. IR5 is pretty easy.

Thank you! 

2 minutes ago, geowrian said:

She should have received a paper noting the reason for refusal. That's where the INA 214(b) would be noted. It would not explain why she was unable to overcome the presumption immigrant intent, but that's a judgement call by the CO.

 

Good luck.

Thank you! 

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