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On 9/7/2019 at 12:55 PM, GarrettB said:

We have our interview in Moscow next week.  Any tips or suggestions?    How tough are they? Based on the reviews, they didn't sound too horrible so I am crossing my fingers...........

Hey Garrett, 

 

Your interview will be around the same time as Katya's and I's. Can you check your CEAC and see if it says administrative processing? Ours says it right now, but we haven't had our interview yet.... Also I suggest getting there early.6:30 or 7am if your appointments at 8am. There is a person who is across the street who can hold your phone. I never asked to see how much it was. I suggest just leaving your phones at your flat. 

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The interviews are not hard unless your case has red flags and you didn't submit a lot of strong evidence. Is there anything in particular you think is a red flag that might come up?


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On 9/7/2019 at 8:55 PM, GarrettB said:

We have our interview in Moscow next week.  Any tips or suggestions?    How tough are they? Based on the reviews, they didn't sound too horrible so I am crossing my fingers...........

We just did our interview today! Try to get in like no later than 7 (that's when we got there and the line behind us was crazy). Don't bring your phone unless you wanna spend 500rub to stow your phone in a van across the street. We were in at 8:00 and out by 8:40, but we were also the first or second K1 case today. The lady collecting documents was very sweet and didn't ask for as much as we were prepared for. Also, the interview was quick and easy and the woman was really sweet! She spoke English to me and Russian to my fiance :)  We left approved and very, very happy! 

Good luck! 

Edited by myjourney229

        K1

  • 04.12.2019: Sent in I-129F Packet via UPS
  • 04.17.2019: I-129F Packed Arrived in Lewisville, TX - signed for by "Edwards"
  • 04.22.2019: NOA1 Text Received 
  • 04.23.2019: Check Cashed
  • 04.26.2019: NOA1 Hardcopy Arrived in the Mail 
  • 07.17.2019: NOA2 Received via Old Website 
  • 07.22.2019: NOA2 Hardcopy Arrived in the Mail 
  • 08.09.2019: Called NVC & Given Case Number + Invoice Number 
  • 08.20.2019 NVC Shipped to Moscow Embassy
  • 08.21.2019 Case Status Switched to "Ready"
  • 08.30.2019 Interview Date Scheduled 
  • 09.12.2019 Interviewed and Approved! 

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7 minutes ago, myjourney229 said:

We left approved and very, very happy! 

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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.

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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).

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15 hours ago, myjourney229 said:

We just did our interview today! Try to get in like no later than 7 (that's when we got there and the line behind us was crazy). Don't bring your phone unless you wanna spend 500rub to stow your phone in a van across the street. We were in at 8:00 and out by 8:40, but we were also the first or second K1 case today. The lady collecting documents was very sweet and didn't ask for as much as we were prepared for. Also, the interview was quick and easy and the woman was really sweet! She spoke English to me and Russian to my fiance :)  We left approved and very, very happy! 

Good luck! 

 

Congrats! What did she ask you guys? Also good to know that you can come with your fiancé to the interview 

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11 hours ago, Art25 said:

 

Congrats! What did she ask you guys? Also good to know that you can come with your fiancé to the interview 

She just asked some general questions like how we met, she asked me where I lived and what I do for work, and she asked my fiance how old he is and a few other things I really can't remember. It was honestly like five minutes and so stress free, it was beautiful! 

On 9/7/2019 at 8:55 PM, GarrettB said:

We have our interview in Moscow next week.  Any tips or suggestions?    How tough are they? Based on the reviews, they didn't sound too horrible so I am crossing my fingers...........

How was it?? 


        K1

  • 04.12.2019: Sent in I-129F Packet via UPS
  • 04.17.2019: I-129F Packed Arrived in Lewisville, TX - signed for by "Edwards"
  • 04.22.2019: NOA1 Text Received 
  • 04.23.2019: Check Cashed
  • 04.26.2019: NOA1 Hardcopy Arrived in the Mail 
  • 07.17.2019: NOA2 Received via Old Website 
  • 07.22.2019: NOA2 Hardcopy Arrived in the Mail 
  • 08.09.2019: Called NVC & Given Case Number + Invoice Number 
  • 08.20.2019 NVC Shipped to Moscow Embassy
  • 08.21.2019 Case Status Switched to "Ready"
  • 08.30.2019 Interview Date Scheduled 
  • 09.12.2019 Interviewed and Approved! 

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The interview was realitively easy and we were approved.  :):)  It was realitively fast, the whole process was about 2.5 hour.  We arrived at 7 and were near the front of the line, the line behind us was 1/2 of a block long.    Definitely leave phones at hotel, the van that stores your phone wants a ridiculous about of money to hold your phone for a few hours.   Most of the time was spent waiting.  The actual interview itself was about 10 minutes and the woman spoke perfectly English and Russian was was friendly.  The medical appointment was a lot longer and more difficult than the interview :)  We are glad it's over!

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25 minutes ago, GarrettB said:

The interview was realitively easy and we were approved.  :):)  It was realitively fast, the whole process was about 2.5 hour.  We arrived at 7 and were near the front of the line, the line behind us was 1/2 of a block long.    Definitely leave phones at hotel, the van that stores your phone wants a ridiculous about of money to hold your phone for a few hours.   Most of the time was spent waiting.  The actual interview itself was about 10 minutes and the woman spoke perfectly English and Russian was was friendly.  The medical appointment was a lot longer and more difficult than the interview :)  We are glad it's over!

Are you guys in "Administrative Processing" right now, or does it say "Application Received" on the CEAC website? 


        K1

  • 04.12.2019: Sent in I-129F Packet via UPS
  • 04.17.2019: I-129F Packed Arrived in Lewisville, TX - signed for by "Edwards"
  • 04.22.2019: NOA1 Text Received 
  • 04.23.2019: Check Cashed
  • 04.26.2019: NOA1 Hardcopy Arrived in the Mail 
  • 07.17.2019: NOA2 Received via Old Website 
  • 07.22.2019: NOA2 Hardcopy Arrived in the Mail 
  • 08.09.2019: Called NVC & Given Case Number + Invoice Number 
  • 08.20.2019 NVC Shipped to Moscow Embassy
  • 08.21.2019 Case Status Switched to "Ready"
  • 08.30.2019 Interview Date Scheduled 
  • 09.12.2019 Interviewed and Approved! 

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21 minutes ago, GarrettB said:

Currently it says "Administrative Processing" still.   And that the passport hasn't been sent. It's only been a few days (interview was Friday)

We are in AP too :) Hopefully everything moves along quickly! 


        K1

  • 04.12.2019: Sent in I-129F Packet via UPS
  • 04.17.2019: I-129F Packed Arrived in Lewisville, TX - signed for by "Edwards"
  • 04.22.2019: NOA1 Text Received 
  • 04.23.2019: Check Cashed
  • 04.26.2019: NOA1 Hardcopy Arrived in the Mail 
  • 07.17.2019: NOA2 Received via Old Website 
  • 07.22.2019: NOA2 Hardcopy Arrived in the Mail 
  • 08.09.2019: Called NVC & Given Case Number + Invoice Number 
  • 08.20.2019 NVC Shipped to Moscow Embassy
  • 08.21.2019 Case Status Switched to "Ready"
  • 08.30.2019 Interview Date Scheduled 
  • 09.12.2019 Interviewed and Approved! 

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