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Which counsulates informally require K1 petitioners to be present during interviews?

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Hi VJ support group -

 

From the various threads I read - it seems like some US consulates require (informally) petitioners to be present in K1 interviews, although USCIS doesn't have any such requirement. Has someone put already together a spreadsheet of this quirk for different consulates? If yes, any information would be grateful.

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I'm unaware of any compiled list. It's really something more known among individuals dealing with that consulate.

Nobody is an expert in every consulate. :P

 

No consulate requires it. Every case is unique. Some just tend to prefer it more than others.

 

USCIS has no role in the process after petition adjudication. Everything after that is handled by the DOS.


Timelines:

ROC:

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7/27/20: Sent forms to Dallas lockbox, 7/30/20: Received by USCIS, 8/10 NOA1 electronic notification received, 8/1/ NOA1 hard copy received

AOS:

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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:

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I-129F

12/1/16: sent, 12/14/16: 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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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Austria
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3 hours ago, geowrian said:

I'm unaware of any compiled list. It's really something more known among individuals dealing with that consulate.

Nobody is an expert in every consulate. :P

 

No consulate requires it. Every case is unique. Some just tend to prefer it more than others.

 

USCIS has no role in the process after petition adjudication. Everything after that is handled by the DOS.

Thank you for the response. We'll see how my case goes. Just filed Jan. 23, 2020, and waiting for NOA1 lol.

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: China
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Moved from K1 Progress Reports to US Embassy and Consulate Discussion.


Our journey:

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September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
September 10, 2009: Arrived for first meeting in-person!
June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
September 1, 2010: Switched course from K1 to CR-1
December 8, 2010: Wedding date set; it will be on February 18, 2011!
February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
February 18, 2011: Wedding ceremony in Shiyan!!!
April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
April 29, 2011: Updated
May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
August 8, 2011: NVC received file
September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
September 7, 2011: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 9, 2011)
September 8, 2011: OPTIN email accepted, GZO number assigned
September 10, 2011: Emailed AOS package
September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
September 13, 2011: Paid IV bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 14, 2011)
September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
October 3, 2011: Emailed checklist response (checklist generated due to typo on Form DS-230)
October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

October 16, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

January 28, 2014: Production of new Green Card ordered

February 3, 2014: New Green Card received; done with USCIS until fall of 2023*

 

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I think it’s  better if the petitioner can attend the interview. It shows a level of dedication to the beneficiary, as emotional support and as a sign they’re willing to travel internationally and invest in the time and money to travel. It projects a sort of importance that the beneficiary is very important to the sponsor.

 

of course it isn’t REQUIRED, but it’s helpful in my eyes. If they can be there, why not be there?

 

 

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On 2/2/2020 at 5:48 PM, SorrowL said:

I think it’s  better if the petitioner can attend the interview. It shows a level of dedication to the beneficiary, as emotional support and as a sign they’re willing to travel internationally and invest in the time and money to travel. It projects a sort of importance that the beneficiary is very important to the sponsor.

 

of course it isn’t REQUIRED, but it’s helpful in my eyes. If they can be there, why not be there?

 

 

I heard from some people that it actually counts against you to be there - that the petitioner might get pulled in and get grilled as a result. Any truth to that?

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52 minutes ago, nasse_forelle said:

I heard from some people that it actually counts against you to be there - that the petitioner might get pulled in and get grilled as a result. Any truth to that?

If the consulate wants to talk to both petitioner and beneficiary to “grill” them, then expect that to happen regardless if the petitioner comes or not. It’s well within their power to schedule a second interview and request the petitioner to attend if they have doubts and need to grill. In the end the ball is always in their court, and they .have full power regarding issuance of the Visa.


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8 minutes ago, SorrowL said:

If the consulate wants to talk to both petitioner and beneficiary to “grill” them, then expect that to happen regardless if the petitioner comes or not. It’s well within their power to schedule a second interview and request the petitioner to attend if they have doubts and need to grill. In the end the ball is always in their court, and they .have full power regarding issuance of the Visa.

Hopefully we don't get grilled. 🤯. So far, we only have one red flag in our application where neither of our parents knows our engagement. I am not out to my parents, and his parents don't approve. We just provide that explanation.

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