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Hi all,

 

As if we weren't already worried and nervous enough for our K1 interview before the recent resurgenceof Covid-19 cases in Vietnam, 10x moreso now that there's a real chance I won't be able to travel and go with her as we had hoped.  :(

 

If the travel ban from the U.S is still in effect around our interview date, we're terrified it'll be an easy, if not automatic reason to send her away with a blue skip.  

 

Any advice on how to overcome and/or over-compensate for this scenario?

 

Thank you.

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Tin - Natural-born U.S. Citizen, Male, Vietnamese descent

Nhi - Vietnamese Citizen, Female

Met in 2018 while Tin was on a 3 month family vacation in Vietnam.  Tin took another 3 month vacation to be with Nhi in 2019.

I-129F (K1) mailed in December 2019

NOA1 in January 2020

NOA2 in June 2020

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53 minutes ago, TinNhi said:

Hi all,

 

As if we weren't already worried and nervous enough for our K1 interview before the recent resurgenceof Covid-19 cases in Vietnam, 10x moreso now that there's a real chance I won't be able to travel and go with her as we had hoped.  :(

 

If the travel ban from the U.S is still in effect around our interview date, we're terrified it'll be an easy, if not automatic reason to send her away with a blue skip.  

 

Any advice on how to overcome and/or over-compensate for this scenario?

 

Thank you.

Only think you can do is wait and pray. Good luck.


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Vietnam is not allowing many foreigners in at this time.Mostly only professionals and even then there is a 14-day quarantine. And with the resurgence in cases the last week, they may ban all foreigners coming in again. They have not done this yet. Some Airlines are starting to require a negative Covid test that is only 72 hours old before they allow you on the plane.

Good luck and hope you have everything they require at the interview!

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Thank you for the quick replies and well wishes - truly appreciated.  

 

If I cannot be there with her for the interview, is there a high chance they will send her away?  If yes, for what reasons?


Tin - Natural-born U.S. Citizen, Male, Vietnamese descent

Nhi - Vietnamese Citizen, Female

Met in 2018 while Tin was on a 3 month family vacation in Vietnam.  Tin took another 3 month vacation to be with Nhi in 2019.

I-129F (K1) mailed in December 2019

NOA1 in January 2020

NOA2 in June 2020

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1 hour ago, TinNhi said:

Thank you for the quick replies and well wishes - truly appreciated.  

 

If I cannot be there with her for the interview, is there a high chance they will send her away?  If yes, for what reasons?

Is there available for K1 interview now? You do not need to be with her in the interview. For many reasons they can give her the blue sheet of paper but not because you are not there with her. 


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NOA1: 7/17/17

RFE: 3/5/18

RFE SENT: 5/3/18

RFE RECEIVED: 5/9/18

Approved: 5/25/18

Sent to NVC : 6/13/18

NVC received: 6/21/18

Case number: 7/19/2018

Pay AOS & IV fees: 7/19/18

CEAC shut down on 7/19/18 until 7/31/18

Ds-260 submitted 8/1/18

Civil and AOS package uploaded: 8/3/18

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6 minutes ago, hopelifebetter201 said:

Is there available for K1 interview now? You do not need to be with her in the interview. For many reasons they can give her the blue sheet of paper but not because you are not there with her. 

Thanks again @hopelifebetter201. :)

 

No, she has not yet been contacted for the interview.  I believe it's CR-1 first, then all the other K1's before us.  I hope they will be understanding because of Covid-19.  


Tin - Natural-born U.S. Citizen, Male, Vietnamese descent

Nhi - Vietnamese Citizen, Female

Met in 2018 while Tin was on a 3 month family vacation in Vietnam.  Tin took another 3 month vacation to be with Nhi in 2019.

I-129F (K1) mailed in December 2019

NOA1 in January 2020

NOA2 in June 2020

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Maybe the quarantine will be over by the time she interviews. If not, I can give you some tips:

 

-If she can speak English well, do so. If not, Vietnamese is OK.

-If she doesn't understand a question, ask them nicely to repeat it. There may be two officers at the window - one speaking English, one speaking VN.

-She needs to be cool and calm. They are quite serious about the interview, but my two trips to the consulate indicates they want to be fair. We saw a young VN woman yell during an interview. A few moments later, she was done. No visa.

-If she doesn't know the answer to a question, just say "I don't know." Don't try to wing-it and don't lie.

-Be very prepared. She needs to have copies of everything. She needs to know where you live, what you do for a living, what she plans to do when she gets to America (school, get GC and then work, etc.)

-My K1 fiance was asked a lot of questions about how we met, where we traveled in VN, me meeting her family, what I do for a living, do I have pets, sisters/brothers, etc. She was asked about family and friends living in the U.S. Be prepared.

- Most of all, she needs to be confident. Don't look scared or nervous. I firmly believe they want to give the visa, but only to the legit.

 

There's no doubt that being at the interview is a huge advantage- especially in VN. Hopefully, they will understand you can't be there. If she's prepared and tries her best to answer the questions, she will be OK. A blue slip doesn't always mean it is over - it may just require more info. Good luck. Keep us updated. One more thing: Tell her not to speak to anyone (other than consulate guards) outside the consulate. There are A LOT of scammers and people trying "help". Avoid everyone. Get there a little early and try to get inside ASAP.

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21 hours ago, WandY said:

There are A LOT of scammers and people trying "help".

Getting a visa to the US is serious business in many countries.

 

I dated a woman from China that worked at a 'marriage agency'.  Since she spoke English she would actually 'be' the woman in the profile that the man would talk to.  She had a 'cheat sheet' of things the woman paying for the service liked, as would get paid per hour for WeChat conversations.  Way back I even experienced this.  Met a woman on a dating site, chatted, and when it came time to video chat I could clearly hear the interpreter talking to her.  The hilarious thing was that she denied anyone was there.  Hung up, deleted.  Sulk for a while. 

 

Sadly, for men, a foreign woman will almost always take the the advice of one of her 'friends' over them.  Even know my fiancee (with copious amounts of help from other Vn women, facebook groups etc) is telling me how I should fill out forms 'to make them ok'.  LOL NO sweetheart.  I've done this before and we'll put the down CORRECT answer, not the 'best' one.

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On 8/8/2020 at 6:32 PM, TinNhi said:

Hi all,

 

As if we weren't already worried and nervous enough for our K1 interview before the recent resurgenceof Covid-19 cases in Vietnam, 10x moreso now that there's a real chance I won't be able to travel and go with her as we had hoped.  :(

 

If the travel ban from the U.S is still in effect around our interview date, we're terrified it'll be an easy, if not automatic reason to send her away with a blue skip.  

 

Any advice on how to overcome and/or over-compensate for this scenario?

 

Thank you.

I recently spoke to a VJ member who had an interview were her spouse was not in the country and she got approved

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On 8/8/2020 at 9:44 PM, craig5977 said:

Vietnam is not allowing many foreigners in at this time.Mostly only professionals and even then there is a 14-day quarantine. And with the resurgence in cases the last week, they may ban all foreigners coming in again. They have not done this yet. Some Airlines are starting to require a negative Covid test that is only 72 hours old before they allow you on the plane.

Good luck and hope you have everything they require at the interview!

Pretty certain it is all foreigners now unless very specific need. 

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19 hours ago, stringpuller said:

Pretty certain it is all foreigners now unless very specific need. 

They just announced closure of all airports in Vietnam until maybe next year to control the virus. Not good news

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4 minutes ago, craig5977 said:

They just announced closure of all airports in Vietnam until maybe next year to control the virus. Not good news

Yea thats not good. Im just talking to my wife. They closed another province

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1 hour ago, craig5977 said:

They just announced closure of all airports in Vietnam until maybe next year to control the virus. Not good news

She said only Da Nang? Can anyone else verify? 

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