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France US Consulate Reviews
Average Rating: 4.2 / 5
235 Review(s)
France
Review #27846 on January 22, 2020:

Devon&Sandra



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Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa

My interview was scheduled for 8.30 AM today. I arrived at 8 and stayed in a line (outside) until 8.30 when they started letting us in.
First : security check
Second : first (quick) document check
Third : documents submission (they only took originals of my civil documents : birth certificate, marriage certificate, divorce decree, police record) + biometrics
Fourth : actual interview - super friendly and easy going.
Questions :
1. Where are you currently working? What kind of job is this? ("it will be super easy for you to find work in the US")
2. What is your husband doing?
3. When did you meet and how?
4. How many people were attending your wedding?
5. Where did you like to live better Paris or Zagreb (my hometown in Croatia)? (I think this one is just to chat while he is processing documents lol)
He said at one point, everything looks perfectly fine and your visa is APPROVED. You should be receiving your passport within a week (which I know usually takes way more )
I was out of the embassy at 9.15 so all process took 1H15 (or 45 min if you don't count outside wait time)



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France
Review #27798 on January 14, 2020:

Lisa Pr



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Review Topic: K1 Visa

interview was supposed to be at 11am , they let me in at 10am , waiting in line for about 1 hour, then at a first window a First Lady asked for : DS160 confirmation, police certificate, 2 photo ID, and appointment confirmation with address to send back the passport
And she gave me back the approved i129f with the pictures. She told me to go sit and that they would call my name for the interview

After just 5 or 10 minutes I was called by a lady , she asked me where did we meet , when did we decide to get married, when do we plan to get married. Asked to show some of my favorite pictures. She then just looked quickly over w2 and letter of employment and gave them back to me. She types some stuff on her computer and told me we were approved and would receive the passport back with an envelop within a week.

My status on CEAC is now "issued"and expect to receive it probably in a day or 2.

She didn't ask for : letter of intent to marry or extension (we were passed the expiration date) , no affidavit of support , no proof of ongoing relationship , chatlog or anything

Very smooth overall, just the long one hour standing in line was a bit annoying .

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France
Review #27319 on October 22, 2019:





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Review Topic: K1 Visa

Good experience overall. Very few people were there today so it was overall fast. Mainly us citizens and few other visa applicants.
My appointment was at 10:45, I went through security check at 10:15 and got in line to give my document to a lady behind a booth soon after.
I was told to then sit and wait for my name to be called, 30 min later I was called to booth 8, an asian officer ask me to raise my right hand and tell only the truth to which I did.
He asked me around 8 to 10 different questions:
- So you are getting married soon?
- How did you two meet and when ?
- Have you been to the US ?
- Did she meet your family?
- Did you meet her family?
- When was the last time you guys were physically together and when?
- Did you travel together ? And where?
- Do you have any pictures of you both?
- Which photo is your favorite and why?
- Where was this photo taken?
And that was it ! He then went on to tell me : Congrats welcome to the united states, enjoy the wedding !
I left the embassy bt 11:45-12:10 PM

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Review #27295 on October 18, 2019:

He and I



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Review Topic: K1 Visa

Very good experience. Our interview went really smoothly, the CO was very friendly and nice. It only took 10' and the questions he asked were very easy: just told him about our relationship. And at the end, we're approved and should receive our visa within 1 week.

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France
Review #27186 on October 2, 2019:

Jesslieb



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Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa

I can't get over how unprofessional my interview at the american consulate was.

The first step is to go a first booth, where they check documents before the interview.
They only asked for my passport, pictures, my marriage certificate, my birth certificate and my DS 260 confirmation page (which is about 1/10 of all the documents I had brought, not to mention copies and translations. But I can't really complain about this)
The lady I talked to didn't like my marriage certificate from Denmark. She didn't say it to my face but she talked about it with her colleague, saying how those weddings were Las Vegas style, and how this document was not super reliable.
Then she told me my birth certificate was too old. They needed one dating from less than 6 months. I was surprised because I have never read this anywhere. It's not mentioned on the official interview checklist PDF for exemple. What was mentioned though, is that they needed the original documents submitted at the time of the application. So it's the birth certificate I brought with me.
She said it was too old because “many things could have happened since”. And that if I had a more recent one, it would mention the fact that i'm married.
I didn't argue with her, but this sounds wrong to me. I've asked other birth certificate since my wedding and they never mentioned my marriage. Because it's a birth certificate!
She told me I would need to upload it online for them to review it.

Second step was the real interview. Honestly I was wondering if it was another pre-interview thing because I didn't expect this setting at all.
Just booths with glass windows, next to one another, with no privacy at all, in the same room as 50 people.
Luckily he didn't ask any private questions. Actually, he only asked me about my address, my spouse state of birth, the green card mailing address and where we met.
Maybe it's always like this, but he also didn't seem to know anything about our case. Some very evident stuff, like the fact that we're a same-sex couple.

He asked for pictures but I had put them in a binder, under plastic sheets. I couldn't physically hand it to him because the space under the glass window was so small! When he saw I was taking out the folder from my bag he just moved on to another question. I kept the binder in my hands for a while. I tried to ask him about the pictures again but he ignored it and asked another question instead. So I placed the binder back in my bag without having shown him anything.

He handed me back my original files in a folder covered with scribbles.
He told me my case was approved and told me goodbye. But before leaving I asked him again about my birth certificate that didn't do. He asked to see my original documents again and disappeared for while.
He came back and said “ yeah, just like my colleague told you, you need to send it though mail”.
“But your colleague told me to upload it”.
This time he gave me a document stating I wasn't approved, unless I could provide a missing document. (He just ticked the document needed out of a list which, by the way, still not mentions it needs to be dated from less than 6 months)

Then he realized he probably shouldn't have given me that old folder with scribbles, so he took it back, handing me back my documents in a mess, with my passport pictures falling down everywhere.

Clearly the interviewer had been working there for less than a week because the whole thing was so messy. He forgot to switch back on the microphones each time he left and came back to his booth ( so like 10 times) and I had to tell him I couldn't hear him each time.

So, I feel like I shouldn't complain too much, because in a way, it went okay and I just need to provide one document. But the whole experience was rather unpleasant. I was given contradictory informations. I had to insist in order to get extremely important info for my case. I was told I was approved, then not.

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