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United Kingdom US Consulate Reviews
Average Rating: 4.4 / 5
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London, United Kingdom
Review #33001 on March 4, 2024:

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Review #32999 on March 3, 2024:

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Review #32993 on February 26, 2024:

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Just noting my experience in detail to help put someone’s mind at ease and give you insight into what to expect.

The embassy is a 15 minute walk from Vauxhall station. If the weather is nice, I would recommend the riverfront route. My appointment was at 11am.

Follow signs to visa queue and have your passport, DS-160 and appointment letter ready. There was a queue of about 6 people but it moved fast. There were two employees looking at these documents and signing the DS-160. They then asked me to join the next queue. Do mention if you are applying for a K1 because then you can skip the queue. I didn’t do this but someone behind me did - I didn’t mind too much because I was early.

I was then asked to unlock my phone and show them before going through airport style security.
I walked over to the next section, where I showed my passport and DS-160. They gave me a ticket with a number on it and told me to go to the first floor and take a left, walk to the end and take another left. When you get out of the lift, there are a lot of people so don’t be daunted because once you follow the directions, there is a smaller section with seating.

There are a number of booths, similar to a bank. There are screens with ticket numbers and corresponding booths to go to - you can’t miss it.

About 15 minutes after my appointment time, I was called and a nice (American) gentlemen took my fingerprints and the following documents: passport, passport photo, birth certificate, police certificate, I-134 form and tax returns. He asked me to confirm simple questions such as if I had been married before, lived in another country or worked in the military. He also asked when I plan on going to the States. He then gave me a sheet to read about support and services available to immigrant spouses in the US. He asked me to take a seat and said I will be called back shortly.

After about 45 minutes, I was called to another booth and a lovely (American) lady greeted me and asked for my fingerprints. I swore an oath that I was being truthful. She confirmed my fiance’s name, asked when and how we met, when we first met in person, when our relationship began, when and how we got engaged and when we last saw each other. She then typed some things and said “everything looks good, your visa is approved. You will receive it in 1-2 weeks”. I then asked about being notified and she said I will receive an email when it is ready to be picked up.

That was it! I was in and out within an hour. The actual ‘interview’ was less than 5 minutes, it was just a very casual conversation. As others have said, very anticlimactic because it is so straightforward. It was not intimidating at all, they just want to ensure that your relationship is bona fide.

Things to note:
- Everyone I interacted with was pleasant and helpful including desk staff, security and the interviewers.
- Dress code: not too formal nor casual, business casual will do.
- The staff are willing to wait for you to gather the documents they request but you can make your life easier by having easy access to everything. We used an expanding folder.
- They only wanted the original documents, not any copies. You are not supposed to present anything that they don’t ask for. This was annoying as we spent a lot of time putting things together and printing them. It did make me feel confident that I had copies and proof of everything so I would recommend that as well. We also prepared additional supporting documents with the I-134 but the tax returns alone sufficed.

If you are genuine, all will go smoothly! Good luck!

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London, United Kingdom
Review #32966 on February 16, 2024:

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Review Topic: K1 Visa

My interview was for 10am at the London Embassy. Arrived half and earlier but the quay was long but going fast. When through security with airport style and walk through reception and was hand in ticket for your interview. Interview itself was easy. Nervous at first as I did not have my Police certificate from the age of 16, but they make it so easy.
At the interview requested documents were
- My passport
- 2 US passport colour photos one was taken
- DS-160
- Birth Certificate
- UK Decree Absolute - Just Certify by a Lawyer after download from the website
- Police Clearance Certificate, they did not ask for my Police Certificate where i was born ( Please I advise to have it I was very lucky and God blessing was with me)
- I-130 and Tax return
- They did not ask for my proof of relationship or Intent to Marry

Documents where checked and after 25 min I was call for the Interview. She was so polite and she was asking me the questions and answering it.
- Ask about my Finance name and she answer it
- Where we meet
- How many times we have seen each other
- The last time we see each
That all as she says you are Approve and you will get your passport in few days and she hand me over My documents

- (These 3 documents where handed back) -BC, PC and my Decree Absolute

The process itself it about 25 mins and a total time spend it about an HOUR due to the waiting.
You'll be all set as long as you bring the necessary paperwork with you!



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London, United Kingdom
Review #32939 on February 8, 2024:

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