|Sweden|| Review on November 24, 2018:|
|Review Topic: K1 Visa|
The embassy was a ten minute walk from a small hotel. They take your phone but give it back.
It went very smoothly and quickly, as I suspect it does for everyone who has gotten this far and who remembers all their paperwork. I was in and out in less than 90 minutes. (I was prepared for it to last forever). Get in the right line though! They are properly marked with signs.
You wait at a table for your first interview, a perfunctory one with a local staffer. After that, go sit in the waiting room chairs and wait for them to call you for a second interview, this one slightly less perfunctory, with an American embassy worker. They ask simple questions and they don't "test" you. Each interview lasted no more than five minutes. My application was approved there and then, it seemed like a foregone conclusion.
The interviews are done standing at the windows and everyone else in the waiting room can hear you. I'm sure you can insist on a private room but I didn't bother.
You have to leave your passport with them and they'll mail it back within two weeks, with your visa in it. (Note: If you're not Swedish, there was some funny business with the return address online, they make it seem like they will ONLY send it to a Swedish address ... but it's not actually a problem, they will mail it to whatever address you specify on the return envelope they give you to fill out.)