My fiancé’s interview was in March. He street parked and left his cell phone in the car.
His appointment was at 8:30 AM, and he arrived about 15 minutes early. There was some waiting and some paperwork collected before he met with the consular officer around 9:30 AM.
He was nervous and was sure that he came across that way.
The consular officer started with yes/no and short answer questions from the I-129F and eased into questions that required more descriptive answers and spoke to the level of comfort and familiarity in our relationship.
Is your fiancée divorced?
Are you divorced?
When and how did you meet your fiancée?
How long after the first meeting did you meet with your fiancée again?
- How long was that visit?
- What were the dates of the visit?
Has your fiancée visited Tunisia?
What do you love about your fiancée?
Why do you want to get married in the US instead of Tunisia?
Do you have a problem with the age difference? (He said, “I see her like she’s 23”, to which the officer smiled)
What are your plans after you go to the US?
- (Answer encompassed other questions that the consular officer could have asked, such as):
- When and how do you plan on getting married?
- What will you do before you find work?
- When and what will you do for work?
- What does your fiancé do for work, and how long has she been with that company?
The interview lasted about 20 minutes. At the end, the consular office gave a verbal approval and advised that he would pick up his passport in 6 days.
In retrospect, my fiancé said that he’d still feel just as nervous even if he already had a play-by-play of his interview. We’d already seen some version of the questions. EXCEPT for the question about why we wanted to get married in the US versus Tunisia.
The most important advice that he could impart is to speak from the heart.