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  1. Just me sharing my embassy interview experience and some tips. Disclaimer: Do not use this anecdote as a strict reference to determine your visa application process/needs. Please refer to the official sources and authorities. My timeline (2019): K1 Fiance(e) Visa Sent I-129F - Jan. 24 NOA1 - Jan. 30 (6 days) NOA2 - Apr. 18 (78 days) Case# - May 9 (21 days) Ready - Jun. 3 (25 days) Eligibility Letter - Jun. 6 (dated), in the mail Jun. 14 Interview - Jul. 9 (visa approved) My interview was scheduled for 7:45am. I arrived at the US Embassy Manila before 7:30am at the entrance near the footbridge on Roxas Blvd. (if you look across the street there's Ermita Center building, BPI and AUB). At that point they were already letting in applicants scheduled for 8:30am, but don't take this as a solid reason to come waaay earlier than your appointment because I had to fall in line behind about 60 people once I was inside anyway. NOTE: If you have companions, you may ask them to wait outside where there are monobloc chairs, but be prepared to pay Php30 per seat (unlimited hours). If your fiance(e) is accompanying you, they can come with you inside but some time in the middle of the process they would have to sit apart from the applicants. Also, remember the no-electronics rule applies to them, too. They may surrender phones or whatnot at the security guard post. Before you go in somebody may also try to sell you a pen, telling you how it's necessary for whatever process you need inside. I would suggest you just bring your own pen to begin with. Most visa applicants don't need it (I didn't) but there are some cases when they do (I guess depending on your business there). I've had to lend my pen to some frantic people when I was there as the consul asked them to sign papers. At the first point of security, they asked for my DS-160 confirmation page, appointment page, and they verified my visa type and interview schedule, then told me which numbered lane I should go to (this is still outside the building). I was in lane 3. At this point, prepare your DS-160 conf page and your passport. The staff would put a sticker bar code on your DS-160 conf page and place your passport in a ziploc bag. The building entrance is to the left, look for the door that looks quite heavy and durable. LOL If you're bringing a bag, the guard would check it before you go through the scanner. Otherwise, you'll go through airport-type security next. Place your items in the plastic bin, onto the conveyor, and go through the body scanner. I followed the signs and exited accordingly. Turning right I saw the photo booth (for last minute passport photos, I assume), followed the signs until the area labeled "NIV" (lots of people seated on monobloc chairs - I think this is also a waiting area where you can get food and drinks) then turned left until the labeled door. If I remember correctly I think I entered the one with "K1" on it. Once inside, a lady told me to fall in line for the Filipino consul and I was in line for maybe 30 minutes or more only to be told that I had to go to window 38 to have my 2x2 photo scanned first, LOL. Then I went back in line for the initial interview. The consul asked for my DS-160 conf page, birth certificate, NBI clearance, MRV receipt, CENOMAR, medical docs (sealed brown envelope from SLEC); then later on the affidavit of support, my fiance's divorce decree, W2s and 1040 (tax return). He asked me basic questions about myself and my fiance, how we met, marriage history, children, etc. Then he directed me to another window for the interview with the American consul (waiting in line again). On my turn, the consul asked for my DS-160 conf page and for me to raise my right hand, swear this and that (sorry I couldn't remember, I was a bit nervous and would say yes to anything at this point LOL), and I said "Yes". Then he asked me basically the same things that the previous consul asked, even fewer questions actually. Stuff I could answer briefly. Didn't even ask for proof of relationship or anything. A lot of silence as he went through my documents, I think he was going through the proof of relationship section of my I-129F (but I still brought my own copy). Guess I was lucky. After that he said my visa is approved and he's making it so it would be ready in 1-3 weeks. He gave me the 2 pamphlets on domestic violence plus the little embassy info sheet, then I was done. I exited the embassy at 9:30am (about 2 hours total, most of which was just waiting in line). Other Notes: 1. Make sure the surface of your 2x2 photo is clean, or if you can't assure this, bring extra copies because the scanner there won't work if it has dirt and such. 2. If you're hungry or thirsty there's a mini-store outside the building near the 30-Peso waiting area (apart from the one inside). 3. I would suggest for you to just bring a clear long envelope to put your documents in so that you can go through security quickly. 4. I didn't see any clocks so maybe wear a watch if you wanna keep track of the time, just make sure it's not digital/electronic. 5. If you have kids with you, there's a play area for them inside, too. After the interview you may check your visa application status here: https://ceac.state.gov/CEAC/ For K1 visa it's under non-immigrant. Your application ID is the code found on your DS-160 confirmation page. (Mine was AA00****** format); Location - "PHILIPPINES, MANILA". If you try to pull it up under immigrant you may see that it still says "Ready" like before, the "case last updated" details may change on the first day or two after the interview, and then eventually you won't be able to check it under immigrant. At least that's what happened in my case. Again, please don't use my anecdote to strictly determine what documents you need, how easy/difficult the experience will be with you, or any other specifics. It's case-to-case basis, always. My aim is to provide an overview of the process because it's better than being clueless, LOL. And I just enjoy writing my visa experiences in detail. 😅 Good luck to everyone! My CEAC Status Timeline: Jul. 9-10 (Tue-Wed) - "No Status" Jul. 11 (Thu) AM - "Application Received" Jul. 11 (Thu) PM - "Administrative Processing" Jul. 12 (Fri) PM - "Issued"
  2. My interview experience: Length: About 20 minutes. My Lawyer had already arrived early. My petitioner (USC Mother) and I arrived about 45 minutes before interview time. I wore my signature suit and Tie. I was called on time. My lawyer instructed that my mom stays in the waiting room. IO checked my ID. I took the Oath. From the start, IO said he was a little confused because my 2001 ETA 750 Labor Certification said EWI which was clearly an error from my then attorney. My lawyer explained to the IO that I entered on a B2 Visa. IO asked for proof and I showed him my original I-94 to satisfy that requirement and this was the only document he asked for. (Entry type would not have mattered since I was grandfathered into the 245i benefit which means EWI’s are also covered). We also had the Visa # stamp as well on my mother’s expired passport. IO then asked us to bring my father in because for some reason he thought my father was the sponsor (he is deceased). He only asked my mother her full name. IO seemed fairly new so we had to clear some stuff up. My lawyer actually did all the educating part to the IO. IO was wondering why I was using 245i if I had legal entry so my lawyer told him that I Overstayed my Visa and it was necessary for me to adjust under 245i if I wanted to do the AOS. IO asked my full name, current address and DOB. We had to correct the birth year on I-485 because it was a typographical error from USCIS. IO asked random few questions they were YES/NO and I got them all correct. He then asked for updated I-693 which I submitted to him. He then went off to check off the pages and did work on his computer. He gave me the standard white sheet which stated: ‘Your Case is being held for review’. IO said this was the normal process for everyone to run background checks. I think he had to get approval final from his supervisor. My lawyer who has 20 years of experience partially congratulated my mother and I and thought interview went well and was confident. Next morning, I woke up to ‘New Card is being produced’ which should be the 10 years and I should be eligible for Citizenship in 4 years and 9 months.
  3. Good day! Just wanna know how's your interview experienced in US EMBASSY MANILA? because we applied for K-1 Visa and I want to be ready for the interview. Thank you and God Bless also how long does it take for the NVC to release the MCN#? LATEST EXPERIENCED will be great. thanks!
  4. I'd like to share my timeline with everyone. This forum, along with couple other sites, has helped me tremendously. PD Jan/02/2018 -- everything except Ap Bio Feb/01/2018 PD for AP Feb/28/2018 Interview Letter March/26/2018 AP approval April/18/2018 Interview Date May/03/2018 No decisions from the interview yet No EAD from NBC yet Few things I learned that I hope to help you understand the process 1. Online Case Status depends on your IO who handles your file -- meaning if you are lucky to have a tech-savvy IO who handles your case, your online case status will give you the most accurate information. Unlike my case, my bundle(485, 765, 130) never really have good information, or they were delayed, misinformed. My AP case, which I filed later, has more accurate information and timeline. Thus, just because your case never updated online does not mean no one is reviewing it, always refer to the actual letters! 2. Infopass is only helpful when your file reaches the local office. Sometimes, not every Infopass IO will be able to give you the most helpful information. I was told that I need to wait for at least 10 months before I will receive the interview notice, that notice came two weeks after my Infopass. So don't take everything has a hard fact. The myth about immigration case is that everyone's situation is different. 3. Customer service line is only useful when you're doing non-case status related admin -- like changing your address or reschedule things. I would not recommend you call the customer service just to find out your case status; you will most likely receive a scripted answer from the Tier 1 officers. My experience is that when your Online Case Status is not updating, calling customer service does not help. Tier 2 officers are a bit more knowledgeable, but they can only inform you the process, you will not get a case update from them because they are not the one who reviewed your case. 4. Don't compare your case to the others that are posted online, everyone's case is different. As someone who used to suffer from anxiety, I can tell you how much sleepless night I had simply because I was worried. But patience is the key to conquer your immigration journey. Spend time on being productive and get on with your daily life, develop an interest or just enjoy the time that you don't have to work. 5. No personal questions were asked during our interview. The officer dived into my basic information and then 485 yes/no questions. The only few requests during the interview are to see the original marriage certificate, passports. While she went out to copy my passport, I prepared her a folder of proof of genuine marriage -- photos, finances, and other share life evidence. We had some small talk during the interview, she came across as a serious lady who knew what she is doing, but nevertheless, she was friendly to my spouse and me. Toward the end, she didn't approve us on the spot and said we would receive something in the mail. Nothing else was handed to us(like a letter stating your case is under review). I've been waiting since, but I am hopeful. And I hope you guys are the same! I figured if she has any doubt in my case she would ask us during the interview; she has been with USCIS for 30 years, it was pretty amazing to hear that. Field Office: Philadelphia I'd love to answer your questions if you have any. Wish you all the best, I hope everyone conquers their journey soon.
  5. MY INTERVIEW APRIL 16 EXPERIENCE Hi guys! I just want to share my interview experience yesterday and hopefully it helps in you preparation in your upcoming interview! Good luck! My interview was scheduled at 8:00am, I arrived 25 mins early. I was checked in and called by the officer around 7:50am. Documents I brought with me - Interview Letter - Green Card/ Driver's License - Passport (expired and renewed) - Husband's birth cert & passport - Updated form of recent travels - Marriage certificate - IRS we filled joint I brought the original &photocopied them as well Documents that the officer asked - Interview Letter - Green Card/ Driver's License - IRS tax that we filled joint I started with the English test and just have to read 1 sentence and then write the sentence he asked me to write. That was it! I then proceed to the CIVIC questions. They gave me this red booklet about the 100 questions to study for Naturalization when I did my biometrics. Everything is on the booklet. The officer probably asked me 10 questions total. Like how many supreme court justice? What does declaration of the independence entails? Give me one branch of the government? etc. I got them all right. Then we proceed to the next part of the interview... So, Its kinda like adjustment of status interview but w/o my husband. lol. I was asked about our relationship. Me and my husband are together for 4 years and no kids yet. He asked me like maybe 5 times if I have kids. I said "we don't have kids" and I" don't have kids". So he asked for more evidence. Health insurance, bank accounts, life insurance etc. But I didn't bring any with me. Luckily I brought the IRS tax we filled joint 2014-2016 with me so I gave it to him. So that kinda stopped him and then he write notes in his computer. I was then asked about the yes or no questions in the N-400 form that we filled up and questions about pledging loyalty to the United States. I also wanted to point out that the officer also asked me if I have arrested or had any traffic violations. So I kinda paused because I just had a recent one, its obstruction of control/vision. From holding my phone! lol. Anyway I told him that I went to court and pay the fees so I wont get the points. Its my 1st ever ticket. So he put that in his computer again. Kinda freak me out because I thought its gonna be the only reason that I wont be approved. The officer is nice and professional. After that, I was asked to review infos he typed in his computer in this IPAD and signed couple pages. And then he told me Congratulations! I will send recommendation in your case for approval ! He congratulate me 3 times. Yeyyy!! I just checked my status online when I woke up today and it says We approved your application Your final step to becoming a citizen is to attend your naturalization ceremony We will mail you a letter when we schedule your naturalization ceremony. I'm over the moon. I'm gonna kissed the USCIS good bye soon. Over all it was a smooth process. Our field office here is very organize and not so busy. I wont be able to complete this journey w/o my VisaJourney family my no.1 source of information . Let me know guys if you have more questions. Good luck to everyone!!!
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