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Well after waiting most of the year and having to provide evidence for a RFE, my K1 visa interview in London is almost here. As this site has been invaluable to me during the process, with this account and my previous one which I lost the details for. I thought I would seek clarification from those who have experienced the process at the US embassy in London and just make sure that I have everything I need for the interview. A little background me and my fiancee meet on Tinder back in February 2016 while we were working in Tokyo. We hit it off straight away and we were together as a couple until I left Tokyo two and half years later. She stayed in Tokyo for a few more months and then she went back to the US. On our returns to our native countries we have seen each other six times with me visiting the US five times, I have much more freedom in regards to work, and her visiting the UK once. We got engaged in January this year and sent the petition off in February. It has been a hard spending most of our time apart since leaving Tokyo but we have made it work and we are really looking forward to the next stage of our lives. So my interview is in one week. I'm excited and a little nervous but most of all I just want this stage to done with so we can be together, get married and file for the AOS, etc... So for the interview in London next week I have the following; Appointment letter/Email confirmation DS160 Reaffirmation letter signed by my fiancee and dated September 16th. My interview is on October 18th and the I797 expired on October 17th... I-134 Dated September 6th which I got on my previous visit last month. Employment verification letter dated September 4th on company paper from her work's HR department. Stating everything that is required and her income is well over the 125% poverty guideline. Stamped letters from her bank stating the account balance and the amount of money deposited in the previous year. For both checking and savings. List of transactions from both accounts for the previous year. Two paystubs Income tax returns for last year The full I129f submission with supporting evidence. The full RFE submission with supporting evidence. A photocopy of the I797 My full birth certificate. Change of name deed. Japan police check. ACRO police check. Receipt and vaccination records from my medical. Two passport photos 25 pages of our facebook messenger conversations spanning the time since the submission of the I129f. Thats 25 pages out of 3116. I did think about printing the lot but I thought better of it. Apartment lease contract. She is moving into an apartment next month and as we are hoping that I'll get the visa I've put my name on the agreement. My I94 and travel history showing my last 5 entries and 5 departures from the US. Copies of flight itineraries with boarding passes. A letter from my mum explaining the gifting of our engagement ring as she gave it to us. A print out of an email conversation between me and my fiancee discussing our wedding plans. And some photographs spanning the last 3 years 7 months of our relationship. I think this might be enough, or possibly way too much, for the embassy in London. But until I have that visa in my passport, or at least I have been told that I've been approved I won't be able to fully relax. So for those who have experienced the interview at the London embassy do you think that I'm prepared enough? Or possibly a little crazy? Cheers.
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"