|Consulate Review: Mumbai, India
Review Topic: K1 Visa
|Review Date :
||October 23, 2011
|Embassy Review :
All's Well That Ends Well
(K1 VISA EXPERIENCE US CONSULATE ,MUMBAI)
I will try my level best to share my experience with everyone!!!!
My Interview was on the 18th October 2011.
Reached the VFS lounge at 6.45 am. I was given a locker to deposit my baggage because you are not allowed to take anything inside the consulate except for your documents.I was made to sit in the vfs lounge which was amazing. They offer you Tea or Coffee.The Bus arrived at 7am. We reached the consulate in just 3-4 mins.
People who arrive via vfs services are given first preference to enter the embassy.The best part is that I live in Mumbai but I still took the vfs service because I didn’t wish to stand for long hours waiting for my turn. I went through a security check and finger prints.(7.30 am)
I sat for around 15 mins and then I my name was called at 7.45 am. There was this Indian lady sitting there. She gave me my original birth certificate back and took my DD and passport.She asked me a few questions like:-
Who is calling you?
What does he do?
How did you guys meet?
Have you ever travelled abroad?
Now I was waiting for name to be called for the final interview.Sharp at 11am my name was called .I was called at counter number 8. There were 2 ladies waiting for me .One was an American and the other one was an Indian. She asked me to take an Oath and then made me sign on the form.Then she triggered me with questions.
When did you get engaged?
Describe your engagement ceremony in detail right from the beginning?
Why did you have so many guests for your engagement ceremony?
Show me your engagement ceremony pictures?
Why are you applying mehendi for your ring ceremony?
I explained the officer that an Indian girl can apply mehendi on any auspicious occasion and then this being my engagement ceremony I had too.
TIP :-PLEASE DO NOT GET SCARED WHEN THE OFFICER BLAMES YOU FOR SOMETHING WHICH IS WRONG ACCORDING TO THEM .EXPLAIN THEM EVERYTHING IN A VERY POLITE WAY.
6.Why is everybody wearing such bright clothes?
7.Why are you not getting married in India?
8.What are your wedding plans? Give details ?
9)Where does your Fiance stay ?
10.Have your ever travelled abroad?
11.Will your parents attend your wedding in the states?
12.Explain the difference between ring ceremony and Wedding ceremony in your customs?
Note:- This one was not easy. I explained everything to the American lady starting from Mangal sutra to sundur,to the 7 phera’s Huh!!! She was basically trying to gain some knowledge from me to understand Indian customs which would help her in future for interviewing!! I knew it all so I was confident enough to share my knowledge with her. Remember one thing the officers are not there to make your life hell. They are just doing their job. So relax.
She then started looking at the I-129 PACKET which my fiancé sent when he filed for the K1 petition. She was very impressed with the packet. It looked neat and tidy . I must say my fiancé gave his heart out while preparing the packet. It included our phone call records, Email records,Airline payment records, our engagement card,Facebook profile page screen short where it clearly said “engaged”, Letter of intent from both of us ,pictures, letter that I sent to my fiancé (scanned copy).She saw the packet for 2-3 mins .She again started typing something on the computer.
She spoke to the Indian officer and then told me “YOUR VISA WILL BE COURIERED TO YOU WITHIN 2-3 WORKING DAYS” I said thank you so much with a big smile !!!!!!
My interview lasted for 10-15 mins .As soon as I came out of the embassy ,I gave a call to my fiancé from an ISD booth .I am on cloud 9,10,11 god knows where !!!!!
Thank you my lord, You have been with us always and please be with us forever. Without you nothing is possible.OM SAI RAM
I shall provide you with few tips which can make your visa journey easier at the US embassy ,Mumbai.
Females please avoid applying mehendi(very important).
Please do not wear garlands during your ring ceremony.
Please take a picture while exchanging rings.
Take as many pictures you can. This should include pictures with parents ,friends etc.
When preparing for your I-134 FORM make sure you have all the financial docs ready and up to date as mentioned in the form. You can’t afford to miss anything or else they might put your case on hold till you submit all of them.
Ask your fiancé to practice questions which can be asked for the interview. Confidence plays a very important role while giving an interview. You will be confident if you have all the docs ready and all other supplementary proof.
A day before ask your fiancé to take a mock interview. Trust me this works wonders.
It is a very painful, frustrating,tiring process but All’s well that ends well.
I am gona be with my Fiance soon,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,I am coming!!