|Consulate Review: Naples, Italy
Review Topic: K1 Visa
|Review Date :
||March 17, 2018
|Embassy Review :
||MEDICAL VISIT @Istituto Diagnostico Varelli
The Varelli medical clinic is located quite far from the city center, although it doesn’t take long to reach by car. The instructions of the Consulate suggest you to get there by 8AM.
I arrived there at 7AM and I already had 5 people in front of me, already waiting. I highly recommend to get there early as well, as you will have to re-do the same line each time for each part of the visit (blood test, urine test, X-rays, vaccine examination, general visit)
I took a ticket number from the C (Consulate) button of the machine and waited in line.
A woman at front desk called my number and took my passport. They will keep your passport until the end of the whole procedure.
I signed a document and they sent me to a new waiting room, where shortly after I was called for blood and urine test. They need these tests to check you don’t have gonorrhea and syphilis.
After that, I was sent to another floor, where I waited in line in a very narrow space, to talk about my immunization records and provide personal information. Two people were sitting behind desks taking care of this step. They were talking without any discretion. I could hear what the missing vaccines of other people were, where they were going to live in the United States, and all of the personal information asked. I didn’t like that.
When my turn came, I provided my Italian address, my future American address, email, phone number and I had to give them my vaccination certificate and 4 photographs.
I came prepared and I had every vaccine needed for immigration purposes. I gave them Italian style document photos and they accepted them, but warned me that the Consulate would only accept American style ones.
I paid €220 and I was sent back upstairs, where I started a new line to get the X-rays done.
After that, I was sent downstairs again, started a new line, and waited for the final medical visit, where they registered my weight and height, measured my blood pressure, checked my lungs and sight, made me complete a questionnaire of my medical history.
That was the final part of the visit, after which I was free to leave. They informed me that the Consulate would give me my results.
Overall, I wasn’t impressed by the experience.
The structure could improve its organization, but everyone was kind and informative.
I arrived at the Consulate half an hour early, and passed the airport style security.
I had to leave my phone and was given a number and a visitor pass.
Once upstairs, two young ladies at a welcome desk made sure I had all the documents, took the originals and the copies, put them in their own order and gave them back to me. They were kind and informative.
I sat and waited in a spacious room. There are booths where you will interact with consuls and functionaries though a glass window, standing.
My interview took place in two steps.
Step 1: my number was called from one of the booths. I walked there and I talked to an Italian woman, who took all my documents, examined them, and asked me a few questions about my fiancé and I.
The documents were: passport, DS-160 receipt, interview and payment receipt, my birth certificate, my fiancé’s birth certificate, my fiancé’s passport copy, my police certificate, Affidavit of Support with the supporting evidence (letter from employer, pay stubs, tax documents, statement from bank), 2 American passport photos.
The questions were about where my fiancé is from, what he does for a living, what I do for a living, if we had already made plans for the wedding, and confirmed our future home address.
She organized all my documents in an open hardcopy file with our names, where they have the approved I-129F and all the previous documents submitted, took my fingerprints, gave me an envelope containing the results of my medical visit, and sent me back to the waiting area, informing me that I would shortly be called for the final phase of the interview.
You will need to take the medical exam results with you when you will travel to the US with your new Visa.
Step 2: my number was called again from a different booth, where the consul was waiting for the final interview. Upon arriving, I was asked if I preferred to speak in English or Italian, swore to tell the truth, and the interview began.
The questions were different this time, more specific and detailed, asked in rapid fire.
I guess each experience varies according to your own case and situation. What is important is to provide all the information truthfully and clearly, they are legitimately serious about your immigration petition and need to make sure you are too.
Although it was a nerve-racking experience, I cannot write this review without expressing my appreciation for the way it is conducted.
The CO who interviewed me was very formal. She listened carefully to my answers, insisting on various points when she needed more information.
I was asked about 20-25 questions about my background, my family background, my fiancé’s family background, where, when and how we met, how old he is, where he was at the time of the interview, when was the last time we had heard from each other, how often we hear from each other, how we are going to arrange our wedding, what our respective families think of each other, requested quite detailed information about my fiancé’s family members, about how many times I had been to the United States, and since each time I went I did long stays, she wanted to know exactly my dates of entry and exits. I said that I had provided a I-94 to further document my travels and asked if she’d like to see it, and she replied that she preferred to hear it from me.
After the interrogation, she concluded telling me that she was going to approve my K1 Visa and reminded me about the 90 days. I asked if I needed any proof of approval and she replied that I just have to wait for my passport to be delivered at home with the sealed Visa package which you must not open.
My evidence of relationship wasn’t requested at all, let alone looked at.
MY BEST ADVICE: Most of the interviews that take place at the Naples Consulate are generally reviewed to be shorter than mine has been, with less and more generic questions.
I didn’t know what to expect and I was prepared to any possibility. I am happy about how it went.
Do not take the questions I was asked as a reference. Actually, do not take any question of any review as a reference, or at least not to the point where you use them to prepare for the interview.
They will have questions for you, and you will have answers for them. It could be about things you expect more, or things you expect less. To each their own. Just make the exchange worth all the sacrifices you’ve done to get to this final step, and everything will end smoothly. After all, you want to be there to prove you agree to play by the rules and to confirm the consistency of all the information you have submitted.
Obvious tips that never get old enough:
- Be confident. The interview can indeed get arduous, but as long as you are there in bona fide and with all the documents in the right place, there is no need to feel intimidated. They will understand you being nervous, so just worry about the accuracy of your answers and ignore that vocal tremor of yours.
- Arrive early.
- Smile! It’s the final step of your long awaited process. You will be married soon!