|Consulate Review: Manila, Philippines
Review Topic: K1 Visa
|Review Date :
||June 18, 2011
|Embassy Review :
||Ok guys here is my K1 Interview Experience at the US Embassy, Manila.
I am from Quezon Province so i went to Manila the day before my interview, my mom and my son come with me in Manila to accompany me. We stayed at Gran Prix Hotel, the US Embassy has a new building now and the hotels very near to this new building is the one where we stayed, Lotus Hotel, and City State..
June 16, 2011 is my "BIG DAY" so i woke up early at about quarter to 3am, i prayed to GOD and asked Him to guide me and touch the heart and mind of the pre-screener and CO who will gonna interview me, and txted Rayza, my PL friend who will have her K1 interview too on that same day... and told her i am awake and i started to prepare myself, ate, bath, and fixed my self..
at about 4:15 am we went out of the hotel building and we just walked goin to the US Embassy... we arrived at Bayview at around 4:30am and once i txted Rayza again asking where she is... my friend arrived and we talked for a while sitting at Bayview. At exactly 5am the guard called us all and he told us to line up, he first called all the IM applicant to fall in line and that included us K1 Visa Applicants.. then all the Tourist, Seafarers, etc... then we are all line up near the US Embassy gate, then waited maybe 30 mins. again standing.. before we enter to the US Embassy building they told us to prepare for our DS forms, ID, and Appointment Letter.. they checked all those forms, stapled and instructed us to give it inside where we will get our no., i got 7014 and my friend got 7015, when we entered to the embassy building our bags and all our docs. passed to the x-ray machine... then proceed now to the new building and we ...
dropped our DS-forms appointment letter at window 39 i think...
this is it..
me and my friend was just sitting and attentively waiting for our nos. to flash at the queuing board, oh my this is funny to me bcoz i want to chat with rayza much but we cant bcoz our nos. might flash that we didnt notice it.. and soon my friend's no. flashed and she went to her finger scanning.. and me still waiting for my no. and told rayza that my no. taking so long to flash at the queuing board , but later on it flashed too .. and went to the window no. i was assigned.. and when i got there she told me to prepare now my docs. and i didnt know that it was my preliminary interview already, bcoz i thought i will gonna do first my finger scanning ... and i left all my things at my sit... .. said sorry of course to the pre-screener and told her i will just get all my things at my sit but she told me that's ok... u get it first and comeback here, so i ran with my 2 inches hills and got all my things
the pre-screener i had is a woman, i am on 50's window i just forgot the window no., really she looks strict but then bcoz my docs. are complete and maybe she is satisfied with it she didnt gave me a hard time.. i remembered she asked me only personal questions like what is my name, who is my petitioner?, what's his work, do he owns a house?, if me and my fiance has a previous marriage, do we have kids from our previous marriages, did i went to other country before, did i apply for any visa before, how many kids he have, how many kids i have, will my son come with me, how many times me and honey married before, how much is my annulment? which i dont think its a visa related question.. , and she asked me to give her my BC, CENMAR, my 2 NBI with AKA, my annulment docs., honey's I-134 (w/c is scan, this is the newer version), w2, and ITR, she didnt ask for honey's LES (pay stubs) and ERB (his employment record) but still i included it to the docs. she asked,she told me to put the name of my fiance and sign the lower part of the ds-156k , she also asked me to show our proof of relationship like pics and e-mails, i also included our call history but she didnt bother to look for my e-mails and call history but she flipped our photos....then she said ok... go back to your sit and wait again for ur no. to flash at the queuing board for your finger scanning.. and i said thank u of course and she replied me GOODLUCK!!!
waiting for my finger scanning really took so long for my no. to flash on the queuing board, i even told to rayza oh my they might overlooked my papers... and i am thinking lots on my head what's the problem with my papers?... or maybe they already shoot it on the trash bin...(i am bad) guess what? my friend rayza and josephine already done with their interview with the CO and to the last window that will tell if the case is ok.. and u can to go home and i am still at my sit waiting for my no. , its 8:30am and they're done and me still waiting, waiting, waiting... rayza still waited for me for several minutes but still my no. is not flashing on the queuing board, so told her u go home and eat bcoz she is hungry too that time.. and i know someone is waiting for her too.. and she is excited to tell her fiance that she got approved... at long last my no. flash on the queuing board for finger scanning on window 40 i think... and i thought he is the CO who will gonna interview me.. i raised my right hand... and he said no.. your left hands that was funny but that's ok bcoz that is all new to me.. so its natural sometimes to get mistakes and maybe bcoz i am really excited, then i asked him am i done? and he said yes ok u can go back to ur sit and wait for ur no. to flash on the queuing board...
praying and waiting but now it didnt take that long...
then finally my no. flashed on the queuing board for my FINAL INTERVIEW on window 64.. the CO who was assigned to me is a woman too.. she looks nice.. and intelligent.. and smart of course... she greeted me hi good morning.. how are u? and i said also good morning maam, i am fine, thank u... then she asked me to raise my hand and promise blah..blahh.. and i said yes maam.... then the interview started...
she is looking on the blue sheet that the pre-screener wrote down all the informations that were asked from me... then looking at my docs., she asked several personal questions too.. about my fiance and me.. like where we met?.. when?.. how many times did he visited me?.. how do we communicate... how many kids does my fiance have.. his work.. do he owns a house.. what are the names of my fiance kids.. what is my name, when i was born.. what is honey's name.. do i promise to marry honey within 90 days.. she also asked me to show her our pictures together, and i showed to her one by one our pictures together, well honestly i had a hard time to explain to her about my annulment.. bcoz she is asking what part or page where is written that my X husband went to Canada.. and i cant tell her what page.. but then i told her the story goes we married and we been together as husband and wife only for 2 wks then he left me went to canada and he didnt comeback for us.. before we have a communication but until such time that he really didnt communicate with us.. and she said oh that's fine.. and i think she is surprised too based on her expression and eyes that i waited for 10 yrs she said but its only almost 7 yrs. i waited for my X husband... she said ok i will do something here and i will get back to u again, then she typed on her computer... and then she asked me again ok do u promise u will marry within 90 days and i said yes maam... and she FINALLY SAY, OK MARIA YOUR VISA IS APPROVED!!! when i heard it from her i was so happy and i said to her thank u very much maam... and she said ok go back to ur sit and wait for ur name to be called.. and i said thank u again... and she replied me ok Good luck!!!
when i am returning to my sit really i am teary eyes and my chin is trembling.. i am so happy and i thought of my honey bunny and the LDR that we have and now finally God heard us.. and this is it... maybe its only 2 mins. then i heard again my name called by window 72, and the pinay girl there told me ok maam ur done and ur ok.. u can go home... but she returned my appointment letter and my eligible letter and my queu no. 7014... , my appointment letter has a stamp says, BIO F/S DONE, JUNE 16, 2011, IM VISA... I DONT KNOW WHAT IT MEANS
then i went back to the hotel, smiling and when i arrived at the hotel room i picked up my mobile and call honey babe ko at once, honey babe ko is waiting bcoz he know i will call and cant wait to tell him my good news and told him what happened to me on that day... I GOT APPROVED!!!!
THANK U TO GOD, TO OUR FAMILY, AND TO OUR FRIENDS, OLD AND NEW WHO ALWAYS GIVE US SUPPORT, LOVE AND CARE... this site is really very helpful...
BTW, the pre-screener and the CO reminded me that i have one year to get my son.
Mark and Tina