June 6, 2014 – It was my 2nd time going to US Embassy after I had my tourist visa interview way back 2012 so there is no really nervousness feeling at all.
After arriving at the US Embassy there is a separate line for Fiance Visa applicants so me and my child (as K2) easily get inside the building.
⇒ At the 1st Window – The receipt, interview schedule print out and DS-160 Confirmation is being taken here.
⇒ At the 2nd Window – Finger Printing was taken.
⇒ 3rd Window – Collection of Requirements and short interview with Filipino consul: NBI, NSO Birth Certificate, Certificate of No Marriage or CENOMAR, 2X2 photos and latest W2 and Tax Return of the petitioner.
TIP: Have your Requirements gathered in an Expandable Folder and label each packet so it is more organized and easy to pull out documents when the consul needed.
⇒ 4th Window – Oath Taking and Interview with American Consul.
AMERICAN CONSUL: “How did you and your fiance met each other?
ME: “We first knew each other at work year 2010, he is in R&D Office in the US and I am here in Philippine Factory under R&D group as well exchanging e-mails and conference call with R&D group in US. And then he came down here in PI March 2011 to visit the factory and that is how we first met each other personally.” And then 2 photos with a caption was shown to the consul to prove my answer.
“After he want back to US , we began skyping each other almost daily and then he went back again to Philippine the same year to celebrate new year together with my family”.
“Year 2012 I applied for tourist visa and met his family in US and visit some tourist spot near his area like Balboa Park, Safari Zoo San Diego and did some hiking up in Yosemite!. It was fun but it’s really tiring since I’ve been there only for 3 weeks.”
“And then the next year (2013) I went there again to meet his family up in Sta. Rosa CA and visit Flower Fields in San Diego.”
AMERICAN CONSUL: “It seems that you’ve been together for so long, that’s good, and it seems that he always like to be in a group to socialize.” While still looking at the photos again. “How was he and your son?”
ME: “They really get along well with each other because right from the start I knew he like kids like a bunch of his nephews and nieces. This trip we are excited that my son will be meeting his new cousins.” And then my son smiled!
AMERICAN CONSUL: “Ok, Congratulations! Welcome to America!” And then she handed me the Pamphlet for Domestic Violence and told me to wait for the next window for the decision of my passport and interview.
Me: Although puzzled about the domestic violence pamphlet thing, I still headed to the next window. I knew my fiance is a nice guy! 🙂
⇒ At the 5th Window – I was informed that we passed the interview and will wait for our passport to arrive after a week…. “Whew! Finally! After 3 years, the Long distance relationship is over!”
» Additional information, If Failed – The passport will be returned together with a piece of paper on what documents need to be needed in order to approve the visa unless otherwise the visa is denied.
TIPs in K1 Fiance Visa Interview:
- Have your requirements ready — Complete the requirements as early as possible, you don’t have to wait for NOA2 and NVC Letter to arrive to gather the requirements. As long as you already have the Case number you can start working on the requirements for K1/K2 Visa Application and place it on the expandable folder with label on each packet so it is more organized and ready to pull out documents in case you need it. Here’s the sneak peak of the requirements → Fiancé(e) (K-1) Required Documents
- Arrive at the US Embassy on time on your Interview appointment.
- Dress properly — There is no really dress code in going to US Embassy, however dress like you want to show you are serious in this application, like appearing in a job interview.
- Greet the consul and smile upon entering the designated window.
- It is not necessary whether you known each other for long or short period of time as long as you already met each other personally, or if not due to some cases that prevent you from meeting each other — as long as you can prove that the relationship is true and bonafide.
- Often times the american consul is looking for photos as strong evidence of relationship. Show pictures for every questions being answered as much as possible to show proof of your answer. I found this very effective in my experience.
- Chat logs may be needed but majority of the cases – the consul are not looking on those.
It is true that Long Distance Relationship is real hard, the only key to maintain is you need to trust each other, have a constant communication, have a plan of meeting each other “personally” at least once or twice a year to know each other more better and a clear plan of settling together. And be really faithful to each other while in a distance.