Prepare for the K-1 Fiance Visa Embassy Phase Interview
In this section, we specifically discuss how to prepare for the K-1 Fiance Visa Embassy Phase interview.
Unlike the spousal Visa interview, NVC will not schedule your K-1 Fiance Visa Embassy Phase interview appointment for you at the U.S. Embassy serving your spouse’s foreign country. In fact, they send a letter with instructions of how to schedule your interview. Thus, you do the scheduling.
Important: Once you schedule your K-1 Fiance Visa Embassy Phase interview appointment, print out and keep the appointment email or letter. Most importantly, bring this to the interview as it is your “Invitation” to get into the embassy. In fact, you will be turned away if you do not have it.
Interview Preparation Assistance
If you have signed up with RapidVisa, as part of their service, they assist you through the K-1 Fiance Visa Embassy Phase. Furthermore, they do it at no extra cost than your original fee. They give you advice on scheduling the embassy interview. Also, the advise on the medical requirements of your specific country, signing up for the courier service, and documents that you need to bring to the interview. They help with any other specific requirements of your specific country or U.S. Embassy.
If you go to one of their offices before the interview, they help prepare you for the interview. The help includes possible interview questions. Contact RapidVisa and talk to a live agent using their live on-line chat portal. Alternatively, send them an email or call directly by telephone.
Prepare for the Interview
After you receive the letter from NVC, start preparing for the K-1 Fiance Visa Embassy Phase interview by:
- Schedule the embassy interview
- Schedule and Complete the Medical Examination
- Register for Courier Services
- Perform any Specific Requirements in the email/letter or that the specific U.S. Embassy or Consulate Requires
- Gather Documents Required for the Interview (Start this sooner. Start in USCIS Phase)
- Prepare for Interview Questions
- Read Additional Information
Don’t Buy Your Airline Ticket until After the Interview
Important: We recommend that you do not buy your airline tickets to the U.S. until you have your Visa in hand. Buying the ticket ahead of time, especially a non-refundable ticket, is an extreme risk. There are many things that can delay you in the embassy phase. For example, delays include complications during the medical examination, complications during the interview. Even in the worse case, denial of the visa is a possibility.
Schedule the Embassy Interview
The letter from NVC explains how to schedule the K-1 Fiance Visa Embassy Phase interview. Also, go to the embassy web site to find out how to schedule the embassy interview for your Fiance(e) specific embassy or consulate.
For most embassies, you schedule your appointment on-line. On the contrary, a phone number is also available to an embassy employee by phone to schedule. If you schedule on-line, you see all of the available open slots for the interview.
How soon you schedule the K-1 Fiance Visa Embassy Phase interview really depends on how busy the embassy is. For the most part, embassies are very busy. Therefore, it usually takes 1-3 months to get an appointment.
On the contrary, some embassies are not very busy. Therefore, it only takes a few weeks to a month to get an schedule an interview.
Some embassies allow you to change your embassy appointment. For example, you see on-line that an earlier slot has opened. As a result, some embassies allow you to reschedule. Therefore, take the earlier open slot. Just remember, you must complete the medical exam before you attend the embassy appointment.
Schedule and Complete the Medical Examination
As part of the K-1 Fiance Visa Embassy Phase, schedule and complete the medical examination.
The Beneficiary and each applying child, if applicable, are required to complete a medical examination with an authorized physician in the country where you will be interviewed. Unlike the K-1 spousal Visa, NVC will not schedule the medical examination for you. You need to schedule the examination yourself. The letter or email from NVC will indicate how to schedule the examination.
The medical examination(s), along with any required vaccinations, MUST be completed before your scheduled visa interview date. This exam must be with an embassy-approved doctor. Exams conducted by other physicians will not be accepted.
Read embassy-specific instructions and get a list of approved doctors on NVC’s Medical Examination page. After the examination, the clinic or physician will either send the exam results directly to the embassy or give you a sealed envelope. If the doctor gives you a sealed envelope, do not open it. Instead, bring it to your visa interview and give it to the consular officer.
K-1 and K-2 visa applicants are encouraged to get the vaccinations required under U.S. immigration law for immigrant visa applicants. Although such vaccinations are not required for K visa issuance, they will be required when adjusting status to that of legal permanent resident following your marriage. Applicants are therefore encouraged to fulfill these vaccination requirements at the time of the medical examination. See Vaccination Requirements for IV Applicants for the list of required vaccinations and additional information.
Register for Courier Service/Other Pre-Interview Instructions
Gather Documents Required for the Interview
Every visa applicant no matter their age must bring certain documents to the K-1 Fiance Visa Embassy Phase interview, including photographs. The applicants shall bring the following documents to the interview. Some embassies may request certain information to sent to them ahead of time.
- Bar Coded Print out of your Completed Form DS-160, Online Non-immigrant Visa Application.
- A passport valid for travel to the United States and with a validity date at least six months beyond your intended period of stay in the U.S. provide exemptions).
- Divorce or death certificate(s) of any previous spouse(s) for both Beneficiary and the U.S. citizen sponsor.
- Police certificates from your present country of residence and all countries where you have lived for six months or more since age 16 (Police certificates are also required for accompanying children age 16 or older).
- Medical examination envelop from your medical exam.
- Evidence of financial support (Form I-134, Affidavit of Support and supporting documents).
- Two (2) 2×2 photographs. See the required photo format explained in Photograph Requirements.
- Evidence of relationship with your U.S. citizen fiancé(e).
- Payment of fees, as explained below.
What happens if you forget to bring something on this list? The consular officer will not be able to complete the processing of your visa. You will have to gather the missing items and provide them to the embassy, and may have to come for additional interviews. Failure to bring all items on the above list can delay visa issuance.
Read Additional Information
Read NVC’s Interview Preparation Notices and the U.S. Embassy or Consulate website where you are interviewed for additional information. You can also read NVC’s Frequently Asked Questions. Remember, failure to bring all required documents to the K-1 Fiance Visa Embassy Phase interview may cause delay or denial of the visa.
Evidence of Financial Support
As part of the K-1 Fiance Embassy Phase interview, submit the financial documents. Actually, get a head of the game and collect these ahead of time to be ready. (pssssst… Do it while you are waiting in USCIS Stage!!!!). These documents will brought to the embassy interview. The Petitioner needs to perform the following:
- Complete an Affidavit of Support Form I-134 (Click here for Form I-134 Instructions.)
- Obtain Financial Evidence
As the sponsor, you must show you have sufficient income or financial resources to assure that the foreign national you are sponsoring will not become a public charge while in the United States. Evidence should consist of copies of any of the documents listed below that apply to your situation. Failure to provide evidence of sufficient income or financial resources may result in the denial of the foreign national’s application for a visa or his or her removal from the United States. Submit in duplicate evidence of income and resources, as appropriate:
- The first document that you will need to provide is a copy of your most recent tax return or tax transcript. If you have not filed your most recent tax return, you will need to file it, or show Immigration that you got an extension or that you are not required to file by law. In most cases, the petitioner has to show a copy of the most recent tax year tax return.
- You will also need to provide a copy of W2s or 1099s for the last 3 years to support the income listed on your tax return.
- Depending on your circumstances and which form you are using, you may need to submit proof of your account balances for any bank accounts, investments and other assets of true value. A letter from your bank or investment institution describing the type of accounts that you have and your balances will suffice. In the alternative, you can submit bank/investment statements. In the case of property, an appraisal along with any loans taken out against the property would be recommended.
- If you are currently working, you will also want to submit a letter from your employer describing what it is that you do as your job, your start date and your annual salary.
- Statement from an officer of the bank or other financial institutions with deposits, identifying the following details regarding the account: Date account opened; Total amount deposited for the past year; and Present balance.
- Statement(s) from your employer on business stationery showing: Date and nature of employment; Salary paid; and Whether the position is temporary or permanent.
- If self-employed: Copy of last income tax return filed; or Report of commercial rating concern.
- List containing serial numbers and denominations of bonds and name of record owner.
After collecting the financial forms and supporting financial evidence , the beneficiary and any K-2 children coming with with the petitioner to the United States needs to collect civil documents to support the visa application. (Do this also ahead of time!!!! Do this during your USCIS Phase waiting time!!!)
The original civil documents, or certified copies, brought to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate must be by an appropriate authority.
All documents not written in English, or in the official language of the country in which you are applying for a visa, must be accompanied by certified translations. This takes time. Get a head start. The translation must include a statement signed by the translator stating that the:
- Translation is accurate, and
- Translator is competent to translate.
List of Documents
Review each item below, obtain any that apply to the beneficiary and/or immigrating children:
- Adoption Documentation- If any K-2 child of the Beneficiary was adopted, submit all records Child’s of the adoption.
- Birth Certificates- Obtain and submit a copy of the birth certificate for the Beneficiary and any K-2 child
- Court and Prison Records- If the Beneficiary and/or any K-2 Child were convicted of a crime, submit a certified copy of each court and prison record, regardless of the fact that they may have been granted amnesty, a pardon, or other act of clemency.
- Marriage Termination Documentation- If the Beneficiary was previously married, then obtain and submit a copy of the divorce, annulment or death certificate. (Note only for the Beneficiary)
- Military Records- If the Beneficiary served in the military of any country, then obtain and submit a photocopy of his/her military record.
- Police Certificates- Submit for beneficiaries (spouse and Children) over 16 years of age police certifications.
Bring documents and information that provides evidence of your relationship and meeting at least one time. Information can include the following:
- Photographic album containing photographs of you and your fiance(e).
- Evidence of how long you have known your fiance(e). For example, this includes copies of your beginning chats on email, Facebook, or Skype. Also, photos of you and your fiance(e) on a date are good evidence.
- Evidence that your relationship is on-going: For example, this includes copies of chats on email, Facebook or Skype. Also include some chats throughout your relationship history up to date.
- Other evidence include copies of airline tickets for your visits, hotel receipts, and receipt for engagement ring. Also, provide anything else that shows proof that your relationship is true. In addition, provide evidence that you met at least once within 2 years and that you intend to marry.
Visa Applicant Interview
The applicant (Beneficiary) and all children of the applicant obtaining a K-1 Visa and K-2 visa, if applicable, are REQUIRED to attend the K-1 Fiance Visa Embassy Phase interview together. The Petitioner does not need to attend the interview. However, we recommend that you do attend. The Petitioner is allowed to attend.
Check your date and time of your interview appointment provided in your interview appointment letter and arrive at the embassy ahead of schedule. The embassy staff at the embassy entrance directs where to go or line up.
Read the instructions for your embassy on what you can and can’t bring to the interview. Most embassies do not allow any electronics including cell phones.
At the Interview
The first step will be to go through security. First, you go through a metal detector. At this point, you can be searched. Next, you go to a window where you turn in your appointment letter. After that, you go to another window where you take an oath that everything that you say or provide is true.
After that you go to another window for fingerprinting. At the finger print window, there is an embassy staff person that takes the fingerprints of the applicant obtaining a K-1 Fiance(e) Visa. Also, any children obtaining a K-2 Visa get finger printing.
After fingerprinting, the applicant(s) go to another window where there is a consular officer. This officer is most likely of the nationality of the country you are in. The officer takes certain documents that you have brought. The officer definitely takes all of the applicants passports and medical envelope, if you were given them by hand at the medical appointment. They look at or take other supporting documents that you brought. The consular officer asks you some questions. If you want, you can have a translator present.
Remember: If you sign up with RapidVisa, as part of their service, they assist you in being ready for the embassy questions. If you go to one of their offices before the interview, they help prepare you for the interview including possible interview questions. Also, click here for RapidVisa’s list of 70 potential K-1 interview questions.
If you have everything in order and answered the questions to the satisfaction of the officer, you will be directed to a second consular officer window.
After the first consular interview, you go to a second consular window. This consular officer is typically an American Consular. First, the consular looks through all of your documents. Secondly, the officer asks you to show him or her other documents that you have brought. Also, the consular might take these documents. Finally, the second consular officer asks questions. A translator is available upon request.
The consular tells you if you are approved. On the contrary, if not approved, they request additional information and reschedule. Also, you are told if you are denied.
If approved, the consular hands you a Rights and Protections pamphlet. This pamphlet explain your rights in the United States relating to domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse. Also, it tel the protections available to you.
Next, They tell how to get your passport back along with an approximate time frame. The interview is over. Yeah!!!!!
If you need to bring additional information, the consular explains what information you need to gather and bring back. The consular tells you how to reschedule another appointment. Reschedule your appointment on your way out.
If you are denied, the consular informs you why you were denied a visa. Review to NVC’s Denials webpage for more detailed information.
Remember: The U.S. Embassy keeps the Applicant’s passport as they affix the visa inside the page. The Applicant(s) get their passport back when the visa is provided by the courier service. The passport is inside the first envelop. Open the first envelop to retrieve the passport. DO NOT open the second envelop.
After the Interview
Passport/Visa and Sealed Immigration Package
After you pass the K-1 Fiance Visa Embassy Phase interview, the embassy or consulate prepares your immigrant visa. The visa is put on one of the pages in your passport. This usually takes 3-7 days, but can take longer. Your passport with visa inside is put in a package of the courier service along with a sealed a sealed immigrant package.
The courier delivers the package to you. The deliver it at the place you instructed during registering with the courier. The courier texts the probable day and time of delivery. In most cases, package can picked be up at an office of the courier.
Note: You need another form of ID besides your passport to pick up the package as your passport is in the package.
The courier gives you the package. Open the courier’s outside package and retrieve your passport and the sealed immigration package:
Very Important: Do not open the sealed immigration package. This MUST remain sealed until you reach the U.S. Port of Entry where a U.S. Customs officer will open the package.
Now, book your tickets to the United States.
Because you really shouldn’t book your tickets until you have your Visa in hand, you will most likely be booking tickets at the last minute since you probably want to go to the U.S. as soon as you can.
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Travel to the United States
You are now ready to pack and travel to the United States.
Don’t risk being denied entry to the United States based on bringing something prohibited or restricted. Here is a list of items not to bring to the United States. For example, certain items like fruits, vegetables, plants, or dangerous items are on a ban list.
Remember: You have six months from the time you receive your Visa to immigrate to the U.S. You must enter the United States no later than the visa expiration date printed on your visa. A non-immigrant visa is usually valid for up to six months from the date of issuance unless your medical examination expires sooner, which may make your visa valid for less than six months.
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