5 Tips for a Successful K-1 Fiance Visa Embassy Interview

03 Feb 2015
Embassy Interview

The embassy interview is the final step in the fiancee visa application process.  The applicant will need to meet face-to-face with a consular officer, usually at the US Embassy located in the applicant’s home country. The interview generally lasts 15 to 30 minutes and consists of between 5 and 10 questions. The focus of the questions is for the consular officer to determine if your relationship is bona fide.  After the interview, the application for a K-1 Fiancee Visa is either approved or denied. There’s a lot at stake with this interview, so take the time and be prepared.

1. Be confident and calm.

nervous interviewee
Calm your nerves. There’s nothing to worry about.

Take a breath and realize what you’re there for. Appearing nervous or uncomfortable may send unintended signals to the consular officer, who may try to “throw you off”, and confuse you or get you to inadvertently confirm your relationship isn’t genuine. If you’re truly in love with this person, be confident in your case, and you should have nothing to worry about.

Understand that this is a stressful process, but you’re nearing the end. So try to have an extra measure of patience. You’ll probably be waiting for a certain amount of time. Be conscious that the consular officer is the person who determines your approval, so be polite, shake his or her hand, and make eye contact as you give brief, confident answers. Don’t offer up any more information than requested, as this may seem desperate.

2. Memorize important dates.

Spend some time making sure you know important dates, and date ranges. Such as the day you met your fiance, his or her birthday, dates of trips you took together, etc. You want these on the tip of your tongue so that you can let them know without hesitation that those dates matter to you.

3. Bring all the proper evidence & forms.

If you use RapidVisa’s service, the good news is that we provide you with a detailed, customized checklist of everything you’ll need. Be sure to have your supporting items organized and neat. RapidVisa specializes in providing an excellent, detailed petition, so that the consular officer will be all but convinced of your relationship in the 5 minutes they review it before your interview. In this case, your interview will probably be brief and easy.

Be sure to call or chat with us if you have any specific questions leading up to your embassy interview. Our staff is available 7 days a week, and extremely experienced in helping our customers know what to expect.

4. Dress appropriately.

Just like in a job interview, appearance and body language are huge factors in how you are sized up. How you dress should send the signal that you take this matter seriously enough to care. Men shouldn’t show up in a tuxedo, but also shouldn’t show up in a wife beater shirt and cutoff jeans, and ladies should hide the 4 “B’s”: breasts, butts, backs, and bellies. If you were going by a dress code, simply go smart casual. In other words, look sharp without being too formal.

5. Be prepared for the questions.

confident interviewee
Be prepared, confident, and genuine.

Be sure you know all the information in your petition packet like the back of your hand. If your answers are inconsistent with what the consular officer already sees you wrote down in your petition, that won’t be a good thing. Keep your answers consistent.

Be truthful. Hopefully by this time, you’ve gotten to know your fiance really well, and can confidently answer questions about his or her family, his or her ambitions, etc. If you haven’t perhaps you should spend a bit more talking about some of these items.

You may want to practice your English a bit before the interview as well. Communicating the truth clearly and confidently will go a long way. If you are bumbling around like you don’t even speak English well, unless your fiance speaks a different common language with you, you will send a signal that you couldn’t possibly have a bona fide relationship.

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20 Thoughts on “5 Tips for a Successful K-1 Fiance Visa Embassy Interview

  1. which is the eastest to bring my lady friend here from thailand

  2. Ronnie Summerset says:

    I’m very interested knowing more details on the interview that my fiancee will have to attend. I love her so much an really want her to be my wife my partner for the rest of my life.She so sweet heart , understanding, has great humor, supportive , I love her yes so much .

  3. Turova Tatiana says:

    Must a groom call from the US to the US Embassy in Moscow to talk with the officer before the interview with the bride from Russia?

  4. Hi
    i just want to know my fiance he has case bfor like child abuse and assault and other case it is possible for him to to file a petition for fiance visa? i mean there is possibility they going to approve the petition or denied right away? thank you

    • RapidVisa Staff says:

      Rose, you should call for a free consultation. We need more details before determining the expected success. Crime doesn’t necessarily rule it out though – we have many approvals who had convictions. Just call us first though.

  5. Gary Loiz says:

    Sir; Thank you for telling me about the Philippine NSO website to get documents. But when I told my fiancee about it she said it won’t help us because she has no birth certificate on file. She was born in 1950 in a remote part of the Philippines and never had a registered birth for a certificate. She lives in Thailand now and can’t go back to the Philippines to get her birth certificate or CENOMAR certificate. Is there any way possible for her to have these documents created so she can come to the US ? We started our paperwork with you about two years ago but will never be able to finish because she will never be able to get these documents. If there is any way possible please let me know. Right now it seems her coming here is impossible. If there is any kind of help available please let me know.

    Thank You

  6. Thomas says:

    I plan on visiting the Philippines in early 2016. While I am there my soon to be wife and I plan on being married. Since I was convicted of a felony in 1986 how hard will it be to bring my wife back to America to be married here also?

  7. mona says:

    My fiance is in Yemen and there is is an ongoing war how long will it take him to come to the usa ..and there is no usa embassy nowadays

  8. Alexis says:

    My fiancé is coming from Guatemala.. we were wondering what visa would be more appropriate for him.

  9. maricel says:

    if my husband to be is in US and I’m in Philippines and we didn’t meet in person yet. is there any possibly that a fiancee visa will be approved? or he needs to meet me in Philippines to marry me there so spouse visa can be applied rather than fiancee visa?

  10. Sara says:

    My Fiance has his interview in Bogota this next week. My most recent tax return only shows that I made 10,000, but I was only working half the year and in that time, met my fiance. I make double that when working a full year and have the a tax return to prove it as well as a letter from my employer, paystubs, etc. I also have a considerable amount of money in assets. He was also denied for a tourist visa once. I lived with him this year for five months (while waiting for the approval on our petition) and our relationship is most definitely bona fide, but my question is, with all this against us, are we still likely to be approved?

  11. Sherry ann says:

    I was wonder if my fiance is in the Us and I’m in Jamaica is it possible for us to use the K1 visa and if kids are there what measure do we need to take to get married in the US.
    We met one time in person after talking for a 1 year n so.

  12. Catherine says:

    Hello i’m from Philippines, I have a Sri Lankan boyfriend and we haven’t meet yet but we’re like in a relationship and chatting for a year already.
    his parents also wants to meet me.
    is it possible that we can apply a fiancee Visa even we haven’t meet yet ??
    or maybe apply other Visa.
    hope you can help me. Thanks

  13. Joe says:

    Am gay in Ghana my fiance is in USA can it be possible for me to come and marry

  14. Stacey Rodriguez says:

    I have filed a i-130 for my husband and his 2 children in Jamaica. I am from the us. His interview is coming up but it is only requiring him. The kids have no app for an interview. They are 8-10. Will they get an interview or are they supposed to go w him. His name is the only name on the paper for the interview. Please help

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