The K1 Fiance/Fiancee Interview that I experienced at the US Embassy in Manila was truly an orderly step by step process. I was able to arrive at the US Embassy at exactly 6:00 in the morning as I was able to read from the packet that I should be there an hour before my interview and so the 30 minutes advance of time was also able to give me time to relax a bit. There was a long wait already at the waiting shed fronting at the US Embassy building and before I was able to get inside this waiting shed, I had to present my appointment letter and one valid ID to the security guard assigned at the gate. While I was already able to sit inside the waiting shed, I requested my brother who was with me during that time to go to the nearest waiting area near the US Embassy. He just read a newspaper while waiting for me. I was glad that he had brought the biggest umbrella that we had purchased from Robinson’s department store since the weather at that time had suddenly changed from very hot to a very rainy and it could easily changed from one up to a few hours each day. While I sat in the waiting shed, I had noticed that some of the K1 and K3 applicants were accompanied by their fiances and husbands who were just allowed to enter the shed fronting the US Embassy (even during the time of each of their partner’s interview).
By 6:30 AM, the guards had asked us to form a line and after a few minutes we were then allowed to enter the US Embassy Compound. When each of us entered the door, we passed through a security check and our things had gone through a scanner. Here, the other applicants were told to leave their cell phones and were given a claim card. I was glad that I asked my brother to hold my cellphone so I just proceeded inside the building in no time. When we (applicants) entered the receiving area inside the building, we were asked to wait for an hour and a half since there were so many applicants ahead of us (the ones with the 6:30AM schedule). Then at 8:00, we were asked to form a line again to get our ticket stubs at the ticket booth and was able to show again our appointment letters then submit it to the person in charge of this ticket booth. He also asked me to submit my DS-156 (2 copies with photos), DS-157 (two copies with the other copy validated from Bank of the Philippines Islands also known as BPI), and the DS-156k. I was thankful to receive a nice comment from this young man at this ticket booth that my forms were properly filled-up so I was not delayed for rechecking purposes and was given immediately a ticket stub with my number.
I was able to wait for my number to be called but it was my name that was called at the “finger scanning” at window 17 at around 9:00AM so I went there immediately. The finger scanning was just fast and after the finger scanning, I was asked to wait for my number to be called again and was requested to sit down. I then started to keep a close watch of the numbers being flashed on the board located in front of the waiting applicants who were seated in different rows. I was able to acquaint myself to the surroundings from the time that the applicants were told to wait. There were different small counters located inside the US Embassy in Manila and a worker was assigned to each of the counter .
My number flashed together with the counter number at exactly 10:30AM. A Filipina worker in her late 20’s had conducted the preliminary interview and while she was asking me questions, I was also asked to submit my pertinent papers: birth certificate, NBI clearance, affidavit of support and other financial papers, evidence of meeting prior to the petition and proof of genuine relationship. I was glad to receive only a few questions and it only took 3 minutes for me to be able to answer all these questions and at the same time also submitted those pertinent papers. Below were some of the questions that were asked by the Filipina worker.
What is your name?
Who is your petitioner?
What is your relationship to your petitioner?
When did you meet?
On what website?
When did he visit you?
When did you see each other last?
What is your work?
What is the work of your petitioner?
After all the questions were answered, I was directed to sit down and wait for my number to be flashed on the board. I was truly sleepy upon looking at these red and very bright numbers on the board. Since there were so many applicants, my number and the numbers of the applicants with the 7:30 AM appointments were asked to return at 1PM after lunch. I was glad as well as the rest of the applicants since we were also very hungry. I went outside together with the rest of these applicants and I saw my brother who was patiently standing in front of the building already with the big umbrella waiting for me since it was again raining so heavily.
Additional Story before my interview with the lady American Consul
Well, a few minutes before my number flashed on window 30 for my interview with the Consul, I was approached by a mother with her daughter who was 6-months-pregnant and a K3 applicant. They told me that they were asked to submit a note from the Embassy Staff if they will request for an early departure since this K3 pregnant applicant and his husband wanted that this baby be born in the US so they heartily asked me that their tagalog request letter be translated into English. They also asked me to write it down in the piece of bond paper that they had given me. Since my number did not show up yet, I took my sign pen inside my portfolio and just told them to look up for my number on the board while I was writing their immediate request. Well, I was glad that 2 minutes after I was able to finish writing it, my number flashed on the board.
Final Interview with the American Consul
I was able to return at the US Embassy at exactly 1:00PM and after 40 minutes of waiting, my number flashed at Window 30. Since there was still an applicant who was interviewed by this lady American Consul, then I just waited for a minute sitting down outside this cubicle then after a minute, was asked to enter. I congratulated this K1 applicant before me since it seemed that her visa was approved just by the look of her face since her smile was the biggest and widest I had seen when she went outside from this cubicle. The cubicle was a very small room with two up to four chairs in it. I greeted the lady American Consul and she told me to be seated during the interview. I took an oath, then the questions had started and poured after wards.
I was asked the following questions below:
What is your name?
Who is your petitioner?
What is your relationship to you petitioner?
When did you meet?
How did you meet?
Where does he live?
Does he have any sisters? How many?
What does he do?
When was the last time you saw him?
How many times did he visit?
How did he proposed to you?
These were some of the questions that the American lady consul in her “early thirties” had asked. She smiled at me and appreciated the way I had arranged the documents. I was thankful by her nice compliments and then she picked the “pink striped sticker” with the capitalized bold letters “APPROVED” and wrote my case number in it. My interview with the lady Consul lasted for about 5-7 minutes. She then returned the “evidence of genuine relationship plastic folder” as well as the “evidence of a meeting prior to the petition plastic folder” and smiled at me again and then told me that I needed to sit and wait for my number to be called so that I will receive a very small pink note for my visa delivery.
By 2:30PM, I was called at counter 35 where the Filipino worker told me that my visa will be delivered to me through Delbros, a delivery business that was chosen by the embassy itself to send visas all over the country and it can be tracked through a number. He directed me to go to the next counter
where I should pay for the delivery method. I was then asked to fill out a form of the address where my visa shall be delivered. This delivery process could take for a few days or weeks depending also on the location that you are in. They said that I will receive a text message from Delbros regarding the delivery of my visa and if ever I’m not the one who’ll receive it then don’t forget to leave an authorization letter from whoever I’ll authorize to receive it. This authorized person shall have a valid ID.
Since I did not bring my cell phone then I was able to immediately exit after filling-out the form. I was told by the guard that it was already fine for me to leave the US Embassy in Manila since I had finished everything. When I checked at the time, it was already 3:30PM. After the interview, I told my brother that I needed a nap. When we were able to take on our light snack later that afternoon, I told my brother that I needed to email this wonderful experience to my fiancee who was waiting for the result of “Fiance Visa Interview” at the US Embassy in Manila.
I never thought that the interview was that easy for me, I was probably lucky. I thought that it would truly be difficult. It was amazing that I had been telling the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) about my fiancee whom they only had seen in the photos that I had submitted. I just think that if the US Embassy had seen that everything is legitimate within the months or years that you had a relationship with your fiancee then they will approve your visa application. As long as you can provide the correct police reports, gather the right evidence of your relationship, pass a medical exam and be able to honestly and comfortably tell the “whole love story” of how you had met your fiance or fiancee then you’ll be given visa approval.