Fiance Visa interview preparation starts BEFORE the the applicant schedule an appointment at the consulate, and convince the consular officer that theirs is a “bona fide” genuine relationship, and that the purpose of the Fiancee Visa application is solely for sincere marriage.
The Fiance Visa Interview is the final hurdle of the Fiancee Visa petition process. The consular officer asks questions to confirm the engagement for marriage is “bona fide” and that you are of good moral character.
At the end of the interview the decision is made to approve or deny the visa.
It is a stressful time for you as so much hinges on making a good impression.
The secret to success? Preparation
Preparation for the interview starts BEFORE the petition for your visa is even submitted.
Encourage your American Fiance to include, ample and compelling evidences of your courtship and relationship, as part of the original petition package submited to HomeLand Security. It should include photos, travel proofs, samples of correspondences,phone bills, affidavits from people who know the two of you as a couple,and whatever other proofs that show your engagement is “bona fide”.
I call including these materials “front – loaded” the petition.
A well prepared “Front Loaded” submission to USCIS, helps convince the Consular Officer, as he reviews your case documents before the interview begins, that your intentions for for a visa for marriage to you American lover is sincer and should be approved. When a ‘Front loaded” petition is done properly, your interview may be very short and sweet.
But don’t rely ONLY on a front loaded petition.
Do your homework too.
Make sure you KNOW who your fiancee is. Get to know him well. Ask him to tell you about his background, his family, his work, his plans.
Encourage your Fiance to visit often and to spend as much time with you, as he can afford. The more “together time” you spend with him the better you know him, and the more first hand stories you can share during the interview, the easier the inteview will seem.
Go over the list of sample interview questions and practice them with your Fiance, until you your answers are relaxed and fluent.
Schedule your medical exam at the consulate designated clinic a week or earlier before the interview.
This avoids rescheduling your visa interview, in case the clinic takes longer than usual to process your lab test results.
The consulate gives you a a checklist of documents to carry to the interview.
Go over the list carefully. Make sure you have everything.
Do a final review of all of the documents and evidences. Read each carefully, familiarize yourself with what they say. Often the answers to questions the consular officer asks are right there.
Your verbal answers should be consistent with the written answers. .
Arrange all documents, photos and evidences into a logical order. A document wallet works well.
Practice so that you know where everything is, and can without fumbling quickly find whatever you need.
Review the appointment letter, so you know where and when the interview is being held.
Double check any special rules or procedures, like no cell phones, which gate to use, etc.
Finally allow plenty of time to arrive on time..
By Fred Wahl