Consular interview at the US Consulate is the final stage of the K1 Fiance Visa process. It is an arduous part of the visa application process on two levels. First is the fear of the personal interview with a consular officer and then whether there are any inadmissibility issues making the person not qualify for a visa. Moreover, there are more visa forms to complete and documents to submit at the time of the interview.
The K1 visa interview is the final stage of the US fiance visa process and for the typical interviewee, it is fraught with emotional anxiety and fear of what the consular officer ask.
Questions asked by the officer is generally geared at determining whether the couple has a sincere or bona fide relationship. In generally practice, the interviewing officer will review the documents that the American petitioner submitted to USCIS in the I-129F form, and any additional evidence submitted by the visa applicant. The officer conducts a due diligence in that he/she reviews the information in the file and ask the visa applicant questions to ascertain the sincerity of the relationship. Interviewees may feel intimidated in this situation as one would be if sitting across a complete stranger who asks you personal questions regarding your relationship with your loved one. Nonetheless, the officers are trained to scrutinize the applicant for any legal inadmissibility issue and whether the couple’s relationship is bona fide.
Any temptation to lie to the consular officers is pointless as they are trained to detect those deceptive techniques used to obtain a visa. The penalty for lying to a consular officer could result in an outright denial of the visa application and possibly a bar on entry to the US for years to come. Thus, honesty is the best policy when it comes to answering sensitive questions at the interview.
For visa applicants who were issued a “blue sheet” 221(g) under Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), wherein the consular officer discovered new information or detected a discrepancy in the case, the applicant is given an opportunity to remit evidence to reconcile the issue at hand. This may be in the form of more providing them missing documents, or an affidavit from the US citizen petitioner attesting to the discrepancy. The purpose of the consular interview is not to harass or intimidate the fiance(e) but to determine whether the individual has complied with the requirements for the visa.
In light of this, should the applicant receive an outright denial as the consular officer predicated the decision on some fraud or misrepresentation in the relationship, then more than likely found the applicant legally inadmissible to the US. Often, there are waivers available for the applicant depending on the grounds of inadmissibility. For instance, an applicant may be inadmissible based on a previous overstay in the US, therefore a proper basis for a I-212 waiver for overstay.