K3 Visa Interview in Thailand
If you have applied for a US K3 (spouse) visa from Thailand, you will have to appear for a personal interview at the US Embassy in Bangkok. This is the final step in the application process and the visa officer who interviews will make the final decision about whether you will receive your K3 visa.
You will not be eligible for the K3 visa interview until you have completed all of the prior steps and been authorized to make a K3 visa interview appointment by the Embassy.
Before you go to the interview, make sure you have all of your K3 visa application documents ready. A K3 visa will not be granted unless the Embassy has all the required documents. You should bring the original copies of documents already submitted and evidence that shows what your relationship with your American fiance is like such as home videos, photos, emails, letters, instant message chats, and phone records. If you have an interview invitation letter, bring it too.
Practice answering questions in English. Interviews are conducted in English, and if the visa officer cannot understand you, he or she may cancel the interview or doubt your relationship is real. The only exception to the English language requirement is if you and your spouse communicate in another language, such as Thai. In that case, be sure to bring evidence of this, such as a letter from your spouse.
Most interview appointments take place in the morning, starting at 7 or 8 AM. While there is no need to arrive more than 30 minutes before your appointment, be sure to arrive on time! If you are late, your appointment might be cancelled or it could annoy the visa officer. Eat a good breakfast because some interviews can last several hours.
While you may wish to bring family and friends with you for support, no one will be able to attend the interview with you unless you have children under age 16 who have applied for a derivative K4 visa to go to the US with you.
During the K3 visa interview, questions are asked for many reasons. Some are asked to judge the sincerity of your marriage while others are asked to verify that the application forms are correct or for Embassy fraud prevention programs. Visa officers may ask about your relationship.
It is important that you both know about any previous marriages. If these marriages were not disclosed in your K3 visa application, it will raise red flags. Visa officers may ask about your children and your spouse’s children. If you are pregnant the visa officer may ask additional questions.
The visa officer may ask about international travel. If you have overstayed a previous US visa, your visa may be denied. Visa officers can check records to verify answers, so be truthful!
If you don’t know an answer, forget a date or didn’t understand the question, make sure to tell the visa officer. The visa officer may also be able to restate the question in a way you can understand. You can also ask the visa officer to speak slowly.
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