Being an obssessive-compulsive girl, I stressed over this part of my preparation. I wanted to bring just enough supporting documents, and not too much. At the same time, I didn’t want to be bringing a lot of things around. Also, when it comes to my interview, I didn’t want to be frantically looking around for the documents that the interviewer was asking from me. I want it to go smoothly and stress-free. My goal was to just bring 1, or 2 folders at the most. Here is how I organized my documents for my K1 visa interview.
First up, if you want to know about my interview experience, as well as some tips that I learned, then click HERE.
After reading up on VisaJourney, I have decided to put my documents in a clear book. This way, my documents are organized, and I can see my papers whenn I flip through it.
Once you open the clear book, you will see the important forms needed first. The 1st page of my clear book is my receipt and appointment letter. The 2nd page consisted of the DS-156. The 3rd are the 2 DS-157 forms, and the fourth is my DS-156K. As you can see in the pictures below, I put a label so that I can easily flip through my documents and know which is which. I didn’t have a printer accessible at that time, so I just wrote it down in paper and taped it.
Because of the clear papers, you can see some of the notes I made behind, like the “Birth Certificate”. There is also a place for the “NBI Clearance” and the “Cenomar” or the “Certificate of No Marriage.”
After this was the Affidavit of Support. Basically, it was the same as everything else. I had the ITR of my fiance from 2007 ’til 2010. The CO only asked for the most recent one which was the 2010. Good thing I had it photocopied before the interview. There were also the pay stubs, employment letter and the bank statement. All of these I gave to the CO, so I can’t show it in the picture anymore.
Then comes the proof of on-going relationship! I was so excited about this. I was ready to let my artistic side take a hold of me. (LOL) One of my friend in VisaJourney told me she arranged her evidences according to the visit. First visit first, then the second visit and so on and so forth. I thought that was a neat idea, so I had mine patterned like that. It made sense, because it makes everything organized, and the CO can really see the timeline.
I tried to make it very simple, but very detailed. I tried to space out the timeline so it seems like I am telling a story. I also didn’t want it to look like it’s missing something. So, the goal was, as little evidence as possible, that tells the story as a whole, and shows the development of the relationship.
Here is how I did the 1st visit:
I scanned his passport with the stamps to show proof that we have seen each other the past 2 years. I laid it out using Micosoft Word, and then put captions at the bottom so that the CO can easily understand what the picture is trying to say. There are also scanned pictures of his airline tickets and airport tax, and attached to it are the originals. Again, I put captions beside the pictures so that it is easily understood. I only put 4 pictures, spanning the whole of his visit. With each picture, there is a small caption with the date, where we were and what we were doing. I tried to keep it simple.
The second visit has the same format. Actually, the second visit was my interview. My fiance was present for my interview, and that counted as his second visit as well. Same format, with the passport stamp, only this time, there is only the arrival stamp, because he is still with me in the Philippines. I also put 4 pictures, with the captions which I thought was very essential to the evidence.
Next up are the skype stills. I only got 3 of these, one for the last 3 months before the interview. I just put the date at the bottom, and from which application I got it from i.e. “Skype” or “Yahoo Messenger.”
I felt that the chat logs were secondary evidence, as well as the phone records, only because I had my fiance with me during my interview. However, I know for some that these are very important evidences. I put the all of out YM/Skype chat logs as well as our Facebook messages in one slot, because I felt that the CO wasn’t going to look at it anyway. I had it there just in case.
With my YM/Skype chat logs and Facebook messages, I took one day out of every month that we started chatting there. I chose short chats, because it took too much space. I read somewhere that if there was naughty messages (wink wink), it’s best to highlight them with a dark color so it’s kept private. We all know how long distance relationships are. Comprises are made.😉
I saved the receipts/snailmails/postcards at the end of the clear book. I was actually debating on putting them where they’re supposed to be based on the timeline, but I tried and it made it look messy. Some of it were before we met, some were in between, so it made everything confusing. Anyway, half of it we sent with the original petition, so they have a copy of it already. I just put it in there just in case. Better to have more than a lot than less, right? Anyway, they all fit in one folder anyway.🙂
I had one photocopy of the receipts/snailmails/postcards, just in case. Better be super duper sure!
So, that’s how I organized my visa interview documents. I’m not saying that this is the right way to fix it, but maybe you can get some ideas here and there. Also, I just want to help out all the beneficiaries out there, because once you are at the interview part of your journey, it gets a little stressful. It’s either win it, or you can’t be with the love of your life. I am open to suggestions and will gladly answer any queries regarding the process.