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#1 datamon

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Posted 10 October 2009 - 07:41 AM

A few days ago our I-129F was approved and I am now researching the next steps. My fiance lives in Gambia and has previously lived in Nigeria and Senegal. It looks like she will have to go to Dakar for her interview since Gambia does not process K1 visas.

Here are a few questions:
  1. She will be traveling to Nigeria soon, so getting the police report from Nigeria (and Gambia) is no problem. However, what about Senegal? I found this:

    Foreigners can obtain a police record, (Extrait de Casier Judiciaire Special), from the Greffier de la Cour D'Appel Du Tribunal Departemental de Dakar, Bloc Des Madeleine, Avenue Andre Peytavin, Dakar, Senegal. The same fee of CFA 380 is collected for the service. Foreigners need to include a form of photo ID and the names of their parents with the request for the police report. It takes two days to one week to process this request. For foreigners in Senegal, they can pay the fee directly at the court. For former residents currently living outside of Senegal who are requesting the police report from abroad, the fee must be paid by bank draft.

    Has anyone sent for the Police Report from Senegal? How long did it take?

  2. Can the medical exam be done in Gambia or must that be done in Senegal also?

  3. If the medical must be done in Senegal, can it be done the same day as the interview, or should she plan on at least staying overnight in Dakar?


This forum is great and I am certain that the knowledge here will help minimize any surprises that may come our way.

Edited by datamon, 10 October 2009 - 07:42 AM.

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I-129F mailed: August 14, 2009 (0 days)
I-129F delivered: August 17, 2009 (3 days)
NOA1: August 26, 2009 (12 days)
NOA2, approved: October 7, 2009 (54 days)
Interview: November 24, 2009 (102 days) -- APPROVED!
Married: March 8, 2010

#2 2kingdomrunners

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Posted 10 October 2009 - 12:53 PM

QUOTE (datamon @ Oct 10 2009, 08:41 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
A few days ago our I-129F was approved and I am now researching the next steps. My fiance lives in Gambia and has previously lived in Nigeria and Senegal. It looks like she will have to go to Dakar for her interview since Gambia does not process K1 visas.

Here are a few questions:
  1. She will be traveling to Nigeria soon, so getting the police report from Nigeria (and Gambia) is no problem. However, what about Senegal? I found this:

    Foreigners can obtain a police record, (Extrait de Casier Judiciaire Special), from the Greffier de la Cour D'Appel Du Tribunal Departemental de Dakar, Bloc Des Madeleine, Avenue Andre Peytavin, Dakar, Senegal. The same fee of CFA 380 is collected for the service. Foreigners need to include a form of photo ID and the names of their parents with the request for the police report. It takes two days to one week to process this request. For foreigners in Senegal, they can pay the fee directly at the court. For former residents currently living outside of Senegal who are requesting the police report from abroad, the fee must be paid by bank draft.

    Has anyone sent for the Police Report from Senegal? How long did it take?

  2. Can the medical exam be done in Gambia or must that be done in Senegal also?

  3. If the medical must be done in Senegal, can it be done the same day as the interview, or should she plan on at least staying overnight in Dakar?


This forum is great and I am certain that the knowledge here will help minimize any surprises that may come our way.

Hello Datamon, Your fiance can get her PC in Dakar at any Extrait de Casier Judiciaire Special, from the Greffier de la Cour D'Appel Du Tribunal Departemental de Dakar, Bloc Des Madeleine, Avenue Andre Peytavin, Dakar, Senegal. The same fee of CFA 380 is collected for the service. Foreigners need to include a form of photo ID and the names of their parents with the request for the police report. It takes two days to one week to process this request. For foreigners in Senegal, they can pay the fee directly at the court. For former residents currently living outside of Senegal who are requesting the police report from abroad, the fee must be paid by bank draft.

As for the Medical I cannot answer that one as we have not gotten to that part yet but will be very soon. God bless you and do not be discouraged things will be fine.
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#3 WhidbeyGirl

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Posted 11 October 2009 - 08:24 PM

Our experience is be prepared to "tip" to get the police report if she is not Senegalese and it will take a lot of talking too.

Medical MUST be done in Senegal and it will take up two weeks or more, unless you tip very well.
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VISA JOURNEY

USCIS Journey
02/23/09 ............I-130 sent
03/27/09.............NOA2
TOTAL 32 DAYS

NVC Journey
04/15/09.............Case # Assigned
07/10/09.............Interview assigned
TOTAL 105 DAYS

Embassy Journey
07/14/09.............Forward the case to Embassy in Dakar, Senegal
09/28/09.............Visa in Hand
TOTAL 80 DAYS

VISA GRAND TOTAL 217 DAYS

US CITIZENSHIP JOURNEY

Conditional Resident Journey
09/29/09.............POE New York PIECE OF CAKE!!!
10/27/09.............2 year Green card received
TOTAL 29 DAYS

Removal of Conditions Journey
07/18/11.............I-751 packet sent
03/23/12............10yr GC Received
TOTAL 249 DAYS

Naturalization Journey
07/03/12.............N-400 packet sent
07/23/12.............Resent N-400 packet (husband FORGOT check!)
08/23/12.............Biometrics done
09/12/12.............Interview letter received
10/16/12.............Interview scheduled

#4 attaya_girl

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Posted 12 October 2009 - 04:48 PM

Is she going to send for the Police Certificate from the Gambia?

If not, it depends what region your fiance lived in. My fiance had to get a Police Certificate for every region that he lived in for six months or more since the age of 16. He had to travel to the southern part of the country as well as get a certificate for Dakar. The process will vary, but my fiance had to go to la police centrale to confirm his address, then had to go the gendarmerie (local police station) to get the actual certificate. Similar process in Ziguinchor, I believe.

Although our medical took around 2-3 weeks to complete, I think it depends on when your embassy interview is scheduled. The doctor will, I believe, do everything he can to get you in before the interview. As soon as we had the interview scheduled, everything went really smoothly. Don't sit around waiting for them to complete the medical before the interview is scheduled. It won't happen. One morning will be dedicated to chest x-rays and blood work (be sure to get an early start as the offices will close from noon to 3:00). One former VJ reviewer said that they were able to complete the medical in one day, but it took them 24 hours to complete the blood results, so things may have changed/become busier. I would count on it taking at least a week, but as I said earlier, ours took 2-3 weeks to complete.
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#5 datamon

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Posted 13 October 2009 - 04:00 PM

QUOTE (attaya_girl @ Oct 12 2009, 05:48 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Although our medical took around 2-3 weeks to complete, I think it depends on when your embassy interview is scheduled. The doctor will, I believe, do everything he can to get you in before the interview. As soon as we had the interview scheduled, everything went really smoothly. Don't sit around waiting for them to complete the medical before the interview is scheduled. It won't happen. One morning will be dedicated to chest x-rays and blood work (be sure to get an early start as the offices will close from noon to 3:00). One former VJ reviewer said that they were able to complete the medical in one day, but it took them 24 hours to complete the blood results, so things may have changed/become busier. I would count on it taking at least a week, but as I said earlier, ours took 2-3 weeks to complete.


So she will probably have to make 2 trips to Dakar, correct?

Trip 1:
request police certificate (just 1 region...Dakar)
take medical exams

Trip 2:
pickup police certificate
pickup medical exam results
interview at consulate

Sounds like both trips could be for 2 days or so.

BTW, attaya_girl, love the pics you have posted of you and your fiance.

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I-129F mailed: August 14, 2009 (0 days)
I-129F delivered: August 17, 2009 (3 days)
NOA1: August 26, 2009 (12 days)
NOA2, approved: October 7, 2009 (54 days)
Interview: November 24, 2009 (102 days) -- APPROVED!
Married: March 8, 2010

#6 attaya_girl

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Posted 13 October 2009 - 06:46 PM

QUOTE (datamon @ Oct 13 2009, 05:00 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (attaya_girl @ Oct 12 2009, 05:48 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Although our medical took around 2-3 weeks to complete, I think it depends on when your embassy interview is scheduled. The doctor will, I believe, do everything he can to get you in before the interview. As soon as we had the interview scheduled, everything went really smoothly. Don't sit around waiting for them to complete the medical before the interview is scheduled. It won't happen. One morning will be dedicated to chest x-rays and blood work (be sure to get an early start as the offices will close from noon to 3:00). One former VJ reviewer said that they were able to complete the medical in one day, but it took them 24 hours to complete the blood results, so things may have changed/become busier. I would count on it taking at least a week, but as I said earlier, ours took 2-3 weeks to complete.


So she will probably have to make 2 trips to Dakar, correct?

Trip 1:
request police certificate (just 1 region...Dakar)
take medical exams

Trip 2:
pickup police certificate
pickup medical exam results
interview at consulate

Sounds like both trips could be for 2 days or so.

BTW, attaya_girl, love the pics you have posted of you and your fiance.


That sounds feasible. If you explain to the Dr. before hand, then maybe you can get lucky and get it all done in one/two days and not have to do two trips. I would count on two trips, though. Budget for that, and if it works out differently, then good for you.

Good luck with the whole process! Are you going to be there with her for the interview? I would STRONGLY suggest that you do absolutely everything possible to be there with her. Dakar is really tough (as I'm sure you're heard).

Good luck again--good to see more people going through Dakar and posting here. There hasn't been a whole lot of up to date information with the embassy in Dakar.

Oh-and thanks for the pictures smile.gif We've been taking a crazy amount of pictures of the two of us.
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#7 K&L

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Posted 14 October 2009 - 07:45 AM

Hi
Just wanted to say my husband is Nigerian and was living in Gambia, we went through a K-3 and he interviewed in Gambia at the US Embassy, we were thinking he would go to Dakar as well, but when he called to set up interview appt they set him up to get his medicals in Gambia and also the interview, he did need to get his Nigerian police report and also the Gambian one as well.
This was back in 2007 for us, and I was not at the interview and everything went very well, as I stayed in close contact by email with the Embassy, my husband said as long as you have all documents and not intimitated you will do well.
I hope all goes well with your experience.
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#8 datamon

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Posted 24 November 2009 - 06:02 AM

K1 Visa Granted!

My fiance had her interview today in Dakar. Interviewer asked just a few questions, wanted to see her birth certificate and granted visa. Said to come back next Tuesday to pick it up.

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I-129F mailed: August 14, 2009 (0 days)
I-129F delivered: August 17, 2009 (3 days)
NOA1: August 26, 2009 (12 days)
NOA2, approved: October 7, 2009 (54 days)
Interview: November 24, 2009 (102 days) -- APPROVED!
Married: March 8, 2010

#9 WhidbeyGirl

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Posted 24 November 2009 - 09:38 AM

CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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VISA JOURNEY

USCIS Journey
02/23/09 ............I-130 sent
03/27/09.............NOA2
TOTAL 32 DAYS

NVC Journey
04/15/09.............Case # Assigned
07/10/09.............Interview assigned
TOTAL 105 DAYS

Embassy Journey
07/14/09.............Forward the case to Embassy in Dakar, Senegal
09/28/09.............Visa in Hand
TOTAL 80 DAYS

VISA GRAND TOTAL 217 DAYS

US CITIZENSHIP JOURNEY

Conditional Resident Journey
09/29/09.............POE New York PIECE OF CAKE!!!
10/27/09.............2 year Green card received
TOTAL 29 DAYS

Removal of Conditions Journey
07/18/11.............I-751 packet sent
03/23/12............10yr GC Received
TOTAL 249 DAYS

Naturalization Journey
07/03/12.............N-400 packet sent
07/23/12.............Resent N-400 packet (husband FORGOT check!)
08/23/12.............Biometrics done
09/12/12.............Interview letter received
10/16/12.............Interview scheduled

#10 forchika

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Posted 24 November 2009 - 09:38 PM

CONGRATS kicking.gif kicking.gif
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****Removal of Conditions ****


7/13/09 Sent I-751 application VSC
7/16/09 Package arrived at VSC at 2:08pm signed by D. Renaud
7/24/09 Rcvd I-797C, NOA from VSC
7/29/09 Rcvd Biometric letter...biometrics appt 8/18/09
11/24/09 Rcvd ROC approval ltr...dated 11/18/09
12/04/09 Rcvd 10 yr Green Card in mail

#11 attaya_girl

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Posted 02 December 2009 - 10:34 AM

congratulations!!!!!
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Posted 02 December 2009 - 10:40 PM

Great!

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congratulations!!!!!


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