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Dear everyone,

My husband has his interview at the Johannesburg American Consulate in four days!!

We are making sure we have all of the documents in order that they asked for. Should we bring anything else? If you have any advice for us on what we should bring extra please post it on this forum. How early should we get to the consulate before his interview? Am I allowed to come in with him? What extras should we bring? What is the chances of approval and denial?

We are very nervous and stressed out,

PLEASE HELP

Regards,

Shelby & Steven

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Moved from IR-1/CR-1 Process & Procedures to US Embassy & Consulate Discussion; topic is about this phase of the process.


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Hi!

I assume his interview is at 1? I would start to line up for the interview between 12:15 and 12:30. The location is not really in the best spot you will have your back to all way and will be outside the entire time while you wait to go in.

The Consulate is right across from the Sandton Mall. So if you have time to kill before or after your interview go pop into Sandton Mall for a little while.

They let me come in for the interview. I was living in South Africa at the time so I came to the interview. I brought my Passport with me.

Make sure you have pictures, but don't put them in a binder as they wont fit through the window. You can label pictures with the date and location on the back.

And then of course make sure all your documents are unabridged.

If you have any more questions just ask! But they are pretty friendly at that Consulate.

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Thank you so much for the comment ! The interview is at 1 so thank you for letting us know we will be waiting outside... As for the pictures... I have put everything (documents they need, extra papers, and wedding/relationship photos) all into one binder with a table of contents and lables to find where everything is. Is this a bad idea??? How should I put the paperwork together??? If the binder wont fit through the window? I am so nervous and reallly just hoping and praying everything goes good... How long does it take to get the visa issued after approval???

Hi!

I assume his interview is at 1? I would start to line up for the interview between 12:15 and 12:30. The location is not really in the best spot you will have your back to all way and will be outside the entire time while you wait to go in.

The Consulate is right across from the Sandton Mall. So if you have time to kill before or after your interview go pop into Sandton Mall for a little while.

They let me come in for the interview. I was living in South Africa at the time so I came to the interview. I brought my Passport with me.

Make sure you have pictures, but don't put them in a binder as they wont fit through the window. You can label pictures with the date and location on the back.

And then of course make sure all your documents are unabridged.

If you have any more questions just ask! But they are pretty friendly at that Consulate.

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An accordion folder is more wieldy than a binder, because you can simply reach into the correct pocket and pull out what's needed, without having to snap and unsnap binder rings.

Just organize things so that you can grab items of a given category with relative ease.

The windows in consulates are like those in high-security banks -- a curved slot underneath a Plexiglass window. Flexible thin things can be slid under.

Try to relax. :)


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01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

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Shelby,

They are not going to go through your binder. So if want to bring your binder you can bring it but you will have to pull everything out and hand it to the officer. It doesn't matter how you present your paper. Just make sure that you have everything. :)

You will be notified if you pass the interview that day. Then you will receive instructions on how to receive your documents and passport via DHL. Should be less than 5 days if everything goes according to plan.

Everything will go smoothly!! :)

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