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Can the time of interview affect a visa approval?

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I have been reading pretty much every single U.S. embassy review in Santo Domingo, DR, and it seems to me that approvals were granted to people that appointments between 6:45 am, and 8:00 AM. Am I on to something here, or is it just pure coincidence? I heard that most of these visas are either approved or denied before one even gets to see the consular officer, and then it is up the CO to change the status of that.. Maybe I am just thinking too much, but it seems kind of odd that the time is so precise ????.

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*** Thread moved from CR-1 Process forum to the Embassy/Consulate forum -- topic involves that phase. ***

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At least some consulates certainly have a system, such as getting straightforward-appearing interviews out of the way first and then scheduling tougher interviews (Stokes or projected to be Stokes). It was that way at the hellhole Guayaquil consulate in our day.

The consuls certainly do have a picture in mind of whether they'll grant or refuse the visa. This is why front-loading of petitions is so often recommended when the visa interview will be at a tough or high-fraud consulate. This is also why it's so valuable for the petitioner to be on or around the consular premises for such interviews. When the beneficiary hands the petitioner's U.S. passport to the consul as a first action, it can turn a decent case into a slam-dunk approval, turn a middling case into a strong case, and give a projected denial a fighting chance. It can even result in the petitioner's being invited into the interview. The goal is to solidify the bona fide nature of the relationship.

Santo Domingo (uniquely, to my knowledge) apparently requires up-front that the petitioner be present for the first interview.

Consuls are only human, believe it or not, and they might be fresher and more receptive in the mornings, versus being jaded and worn down by poppycock stories from flim-flam artists as the day proceeds.

The above are general observations; those who have gone through Santo Domingo can comment specifically.


06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

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.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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Thanks, I was just curious because I hear sooooo many versions, and believe me, I am trying to block out any negative information, but sometimes is hard. It is my nature to feel overloaded... This information helps ?

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You asked an excellent question.


06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

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.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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We interviewed in SD in January 2015 on the same day (coincidentally) as our friends. We did not get called up for our interview until between 11 and 12 and we were approved (both couples) with no problems. Because of the holidays my fiancé's medical exam wasn't there yet so we had to wait for that but we were approved at the time of the interview although my fiancé answered one question wrong (thankfully our interviewer understood and rephrased for him).

The day was long but in the end they were very nice. I should write my review - I forgot!

Good luck! :)


3-26-14 Mailed I-129F via USPS signature confirmation
3-29-14 Signature confirmation (4am on a Saturday! ;))
4-3-14 Text message from USCIS saying that case was received (NOA1) and transferred to Texas Service Center
4-3-14 Check Cashed
4-3-14 Alien Registration Number changed
4-7-14 Official Paper NOA1 received in the mail
8-11-14 Notice of Transfer to CSC
9-17-14 NOA2 received by e-mail and text message
10-09-14 NVC received
10-10-14 Case # assigned
10-15-14 NVC says "In Transit"

10-16-14 NCV says "Ready"
10-17-14 DHL says package delivered

10-18-14 Received Paper NVC notice (with fiance's first name spelled wrong)

11-9-14 Received appt letter

11-19-14 Received E-mail with interview date for 1-7-15

1-7-15 Interview - Approved but medical exam was not at consulate due to holidays
3-11-2015 Finally received visa.
8-8-15 Traveled to the US together. Arrived in Boston with no problems.

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