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Nicaragua Reviews
Average Rating: 3.80 / 5
30 Review(s)
Nicaragua
Review #7133 on February 4, 2011:


claro


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Review Topic: Waiver/Admin Review

This review is of the interview my husband had with the consulate in Managua when he submitted his I-601 waiver package. The I-601 applications are accepted MWF from 1-3pm. He arrived at 12 and there was already a short line. As it got closer to 1 the line grew very long. He entered and went the the security as described in previous reviews. When called he went to the window and submitted the I-601 along with the biographical form. They asked him a few questions about when he EWI'd, when he returned to the US, did he return on his own, does he have family in the US, and where is he working, then he took a seat. About 20 minutes later he was asked to return to the window where they gave him a slip of paper that allowed him to wait for him number to be called so he could go to the cashier and pay. After he paid they told him to take a seat and wait for his name to be called. When he returned to the window about 30 minutes later the interview began. The same American woman that interviewed us for the VISA asked him about 10 questions which I'll list here. When did he EWI, when did he return to Nicaragua, why did he return, did he have any trouble with the police, what work did he do in the US, did we have any children together, did he want to bring his child from Nicaragua to the US, what does he want to do when he returns to the US, what will we do if he doesn't get the waiver, how many times have I visited him, is his family receiving money from me to support them, and maybe a few others. Pretty much everything they asked him was described in the waiver. He said she was pleasant and encouraging. Overall our experience with the Managua consulate was very positive.

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Nicaragua
Review #7132 on February 4, 2011:


claro


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Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa

Everything went almost exactly as previous reviews have provided regarding getting there at 7AM, going through inspection and waiting to be called up to the windows. The first person we spoke to was Nicaraguan and asked us general questions about when we were married, where we were working, when did my husband return to Nicaragua from the US, and did we have any children of our own or together. It didn't seem that they had looked at our package from NVC because he asked to look at our copy and flipped through it pausing at the photos. He told us our VISA application couldn't be completed because we needed police reports from the city where my husband is living in Nicaragua, and the two cities where he lived in the US. I told him the NVC checklist told us we didn't need them which is why we didn't have them. He said the NVC checklist is outdated. He then took my husband fingerprints and asked us to wait to be called again. The second person that called us up was American. She was very nice and asked us pretty much the same questions. She told our VISA application will be complete and approved once we return with the three police reports, but that since my husband was EWI for more than one year he would have a 10 year ban to wait out before the VISA will be issued. She encouraged us to apply for the I-601 Waiver and told us we could do it in the afternoon MWF. She said the police reports could be from the city or the state where he lived in the US. We left bummed that we couldn't finish everything because we had the I-601 waiver application in hand and ready to submit. I was leaving to return to the US a couple days later. I contacted the states and found out the state records required fingerprints and one of the cities required him to appear in person. y wanted him to either appear in person to get the report. One of the cities only required a notorized letter. We spent the entire next day trying to find somewhere to get fingerprints in Nicaragua, even going back to the Embassy to see if we could get the copy there that they took, but could not get them. I wrote a letter and we got it notorized so that took care of one city. After I returned to the states I called the other city and they said if he doesn't have a record on file they could give me a letter saying that. I found a website for one of the states that let me pay for online access saying he had no record on file. I was only missing the other state so I printed out the page that said I could only get it with fingerprints. I mailed everything to my husband and two weeks later he returned to Managua and the application was completed. I'll put the Waiver interview review under a separate topic.

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Nicaragua
Review #6753 on October 22, 2010:


Nica_In_Love


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Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa

Our appointment was set for 8am but we got there at 7:20am, went to the 1st security guard who asked for the medical sealed envelope, told me to open it, then he checked our passports, and let us in.
Once inside you leave all cellphones, gums, candy, etc. they give you a number for you retrieve your stuff once you leave the embassy. Then we sat down with all the people waiting, after about 10 minutes a young lady came asking for Immigrant Visa Applicants, we stood up, and went through another security checkpoint and entered the area where you are interviewed. They gave us a number, and we sat down to wait. We waited for about 20 min, then we were called by a local Nicaraguan employee who asked for my Birth Certificate, Police Record, Marriage Certificate, and 2 passport photos. I had everything except the photos, so then she checked what the NVC had sent them and found the 2 photos, she was a bit serious at first, but then when she saw my birthday was on Oct 29th she was nice and said hers was on the same day too. She asked us some questions as:

How we met?
When did we start a relationship?
When did we get married?
Did his family come to the wedding?
Does he send money?
How often does he send it?
How many trips has he made after we got married?

Then she asked for evidence, I gave her money gram receipts, yahoo chat logs, cellphone records, and our wedding pics. She then told us to sit down until we were called again.

Then the US Consul called us, and she was really really nice, very pretty and always smiling. She asked basically the same questions, and then asked if I swore that everything on the DS-230 was true, I answered yes I swear, then she said CONGRATULATIONS! YOUR VISA HAS BEEN APPROVED! It was the best feeling ever!! We were out of there by 8:35am, we were both ready to wait at least a couple of hours, glad it wasn't the case.

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Nicaragua
Review #6671 on September 29, 2010:


jlee


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Review Topic: K1 Visa

Once we arrived at the Consulate, we had to wait outside the building for approximately 45 minutes (We were really early).

We then were called by an Officer to get in line, of which we were then split in two different lines, one for resident visa applications and the other for non-residential visas. Several questions to the officer later, he explained we had to rip open the medical envelope of my fiancee's since no closed envelopes are allowed inside the Consulate.

We were then allowed to go inside the building to again wait until everybody had gone through the metal detector as well as releasing any makeup, drinks, electronics, etc.. a la airport security. After, we were given a number to pickup our items once we were done with the interview. After security, we entered a large holden area with several chairs. However, we got there so early, that all we had to do was go directly to the second metal detector screening to finally enter the Visa Applicants area (all other personal who are not applying for Visas must wait in the holden area). Once we entered, a friendly lady gave us a ticketed number and we sat down. There were 7 windows (8 actually, except this was the pay window). We waited for about an hour or so due to the fact it was only 7:00am and the officials did not start until 8:00am or so. This does not apply to those non-resident Visas since they were being called at 7:30am already.

Our number was finally called and surprise surprise the gentleman who was speaking with us was the same person whom I've been in contact with via email several days prior to arriving. Luck was on our side! He asked for every piece of paperwork which is needed as well as evidence. Everything was looked at thoroughly and he even circled two items on my fiancee's birth certificate to which he explained that the inscription date was too far from when she was born, resulting in my fiancee having to obtain a Certificade Unico (this was later scratched off by the actual Consulate later). My fiancee's Certificade de Soltera was actually the wrong one, she needed the one that was Nation wide (this was only department wide) Make sure you read the packet carefully where to obtain it!!

He finished the process by asking us:

How did we know each other?
When did we meet?
How long/times have I visited her?
Do I send her money periodically or just when needed?

After all the paperwork and questioning he explained we just had to pay at the window, and he would give us the Green paper indicating what we were missing (the soltera certificate) and that the Visa could not be finalized this very day, however we could continue the process. We waited again to be called for the final interview by the Consulate (only about 10 minutes). As she called us, she looked through all the paperwork again (double checking). She looked at the green paper and scratched off the "Certificado Unico" meaning she no longer had to provide it. She asked us:

When did we meet?
How did we meet?
I believe that was all she asked. She then showed us the DS-156 and told my fiancee if she swears to marry (ME) before 90 days, to which my fiancee said YES !! She then said "well everything is done here all she needs is the Certificade de Soltera". I said WELL ARE WE APPROVED ONCE WE PROVIDE THAT!?!? and she said..

YES !!! I hugged and kissed my fiancee several times and had to hold back from tearing up. Such a long and costly process but my fiancee will finally get to be with me.

Unfortunately I had to leave same day due to only haveing 3 days of Leave from the military. My fiancee explained she returned the next day with the proper document, and that her Visa would be ready 10-05-2010. UNREAL!!!!

In the end, everybody here was very professional, friendly, and available for questions if needed. I felt comfortable and stress free although nervous. Thank you Nicaragua consulate members for all your help and patience. God Bless!!

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Review #6605 on September 13, 2010:


Kiki&Coki


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Review Topic: General Review



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