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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Belgium

We picked up the visa today! So glad we have it now. Figured I'd write up a little something about our expirience.

I was really impressed with the embassy here in Belgium. They were very professional and friendly. They got all their work done quickly. I think it took six weeks total, and that's only because it took us an extra week to collect all the papers we needed. They are more than happy to answer any questions you have as well.

We went at 1:30pm on the 29th for a 2:00pm appointment. There is never much crowd at the entrance so security went fast. The wait to actually be called to a window took a while though since they didn't have people lined up, it was whoever shot up out of their chair first got the next window. They would call "anyone for immigration?" and we would all stand up at once. :lol:

So after four or so people went before us, a nice couple let us go before them. A lady at the window asked for all our papers. She took a quick look at them, then took my husbands finger prints and told us to go to window 6 to pay for the visa. We did this and returned the receipts to her and she told us to sit down until the consulate called us.

We waited about another half hour or so and a man called us to window 0. They don't have an office to interview so it can be kind of hard to hear, the guy told us to lean close to the speaker as there were kids running around and we could barely hear him otherwise. He asked us how we were doing and my husband asked it back to be polite and it kind of caught him off guard. :P

Then he asked us how long we knew each other, where we met, how long we had been married, where we got married, how long my husband stayed on his first visit to the states, what we planned to do when we return to the states, how long we had been back in Belgium, and what we had been doing while we have been living here.

My husband fumbled a few times because he either didn't hear the man correctly or he lost track of a date, but the guy didn't seem to care much about that. So after he asked us all those questions he took some time to type things up on the computer and had my husband sign a paper saying he understood that he needs to renew his greencard in two years. Then fished out a pink slip from the desk, wrote down the date to pick up the visa and said "congratulations, you're approved, pick up your visa in a week." :dance:

We're both so happy to know we can finally go home! :dance: Thanks to everyone that helped by answering my questions! This site has been a HUGE help to us both. :)


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