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DCF Frankfurt - Success Today!

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I hope those of you still to go to Frankfurt will find some of this useful:

We stayed last night at the Hotel Alleenhof on Nibelungenallee. We booked via hotel.de and the double room cost us 52,50 Euros, plus we were able to park our car there from arrival yesterday afternoon until after our interview today for only 5 Euros. The hotel is a few minutes’ walk from the Nibelungallee stop on the U5 line, only four stops with no changes to Giessener Str. For the Consulate. We left the hotel at 7:00am this morning and arrived at the Consulate at 7:15am. We were the seventh in line for our type of visa.

We entered the consulate just after 7:30am and went straight to the Cashier’s desk to pay the fee $380.00. We paid cash but Cards and Euros were okay too (their exchange rate was $1=EUR 0,85 for anyone paying in Euros.)

I then got my photos from the photo booth in the lobby (5 Euros, there is also a change machine there) and my stamps from the machine (I got a 4,25 Euro Stamp as requested in Packet 4, however at the second desk we were told that 3,50 would have been enough.)

Around ten minutes’ later we were called to a second window and asked for the completed DS-230 Part II, the receipt for payment and the photo. This was the only problem we encountered; my ears are very flat to my head and because the instructions everywhere scream ‘show both ears’ I purposefully put my hair up so my ears (well, in my case the space where my ears would be if they stuck out at all) were showing. The lady at the second desk said at first that my photo was unacceptable as my ears were not showing. I asked her (politely) how I could make my ears show more (?!) and I felt the photo was perfectly acceptable since I was standing in front of her and she could see my ears could not show any more than they were. She concurred and said ‘You will have to argue it with the Consular Officer at PoE if he or she has a problem with it’ to which I just agreed, as I was getting a bit stressed out at this point. (As a sidenote, neither of the two COs I spoke to afterwards had any problem with the photo.) She took the DS-230 Part II, the photo and my receipt from the Cashier, and gave me an envelope to self-address.

We waited around 15 minutes more and then were called to a third window for checking of paperwork. I was asked for my Birth Certificate and a copy (original was checked and then returned to me) and my Police Certificates from the UK and Germany (they keep the originals.) She also asked for the I-864, plus my husband’s most recent tax return and one payslip. I was not asked for my marriage or annulment (of my first marriage) certificates, although I did have them as requested. I guess since they had the copies I sent with the I-130 they didn’t want to see the originals. I had sent a notarized copy of the marriage certificate with the I-130 so perhaps this is why. The CO then stamped ‘Approved’ on the top of my paperwork, and explained about what the visa would look like, removal of conditions and how I would have the ‘interview’ shortly with another CO and if that is okay and the medical is okay (I went to the medical after the interview) then I would receive my passport back in the mail within two weeks.

Then we waited another ten minutes or so and were called again. The CO asked my husband for his ID and then asked him a couple of questions about when we were returning to the US. We told them we did not know when it would be but that we would be entering in January and moving permanently to the US sometime before December. He then asked me to review the DS-230 Part II and then asked me to sign it in front of him. Both my husband and I then had to raise our right hands and swear that the information therein was correct to the best of our knowledge etc. The CO then asked my husband to leave so he could ask me some questions. He asked me:

:star: How did you meet your husband?

:star: When did your relationship begin?

:star: Have you been to the US before?

:star: Who was at your wedding?

:star: When did you move to Germany?

I gave detailed answers and after each one he typed into his computer. He then said ‘Well, that’s all okay’ (or something like that!) and said pending the medical results they will mail my visa to me. He gave me the dreaded ‘Green Slip’ (the one you get if you’re missing something) but it was only to provide the telephone number to call if I had any questions or had not heard from them in two weeks.

We were out of the Consulate and on the way to the medical by 9:45am. The medical took about 1.5 hours total and afterwards the doctor said everything was okay, gave me my X-Ray and said they would get the paperwork to the Consulate tomorrow. Pending blood test results (which I hope are okay!) I guess I’m done until January 3rd, POE Seattle!!! :dance::dance::dance:

A huge thankyou to everyone here for all your help, information and support. Apologies for typos or waffling, this sleepy monkey is off for a nap -_-

~Candace


Permanent Resident Since 01/03/2007

N-400 application mailed 3/20/17

Credit card charged 3/25/17

NOA 3/31/17

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Congratulations Candace!!! Looks like you're on your way!!! :dance:

Michaela


Jun 26, 06 - 129-F filed

Sep 27, 06 - NOA2

Nov 28, 06 - INTERVIEW SUCCESS!!!

Dec 12, 06 - VISA IN HAND

Dec 29, 06 - MARRIED!!

Jan 8, 07 - filed for AOS and EAD

Apr 3, 07 - EAD approved!!!

Apr 7, 07 - EAD card arrived!

May 10, 07 - Interview....APPROVED!!!

May 23, 07 - GC in hand

Feb 10, 09 - I-751 sent to CSC

Feb 12, 09 - NOA1

Apr 20, 09 - Approved!

Jun 12, 09 - Card Production Ordered

Jun 19, 09 - 10 year GC Received

 

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Congratulations!

I remembered you had your interview this morning and had hoped to hear from you, and such good news!

Great!

All the best!

One question though: when I went to the medical, the doctor told me to keep the xrays in my handluggage when going over- did he tell you that, too?


short history:

2001 - met in Germany

April 2003 - fell in love

Aug 2004 - go to the US for internship

Feb 2005 - both return to Germany

Aug 2006 - getting married

DCF timeline:

09/01/2006 - filed the petition in Frankfurt

09/06/2006 - medical in Frankfurt

09/26/2006 - faxed checklist

10/05/2006 - received interview invite

11/01/2006 - INTERVIEW in Frankfurt - approved!

11/04/2006 - VISA IN HAND!!

12/21/2006 - POE San Francisco and ON TO SEA!

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Congratulations, Candace!


DCF (Germany)

April 7, 2006 - Married

April 15, 2006 - I-130 sent to Frankfurt Consulate

April 22, 2006 - I-130 returned to us (personal checks not acceptable)

April 24, 2006 - I-130 resubmitted with Credit Card Payment Form

June 14, 2006 - I-130 Approved

June 15, 2006 - Packet 3 Received

June 16, 2006 - OF-169 & Passport (Biographical Page Only) faxed to the Consulate

June 17, 2006 - DS 230 Part 1 & OF-169 mailed to the Consulate

June 26, 2006 - Packet 4 Received

June 27, 2006 - Medical Examination in Berlin

July 21, 2006 - Interview at Frankfurt Consulate

July 21, 2006 - Visa Approved!

August 22, 2006 - America!

July 26, 2008 - I-751 sent to VSC

August 1, 2008 - Check cashed

August 1, 2008 - NOA-1 received

September 9, 2008 - Biometics Appointment

March 12, 2009 - Transfer from VSC to CSC?

March 16, 2009 - Approved (10-year green card should be mailed within 60 days)

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WoooooHoooo!

Congrats Cnadace, and fear not, therea re others coming right behind you who will be so happy for your great report! :)

sophyie, yes, everyone is "supposed" to carry the xray with them. I've never read where anyone needed to produce it. Gamble as you will. :)


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Thats great news Candace, it'll be fantastic to see you once you get out to Seattle! :D


01/10/05 - Arrived back in US

01/26/05 - Got Married! WooHoo!

02/14/05 - Had Medical Exam

02/22/05 - Filed for AOS in Seattle, in person

03/31/05 - Got EAD!!

04/02/05 - Biometrics and Fingerprinting

05/19/05 - AOS Interview - awaiting decision...

08/24/05 - (conditional) Permanent Resident

09/08/05 - Passport stamped in Seattle

09/19/05 - Recieved actual Greencard! YAY!!!

05/24/07 - 90 days to remove conditions starts!

06/02/07 - Filed I-751, California Service Center

08/09/07 - Biometrics and Fingerprinting

08/28/07 - I-751 Approved & conditions are removed!

09/12/07 - Recieved 10 year Greencard! YEAH!!!

*now contemplating N-400 and citizenship*

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Congrats :D


PEGGY & ROGER

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K-1/K-2 AOS APPROVED IN ATLANTA MAY 17, 2006

10 year GC Approved - APRIL 16th ,2009 - Peggy and Jonathan's......

Still waiting for our cards...Had to file I-90 as they sent them to the wrong address.

March 9th, 2010, Received GC that has been lost in the mail for 10 months. Still waiting for my son's that is lost as well.

Filed Waiver for my son's 10 year GC and it was approved. He finally received his GC after its been missing for 2 years.

Thanking God this is over for 10 years.

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Thanks for the good wishes guys!

Yes, Sophyie regarding the x-ray - it's such a huge bulky thing, how annoying! I guess it can't go through the machines at the airports (even if nobody asks for it... it's one of those 'just in case' things, huh) so I'd better find a carry-on bag big enough to cart it around in!

Thats great news Candace, it'll be fantastic to see you once you get out to Seattle! :D

We'll be in Seattle for two weeks; maybe we can meet up for a coffee? I'll email you :)


Permanent Resident Since 01/03/2007

N-400 application mailed 3/20/17

Credit card charged 3/25/17

NOA 3/31/17

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Congratulations!

About the xray... in the visa packet we got from the Frankfurt consulate, there is a latter that says that the xray can go in your checked luggage.


5-29-06: We got married!

6-7-06: I-130 packet sent to Frankfurt

6-9-06: Packet signed for

6-14-06: Credit card charged for application fee

7-1-06: Packet 3 received

7-5-06: Requested police report at KVR

7-7-06: Mailed DS-230 Part 1 to Frankfurt

7-21-06: Police report received, delayed over a week due to error on mailing label

7-24-06: OF-169, passport bio page & DS-230 Part 1 faxed to Frankfurt. Requested interview in Sept due to travel in August.

7-27-06: Medical in Munich, everything OK and forms forwarded to the consulate.

8-22-06: Interview letter recvd

9-11-06: Visa interview in Frankfurt, 8:30am, approved!

9-15-06: CR-1 visa arrived in mail

9-30-06: Trip to the UK to visit family

10-24-06: Flight to RDU, POE IAD/Washington Dulles

11-29-06: Green card arrives along with 3rd welcome letter!

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Congratulations!

About the xray... in the visa packet we got from the Frankfurt consulate, there is a latter that says that the xray can go in your checked luggage.

Awesome Suzy! I'm really pleased about that.

The visa came in the mail on Tuesday but of course I was working and of course the Post Office is only open one hour a day, so I am hoping to have VISA IN HAND later this afternoon!


Permanent Resident Since 01/03/2007

N-400 application mailed 3/20/17

Credit card charged 3/25/17

NOA 3/31/17

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Oh how exciting :):thumbs:

Can't wait for my interview in (less than!) two weeks...


short history:

2001 - met in Germany

April 2003 - fell in love

Aug 2004 - go to the US for internship

Feb 2005 - both return to Germany

Aug 2006 - getting married

DCF timeline:

09/01/2006 - filed the petition in Frankfurt

09/06/2006 - medical in Frankfurt

09/26/2006 - faxed checklist

10/05/2006 - received interview invite

11/01/2006 - INTERVIEW in Frankfurt - approved!

11/04/2006 - VISA IN HAND!!

12/21/2006 - POE San Francisco and ON TO SEA!

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Congratulations and good luck on your further journey!


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Quick Facts:
02/23/2006 - sent I 129 to VSC (first step done!) 07/13/2006 - received Visa!
09/22/2006 - civil marriage in New York City
10/05/2006 - sent AOS papers to VSC
12/11/2006 - Welcome Letter and GREEN CARD in Mail!!!!!! Lets' party!!!!!
09/24/2008 - sent Removal of conditions package to VSC
07/02/2009 - received 10 year Green Card! YEAH!!!!! Finally!
2014 - Citizenship

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