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Hi everyone,

Today was my husband's interview with the US Embassy in Madrid. I just wanted to vent somewhere.

Everything up to the point when our documents went to the consulate has been really smooth sailing. However, when we received our interview letter, it didn't contain any information about his medical exam. On my suggestion, he emailed the visa section to get the specific information about where and when he could have it done. They came back with the information, but added that the information was in interview letter. It absolutely was not. I literally went crazy reading the interview letter and email. All it says about the medical is "bring this interview letter to the medical exam...." It turns out the information is on the Embassy website, but there is no reference to that fact in the letter. That was annoying, but ultimately no big deal.

At the interview, my husband went to the first window where they asked him for various documents, including the most recent tax returns of our sponsor and myself, which were not included in the AoS. We had this just in case, but it was not included in the list of documents that we were required to bring with us. The interview letter only requests tax documents if we filed for an extension. Again, no big deal because we had that prepared.

At the second window, the first thing the consular office asks for is photos of our wedding. We did not bring those with us because 1) photos were included in our original I-130 and 2) photos of our wedding were NOT included of the list of documents to bring to the interview. As a result, they issued him a visa denial. However, she said to email the photos to the visa section and they would process his visa. They did take his passport, so ultimately everything is going to be fine (although delayed a bit). It's just extremely annoying that they asked for things that were not listed.

Something similar happened when we went to file my daughter's consular report of birth. The list of documents and copies we were asked to provide was inaccurate. It asked for one copy of her birth certificate, but we had to provide two. So I was charged for an extra copy. Again, it's not a big deal, I just don't understand why they don't convey exactly what they want. It seems like it would make it easier on everyone including themselves.


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Hi Laurafaye,

sorry this happened to you, but I do have to say I think that taking more pictures of your wedding is self explanatory, especially with that type of visa. Always best to be extra prepared, and you even saw how that helped with other things. Good thing they are letting you email more pics!

Best of luck,


I-129 Sent: 6-26-2015

I-129 NOA1: 6-30-2015

I-129 NOA2: 7-23-2015 (26 days total!)

NVC Rcvd: 8-21-2015

Case # Assigned: 8-25-2015

Consulate Rcvd: 9-03-2015

Packet 3 Rcvd: 9-11-2015

Packet 3 Sent: 10-1-2014

Packet 4 Rcvd: 10-6-2014

Medical Sched: 10-22-2014

Interview Sched: 11-04-2014 (Approved!!!)

Visa Rcvd: 11-17-2014


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