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I had my interview at the Joburg consulate on June 4th 2015, I was in there for 2 hours because of waiting to be called up but the actual interview only lasted for 5 minutes, We had some red flags e.g large age gap, one side of family disapproving but they didn't even ask about it, so it wasn't even worth stressing about. The officer who interviewed me was not intimidating at all but very friendly and welcoming but depends who you get..just be over prepared and bring lots of your latest or current evidence especially pics and tax returns, the main thing they care about is the realness of your relationship and financial evidence that your petitioner can support you.

Make sure you tell the truth no matter what, because they basically got your entire File from NVC and studied it so they ask questions they already know answers to but just want to test you to see if you will lie.

Thanks VJ! anyone who has questions message me and I'll try to answer to the best of my knowledge, will be positing Consulate and Medical reviews soon.

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Yes I had my interview on June 4 and received it on June 8th. Is the technical problems with issuing visas still going on? That could have something to do with the delay

Hi there,

Was your visa valid 6 months from your approval date or from your medical?

06.21.13 : Met in Namibia

06.21.14 : Married in Namibia (L)


  • 10.11.14 : Submitted I-130 via DHL from Namibia to Chicago Lockbox
  • 10.15.14 : Petition Received (according to online case status)
  • 10.20.14 : NOA1 (received initially via e-mail); Case Transferred to California Service Center
  • 10.31.14 : NOA2 (received initially via e-mail); Case Transferred to NVC (11 days from NOA1)


  • 12.11.14 : Case # and IIN # received from NVC via e-mail
  • 12.11.14 : DS-261 Choice of Agent Form Generated (notified via e-mail) & Submitted
  • 12.11.14 : AOS Fee Invoice Generated (notified via e-mail)
  • 12.24.14 : AOS Fee Paid
  • 01.13.15 : IV Fee Invoice Generated (notified via e-mail)
  • 01.24.15 : IV Fee Paid

*** Intentionally Delayed Further Submission ***

  • 09.26.15 : DS-260 Submitted
  • 10.20.15 : AOS & IV Packages Submitted
  • 10.22.15: AOS & IV Packages Received by NVC (scan date)
  • 12.2.15: Cased Closed at NVC - Received Interview Date for January 14


  • 12.18.15: Medical Completed in Johannesburg

*** Intentionally Delayed Interview ***

  • 01.20.16: New Interview Date Scheduled for March 17
  • 03.14.16 & 03.15.16: New Medical Completed (First one would expire before our preferred date of entry!)
  • 03.17.16 Interview in Johannesburg - successful!
  • 04.02.16 Visa received (Expires 9/14/16)
  • 07.11.16 USCIS ELIS fee paid
  • 08.26.16 Date of Entry (POE Boston)

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