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My husband interview is August 13th. In Dominican Republic, I will be there but have to leave Aug.16th. And would love to bring my husband back with me. I heard you can request to have the visa issued the same day? Has anyone ask and actually recieved the visa the same day? Is it ok that i ask the CO?

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4 minutes ago, jeanita68 said:

My husband interview is August 13th. In Dominican Republic, I will be there but have to leave Aug.16th. And would love to bring my husband back with me. I heard you can request to have the visa issued the same day? Has anyone ask and actually recieved the visa the same day? Is it ok that i ask the CO?

Nope.  Never happen.   Every visa goes through some level of administrative processing which is mandatory 


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3 minutes ago, payxibka said:

Nope.  Never happen.   Every visa goes through some level of administrative processing which is mandatory 

It's also securely printed with a photo and affixed to a page of the passport.  Maybe next day or a couple days in some places but it's just not a same day item.


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I've only seen a next day done for a medical expedite.   Sure you can ask but normally it is a 3 to 10 day return depending on the consulate.

 


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3 hours ago, jeanita68 said:

And would love to bring my husband back with me.

This is definitely not a reason to expedite. Otherwise everyone would ask to have their visa the next day haha. Expect to wait the regular processing time after the visa interview

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44 minutes ago, designguy said:

This is definitely not a reason to expedite. Otherwise everyone would ask to have their visa the next day haha. Expect to wait the regular processing time after the visa interview

Well doesnt hurt to ask 🤷‍♀️ and i will ask. 

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4 hours ago, jeanita68 said:

Well doesnt hurt to ask 🤷‍♀️ and i will ask. 

Hi @jeanita68,

 

Been through this with the Dominican Republic embassy. You are right it, it doesn't hurt to ask. But it is not gonna happen. When you go to the Santo Domingo embassy you will see the sheer volume of people being interviewed that day. I went with my, then fiance now wife, and we thought we were being smart by heading there at 4 am to beat the crowd. NOPE. A long line was already started. If you see my timeline she didn't get her visa until about 10 days later which is standard.

 

The visa is not a simple piece of paper. It is a highly sophisticated with security features on it that is permanently adhered to the passport. NOT only that, you are missing huge part of the process.... Administrative Process (AP). Everybody goes through AP and it can take days, weeks, even months. Did you know the officer your husband will be interviewing with is not the last approver?  There are still a few more steps that have to be done. And approved and completed visas are not delivered at the embassy. He will choose the delivery option (my now wife choose delivery  at an officer in the Galeria mall). So you have the whole transport thing going on as well.

 

And lastly, you are not even 100% sure he will be approved at the interview.

 

There was a woman a couple of years ago who wanted the same thing as you, although their case was from Jamaica.. Her fiance was being interviewed a few days before Christmas and was desperately looking to get him here before then. Had tickets bought and everything. Was wholly expecting to literally beg the interviewing officer to rush the visa through to get printed. Everybody advised her the same as they are here; doesn't hurt to ask but don't expect anything. Well it turns out that by the interview, her fiance's medical results had not made it to the embassy, so there was no way they could have approved him then. And because of how close it was to the holidays, everything had slowed down. In the end, he did not come to the US until the following February. 

 

I am very observant and like to people watch. When I was there, I saw a lot. Saw many approvals and many denials. Saw how anxious and nervous everybody was. So voices being raised at the interviewing officers. Saw cheers and tears. Best to be prepared and hope for the best but do so with cautious optimism and curb all expectations.


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5 hours ago, Unlockable said:

Hi @jeanita68,

 

Been through this with the Dominican Republic embassy. You are right it, it doesn't hurt to ask. But it is not gonna happen. When you go to the Santo Domingo embassy you will see the sheer volume of people being interviewed that day. I went with my, then fiance now wife, and we thought we were being smart by heading there at 4 am to beat the crowd. NOPE. A long line was already started. If you see my timeline she didn't get her visa until about 10 days later which is standard.

 

The visa is not a simple piece of paper. It is a highly sophisticated with security features on it that is permanently adhered to the passport. NOT only that, you are missing huge part of the process.... Administrative Process (AP). Everybody goes through AP and it can take days, weeks, even months. Did you know the officer your husband will be interviewing with is not the last approver?  There are still a few more steps that have to be done. And approved and completed visas are not delivered at the embassy. He will choose the delivery option (my now wife choose delivery  at an officer in the Galeria mall). So you have the whole transport thing going on as well.

 

And lastly, you are not even 100% sure he will be approved at the interview.

 

There was a woman a couple of years ago who wanted the same thing as you, although their case was from Jamaica.. Her fiance was being interviewed a few days before Christmas and was desperately looking to get him here before then. Had tickets bought and everything. Was wholly expecting to literally beg the interviewing officer to rush the visa through to get printed. Everybody advised her the same as they are here; doesn't hurt to ask but don't expect anything. Well it turns out that by the interview, her fiance's medical results had not made it to the embassy, so there was no way they could have approved him then. And because of how close it was to the holidays, everything had slowed down. In the end, he did not come to the US until the following February. 

 

I am very observant and like to people watch. When I was there, I saw a lot. Saw many approvals and many denials. Saw how anxious and nervous everybody was. So voices being raised at the interviewing officers. Saw cheers and tears. Best to be prepared and hope for the best but do so with cautious optimism and curb all expectations.

Thank you, Good to hear some knowledge. I know anything can happen, be missed, not approved. I'm mentally prepared for that. I really didnt think that part through. I just heard from another girl whose husband jus went through the process in DR, I dont why she would say you can request to have it the same day. She told when she was there another person had ask and recieved it the same day but they had to wait all day. I told her i would ask the same when i got there if my visa was approved, that way I could bring hubby back home with me. I'm definitely not buying any tickets until i know our faith, and my expectations are praying for the best. You know when you hear things your ears raise up. I said let me ask the forum. This has been my guide for the almost 2yrs of going through this process, i have watched and read alot and learned so much. The idea that it could be a "new"thing sounded like music to my ears. I am excited and nervous all at the same time and trying make sure we have everything, 4 years worth of relationship/marriage evidence..just in case.. and of course all the legal documents..tax transcripts..etc. I've been to DR over 30x in those years, we been on vacation to cuba n costa rica..been to at least 6 resorts in different parts of DR. I dont wanna bring too much stuff, but enough. Because we did get a rfe at USCIS for more evidence and divorce paper which was itinitally sent🤷‍♀️. My husband had lived in the US back in 2009 from a preivous marriage to a USC but return to DR when the relationship failed, before his conditions was up. He was there less than 2 yrs. So thats been my biggest concern through this journey. I think we will have a harder interview because of it. Thats why no matter i wanted to be there for the interview, I could only take these few days, so yea it sounded nice there was a possibility i could bring him back. And our interview is at 7am I arrive in santiago at 1150pm on the 12. Since you said long lines maybe we should leave at 2am (its a 2hr drive) to be on time for 7am. Anyway thank you so much for the insight and reality check, cause i surely was going to ask if they said the magic words... they probably would have looked at me like i was crazy...lol

 

 

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Hang in there. He is close to the finish line for this part of the process. Don't lose site.

 

And the DR is NOTORIOUS for hear-say. I am not surprised you heard somewhere about something from someone. When I was there I heard all kinds of "advice" about the interview. Everything from wearing certain colors to having religious charms on us for good luck. Dominicans are passionate believers so to some of them, anything helps.

 

Just so you know the 7am interview time is not the real time. 7am is when they open the doors. You will then enter through security and get a number. Then you will be seated and wait for your name to be called. then they will call your name and check your documents then ask you to sit again. Then you wait again for a long time before your name is called. Then you will eventually have the interview. Depending on what number you are when you enter, you may not get interview until 2pm that afternoon.

 

But best of look and pleas let us know how it turns out. 


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16 hours ago, payxibka said:

Nope.  Never happen

 

16 hours ago, jeanita68 said:

Has anyone ask and actually recieved the visa the same day? 

A very very long time ago, it was possible to receive visa the same day. My first visa ever to go to the US was a J1 visa, and I was interview in the morning, and picked up the visa at 2 pm the same day. It was pre-9/11/2001. 

 

Obviously things have changed a LOT since then. Most Embassies/Consulates have a courier service now, people don't pick up visas at the Consulate any more. But back then, I remember just came to a window at the Consulate open right to the street and they would just give me the visa right there. I don't think they even asked for ID! (I guess the guy just looked at the picture in the visa that matched with myself). I was 17, eager and ambitious to start my adventure in America. 

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1 hour ago, Unlockable said:

Hang in there. He is close to the finish line for this part of the process. Don't lose site.

 

And the DR is NOTORIOUS for hear-say. I am not surprised you heard somewhere about something from someone. When I was there I heard all kinds of "advice" about the interview. Everything from wearing certain colors to having religious charms on us for good luck. Dominicans are passionate believers so to some of them, anything helps.

 

Just so you know the 7am interview time is not the real time. 7am is when they open the doors. You will then enter through security and get a number. Then you will be seated and wait for your name to be called. then they will call your name and check your documents then ask you to sit again. Then you wait again for a long time before your name is called. Then you will eventually have the interview. Depending on what number you are when you enter, you may not get interview until 2pm that afternoon.

 

But best of look and pleas let us know how it turns out. 

Thank u so much. I will most definitely will.🙏 and oh yes very notorious!! I know that all too well...lol 

 

 

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21 minutes ago, USS_Voyager said:

 

A very very long time ago, it was possible to receive visa the same day. My first visa ever to go to the US was a J1 visa, and I was interview in the morning, and picked up the visa at 2 pm the same day. It was pre-9/11/2001. 

 

Obviously things have changed a LOT since then. Most Embassies/Consulates have a courier service now, people don't pick up visas at the Consulate any more. But back then, I remember just came to a window at the Consulate open right to the street and they would just give me the visa right there. I don't think they even asked for ID! (I guess the guy just looked at the picture in the visa that matched with myself). I was 17, eager and ambitious to start my adventure in America. 

If only we could bring back those days!!! 

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52 minutes ago, USS_Voyager said:

 

A very very long time ago, it was possible to receive visa the same day. My first visa ever to go to the US was a J1 visa, and I was interview in the morning, and picked up the visa at 2 pm the same day. It was pre-9/11/2001. 

 

Obviously things have changed a LOT since then. Most Embassies/Consulates have a courier service now, people don't pick up visas at the Consulate any more. But back then, I remember just came to a window at the Consulate open right to the street and they would just give me the visa right there. I don't think they even asked for ID! (I guess the guy just looked at the picture in the visa that matched with myself). I was 17, eager and ambitious to start my adventure in America. 

Back in 2006 I also got my immigration visa on the same day - though I was allowed to return couple hours later to pick it up. (And not in DR, it was in Croatia). Times and processes have definitely changed since then. 


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