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  1. Yeah, we tried to make sure whatever we brought from Ghana (honey, pepper sauce), was labeled and the kind from the store rather than the local variety. I know sometimes palm wine can be in unmarked containers so that might be a risk. Good lucj and happy wedding!
  2. Hi Rashid, Congrats on getting this far in the process! As you read, that's what we did. It took almost 3 months from NOA2 to packet 3, so we went ahead and scheduled the interview. If it's already been a couple of months, I would advise you to consider doing that as well - because we completed DS160/visa fee, we were checking online for a month before the interview spots even opened up! PM me your number if you'd like to be added to our WhatsApp group :). Thanks, Abena
  3. Hi! I wouldn't worry. You can email them, but don't expect to get a detailed response (or any response). The consulate in Ghana did not reach out to us until they were ready for us to interview. We got notification that NVC was forwarding our case to Ghana on April 3, and we didn't hear from the US Embassy in Ghana until June 11. This is the stage where the experiences really seem to vary by country, and unfortunately the Ghana embassy isn't too clear on the process. Have you checked your case status on NVC? Does it say "READY?" Once it said ready, we decided to complete our DS-160, pay the visa fee, and go online to try to schedule interview dates. We did this before we got the Packet 3 (a generic letter from the embassy saying they are ready to interview you). Thankfully we got the Packet 3 on June 11, and the interview was on June 26. We took a risk in the interest of time. If you don't get that communication from the embassy before you go in for your interview, you run the risk of being turned away and having to reschedule. It's at your discretion. Feel free to PM me if you have questions or if you'd like to join our Ghana K1 WhatsApp - we have 14 members in various stages from NOA2 to married (us). Hope that helps, Abena
  4. Happy to share it here as itโ€™s quite generic. Yes, the Ghana embassy is a bit unorganized and unpredictable; feel free to send folks my way if you things we can help. Instructions- K1 Application.pdf
  5. Thank you! How's the hunt for dates going? We had success toward the end of the month so I hope the same for you. The interview was one of the easiest parts, to be honest. 1) you canNOT bring in a phone. If you have nobody to hold it for you, there's a guard there to hold it for like 20ghana, but my fiance found a woman selling food who was holding them for 10ghana. 2) Anything they ask, you'll already know if you have a bonafide relationship. My fiance was asked how we met, what brought me to Ghana, what I did for work, and whether we had kids (and when he said we didn't have kids, the CO asked about a photo that we submitted which included his niece and nephew). Assume they will read the chats and go through the pictures, so be careful what you send. 3) We know a few couples who got denied for being "too married." Avoid sending chat records that include you referring to one another as husband/wife. Don't include pictures or mention of any engagement activities or big family parties that could be interpreted as Ghanaian traditional engagements, because that's interpreted as marriage. It's tricky because the US/Ghana perception of engagement is so different, so be careful. 4) It seems like they've got their minds made up by the time you get into the seat for interview. As long as everything is correctly filled out and your case is relatively straightforward, I wouldn't worry. Even if there's something that needs a little explanation, better that you identify it first or risk being denied for misrepresentation. We have a whatsapp group going - PM me if interested!
  6. Hi Pinky, Did you receive notification (email or letter) from NVC that they sent your case on to Ghana? We received that letter on 3 April (NOA 2 was March 14) and then we didnโ€™t get Packet 3 from Ghana embassy until about June 11. We did the DS-160 in early April so we could start looking for interview times. It took us a month of checking online to find a date, June 26. Ghana takes long and the process isnโ€™t always clear; I wish you patience and perseverance! Happy to share our experience if you have questions.
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