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I expected it to be way more stressful. Great thing was, there was no other person there but me, so I had no lines or such.
At the first window a lady wanted all the documents I had to bring in, so she reviewed and asked 2-3 questions about it.
Once she finished she explained the next steps of the visa, once I enter the country, how much time it will take at my layover, etc.
Then she sent me to the next window and the officer talked to me about our relationship.
He asked me several questions about how we met, how long ago, when my mother met him the first time, when our wedding will be,
where he works, what his job is, how long he's been with this company, where my typical layovers are, etc.
It wasn't more than 10-15 minutes, and he said they'd send me all documents and visa back next Tuesday.
K1 usually takes 2 days of processing time, not like other visas he said.
Very friendly staff, great experiences, and felt lucky to be ther... read complete review
I was the only one in this consulate, which confirmed my suspicion that it would be fast and without hassle (I was afraid I would have to go back to Colombia to do this process).
Just like many other reviews say, there was your standard security at the entry of the embassy. All the personal was very friendly. Then, you are escorted to the offices where someone reviews your paperwork, before indicating you that the CO will see you in a bit. She actually said (I am paraphrasing here): "everything looks good, but the CO will determine whether to approve it or not."
Then I meet with the CO, who was very friendly too. Pretty simple questions such as my occupation, my wife's occupation, if I have ever had problems with immigration or the police, and that was it! He approved the visa and told me to pick it up the next day.
Embassy communication good and clear in run up to interview.
Train - 10 minute walk from main station in Bern
Car - Parking garage available 200yds up from the Embassy on the left (other side of road) BUT pedestrian access leads you out onto main street so when you exit, walk down the hill and turn left and you will see the Embassy a short walk ahead of you ( c.5mins from car in all).
Car - Street parking available in a lot of places and just up from the Embassy on the left is a small entrance to pay/ticket display in car parking. cost as I write CHF2.20 per hour with an adjustment hrs more than one hour stay.
Personal possessions / cafe next door was to have building work, no-longer open as per other older posts, one is down the street is on the left 3-4mins away. I did not leave anything there so cannot say. Options are leave everything in the car, or use left luggage lockers at station or bring a friend and they hold... read complete review
There is not much information around about this embassy, and since I have found this forum very helpful throughout the whole process, here is my own review:
After we had finally gotten our NOA2, I tried to gather as much information as possible about the U.S. embassy in Bern. Yet, since Switzerland is comparatively small, finding anything beyond this forum was close to impossible. Luckily, a couple of really nice VJ members I contacted could give me a few hints.
As soon as we received our case number from the NVC, I contacted the embassy to make sure they had the correct email address for me. And once our paperwork reached the embassy, they got back in touch with me immediately by sending me packet 3 (instructions regarding medical, which documents to bring, i.e. I-134, police record, birth certificate, proof of ongoing relationship, unexpired passport, etc., and where to obtain some of them). There is a checklist in the following PDF: