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Namibia US Consulate Reviews
Average Rating: 4.8 / 5
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South Africa
Review #26942 on August 25, 2019:

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Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa

My interview was scheduled for August 15th 2019 at 1pm. We arrived at the US Consulate in Johannesburg at around 12:30. Waiting outside in the line. The security guards asked us if we had mobile devices and laptops in our possession. They had to be turned off. We were let inside at 1pm and had to go through scanning. They checked our things. Then we walked out a door into a courtyard and walked all the way through to another door. We entered into a large area where I had to fill out a small slip with my name and last name and my case number. I was then told to go and sit down in the chairs provided. A lady came and gave us a piece of pink paper with the number '2' written on it. She said they will call me. A while later my number was called and I went to the second cubicle. A South African lade asked for my passport, my birth certificate, my divorce papers and my marriage certificate. She did some stuff on her computer and then asked my to put my fingers onto a green scanner and she did my fingerprints. She then gave me back my papers and told me to and sit down and that someone else will call me. A while later another lady called my number and I went to the 7th cubicle where an american lady asked me for the same paperwork and some more. She asked for our pictures, my sponsor's I864, my joint sponsor's I864 and the household member's I864, all of their financial documents, my children's birth certificates, and then she proceeded to question my husband about his tax returns. Which was odd. She said that even if he was not working that he still had to file a tax return. We know that that is not the case. On the IRS website it states that if you are not working you do not file a tax return. She then smiled and said all is good. She handed me a small white slip of paper that explained how long it took to process the visa and details about the DHL service they use that will return my passport and papers to me. I told her that I had to return to Namibia and she gave my passport back to me and told me to courier it back to them as soon as I am home in Namibia. Then she gave me an A4 pink page. It was a form 221(g).She marked off two sections - Medical Records and my Passport. She said they still need to get my original medical report from the doctor. Once they have that as well as my passport they can issue my visa. She never directly said that my visa was approved so my husband asked her if my visa was approved and she said yes. Just had to hear her say it.

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South Africa
Review #26816 on August 4, 2019:

Liez




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Review Topic: K1 Visa

I had my visa interview on the 31st of July. After months of waiting and preparing we finally reached the appointment date. My anxiety levels were through the roof as my flight was delayed and I had to travel from Namibia. Long story short I eventually made it to Johannesburg in time for my interview. I arrived at the US Consulate. My passport pics sizes were verified at the entrance. After that I was asked to switch my phone off and to hand it in. I had to walk to another building where the interviews are held and a nice lady asked me to fill up a form and I received a note explaining the DHL instructions. After 15 minutes I was asked to go to the first counter window, I was asked for my passport, passport pics, birth certificate and copy, original police clearance, proof of payment, affadavit of support and tax returns (I also provided our Co sponsor's) then finally proof of relationship. After 15 minutes I was called to the second counter window. A friendly American lady interviewed me, asked me quite a few questions while typing on her computer. She told me she will be approving my visa and that it takes about 10 days. I was super ecstatic and grateful to hear those words. Since I had to travel back to Namibia she provided me with a letter that requests I send my passport back to the embassy. I sent it back with DHL right after landing. All in all, my experience at the consulate was done just under a hour. The people there are friendly and as long as you have all the necessary documents and have a bona-fide relationship it will be a smooth process.

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South Africa
Review #21030 on December 10, 2016:

The Burts




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Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa

Visa Interview

Our interview was at 13h15 but we went to the consulate office 9:30am. When we arrive the security outside told us to join the que and the other officer came checking our confirmation papers, passports and photos we brought. The officer told us that we have to come back at 1 o'clock or if we like we can wait there just in case they are done with others inside, we might will get a chance to go in. He as well informed us that our photos were the correct ones but other people were sent back to get the correct ones before they allow them inside.

We waited until 12:10pm and everybody left for lunch. Me and my daughter, we took a walk into Sandton City mall and came back at 1 oclock since its only less then 2 minutes walk. At the time, we relaxed and felt comfortable at the consulate office since everyone was talking and joking with us outside the building. The securities at consulate are really very good, when we came back she said lets check and clear your bags & folders so that it will be quicker when you walk in the building. We finished all this just before next line goes inside and was done. When we got inside at security check, they gave us a bucket to put all our electronics in and whatever we didnt want to take inside the consular office with. They hand us a number for collecting our belongings on our way out and told us to follow the footprints to consular office.

When we got inside I was told to fill in my phone number and email address and given another little note to read about DHL registration. Got a number 9 and was told to sit. 15 minutes later, we were called at the first window and I was told to give our original birth certificates, passports, married certificate, police clearance and proof of relationship (any). So I gave her our photo album with 10 pics and I also gave her our daughter's adoption decree even though she didn't ask for it. She looked at our filed and ask if we didnt do our medical check ups which I said; yes we did on Nov 7-12th 2016 and I showed her the passport we received from the doctor. She said, okay no problem. Go sit and you will be called soon.

After an hour waiting, they started calling numbers or sometimes names of who should go to the consular window. They kept calling number 6 but no name. Later I went and ask whose name is the number 6 they kept calling since no one is standing up. When I got to the counter calling 6, I saw our file and I realise he placed the number upside down which was ours (9). I told him that we are number 9 and Burt family and he just smiled and said yes its you mem.

He looked very tired but he greeted us and ask us both to raise up our right hand and swear that what we are going to tell is the whole truth which we did. After that he handed my photo album back and other original documents except police clearance and passports. He only ask me one question

How did you meet your husband? I answered briefly and he looks at me like I need more. I told him a bit more and he said that was sweet. Here he goes again; looking at me, my daughter, daddy's picture and adoption decree..... Then he was like packing the file away and he said wait a minute, are you the stepmother to the sweet girl? I smiled and said no sir, I am the biological and daddy is the legal father/stepfather. Then he said, its a bit confusing since the full birth certificate shows that you both are the parents to her. I told him that the birth certificate is the new one that was registered after the adoption decree. Then he ask, does her biological father knows that she is immigrating and I said yes. A BIG SMILE from consular and said YOUR VISA IS APPROVED!!!!

Goodness, I have to ask him twice; I beg your pardon sir... And he said it again. YOUR VISA IS APPROVED but WE CAN ONLY PRINT YOUR VISA WHEN WE GET YOUR LAST RESULTS from the doctor and I said thank you very much. I was still standing at the window and he told me; we are done Monika, then he said I assume you need your passports to travel back to Namibia and I said yes. He gave me the passports and said he said, as soon as you get to Namibia please send your passports back with DHL so that we can print your Visas and send the passports back to you in order for you to travel home.

Then I ask him the last thing, do I need any paper that you requested the passports back? In a friendly and polite way, he said okay let me give you this yellow paper for official records. Its a 221g where he marked passports and medical report. He said it wont be long. It was very comforting for him to repeat VISA APPROVED because I really did not expect that answer right away.

EXTRAS

After the interview I went to pass at the doctor's office and ask about my results but I was told that, they will send it first week of January because TB culture test takes longer than others. I also ask why they are not contacting me for any of my first and second sputum and I was told there was nothing to worry about. Apparently they will call you much sooner when they detect any problem on your tests but I'm on a 4th week today. Man!!!!! this is very frustrating. I was told that they will email me as soon as they send my results to the consulate office. I guess I got 4 more weeks to go. Here we are hanging and waiting for whatever results that's gonna be.

Long live Johannesburg U.S Consulate
You are the best.


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South Africa
Review #19916 on July 11, 2016:

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Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa

They were very accommodating to our need to move the interview date from our original assigned date and responded promptly to e-mail correspondences.

I was not present for my husband's interview but he said that it was painless and efficient. The interviewer was not overly nice or overly intimidating - just no-nonsense and approved my husband straight away.

The only pain was that we had a strict timeline we imposed upon ourselves in terms of my husband moving to the States, and initially we had the medical done too early, not realizing that validity of the visa was based on the date of the medical (6 months from medical, not interview). This was problematic as we do not live in South Africa, so my husband had to then fly a second time for a newer medical but ended up combining this one with the 2nd interview trip.

Also - my husband had to DHL them his passport and wait for it to be sent back, which took about 2 weeks from date of interview, but that was fine.

All in all, a pretty painless experience.

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Review #10911 on November 20, 2012:

JaMeMa




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Review Topic: K1 Visa


I cant remember much, but the interview only lasted for less than 5mts. Amazing US JHB consulate staffs! They are warm, friendly and down to earth. My xperience was amazing and I've no doubt to rate them even 100/100.

Long live US consulate JHB CO's.
Kudos:-)



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