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Spain US Consulate Reviews
Average Rating: 4.2 / 5
158 Review(s)
Review #31066 on May 19, 2022:

erika86

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Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa

The visa entry line is at the southmost on Calle Serrano.

They let both the beneficiary and the US citizen petitioner (me) into the waiting room. We were inside the embassy for a little less than 2 hours. The initial processing consisted of a bag x-ray and metal detector. All electronic devices such as cellphones and ear buds were collected and stored at the guard station. It was possible to bring small carry bags and a water bottle inside. A second initial processing step involved preparing an envelope for the return of the passport - the Embassy supplied envelopes - and taking a number for the appropriate processing line.

There were three lines, one for nonimmigrant visas, one for immigrant visa, and one for US citizen services. The visa interviews happened at small windows in front of everyone in the waiting room. The waiting area has a small play area for children. There was one US citizen family and one immigrant visa family with children waiting with us.

For the immigrant visa, there was a first interview to collect the documents such as birth certificate, marriage certificate, and passport, and to ask basic informational questions such as the date of the medical exam. This interview took about 10 minutes.

There was a long waiting period during which most of the consular officers were working with US citizen services or nonimigrant visas. Once the US citizen and nonimigrant visa lines were empty, several more consular officers began reviewing immigrant visas.

The second interview was more detailed. First, the officer reviewed documents on the computer. Then they called the beneficiary for questioning. The petitioner was allowed nearby, but only the beneficiary was questioned. In our case, the questions were brief and few. They asked when and where we met (2014, USA) and how long we were dating before getting married (5 years). It was nearly noon at this point and I think they were ready for lunch; few questions were asked. Regarding the petitioner income and domicile, they didn't ask for more documents or other information. I assume that they were satisfied with the documents previously submitted to the NVC and directly to the Embassy.

Because the interviews were held in the same waiting room, I was able to observe two other 2nd interviews. For at least one applicant, in this interview they discussed the petitioner's financial documents and they were sent away with instructions to update the financial documents.

For us, the beneficiary's medical report had not yet been transferred. Despite this, they said Welcome to the United States and said the visa could be approved when the medical report is satisfactory and transferred.

We have a problem with the medical examiner not accepting the EU Covid certificate as adequate proof of vaccination. (It only lists the 2nd vaccination date, and they want both dates.) I'm confident that we will eventually overcome this.

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Madrid, Spain
Review #30920 on April 1, 2022:

Amanda&David




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Review Topic: General Review

My appointment was at 11:30 am, so I arrived 15 minutes early. I walked in without any issues and everyone was very nice and helpful. The only issue was that I couldn't go inside with my backpack, so I had to find a locker nearby to keep it during my appointment. The whole process took around an hour and a half including going through security, taking a number, giving all required documents, and waiting to be called. The actual interview process took around 5-10 minutes including an oath to tell the truth plus a few questions. At the end, the interviewer told me that it would take 1-2 weeks to process the visa.
1) How did you meet? Describe your love story.
2) Have you met the future in-laws? Do you get along with them?
3) When did we leave Germany? (this is where we met)
4) Where in the US will you guys be living?
5) What type of work will you expect to have in the US?
Overall it was a very positive experience - the only downside was the waiting time before the interview.

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Madrid, Spain
Review #30395 on November 16, 2021:

CS and JA

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Review Topic: K1 Visa

Very simple and stress free experience. Took about 3 minutes - asked just a few simple questions. Officer mentioned we were approved and will receive the visa in 7-10 days.

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Madrid, Spain
Review #30314 on October 25, 2021:

NB5347




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Review Topic: K1 Visa

Arrived to the embassy about 5 minutes early and was able to enter inside with no problem. Seemed to be about 10 total interviewed at our same hour. We were there for a total of 1 hour and 15 minutes. They gave us a number at arrival and then we waited to be called. First woman reviewed that we had turned in all documents from Packet 3 and asked for beneficiaries' medical exam. They returned the package to us after looking inside with a new seal on top and said not to open it. We then waited a bit more for the interview. Agent asked to speak with the beneficiary only - he asked my fiance how we met and how long he had been living in Madrid. He then called me to the window and asked where we were moving to and what I did for a living. He then told us we were approved and would receive the visa in 1-2 weeks!

Super chill, super nice and relaxed -- Only note is the embassy felt a bit different, I guess because they are still closed to the public? I'd been before for other papers and there were a lot more people being attended.

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Madrid, Spain
Review #30001 on August 13, 2021:

Basevi




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Review Topic: K1 Visa

The interview was August 2nd, 2021. To preface: we didn't realize we would need 3 police-related certificates from Peru: Policiales, Judiciales, and Penales. We only sent Penales in Packet 3, so we needed to get the other two. We got Judiciales online, the Embassy approved it via e-mail, and are still in the process of getting Policiales.

Everyone at the Embassy was so nice! The administrative woman asked for these forms: 1. The appointment booking, 2. Proof of fee payment, 3. Medical docs, 4. His passport, and 5. A print-out of the aforementioned Judiciales. She then told us the Policiales doesn't need to be apostilled and that it can be mailed directly from Peru to the Embassy.

I went with my fiancé to the Embassy. Daniel told his interviewer I was there, he called me over, and I did the interview with him! :D Questions: 1. "How did you and your fiancée meet?", 2. "Samantha, when did you leave Spain initially?", 3. "You were together in person for over a year, did you ever live together?", 4. "Do you communicate in English, Spanish, or both?", and 5. "Daniel, will your family be able to attend the wedding?" Next, he looked through the pictures we sent with our original I-129F packet, told my fiancé that I look great in my wedding dress (he's not allowed to see the pic I took at the dress shop before the wedding), and said the photos look good. Then he said that Daniel is approved, but they still need that policiales. Once they've received that doc, he'll get his passport back in about 1 week. :D

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