Consulate / USCIS Member Review #9721

Belmopan, Belize Review on May 24, 2012:


Review Topic: K1 Visa

We had a similar experience to Alanaloria. Overall the process is pretty simple, and it didn't take long to get ready for the interview (medical, police record, etc).

It is slightly annoying that we had to drive to Belmopan to pick up the packet before the interview. But if you really can't make the trip, Ms. Tillet said it is possible for them to mail it (they just don't like to). The medical stuff took a couple of hours in Belize City. The police record you can get processed in one day at the Belmopan Police station (take your passport and 3 passport photos).

Our original interview date was only one month from the time the embassy got our case. But we had to reschedule due to my fiance's work. A phone call to Ms. Tillet is all it takes to reschedule. They only do immigrant (and K1) interviews on Tuesdays at 9:30am. If you want to speak to Ms. Tillet, it is best to call on a Tuesday. Email also works pretty well if no one answers the phone.

At the interview, I (the American) was able to stand up at the window with my fiance. The CO asked me a few relationship questions after asking him. All of the interviews are scheduled for the same time, then done in the order in which you arrived. If you want to get out of there quickly, show up early. If you don't like the idea of others listening to your interview, try to be the last to arrive (we were last and we got to the outside door precisely at 9:30am). I think we were done right before noon.

For any of you that have an arrest or something on your police record: Even if it is not a crime of moral turpitude, make sure you have plenty of documentation to back it up. It seems like the COs don't have a good grasp on Belizean law, so you will have to spell it out for them. Try to get court documents or anything official explaining details of any arrest you may have. Unfortunately the building that used to hold court docs burnt down in 2000, so if your arrest was prior to 2000 that may cause some trouble. The police stations aren't much help.

For those of you who don't have any arrests, your embassy experience will likely be quick and painless!

(updated on May 24, 2012)

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