|Consulate Review: Dominican Republic
Review Topic: K1 Visa
|Review Date :
||June 27, 2012
|Embassy Review :
Long review but here it is!
My fiance lives only about 20 minutes driving from the consulate so we decided to drive there in the morning. My poor baby didnt get any sleep because at 2 in the morning he had to take his sister to the airport, by the time he got back from the airport it was 5 in the morning so now we are in a rush to get ready and make it on time to the consulate. After getting his daughter, and myself ready, we were out of the door by 545 and made it there around 605. As soon as we arrived close the consulate, the buscones started telling us where to park, but they guided us to park in front of some houses, we got scared the car will be towed so we paid $200 pesos to a buscon and we parked in a parking lot that belongs to a small clinic. As soon as we parked, there was a couple next to us, who only had one yellow folder. I saw them in the yellow bus (buscones office) for a pretty long time. seems they were not prepared. The night before my fiance couldnt find his 2x2 pictures, so he paid the buscones for them in the morning.
This is how our funny day began. My fiance was HIGHLY upset because he said he looked like a dead body in those pictures LOL…. For those who don´t know, you can take your 2x2 photos inside the consulate and is the same price the buscones will charge you but we didnt know and we wanted to go inside prepared so we just paid outside. Outside, The lines are numbered from 1 through 4, we asked a policia what line to enter and he told us to go through line no. 2. While in line, we were told to have our appointment letter in hand, and once we were met at the front by the people who were the blue info polo shirts, we were handed a ticket with a number and there the guy took our interview letter. We were assigned number 379. At this moment it was about 620, men were told to go in a seperate line with children, and women seperately. It was pretty long, but it started moving fast by 630. We were inside by 635 and sat next to the bathroom (which is in front of the cafeteria and the water). To me, the consulate looks like a bright basketball court turned into an embassy. The floor reminded me of a gym, and the lights as well. There were fans everywhere and the seats were comfortable. While waiting for our number to be called, my step daughter decides to act CRAZY lol. She starts running all over the place, takes our pictures and shows everyone in the consulate waiting saying ¨"mami sari and papito". Everyone was laughing and enjoying her sense of humor, because she Started blowing kisses to all the children that were there lol. By 735 we were called to window number 17. Here, a young hispanic man greeted us and said for my fiance to hand in the documents, (1 copy of each=DS156,DS156K,DS157,and DS230 I&II). Since his daughter is a minor, he had to sign her name at the bottom of her documents with his name and in parenthesis he wrote (father). He then told us to go to window number 12 to pay for the interview. He told us it will be $160. I was in shock because the whole time I thought it will only be $80 for the both of them. Unfortunately, I was WRONG. We realized we only had $160 in cash and he Would have to go outside and get Money from the ATM to pay domex if we were approved. We couldnt help but laugh to the situation because we were hungry and broke at the same time lol. I was praying to God to let us go home early so we can eat something. And God defitenely heard our prayers. After we paid the $160, we returned to window 17 and handed our receipts then were told to have a seat and wait for our number to be called. Around 840 we were called to window 13, we got so excited, I forgot it was for our fingerprints and we thought it was the actual interview…haha wrong again! He took my fiances finger prints and then we sat once again. By this point we are so hungry, and the baby had already finished her milk lol…I started to get nervous and next thing I see, is his daughter asking a guy who sat behind us for his bag of chips lmao! Omg I couldn´t believe it, its like she read our minds lol. I then started to pull out the pictures when I realized a Picture album was left behind. My fiance started arguing with me saying it was my fault, but he was the one who last checked everything. I started to laugh and just said to myself, it is meant to me it will work out. Luckily I had about 100 loose pictures from my april trip and pictures we took when I got there on thusday with my family. Around 922 we were called to window 19. By this point we knew it was for the interview. When we got to the window, we were greeted by a young american guy who spoke Spanish very well and smiled at us. He swore us in and asked the following questions.
To the both of us
When did you guys meet? I answered
Where did you guys meet? I answered
When did you guys become a couple? I answered
When did you guys become enganged? I answered
What are your wedding plans? I answered (told him it was going to be a small city hall ceremony because we were saving Money for our apartment but we will have a nice family dinner at a family restaurant)
What restaurant? I answered
What kina of food they serve there? I answered
Do we have a date set? I answered
Where do you work?
What´s your occupation?
How long have I been employed there?
He then asked me, if I have my affidávit of support, he said I didn´t need it but if I have it he would like to look at it. I only pulled out my affidávit and my last 3 W2s. He looked at it and then gave it back.
To my fiance
Where do you Intend to work when you get to the USA?
Do you have family in the USA? He got nervous and said the same states 3 times each so I jumped in and corrected him lol
How many times I traveled to DR?
Where is your family from?
Where do they stay when they come?
He then asked to see pictures, I handed him the stack of pictures of my fiance and I, including pictures with my mom, his dad and my dad. And my passport so he can look at the stamps.
The first Picture he picked was my fiance and my mom, and asked who was that, I told him it was my mom, he said “she looks very young” with a smile. Then another Picture of my fiance and I, and asked us where it was at. He pulled another one and it was of my father in law and my dad, and then another one of them two. At this point he said “it looks like they get along very vell”. I didnt want the cónsul to think theyve known each other for a while and probable hooked us up so I told him “yes they get a long really well but they just met not long ago” A few more pictures asking us where they were at, he picked up the ones we took in Bayahibe in April, and said they look like they belong in a magazine. After looking through all the pictures and my passport he handed them back. He then asked the following
To my fiance
Have you ever traveled to the USA
Have you ever been in trouble with the law
He started typing some things in his computer, closed our fólder and said “Well, I´m going to aprove your visas today” I dont remember what else he said after wards because I already knew we will get approved since he pulled out that green ticket when he first saw us. We were all smiles, I did explain to him in English if he can give us a pass to go outside and get Money from the ATM, I didnt want to confuse him lol.
It was 940 & we were at the DOMEX line paying for the delivery of the passports. It was pretty long, so we were outside by 945.
We were never asked for the permission to travel for the baby, he never asked us any questions about her mom, or his past relationships, he never asked my fiance anything about me andnever asked me anything about him. It seems that he was just wondering what were our plans for the future. We were never separated and I answered most of the questions because my fiance was very nervous. I was surprised that he asked me for my affidávit of support since the last reviews I read, petitioners were never asked for it. I say go VERY prepared and be confident. I read all the reviews on here and it helped me prepare. Make sure while youre in the car to triple check everything before going to the consulate so you wont leave anything behind. I also only saw one couple getting sent to room number 11 and since we were out of there so early, I only saw one couple before us approved, (young couple as well). The rest, I wouldnt be able to tell you.
We dressed very comfortable, I wore dark blue skinny jeans with a white short sleeve button up shirt and flats, my fiance wore dark blue jeans, shoes, and navy blue short sleeve button up shirt. The baby wore a dress and sandals. I saw people in flip flops and some too formal, go with whatever you want, just look appropriate and covered up.
Sorry for the long review but hope every detail helps. Any questions just ask!!!