|Consulate Review: Dominican Republic
Review Topic: K1 Visa
|Review Date :
||July 26, 2013
|Embassy Review :
||Ok here i go....
Our interview was on Monday July 15. i flew in to Santo Domingo 2 days prior to our cita (Saturday 13th)
The night before, we didnt sleep. my fiance said he didnt want to sleep for just get a couple of hours, so his crazy butt wanted to stay up and watch movies with his bro all night (but IIII KNEEEEEW it was just his nerves that werent gonna let him fall asleep lol)
I, on the other hand tried to fall asleep, but didnt. I kept reciting in my head over and over the answer to the question how we met for some reason lol.
3:00am finally came around and he thought he needed to wake me up but i was already with my eyes wide open! anyway, we started getting ready.
before we left the house, his mom and dad woke up and the 4 of us made a prayer to our wonderful Father. We asked for his blessing and that everything was in His hands!!
We left the house at 4:00am, by 4:15am we pulled up to the embassy (no traffic at that time and he lives close by.)
When we pulled up i got scared because all i saw was a group of people in the middle of the street (keep in mind it is still very dark at that time) i asked him, what's going on??? then it hit me, it was the buscones on full throttle!!
Anyway, we park in front of that famous yellow short school bus the buscones are in for 200 pesos (rip offs!!)
we see all the lines divided for NIV (NON IMMIGRANT VISAS), IV (IMMIGRANT VISAS) etc. I had read on here that even if its for k1 non immigrant to line up on the line that's against the wall for IV's and that's what we did. when we got there at 4:15am, there were already 6 people in line. we were lucky #7. i saw this as a good luck sign lol (i get supersticious at times lol)
In line we waited...... and waited..... and waited...... and waited some more. while we were in line Bryan got hungry and we were hoping there would be a cart with food on the sidewalk but all they had was tea. so Bryan went over and got us some tea. the Tea guy yelled out if i wanted Te de Tilo (linden tea) para los nervios, so i yelled back (cuales nervios?!?! jum!!) everyone in line started laughing!
By 6:00am, i could NOT see the end of the humungous line! it was a little scary to see! it felt good to be one of the first ones even though we were dead tired from standing all those hrs.
I believe by 6:30am, the people with the INFO word on their shirts were already out taking out cita letters. as soon as they took it, thats when we got lucky # 101.
We finally went in, i told bryan to take our bag full of evidence and take it with him since thats when they make two lines (females and males)
Once in, we sat on the VERY FRONT BENCH in front of the stairs by the exit door. we saw there was a camera right in front of our faces. once i saw it, i started smiling (when i get nervous i start laughing lmao) but i kept my cool. bryan had to calm me down and told me to stop moving so much because it might seem like im nervous!
Everybody started coming in and the room started to get full. A few minutes later, we heard on the PA system that ALL cr-1/ir1 and k1's to move to the OTHER side of the room in front of domex and the cafeteria. and all tourist visas, student visas, etc, to move towards the exit side of the room. i found this odd.. the only thing i could think of was that they kept an "eye" on the couples and watched them through the cams...jum...weird!
Anyway, there is a screen where you see the number being called and the auto mated female voice that calls out that number with the assigned window to go to. Before we were called a voice on the PA said to have passport, police certificate and banco popular receipts out ready to be turned in. so we took those things out to have it ready when we were called.
We get called to window 16 to submit passport, police certificate, banco popular receipts and all the ds forms. i gave him everything. he gave me back the part 2 on the ds230 form. then he asked if my fiance's son is traveling with him and we said not at this time. he stated we have 1 year to file his papers and do follow-to-join process.
for some reason he was asking me if MY parents are still alive and i said just mother, my father passed away. he asked me when and i said in 2001. he started to write that down on the ds form but then he realized he was making a mistake (im not the beneficiary...duuuhhh lol)
so he asked bryan the same question and he answered. he told us to go pay the $80usd and to get his finger prints. done.
we sat back down and we waited. it wasnt that bad of a wait. we were just so tired. i was extremely cold in there (i dont know why lol) so i was cuddling with my fiance trying to warm up. we would take turns falling asleep because we didnt want to miss our number once it was called. so he would rest his head on my shoulders and vice versa.
finally....we get called to window 26. and the interview begins....
How did we meet? (i was so tired and nervous that i said march 8th 2008 when i meant to say march 8th 2012) my fiance and the consul looked at me like i was crazy lol. but i quickly caught what i was saying so i excused myself and said disculpeme fue el 8 de marzo del 2012. she then was like "ohhh ok" lol
Cuales son los planes para la boda?
Cuantas veces su prometida a venido en el 2012?
Como entremediado de cuanto tiempo viaja su prometida para aca?
Cuantas veces has venido en el 2013?
Cuantos hermanos tiene Bryan?
Cual de ellos es Bryan? (meaning older or younger)
Su prometido a ido a los estados unidos?
Su prometido ha salido del pais? para venezuela en el 2002
Para que el fue a Venezuela? a jugar pelota
Cual es su equipo favorito de pelota? (this question shocked me!! bryan swears up and down he told me his fave team was boston but i dont remember him ever telling me ANY favorite team lol!! so i said "en cualquier equipo que manny ramirez este, ese es su favorito lol" that was quick thinking!! i pulled that one out of my you know what right away lol!!
while she asked bryan questions, i just stood there smiling, looking pretty and NOT saying a word. my man had this in the bad the whole time. while i was standing there, smiling, i made sure she saw my engagement ring so i made it noticeble and i noticed she glanced at it. i wasnt paying attention to the green ticket, i was too tired and sleepy.
After the questions, she asked if we had pictures, i said ofcourse! I took about almost 400 pictures to the interview!! knowing that she wasnt going to go through ALL of them, i still made sure she saw how many i had brought! so what i did was i took ALLLL of them out, put them on the counter! i had brought them loose in baggies and a shutterfly book i had made as well. i wanted to give her the book i made first but because it is a hard cover 8x10 book, it did not fit through the window because it wasnt bendable, so i just gave her the ones in the baggie i had "organized" in order of us kissing, with fam, and cute ones of us!
So that was it! all she said was, "ok todo se ve bien, su visa a sido aprovada, con este ticket (the green ticket) vallan a pagar a domex."
I gave my baby a huge kiss on the cheek, took the ticket and went to pay domex. we were out of there by 9:40am.
being there while it was still dark out and coming out while traffic was on full throttle, it felt like it was rush hour at 5:00pm!!
My advice to you is:
CALM YOUR NERVES!! IF THEY SEE YOU ARE NERVOUS THEY MIGHT SEPARATE YOU! ALSO....DO NOT TALK OVER YOUR MAN/GIRL WHILE THEY ARE ANSWERING THE CO'S QUESTIONS! THAT COULD BE ANOTHER REASON FOR THEM TO SEPARATE YOU!
ALSO, ONCE YOU COMPLETE FILLING OUT AL FORMS AND GETTING READY,ETC, JUST LEAVE EVERYTHING UP TO GOD! THAT INTERVIEW IS IN HIS HANDS, AND NOT THE HANDS OF THE CO!!
i want to thank my great great friends for being there for me!!
GODSGIFT225, DEE&JAY AND NATALIE&ELIAS!
I LOVE YOU GIRLS! I THANK VJ FOR GIVING ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE MET YOU GUYS! <3
AND ALSO FOR THE GREAT INFORMATION AND GUIDES IT HAS!