|Consulate Review: Juarez, Mexico
Review Topic: K1 Visa
|Review Date :
||February 7, 2007
|Embassy Review :
||Here is my report on my fiance’s experience in Ciudad Juarez . . .
Juan arrived in Ciudad Juarez on Sunday and he said that it was freezing. So for those of you headed there, make sure you prepare for the extremely cold temperature. He arrived in the Juarez airport and said that it’s a very small airport. He took a taxi to his hotel (right in front of the consulate). The taxi ride cost 220 pesos.
As for the hotel he stayed at, it was the Hotel La Playa, directly in front of the consulate however, he told me to tell you guys: HE DID NOT RECOMMEND THIS HOTEL. He said the hotel was not too safe, that anyone could really get into it. Also, he said that the room he got was like the last one on the second floor and he felt all isolated on the edge. Also, he said that the food in the restaurant of the hotel was not the best. Oh yeah not to mention that one of the locks in his door was broken, which made him paranoid all the time. Also, the lights went out for a few hours on the last night he was there. So, definitely for those of you headed to Juarez soon, do not stay in Hotel La Playa. BTW, the price of the hotel was about 510 pesos a night, so I guess we should have known better.
His medical was on Monday. He went to the clinic in front of the consulate. He arrived at 6:20 and was allowed in right away. He waited for about 2 hours to be called to take his picture. Then waited a while, then was called to take blood. Then he was sent upstairs to wait some more. This is when he started to hear all the talk about vaccines and everyone asking each other which vaccines they needed, etc. So then he panicked thinking he needed vaccines and sent me a text message asking me about which vaccines he needed. But then I told him that he wouldn’t be taking his vaccines in Juarez and that he would get them here in the U.S. Then he was called for a chest x-ray and then the physical. He said it was pretty quick and very professional. He paid 1600 pesos and returned at 2 pm for the results.
Then he went to Banamex to pay the interview fee. It was 1,160 pesos. Oh yeah, and he forgot his passport in the hotel so he had to go back for it. So, please don’t forget your passport guys.
On Tuesday was the interview day. He arrived at about 6:30 AM and was let in at around 7. He said that he waited for 4 hours, yup 4 hours, to be let in to building C. The entire time he was waiting to be allowed into the actual building because it was too full inside. He said he honestly felt like he was going to freeze to death. He was called to window #12 at about 1 to turn in all the forms they needed. They kept almost all the financial forms that I sent him with. Here is what they kept:
*His birth certificate
*CDJ Form-402 (fiance’s intent to marry form)
*2 DS-156 forms
For the financial stuff:
*I-134 for co-sponsor
*I-134 for me
*Letter from employer for co-sponsor
*Letter from employer for myself
*Tax transcript for 2005 for co-sponsor
*Tax transcript for 2005 for myself
*Bank statements for an entire year for myself
They only looked at paystubs for both my co-sponsor and myself, but returned those to him.
Oh yes, they also kept these other things:
*My original birth certificate
*My letter of intent
*My affidavit stating the reasons I did not attend my fiance’s interview
Also, it is important to mention that they needed new passport pictures from my fiancé. Although he took 8 different pictures, none were good enough for them. So they gave him a pass, to go across from the consulate and pay 150 pesos for 2 pictures.
So then, he gave his fingerprints and then was sent to Building B and again had to wait outside in the cold until there was space inside. Not to mention that it was raining also. This was when he bought a sandwich and juice and waited to be let into the building.
Then was allowed in and waited to be called. He was called to window #27 for his interview. He said the CO was an older gentleman, but was not too mean. He asked him about 5 questions.
*Who petitions for him
*When we met
*Where do I work
*Where do I live
*Where I was born
Then the CO told him, “okay, you are approved, welcome to the US, please sit to wait to be called for your visa.” Then my fiancé was very happy and sat down to be called to pick up visa. He said that by this time, it was getting close to 4 o’clock and they started to give slips to people to return for the next day. So he started to think that he may have to return the next day for his visa and passport. But luckily we had planned an extra day in Juarez, just in case. However, this wasn’t necessary because they called him. But then when they called him, something strange happened. They called him, and made him swear again, to tell the truth, blah blah blah and then they INTERVIEWED HIM AGAIN. My fiancé said that he was about to tell the CO that they had already interviewed him and told him he would receive the visa. But then the CO told him, “Don’t worry I know you were already interviewed, but this time it is to take care of some little details.” Then my fiancé, thought to himself, “oh no, they don’t want to give it to me.” But then he thought that there was nothing else he could do, but continue with the interview. This CO asked him many questions, some of which my fiancé had already been asked. This was in window #29. He asked him:
*When we met
*My date of birth
*If he has came to the U.S.
*When was the last time he entered the U.S.
*How long he stayed in the U.S. when he came
*If he had any problems with the police when he came to the U.S. (this question was asked about 3 times by the officer. The last time he asked Juan this question, Juan told him that he was only 12 years old the last time he came to the U.S. and he told the CO that all he wanted was to go to Disneyland.)
*He questioned about our wedding plans. When? Where?
*When he planned on entering the U.S.
*Where I worked
*Where I was born
*Last time I visited him in Mexico
*Until when we became a couple
*Until when we were engaged
*If he knew my family
*Where he met my family
*If I knew his family
*If this was his first marriage, If it was my first marriage, if any of us had kids
*If I was there with him in Juarez (Here is where my affidavit really helped because my fiancé said that as the CO asked him this question, he had my signed and dated affidavit in front of him explaining why I wasn’t in Juarez with him. He said that it really helped to send that with my fiancé)
Then the CO, told my fiancé, go and sit down, now you will get your visa.
By the time Juan left the consulate, it was about 5:30 and he said that there were only 8 people left in there.
Oh yeah, Juan said that they didn’t look at any evidence, nothing. They told him that they had enough. They even returned about 5 pictures, I guess we went a little overboard with the pictures we submitted with our initial petition and then the RFE paperwork.
So that’s our review of my fiance’s interview. I hope it helps those still headed to Juarez.
If you have questions, feel free to PM me.
Good luck to all headed there soon!