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DV winner- ()     11/04/2005 00:45 AM
 


Hello everyone!

Thank you all for your good wishes for our interview.

This forum was very helpful for me during my CP process. Now I would like to share my interview experience with all of you. Hope this information may help all the Sri Lankan winners and all the others who’s waiting for their interview.

First our time line :

21st of May 2005 - Received the 1st NL
26th of May 2005 - Sent back the filled forms to KCC via UPS
24th of September - Received the 2nd package, with instructions and the Appointment Letter
27th of September - Went to the US Embassy and collected the Medical Forms
01st of October - Did our Medicals in Asiri Hospital. (Procedure took only one day.)
03rd of October - Went and collect our Medical reports. They have given the sealed envelops to hand over to the Embassy.
04th of October - INTERVIEW DATE

We went to the embassy 30 minutes earlier than our scheduled time. There were few people standing out side the embassy. One guard came out around 12.45 and we all were ushered in to a security room.

I was the 2nd on the queue and in turn we had to present our appointment letters and the passports then they emptied our hand phones from our bags and kept the bags on the x-ray machine, then we went through a ****l scanner (and be scanned with a handheld scanner too).

After the security clearance they have open the heavy iron door for us to enter the embassy ground. There we had the 2nd Security checkups before entering in to the building ( same procedure went on ) Finally we all went to the consular room and took seats until they open the counters.

Sharp at 1.00 pm. one lady came to the counter no.2 and asked us to hand over the appointment letters.

There was another two DV winners ( one was with his wife) we handed over the letters and were asked to be seated. Within 10 minutes time another lady came to the counter no.3 called the couple and informed them that the letter which they handed was a forged document and not a proper NL which was sent by the KCC. (We all were shocked)According to the couple they applied the DV program through a company which they had paid and the company has cheated them by sending the forged NL.

Please keep this mind and encourage all the applicants to apply the DV program only through the state gov. web site.

Lets focus on my interview again……….

At the same time the previous lady came to the counter no : 02 and called one by one I was the 2nd to be called.

Here are the list I was asked for :-

1. Birth Certificates + Translations + Copies ( Main applicant & Dependant )
2. O/L Certificate ( M.A. only )
3. Passports ( M.A & D. )
4. Marriage Certificate
5. Sponsor letter ( I had 02 sponsor letters + affidavits 1-134 so I asked should I hand over both, she said only one is sufficient and that should be one from the sponsor which I mentioned in my DS 230 form. They only wanted the sponsor letter not the 1-134 even though I had it.)
6. Medical forms (sealed envelopes only ) ( M.A & D.)
Never mentioned of my police clearance, bank statements or current employments at all.

Once these documents were handed out, she then asked me to sit and wait. After about 15 minutes the same lady came to the cashier and called my name and asked to pay the fee of $755 each, since I was prepared with Bank drafts I paid through them. Upon the receipt of the payment , she then asked me to take a seat again and told me that I would now be called to room # 4 or 5.

We then took a seat and waited. After about 45 mints we were called up to room # 4. This time we were faced with an American male and a female ( it was very small room and they were sat behind a thick glass) . We started off by swearing an oath to tell the truth. He then took fingerprints of our index fingers. ( first my wife’s then mine)

Then just few questions were asked :-

When did I pass out the Medical College ? What I intend to do when I go there ? How long I was married? Whether I have children? he Asked my wife her name before marriage ?
Then he explained us that the embassy going to have a police clearance even though we did one, if the clearance ok we can collect the visas on 20th . Then he thanked us and gave a blue form on which he had ticked a box that mentioned return on 20th That was pretty much it.
now it’s just more waiting...

MC and all Sri Lankan DV winners.....

I'm sure you all can go through this process without any problem. My advice is to prepare all the documents + translations + photocopies in order, Don’t wait till you get the 2nd package. Officers of the US Embassy are very kind and helpful, you just have to be honest and loyal with them. so that’s about it,

I am really grateful to this forum and all the members for their valuable information and advices during my CP process.

If anyone have questions please feel free to post in this forum, I will try to answer them best to my knowledge. I will update you all after the 20th …… Good luck to the rest of you!

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Sharon- ()     10/05/2005 10:58 AM
 


Here is some information regarding our interview:

We arrived at 08:30 as we were asked, saw the long que from outside and waited... the security guide told everyone to shut down our cell phones and the first 8 ppl entered in (we were in).

we walked to another door and there we had to deposit the electronic devise.we entered in and i saw a huge que but i knew that these ppl are waiting for turist visa so i asked the security person where is the que for the DV interview and he said "come with me" and he pointed me (it was 5 meters a head and no one was there before us) he gave us a number and the person behind the window told me to pay first.

so i went to pay and my hubby+my 2 kids stayed and waited for me to arrive with the receipt. when i arrived i showed the clerk the receipt and he asked me for all the papers.

It took him 40 min as i think he was new. then he said now you have to wait 20 min while the councler will have to go over your papers again and then you will do the finger prints and the swearing.

we were waiting for 3.5 hours!!!! we were the last to stay at the embassy ,we thought we had a problem and they rejected our file, but then we heard on the microphone "family xxxx" go to window 13- Finally.

we enterd in and the women behind the window asked us to sign the forms and sign on behalf of the kids as well, then she asked my hubby as he won the DV to tell her about his history because he used to live abroad for couple of years and that was it.

We did the right hand swearing , finger prints and she took our passport and said that we will get them via mail to the adress that we wrote. She mentined that the green card will be sent to the same adress that we wrote on the forms.

they were very f! riendly and then another councler arrived and asked " is your dream casme true? and my hubby said we are waiitng for that since i was 18 as his mother is a citizen only 3.5 years and she started the process then.... I have to admit that this whole process took 16 months and all the energy gathered for this moment.

we arrived home ate something and went to sleep for 2 hours- it was such a hectic day even that you need to sit and wait all the time. I can't remember myself so tence and nervous.

I wish all of you good luck and will update you all when the passport will arrive Thanks to all the ppl on the board.i got allot of necessary information here.

We are planning to move there within 4 months to Colorado.
Sharon

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Jen- ()     09/21/2005 00:58 AM
 


on Sep the 1st !!! Yahooooo !!! We were so confident the day before the interview, that I bought a huge US flag on eBay !! We are just posting this to let you know it was a piece of cake. Very kind and gentle people asking few questions (Where are you going ? When have you both met ? When do you plan to move to the United States ?). No suspicion on their side.

They were just there to gather all documents. We came with much more documents than requested in the second package of instructions (the one you receive after your case number becomes current, on the monthly visa bulletin). But it has never been necessary to show them. They didn’t even want to look at them. So DON’T STRESS.

Those forums have been of a huge help for us (to avoid mistakes), but people just talk about there problems or fears, so it raises the stress level of readers: From our experience, as far as you show requested documents, you will get your green card

Thank you to the board (we will do some more input in the future to help), and good luck everybody.
You are supposed to provide copies of documents you bring, even if it is not said in the second package. But if you forget some copies, they will do it themselves, they have the machine

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Tanja- ()     09/18/2005 11:57 AM
 


anyone do their 601 from India?

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rajeev- ()     09/16/2005 06:54 AM
 


Hello,

I would like to know abt anyone's experience with WWICS chandigarh and or cp at delhi, abt immigrating to canada and their post-landing services. Plz reply imm

regds,
rajiv

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Fereidoun- ()     08/17/2005 13:37 PM
 


To all new Immigrants.
Please do not use WWICS to help you immigrate anywhere. I have registered with them 5 years back and our case is just being delayed. All my friends whom applied on thier own are there in Canada. The usual answer is that you will be waivered from interview, or there is a problem with the high commision. Please dont fall into the trap. Every now and then they ask for new IELTS score or Police clearance to keep you busy. These things cost money. Once i went through my file and realised ny IELTS scores were not even submitted to the high commision.

Why not WWICS? because they are not a professional institute, most of the people working as the office managers have a little knowledge of immigration laws and they are just there to get your cash in. Also the Immigration officers once they see WWICS as a referring company are more sceptical of your case. Also your case is not delayed due to communication gap between WWICS and High commission and YOu.
Please apply yourself. It is not only cheaper its faster as well.
Please understand that all the information is out there and WWICS is not an easy way out. Trust me if you can't do the form yourself, its gonna be tough living in CANADA or Australia.

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Cox- ()     08/14/2005 00:56 AM
 


Hello Everybody,
First I would like to thank everybody for all valuable information you have always shared and it helped me a lot. And here follows my story:

My situation: I have been with my husband in US for almost 3 years. First we were on F students visas then we changed it to J visas. Unfortunately by changing it to J visa we got 2Y rule but me as J2 dependent could legally work. My husband is studying to get a PhD degree and I work. I won DV2005 at second trial. My number was 2005EU16260 and got current in February. Because we had to waive 2Y rule first we send back our documents to KCC rather late - end of October 2004. Although my number got current in February we got our interview date for June 23 (yesterday;-)) We scheduled our medicals for June 20 and got our results the same day. We chose Poznan to do the medicals because everything is done in the same building and a doctor – Teresa Gertig is a very nice person.

Our interview was scheduled at 8 a.m. however we were at the embassy around 7 a.m. There were many other immigrant visa applicants, around 40 people. After checking our appointment letters they let us in and a waiting begun. First we were asked to the lady who checks and takes all documents. She checked all documents and was really amazed that we had everything and much more, she didn’t even take all documents for financial support. We had bank statements, job statements and just in case: affidavid of support.

Then we waited around 1 hour to get to cash register to pay all fees : 2x 755$. After we paid we waited around 1.5 h to talk to the consul. After we came to the window we started speaking right away in English and she was really pleased. Almost none of the applicants could speak English, consul was really happy that she could talk to us in English. First she asked where we live in US. Because it is Florida we started chatting about weather etc. Then she asked what we do over there, what kind of job I have and what is my husband studying. Because we have masters degrees in Biomedical Engineering and my husband is studying Nanotechnology right now she was not sure if this profession would require additional background checks on us. (Maybe she though that we know how make biological weapons, which we really don’t.) At that point I got a little bit nervous because I really didn’t want to get stuck with background check. Luckily, she checked somewhere that we are not threat to the United States and said that additional background check is not required. Then she took our fingerprints, we swore that everything we said is truth and she told us our visas would be ready after 3 p.m. the same day. And that’s the whole story. Whole interview took no more than 10 minutes. Most of the time we were waiting and we spent at the embassy around 4 hours. Everything went without any problems and the consul was very nice person. We dressed rather nice but not business-like. Many people were in t-shirts and jeans. Some people were grilled and there were couples who were interviewed separately, however I don’t know if they were DV applicants. While I was waiting one women with a daughter (around 14 years old) was denied visa because of public charge reason, but I really don’t know details. Another person forgot to take medicals and had to bring them back another day.

If you are prepared well and have all documents there is no way not to be successful at the interview. It really is a very simple process. Just have all documents. Basically interview is a documents check. Don’t be nervous and speak English (if not from English-speaking country).

Good luck everybody, hope this story will help in your case. Greetings;-)))

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Jiang- ()     08/13/2005 00:55 AM
 


DEAR ALL DV WINNERS,

I had an interview yesterday 8/12/2005 in Hong Kong US consulate. I was very nervous at the beginning but everything went so smoothly then I expected. The whole processing time took about 1 hrs; I was asked some simple questions like where I studied, family members and bank statement.

ALL DV WINNERS YOU DON’T HAVE TO GET NERVOUS!!!

I paid US$ 755 for the visa and HK$ 25 for the mail. I WAS TOLD THAT I WILL RECEIVE MY PASSPORT AND VISA WITHIN 3 DAYS (but told me not open a brown envelop, anyone know what is it?)

HOPE THIS CAN HELP DV WINNER WHO ARE WAITING FOR INTERVIEW I found here everyone very helpful ..

Thank you

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collectore- ()     08/12/2005 11:14 AM
 


SCAM company. Horrible "lawyers" and customer service. It was not made known that they were in Canada in the first place until we dealt with the "lawyer" after they bungled up simple forms.
UPDATE: Green Card process back to Square ONE because they neglected to file appropriate change of address forms for me.
Company refusing to provide refund and now we are taking legal action as well as Royal Mounted Police to assist.

Please seek another Immigration Service, this experience has been excrutiating and bad for our health and mental state.

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Tom Thomas- ()     08/12/2005 01:32 AM
 


This site really helped me in collecting information regarding CP. My CP was successful. I would like to add few lines on Canadian police certificate. You dont have to go to RCMP office for a name check or to do a finger print check. Just send an email to the local police station and ask for a clearence letter. They will send you the forms and you have to fill it and enclose 2 pieces of ID. They will give the certificate the same day they receive your application. They wont mail it to ouside Canada. If you can give any Canadian address they will courier it and you will get the certificate within 24 hrs. In the certificate they will mention that they had checked through CPIC(Owned by RCMP). This letter is enough, it worked for me. Dont waste time to take finger print check or even RCMP name check. The cost is only C$28.75
Regards
Tom

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