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Tom- ()     04/01/2006 00:40 AM
 


Dear fellow friends,

Although I’m only the sponsor of a successful interview in POLAND yesterday, I wanted to share with you some of the feedback that was shared with me by the family.

I have visited this board two to three times a day for the past year to read and learn from others who had journey through this DV process and have past some of their experiences to my wife family about our previous interviews winners.

My wife and I helped applied for her family in Poland. Which they were successfully picked (seconded time entry) a year ago and were just successfully interviewed in WARSAW POLAND, yesterday. EU9xxx.

I want to Thank all the past OCEers with there support group not only to there own knowledge and experience of Australia process but helping others and current active members including Steven, Wikas, Barbara, and others.

Which make this board a valuable place of information to DV winners and hopeful.

I can’t tell you much detail about the interview but will try to summarize what was told to me.

My wife family arrived at Embassy in Warsaw very early (6:00am) the actual appointment was for 8:00am.

The primary went to the front gate and showed appointment letter and was directed to wait on line. I think there was two lines one for immigrate interview and the other for non immigrate interview, which I have learned from this board that you could speed up your wait time on line, if you get the right ticket or get on the correct line depending on your Embassy.

The primary was given a ticket with a number inside room and waited until the number appeared on a screen.

The primary went to the clerk’s window, and was ask by the clerk for the appointment letter and then ask to give the documents to the clerk one by one, in the order she requested. Passports, letter of support, etc.

(Documents listed on 2nd notification packaged). I STRESSED: LETTER OF SUPPORT IS VERY IMPORTANT IF YOU DON’T HAVE ANY OTHER MEANS OF SELF SUPPORT, HOWEVER, I SUBMITTED ONLY ONE I-134 FORM FOR PRIMARY APPLICANT WINNER AND THE FAMILY. (Primary, Spouse, two children’s) I think it is conceder to be one case. HOWEVER, it isn’t a bad ideal if you have more than one LETTER OF SUPPORT if it’s available to you.

This family have had heard at the Embassy that people have gotten rejected for not having a LETTER OF SUPPORT. Other family had to rescheduled interview because DV applicants didn’t have enough money for the required processing fee 755.00 each person or for! missing documents.

The cashier wasn’t open yet so they had to wait to pay $755.00 (USD) x 4. The Embassy wants the funds in US currency and the primary had to exchanged the Polish currency into US funds, which the Embassy provides this service at the current day exchanged rate. In addition, the primary had to pay for DHL mail service, so the Embassy could mail the passport to the family home, once the visas were granted. ONE DHL MAIL SERVICE PER PERSON.

I don’t remember the cost but it’s $0.00 (USD) x 4.
The waiting to see the consular was about ½ hour after the initial meeting with the window clerk. Once in the a room with the consular, the primary said to me the consular was reviewing the original completed and signed forms DS122, DS 230 sent to the KCC (ONE YEAR AGO) with the pictures still paper clips attached and undisturbed on the forms. The primary said that the consular was pleasant. HERE IS THE SHOCKER.

After five minutes of review of submitted documents, plus police reports submitted earlier in the year (Police report good for one year in Poland and are directly sent to the Embassy by the (Poland’s Police Ministrant) consular.

The consular only ask a few questions about the children vacation travels to the US a year prior which they had applied for travel visa a year ago. THAT’S IT, NO TRICK QUESTIONS, NO WHY DO YOU WANT TO COME TO THE USA?? NO ANYTHING.

I was amazed, She said to them, congratulations everything is in ordered and do you have any questions for me.! They said no and the consular said they would received their passport in a few days.

MY ADVISE FOR ALL WHO IS AT THE BEGINIGING OR NEAR THE END OF THE DV JOURNEY IS TO PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT WHEN FILLING IN THE DS 122 AND 230 FORMS THAT ALL QUESTIONS SHOULD BE ANSWERED WITHOUT LEAVING ANYTHING BLANK (WRITE NOT APPLICABLE IF IT DOESN’T APPLIED TO YOU ON THE DS 230, DS122 FORMS AND SATSIFIED ALL THE REQUIRED INSTRUCTIONS REQUESTED BY THE DV PROGRAMED.

PS. Although, it wasn’t ask of the applicant, BRING A JOB OFFER, IF YOU HAVE IT or can get one please bring it with you. THEY WILL TAKE IT AND IT WILL DEFFINITLY HELP.
And perhaps, you made be in shock as how simple the interview may go. Best regards, Tom

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CP_DV- ()     03/22/2006 00:35 AM
 


Our DV experiences:

Qualification though birth in Africa for both myself and my wife, but currently living in London – my wife actually won the DV Number AF14xxx – 4th time lucky.

The Interview: We arrived at 7:30am outside the embassy (it was very cold but luckily not raining) – A line of people had already formed outside the embassy of approx. 30 people, but by 7:45am there were nearly 80-100 people queuing, just one line for both non-immigrant and immigrant visas.
At 8am someone came out of the embassy and starting splitting the line up based on appointment times to my surprise most of the people in the line were for 8am appointment.

Embassy staff checked our passports with heir own appointment register to ensure we were genuine, before allowing us through this is a very slow process as only person is doing all the checking.

Next we went through the x-ray (all phones to be switched off, cameras to be handed-in) then a long walk round the building for the visa entrance.
We were inside the building by about 8:30am, once inside the you are given a numbered ticket (there are two types: an immigrant and non-immigrant) our ticket was number 002; most of the others in the line were for non-immigrant visa these numbers started from 100.

The visa area is basically a very large hall with lots of chairs and windowed booths (like in a bank) all along the side where the documents are check and interviews conducted.

There are TV screens reading out which ticket numbers need to go to which numbered windows (1 – 25).

Within 10 mins were called over to window 1. A really nice guy asked us for our appointment letter (the KCC one). This is where we had our first slight hiccup, the 2nd NL letter also contains the out of date medical information which I removed and replaced it with the new one sent from London Embassy. He wanted the original medical instructions back.

After some panic searching of my document folders I realised that I didn’t bring them with me. After this he went away for about 10mins, at this point we were really getting worried, when he returned he just smiled and said “that it was OK but I should have kept the originals intact” – so make sure you don’t separate any bits of paper from your 2nd NL letter even the instructions pages.

He then went through the checklist enclosed with the 2nd NL and asked for the documentation in that order with copies for each. Note; He asked for two copies of the marriage certificate (I only had one, but he went and copied it, and informed me that normally they charge if they need to make copies but he was letting me off this time) so take extra photo copies just in case.

The other issue I had was my wife’s names are not exactly the same on her birth certificate, marriage and passport (it’s a culture/tradition thing), however the guy jut made a joke about it and seems to be aware of the reasons for the differences in our culture, so no problems there. He asked for police certificates, I handed over 3 certificates (myself, my wife and son) but he returned my sons certificate informing me that y Son didn’t need a police certificate as he wasn’t 16 at the time of 1st NL letter.

After this he asked for I-134 (financial support evidence), I didn’t have this but was using my own assets, so handed over my valuations, mortgage deed and letters from banks, etc. He then asked my 16yr old son to sign a piece of paper which effectively read “If he marries between the issue of DV visa and our POE, his wife would not be eligible for a DV visa” – not that he is going to get married at the tender age of 16. He also returned our X-rays to us.

He then gave us a slip of paper and asked us to pay the $3020 (for the four of us) and take a seat again; he also gave us a SMS courier form to fill-in. I paid the $3020 via credit card and received a receipt, within another 5mins was called up to booth 13 (for the actual interview) which is around the corner.

There was an American lady at window 13, who was going through all our documents. She took our fingerprints except my daughters who is 12 so she is exempt (in fact we found out that she didn’t have to attend the interview at all). Afterwards she look at my wife’s school records must admit this was our weakness as even I didn’t understand her school certificates and knew if anything is going to catch us out it would be proving she completed her schooling.

She spent quite a bit of time looking at the bit of paper showing her school certificates in the end she pull out a large binder and started flipping through it – at this stage we were really getting worried.

She then went off to see someone (I guess her supervisor or manager) I could see them at a distance looking at my wifes certificates and referring to various books eventually there were about a group of four of them discussing it and lots of shaking of heads.

When she returned she continue to go through the other documents then she asked my wife how long she has been a Travel agent (that’s her job) she replied nearly 20yrs this brought a smile to her face and seems to have relaxed her (she didn’t ask for any proof of this). She handover over all the originals and told us “OK that’s it, just hand the courier form to the SMS counter”
In total shock we asked, “what we got the Visas ?”, she relied “Yes” – you should get them in seven days.

As we walked away to pay the courier fee, I realised that unlike some stories I have read we were not asked to raise our hands and take an oath or sign any bits of paper, we weren’t asked to do any of this.

We were out of the embassy by 9:30am (took just an hour) though it felt a lot longer. At 5:30pm (same day) I received an SMS text message from the courier telling me that they have picked up our visas and will deliver it by 8am next day.

Received our passports and visa by 7:30am next day.

Summary:
So lessons to observe are: - Arrive early we were outside the embassy at approx. 7:30am - Kept the 2nd Letter intact - Ensure all the names match up otherwise its down to the consular to accept it or not. - Make multiple copies of every thing just in case. - Don’t try and hide anything from them – they will find you out. - The guy who collects and checks the documents is in-fact interviewing you as well, it just done very covertly. - During the interview stage – the consular does seem to try hard, to help you get the DV visas where they may be minor issues or border line cases. On the whole the US embassy in London is incredibly efficient and the staff very friendly.

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ankara- ()     03/20/2006 00:36 AM
 


Our CP experience in Ankara (it is going to be long)

DV 2006 winner with case number 2006AS39xx
My husband was the main applicant.

We have married four years ago. As our country (IRAN) does not have any US consulate, our interview has been scheduled in Ankara (Turkey).

Interview : 9th of March

Travel to Turkey : 6 of March

On 7th of March we went to the authorized medical center which KCC introduced to us in our 2nd NL for medical exam.

In the morning we had our blood test and x-ray and in the afternoon medical examination and vaccination and half an hour time the result was ready. It was a very simple and quick procedure which last all in one day.

Next day we had sight seeing Ankara and found the location of US consulate that fortunately was very close to our hotel.

Slept with lot of stress and anxiety very soon as our interview had been scheduled for the next day at 8:30.

Interview:

We went to the embassy at 7:30. The weather was pretty cold and it was snowing. They had opened the door at 8:30!!!!!!! .

There were only a few people standing on queue at that day and we were the only Iranian plus three Turkish families who won the lottery.

When the door opened they have compared our passports with their own appointment registered. And one by one has been guided toward small front yard where we had security check.

Then there was another queue a guy asked for our passports, two photos and the medical result (nobody asked for the appointment letter).

He reminds us that we should pay $755 individually and gave us ticket having showing our number and we went inside.

They collected our cell phone and checked the hand bags. Still I was bitterly cold. We went inside at sat.

Then a nice young lady called us and asked for my husband’s original High school diploma that I told her we have sent all the required documents (original, translation and certified copy) two w! eeks ago by DHL (In US consulate in Ankara people should sent their required documents via express courier before the interview) and she found it.

Then she asked for the fee. And we came back and wait.

Less than five minutes our number has been announced (at 9 O’clock) for the interview. This time there was a young American guy who could speak Persian language very fluently.

I spoke English with him while my husband preferred to speak Persian. At first he took his finger print and then asked some questions such as his job in Iran (he is working in MAZDA factory), is it his first ever job? How long he is working there? He asked about his military service? How long we have married and whether we have any child? And whether we have traveled to US before? Then he returned all the original documents to us except my Birth Certificate.

Also he very carefully checked our original married certificate with its certified copy. Then he asked my husband to sign the end of the form and s! wear an oath that everything which has been mentioned was right.

Then it was my term, took finger print asked about my job, whether it was my first job? Is the company where I am working belong to government or private (I am working in Oil Company) section? Then he asked about Affidavit of Support and he said who the person supporting us that I told him he is my uncle and he said he is living in a very nice area in USA (New Mexico). And I swear an oath and sign the forms.

At the end he said everything was OK but he needs the form W2 from my supporter belong to the year 2004 we had the W2 for the year 2005 and he said there is going to be security clearance which normally takes between 4 to 6 weeks and said when our case number appears on US consulate website we should come with the W2 form for visa.

It was all. They were all very friendly and kind although I thought as we are coming from Iran and because of political relation between Iran and USA and nowadays nuclear crises they maybe have different behavior but it was not right. Although I am sure we will have more security check and hope it will not take longer than 6 weeks.

Now 9 days has been passed and I hope our FBI check gets ready soon. I will inform you when the clearance has been done.
Again I would like to thank all of you who during this period were such helpful friend for me and wish all of you best.

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Anthony- ()     03/08/2006 00:41 AM
 


hello all

4 months ago I went through the CP in Tunisia

Last years I found this message board very useful and supportive, rich of fantastic people willing to help and encourage each other.

Since I have not posted many message during this time I feel a little bit guilty hence I decided to post my experience hoping it will be of some help for people that is still dreaming for a new life.

Especial thanks to the Aussie people for good job they doing in the board. I’m from North African region and DV2006 was my 1th attempt to win the DV lottery.

I had my interview on Tunisia in 2o of Nov, 2005. everythink was perfect Except the address in USA, where the Green Card should be send after I arrival to USA. So, the Counselor officer asked my that "do u have an address , telephone number, name of any person in USA" I replied " Yes, I will send t to you afternoon" then He told me that you should send us by fax as soon as possible to start the administrative process.

He said by law we cannot issue and send the GC to address overseas. Which means that no green card issued unless you have "address, telephone number and name of any person live in USA". So, all guys u have to find someone there to obtain ur GC.

I couldn’t get the address , name, phone of my friends in USA that day. 2 days later the Embassy called me asking for the address and etc .. of my friends. One day later I sent the information by fax , I received conformation email from that they received my fax and they started the administrative process , which my t! ake from 2week to 3months as they told me. After 2months and half I called the embassy asking about my application, they said that" we didn’t the respond from USA yet.

I called again after 3months and week, they said "we haven’t received any respond yet but we sent a reminder to USA regard to your administrative process.

After 4months I received any email from the embassy saying that "we received positive respond from USA, and it is valid for only three months, you have to come to the embassy to get ur visa stamped and preferable 2 weeks b4 the expired date, incase the visa machine doesn't work.

Medical Exam, I had Medical Exam, Ex ray and the vaccines in Tunisa 2 days b4 my interview date, and it was easy and the result was perfect. Doctor gave me sealed envelope and told me to keep the ex-ray until u arrival to USA, cos they will ask u about it in the airport when u get there.

Police certificate

I lived most of my live in my home country "A" and 10 months in country "B "and 4 years in country "C" Aussie. I Optioned PCs of country A even though, it was not available in USA list, country B even though I had not been there for a year or more than that, Aussie PC which took 4 weeks to get it done. The Counselor was so happy and thanks me for bringing PCs of country A,B even they dnt ask for that. He also said that we might would ask to bring PC of country B cos u lived there nearly a year " 10 months" but it is good u brought it .

Financial Support I gave them my bank statement which has on it almost 25000 Aus, ( which nearly 19000 usa) was accepted by them, he didn’t ask about it. I think it is consider a big a mount of money and hard to be offered in the region. Other reason is that I am well educated person "holding a master degree" , so they believe that it easy for me to get job in USA .

I am confused and have a big problem now, cos I did nt include my gf in my application cos I knew her just for 2months ago and we agreed to get married.

I am asking you that is it still possible to include her as wife to my GC or not. If not is there any other type of visa which allows her to come to usa till she got GC after 5 as years. Any one has any Q regard to my experience most welcome

all best to you regards

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kaykay- ()     03/08/2006 04:15 AM
 


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Thanks.

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New immigrant- ()     03/03/2006 00:39 AM
 


Hi

I thought I'd just post my POE experience through Atlanta. It may be useful to those entering via Atlanta,GA. We entered on 2 Mar 2006.

FORMS The process was actually quite straightforward. Before leaving the plane all we needed to fill in was the customs form (1 per family). We took the I-94 forms anyway (one for each member) because the official on board the plane insisted we do so even tho it clearly states its only required for non-immigrant visas.

UPON ARRIVAL Once we got to Passport control, the officials were very helpful as we were travelling with little kids. One of the them again insisted that we fill in the I94. I did not object as they actually volunteered to help with filling in the forms for us.

We were then escorted to an immigration officer. He tore up the I94's - said they were not required. He only checked our passports and our package from the US Consulate. He did not open it. We told him we wanted our mailing address for the GCs to be changed.

He just struck off what was on the summary sheet and wrote in the new address on each envelope. Five minutes later we were on our way to Customs & Imm. They looked at our passports and took us aside for futher processing. They took the brown envelopes from the US consulate and asked us to take a seat while they processed them.

The lady at the counter opened each of them and began "entering stuff" on her PC whilst we kept the kids busy. After 15 mins she fingerprinted my wife a! nd myself (index finger only) and asked us to sign a form. She stamped our immigrant visas and said they would serve as temp GCs for the next 12 months.

She said our GC's may take up to 3 months to arrive - maybe sooner, but in the event that it did not arrive within 6 months she gave us a form that we could fill in and mail to the Texas Svc Center to query the status of the GCs.

Twenty mins later were on our way - new US Perm Residents :-)
GEN COMMENTS ATL is a great airport the enter via especially if you have kids.

The SAA arrival concourse is rarely busy and people are very friendly. The only downside is that you have to pick up your luggage and then recheck it after going Customs. You then have to pick it up at baggage claim at the main concourse. Just make sure you have dollar bills ($3) for a luggage cart :-). You can use a credit card to get a cart as well.

AFTER ENTRY Three days after we arrived we went to our local SSA office to apply for SSN for our kids. You can find your nearest office on (www.ssa.gov). I took all our passports, full birth cert and our full marriage cert. I did not take the kids with me.

All they wanted to see was our passports. The official did ask for our I94's but I told her we did not require one as we came in on an immigrant visa.

I was surprised that she did not ask for our marriage cert or the kids birth certs. She did ask for my wife's passport though. My wife and I did not apply for SSN's as I have one and she applied for one when we filled in our DS230.

Kids under 18 cannot have one automatically assigned to them. Our kids got their SSN's and welcome letters within a week. We're still waiting for ours.

We called the SSA toll free number and they said we should wait a week and then check back with them.
I hope this helps.

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Ahmed- ()     02/26/2006 00:42 AM
 


Hi All,

This board has helped me a lot, so I'd like to share my successful experience to express my appreciation to everyone in this board.

Nov-04 2005 Filled out the online DV entry form.
May-05 2005 Received the 1st notification letter in Jakarta. Sent back the application forms (DS0230 and DSP0122)

Jun-Dec-05 Prepared documents: birth certificates, marriage certificate, diploma. Had them translated.

Dec-05 January 2006 Visa Bulletin was issued, and my number was current in Feb 2006.

Jan-06 Sent email to KCC asking for the interview appointment schedule. Got a reply from KCC, stating that the 2nd notification had been sent, and an interview had been scheduled on Feb 21, 2006 at Jakarta US Embassy.

09-Jan-06 Went to Police Headquarter to apply for the Police Clearance Letters for me and my wife. The letters were ready in 2 business days.

28-Jan-06 Received the 2nd notification letter. No medical forms enclosed.

30-Jan-06 Went to Jakarta US Embassy to get medical examination forms.

30-Jan-06 Went to bank to request for Bank reference letters. Cost: USD
5/letter. The letters were ready on the next day.

04-Feb-06 Went to the Medical Center at 07:30am. Had the medical exams, and the results were sent directly to the Embassy.

10-Feb-06 Went to Embassy to have document screening. The original bank statements and copies of other docs were taken. The other originals (including the original police cert) were returned back to me.

21-Feb-06 Went to Embassy with my wife and my 2 children, arrived at 7:45AM. After going through the security checks, arrived at the interview waiting room around 7:55AM. Gave the original documents to a lady at Window 4. Requested to pay the fee at the cashier (USD 3020). After waiting for less than 1 hour, called to go to Window 1 (9:05AM). The interview only took about 10 minutes: oath and fingerprints were taken, and signed the forms.

24-Feb-06 Went to Embassy to pick up the passports with the visas and 4 sealed yellow envelopes.

That's it. Thanks again, everyone .... FS

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Max- ()     02/15/2006 00:46 AM
 


I have a few tips just to refresh for upcoming applicants, which I hope will help:

a) Call KCC AS SOON as your number becomes current, after the 15th of the month to confirm your interview date. (Handy to book flights/hotels etc in Sydney if you don't live near the city)

b) If you think you will have problems with the medicals, (no tetanus / chicken pox records, etc) get tested for the necessary things at your local GP and get the jabs early. It will save time later. I scheduled my medical before I got the second package (due the x-mas / new year usual shutdowns) and printed the forms from one of the govt. websites. I wouldn't have had enough time to do all the necessary tests, medical exam, etc before the interview if I waited for the '2nd package' to arrive.

c) Public Charge. This was my only REAL concern during the whole process. I didn't have a job offer OR I-134. I went with my own funds. If you CAN'T GET a I-134, (and they ask for one) DON'T um 'n ah and say you will get one, be firm and act confident with the presentation of your own assets.
Forget about that 16 odd thousand US poverty line guideline as any real guidance for meeting the public charge provisions. It might cut it a small African rural area or far eastern blockade country (no offence here guys!) but they need to see a fair bit more than the 16K guideline at Sydney. Period. You need to have a strong employment background, AT LEAST the 16K, some property, superannuation, and a clear idea where and what you will be working as in the US. I used my property (which the lady at the first window wanted to see a contract of sale for) and as if I was selling before being issued with a visa) and had to press the consular official on this issue at the final interview.

d) You need a US address AND phone number before they can issue with your visa. I didn't have the number handy, and made a quick call home to get it and then faxed it up upstairs to the consulate from the post office in the MLC.

e) Dress neatly and be organized. Have copies of everything, take all documents you think will help your case, and try and remember everything that the ledgends like Wikas, Curious, OzAnt, OiBoy, Fi, have posted previously. (sorry if I didn't mention your name), but I think all posters really helped me understand the whole mystery that is the Diversity Visa.
Good Luck to all future applicants, new arrivals, and anybody else thinking about taking on the United States Immigration System!!

Max.

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Mike- ()     02/03/2006 00:52 AM
 


GOT IT CP in Italy DV2006

Yes, just 3 weeks ago my wife and me went through the CP in Italy.

In the last 2 years I found this message board very useful and supportive, rich of fantastic people willing to help and encourage each other.

Since I have not posted many message during this time I feel a little bit guilty hence I decided to post my experience hoping it will be of some help for people that is still dreaming for a new life.

I’m Italian and DV2006 was my 8th attempt to win the DV lottery (yes sometime you have to be perseverant).

In the last 6 years I used a law firm to enter my lottery application, is not necessary and I don’t think you have any advantage in doing so, but if you live in a country where the postal service is unreliable you are more comfortable to have an address in USA.

The 14th of June I received an e-mail by the law firm informing me I was one of the GC winner.

After few day they sent me the packet containing NL, forms and instruction. I hired again our lawyer to help us in filling form and to have a check on our documentation.

It was very expensive and not so helpful as I thought in the beginning, but for thing of such importance I need someone that can give me more confidence in the whole process and a reliable address.

We filled forms and started to collect all documentation mentioned in the first packet. Meanwhile I called the consulate in Naples to ask if they need all my documents translated in English or notarized, but apart for my wife’s police and birth certificate (she is German) nor translation or notarization are required. It seem an easy process afterwards, but it has taken a lot of stamina.

I have felt strange sensation during those months excitation, anxiety, fear, frustration, happiness, … well it was like living a whole life in just few months.

For October we were ready but our number EU 0050XX, even if low, was not current.

It is terrible to have a lot of time in front of you with nothing you can do to accelerate the process.

I have rearranged our documentation at least 20 times, checked and rechecked everything almost everyday, called the Consulate in Naples another 5 times, called my lawyer in USA 10 time… and then at the beginning of November we received our second packet telling us that our interview was fixed for the 21st of December (what a beautiful Christmas gift).

As for the first packet there was some incorrect or unclear statement, so I called Naples again.

Photos are to be taken as for the DV Application, not ¾ as mentioned in the instruction and you have to be at the consulate the day before (the 20th in our case) for medical examination.

No one was able to tell me the actual vaccination required. They accept Euro only for medical and Dollars or Euro (they change Euro for Dollars at a fixed rate) for the VISA.

They do no accept credit/debit card for none of the above. Who knows Naples knows is very unsafe to go around with such a lot of money (we had 3,000$ cash with us) and more unsafe is to drive a car there.

So we decided to take a train and to arrive there 2 days before (in Italy you have to anticipate strike!).

We booked an hotel on the seaside promenade where the Consulate is located just 1 mile away from it. The 20th we arrived at the Consulate at 8 o’clock.

There was about 20 people outside the consulate (Consulate in Naples is the only one that give Immigration Visa for Italy, Iran, Iraq, Malta and other middle east countries) and my wife and me were the only for the DV.

At 8:30 the policeman at the gate asked for passport, after about 15 minute they let enter people trough the gate one by one, giving back passports and a number.

At about 9 we were inside.

We had a ****l detector check and the information office at the entrance told us to go right trough a corridor to the room 12.

This is a small open room (no doors) with about 20 chairs with 4 counters on the left side.

After few minutes a very rude Italian woman start to ask for forms calling by number and we were first (our number was 4).

Since it was the day for medical examination I give her the medical forms sent us by KCC in the second packet.

She started yelling that she want the DS-230 and DSP-122 and she has no time ! to loose.

I reply very calm that our DS and DSP were sent to KCC but if she wants I have a copy of originals with me (so even if it is the medical examination day bring everything with you and bring a copy of everything).

She took my forms and asked for two photos for each of us (this was not mentioned in the second packet, the only photos required was 1 for medical examination they asked me afterwards).

I handed her our photos (I had about 6 photos for each of us) and waited. After about 30 min our number was called at the counter, they give me back my form copies (they are not necessary for DV applicant but it was not known by the mean Italian woman) and the photos submitted to the KCC with the DS forms.

Then they asked me to wait for the Counsellor to take our fingerprint. Back to seat we waited another 5 min and our number was called again.

The young man at the counter took our fingerprint and asked us to go to the upper floor for the medical examination, he also told u! s, while already there, we can pay the visa fees so we don’t have to d o it the day after.

On the upper floor we waited just a couple of minute in the corridor then we was asked to enter in a room.

There Italian Doctors collected our medical forms, a photo and evidence of vaccination.

The only vaccinations required for Italian people are MMS (2 shots) and Tetanus. We had to take our second shot of MMS.

We paid about 400 Euro for medical examination and vaccination, then they made us chest X-Ray.

Back in corridor, after few minutes they called us in another room where we had our blood test, back in corridor we waited for about 30 min so I went to pay to the cashier the visa fees (755.00 $ for each of us, they give you a receipt to be presented the day after at the interview).

Afterwards we had our medical examination (eye test and palpation). We waited again in corridor until they called to give us shots for MMR. At about 12:00 they gave us our chest x-ray and a sheet as a proof of our vaccination.

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Anil- ()     01/12/2006 21:54 PM
 


Do not use WWICS...They just take your money

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