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Successful CP in London - Diversity Visa 2005
My wife is the principal applicant and we are srilankans living in the UK.

We had a successful CP on the wednesday and we got back our passports today.


We recieve 2nd NL about 3 weeks before the visa interview.Then we got an appointment for medical test with Nuffield healthe care screening on the 1st of this month.The medical test was ok and took about 3 hours.

We did not have the vaccicenation records but it was not a problem and we had to take two jabs for Tetenus and MMR.It cost us around 500 £ (350 £ for test + 160 £ for 2 jabs).

Our interview was on the 7th and the medical test results were sent to the US embassy directly. We got the Xrays by courier mail in two days , but these were not required for the visa interview.

We prepared all the documents in the order described in the 2NL.Also we had a set of photo copies for each original. We also had our bank statements for 12 months(both savings and currnet accounts), employement contracts to show we are working, service certificates from privious employees.

In addition we had our pay slips and an email sent by the embassy saying that we dont want police certificates from srilanka(these were not required).

Abouth the financial situation, we had about 8000 $ in savings and a property back in srilanka which was valued around 20K $.Also we had a simple letter from an uncle living in the us saying that he will support us in our initial period.

But no affidavit of support.
We had the deeds and valuation reports.

We went in to embassy well in advance and had to wait long time.The whole process took about 4 hours.It was a busy day with both immigrant and non-immigrant applicants in the queue. first we were called to an interview booth and our documents (both original and copies) were collected.

Then we were told to pay the visa fee and fill a form for passport return by a courier service.Then we wait about 2 hours and called in to another interview booth. The officer there was realy friendly and he had all our documents.The originals were returned to us after the inspection.

Then he asked my wife to correct a mistake made by us in the DS230 form. We had checked that my wife has no high school diplaoma or degree and the officer was kind enough to show us that by comparing my wife's education certificates.

Then he joked about my blood pressure which was little high on the medical test report(no wonder after all these months waiting). Then we took the oath and gave the finger prints.After that he explained about the visa and social security number.Then he said "welcome to the America", which was great to hear.

After that he asked us whether we have any question , which we say no and told us to pay for the courier service (10.50 £ for 2 passports).

Today after 2 days i got the passports back with visa and two sealed packets which we have to produce with xrays when entering the US.
so thats about it, i am really greatful to this forum for all the valuable information.

My advise is to prepare all the documents (translations and photo copies) in order so that the visa officers dont get confused. And if anyone have questions please feel free to post in this forum, i will try to answer them best to my knowledge.

Also i am planning to write a detailed descripton about settling down in US (which i could not find anywhere) when i get there.
So good luck to everyone.
kumar
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