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    I can say with confidence, that almost all of us that have been through the DV process felt he same limbo you are feeling. The eleven months between when we found out that we had won and the day of our interview the following June was easily the longest eleven months of our life! The uncertainty, the waiting, the early prep, the waiting, the research, the waiting, the panicking, the waiting, watching that Visa Bulletin sloooooowly creep towards our number, the waiting, the agonizing, the waiting, more uncertainty, more waiting... it was enough to drive me insane! We put nearly everything on hold. We were reluctant to commit to anything or renew any 24 month contracts (like Vodacom etc). We stopped buying and replacing things that we may have had to sell later. And becuase we didn't know 100% that we'd even get the Visa in the end, for any one of a number of reasons, we also didn't want to tell anyone or make too many life changing decisions just yet, so we still had to get up, go to work, pay the bills and get on with life like nothing was different, but in our minds EVERYTHING was already different! And when we eventually did get our Visas, everything changed and a whole new slew of challenges and worries set in. The panic, the rush, the panic, the endless questions, "What the hell are we doing?", "Where are going to live?", "Who will employ me?", "OMG! How much is this going to cost?", "Why are we even doing this?"... the panic, etc, etc. All perfectly natural, all perfectly reasonable and all perfectly survivable. Just remember to breathe and don't forget to get on with life and enjoy the time and activities in SA with your friends and family in the meanwhile. It can be and feel like a looooong process, but looking back, that was a good thing, becuase by the time we eventually packed up everything a walked out the door of our home for the last time (23 months after the day we found out we had won) we were physically, psychologically, and mentally as ready as we could ever hope to be for the next crazy stage of the journey. As for the immigration issue, like I said, Congress and the Presidency are deeply dysfunctional at the moment, so it is unlikely that any sweeping changes to immigration will happen overnight. Having said that, if we've learned anything from last year's election and the Trump effect, it is to never say never. Trump is desperate for a win right now (any win) and so are the Republicans who despite seven years of attempts, threats, rhetoric and promises, and despite holding the majority in the House, the Senate, and the Executive branch were dealt a humiliating defeat over the repeal and replacement of the ACA last month. Although, I suspect that right now Trump is more concerned with the ever looming investigation into his election campaign, potential obstruction of justice and dubious financial connections to Russia, and Congress are more concerned with keeping him from going to war with North Korea. So legal immigration reform is most likely the last thing on anyone's mind right now in Washington. In the meantime... Hold thumbs that you have a low DV number, get your docs and such in order, vasbyt and carry on :-)
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    Wishing you all the luck in the world. It is a lottery, but a weighted lottery based on region and country of origin. So the odds are really not that bad at all for us South Africans. On average about roughly 20,000 Saffers enter each year (sometimes more, sometimes less) and anywhere between 700 and 1200 are selected. Those are some pretty darn good odds for any lottery system. The trick is to keep at it and just live your life. Don’t let an unsuccessful entry stop you entering again the following year. Keep your paperwork up to date and keep on keeping on. If/when it happens the wait and effort will be worth it. We just made it part of our annual routine, like doing our taxes, hanging our Christmas decorations, paying our TV license, renewaing out vehicle license, fertilizing the lawn, entering the DV lottery... a few years went by and BOOM! Our entry won! Also remember if you’re married, you can both enter separately to improve your chances. Good luck and vasbyt!
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    It changes at various times. When we moved over, the average was 1-2 months. Then at some point they changed a system or something and everything got delayed and that's when it was taking 3 months or so. The last year or so I've seen a lot of reports that it's arriving within a month.
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    Great to hear it's all going well!
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    Our F3 priority date was Dec 2008. Hard to believe would still be waiting there for a few years yet if we hadn't won DV!
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    18/10/2017 Have just re-submitted the entry after the technical system glitch . Now i wait pray that all goes well for me and my family. 2019 our year.
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    Got an email last night - all must enter again for DV2019 FROM: DONOTREPLY[at]dvlottery.state.gov "Dear Diversity Visa Program entrant:Please check www.dvlottery.state.gov for an important announcement regarding your Diversity Visa Program entry.Remember, only internet sites that end with the ".gov" domain suffix are official U.S. government websites. Many other websites (e.g., with the suffixes ".com," ".org," or ".net") provide immigration and visa-related information and services. The Department of State does not endorse, recommend, or sponsor any information or material on these other websites. The Department of State, KCC, or any other U.S. government entity will never ask you to send money via email or request that you reply with personal information. The only fee associated with the DV program will be paid at the time of your interview.U.S. Department of State"
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    Easier said than done. Best of luck with that.
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    Hi DeeVee Also check out www.britsimonsays.com. Lots of FAQ's on the dv process etc. Just make sure there are no shadows in the background of your photo. Best of Luck,
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    I think we just put in SS no. simple as that. pick your State and off you go.
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    Sounds like some Pro-Trumper put a spanner in the works!! lol
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    After a quick Google search, I came across this article that explains that even an illegal alien can open and operate an LLC legally - if an illegal alien can do it I cannot imagine why an LPR cannot. You might also want to read this one.
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    Woow that was good [at]moving2018 ,yes I hope it goes more or less like that with us.I must just keep my self more busy and take my mind off things a bit.Will let you know once anything interesting happens.
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    Hi Dreamland. We were 42XXXX, As the numbers started coming in it looked as if we may have interviews Aug. That changed quite quickly and we ended up going 8 June. Hang in there. It might be sooner than you think.
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    i am reg for the 2019 praying that all goes well
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    O Dreamland, so very happy my year of waiting in total anticipation is over. Really, best of luck, especially the nerves. If I may, what is you number and where are they on numbers at the moment?
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    At that stage it will usually depend on the age of the kid which grade they get placed into. You'll be arriving for a new school year so they will begin whatever grade in August - it may be either half a year "ahead" or half a year "back".
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    Thank you moving2018! That is very helpful and appreciated I'm surprised at how quick the GC took to arrive. I thought it takes about 3 - 4 months to arrive!
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    Hi Suzy Not sure how long you will be on your LSD trip. We have just gone through/busy will everything. We went to Social Security a day after we arrived and they said we are too quick. We went back a week later and they said from the day we went in it should take around 10 - 15 days. We received SS within 8 days. This is what we used to open Bank of America. Our GC arrived yesterday. 3 weeks exactly it took. (They say between 4-6 weeks) The address on the SS once delivered should suffice. Best of luck.
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    Bank of America usually will open with just a passport. You'll need an actual credit account to get a credit score, not just any bank account, so you'll need to apply for a secured credit card - you won't get an unsecured one with no history and no US address. i can confirm that Chase will require proof of residence so don't waste time with them
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    Thank you all. I think it will be worth our while to just wait it out. I am sure we will receive it as soon as they can as everything (as you well know) works as it should and there should be no unnecessary delays from their side. Other than that we are all settling well. My child is super happy at school and it seems he is coping pretty well with this big change. Again, so very thankful for this opportunity.
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    Yay!! Congrats and welcome to the US
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    Congrats, Pete! Welcome aboard! I honestly wouldn't worry too much about your wife's Matric. The high school requirement is a minimum requirement. Your wife has clearly achieved that, and while she may, or may not, have graduated from a "traditional" high school, she clearly DID finish high school and went on to UCT and graduated with a recognized post graduate degree and has since acquired a whole bunch of skilled working experience. This is exactly what they are looking for and more than meets the base requirements, because it shows she is a.) more than adequately educated/experienced and b.) is highly skilled and employable. For now, focus on getting your marriage and birth certificates etc. and don't forget to apply for your police clearance certificate. You'll want to apply for it six weeks to two months before your interview. It can take a while to process, but is good for six months if I recall correctly. You have a low number so should get an interview around Dec/Jan, but even if it's a bit later, your certificate should still be good. Your second notification, for your official interview date is usually far enough in advance to give you enough time, but I wouldn't leave it much later than mid Oct, unless the Visa Bulletin numbers are moving slower than normal. Also don't forget to change that USA address as soon as possible, they usually want a standard physical address as this is where they ultimately send your Green Cards and someone has to usually sign for them on delivery. And the last thing on earth you want is for those to end up anywhere near a South African government institution. The Consulate folks are sweet and all, but still very much prone to good ol' SA bureaucracy. If you are really, really struggling with this, send me a PM and we can see if I can maybe help you guys out there Otherwise, good luck can and enjoy the ride! It's a crazy one for sure!
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    Hi all, first post for me. I've been studying Britsimon's website for the past few months but I've only just found this forum. It's great to get some local SA perspectives on the DV visa, and living in the US more broadly. My wife and I have entered thrice now, for the 2015, 2016, and 2018 draws. This year, the 2018 draw, my wife was fortunate enough to be selected - cue the shock, awe, happiness, and excitement! We've got a low case number of ~12,000 so will likely see an interview in November or December. We've been scrambling about to assemble all the required documents, with no major issue thus far - though still no word on the unabridged marriage certificate from DHA, which I understand can be a headache to acquire. The snag is that my wife, the principal applicant, was home-schooled and didn't attend formal high-school for matric. She has a matric exemption, and a degree and post-grad from UCT, but nevertheless does not technically fulfill the high-school education requirement. Fortunately, her work does fall into the skilled work category, so we're building up documentation and support for qualification based on work experience. It's an additional worry though, as from what I understand the qualification based on work experience is pretty much entirely up to the CO when you get to the interview at the embassy. The other thing is an address which I know we'll need to provide. On the DS260 we just put the SA Embassy in Washington for now, but we'll need to figure out a real one ahead of the interview. A mail forwarding service seems like a good idea given the circumstances, but I don't know if they'd accept that. Sjoe, I know this feeling of being in limbo well. We have not bought anything new, and have put our plans to improve our house on the backburner. Then there is just that feeling of waiting which is so pervasive on a daily basis. I consider us very lucky to have gotten a lower number though, as I don't know how people cope with this stress for as long as a year, which I know some must wait.
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    We also didn't get selected, and friends of ours also.. well that just gives us more time to get everything ready and save more money so when it does happy we are super ready
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    Good luck everyone! We won on our 3rd try. Loving it here in the US (even with the election circus!)
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    Here we go again ! All of the best to everybody. This is once again going to be the longest 7 months of my life.
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    Hi Guys, I got selected yay ! I hope there are a lot more selectees !
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    Been a couple of years since I posted on this site although I visit it regularly to see where other members ended up in the world. Not selected ( 2 entries - wife and myself ) This might sound selfish but in DV2014 my wifes entry got selected but the opportunity was not taken at the time due to various reasons, a decision which I regret almost everyday. I enter every year hoping to have this opportunity again.
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    I can't agree more with Oscar. The summer vacation is a relief to many who are waiting for October. I wish you all good luck. Shamus, keep visiting this site, it has a wealth of information and encouragement is galore. You will also know some of the SAUSA residents who are always very helpful such as Janneman, Superkruz, Malamut, SJ, Mua, Oscar, Bev, the list is long and new members keep coming on...Keep visiting
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    Hi BenCee We went through the same several times since 2003, it sucks, we feel for you guys! Our numbers were always in the 70's/80's, the rollercoaster ride of emotions plays havoc with everyone in family, BUT now that we are here (arrived March 2015), it was so worth it! Please keep your faith, keep applying (wherever), keep believing, keep being excited like before and your life will (when He believes the time is right) happen the way it is intended. Knowing that you will look back on this time as a painful learning, start changing the script right now. This is a lottery, a chance, something you had no control over. Your family will take guidance from you and your attitude to this, be strong in the lessons this is teaching or effects it will have on everyone. This spoken from experience. His Richest Blessings on your path forward!
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    Hi everyone, I am a 2014 DV Lottery winner. I cannot adequately describe what a blessing finding this forum has been. Prior to finding it and with an upcoming interview, I was extremely nervous and unsure. I couldn't seem to find proper answers to some questions and it didn't help that I was having my interview here and not in my home country. By some miracle I found this forum and it really helped answer my questions and put me at great ease regarding the remainder of the process. As a token of my appreciation, I would like to share my experience in the hopes that it will help others. My apologies for the rather long read lol. I am an African lady in my 20s pursuing further studies in South Africa. I entered the lottery on the last day for the first time just trying my luck. I honestly did not think that I would be lucky as my parents had tried their luck previously when I was a minor and they had no success. I was therefore surprised when I learned that I had been selected. Timeline of the whole process 3 Nov 2012: Entered 2014 DV Lottery 5 May 2013: 2014 DV Lottery results released. Received first notification letter via https://www.dvlottery.state.gov/ESC/ stating that I was selected for further processing. Case number: 2014AF00010*** 27 Nov 2013: Scanned and emailed filled DS-230, DSP-122 forms and passport size photos to kccdv230[at]state.gov 28 Nov 2013: Applied for a South African police clearance certificate for temporary residence permit renewal 02 Dec 2013: KC emailed back and acknowledged receipt of forms 16 Jan 2014: Received South African police clearance certificate 17 Jan 2014: Received second notification letter via https://www.dvlottery.state.gov/ESC/ with the interview date 19 Feb 2014: Medical done in Cape Town at Dr Braeur and Associates 24 Feb 2014: Received home country police clearance certificate 06 March 2014: Successful interview at the US Consulate in Johannesburg. 10 March 2014: Visa issued according to https://ceac.state.gov 14 March 2014: Visa delivered to me in Cape Town by DHL Medical I had the medical done at Dr Braeur and Associates at the Waterfront. I was asked in an email after making the booking to arrive half an hour before the appointment time to fill in forms and requested to carry: my interview notification letter, 2 passport size photos, passport, vaccination card, letter from doctor if I have any medical conditions, any medication I am on. The medical forms were quite detailed and thorough. A nurse called me and she performed the physical: taking my height, weight, temperature, checking my eyesight and drawing blood. Syphilis was the only disease tested for. HIV is no longer tested for since 2010. I proceeded to the doctor who carried out a mini interview and further physical. I ended up getting 2 vaccinations: MMR and DTP. I was sent to Morton and Partners Cape Town Medi-Clinic in Town for a chest x-ray. I waited for the results and returned with the sealed results to the doctor. She had a look at the results, told me all was well and resealed them. She told me that I would have to carry this with me in my hand luggage and give it to the immigration officer when entering the US. She asked me to ensure that the cd doesn't get damaged and that I shouldn't carry these results to the interview as the interviewing officers get upset when we carry them. She told me that she would write up a medical report and courier it to the Consulate. It is important to have your medical done some time before the interview so that the report is ready and sent to the Consulate before the interview date. The doctor also mentioned that the medical report is valid for 6 months from the medical date. She told me that you need to enter the US before it expires because you will be asked to get another one done if it does and it will be costlier getting it done in the US. If you can't meet the deadline, have another medical done here before you leave. While I was quoted +/- R2860 for the medical when I made the booking, I ended up paying R2200 in total as I only needed 2 vaccinations - consultation fee: R726, courier fee: R305, DTP vaccine: 367, MMR vaccine: R256, syphilis test: R50.50 and the chest x-ray: R500 payable at Morton and Partners. The whole medical took around 3 hours including going to get the x-ray done and returning the results. Actual interview I arrived at exactly 1pm on the interview day. There were 10 or so people ahead of me. We were asked for our interview appointment letters which were checked and we were asked to switch off our phones. We were then let in one by one being asked to leave behind cellphones, digital music players, flash drives, laptops, cameras and the likes. Security clearance took about 30 minutes since I was last in line. I was then asked the proceed to the waiting area where I was received by another security officer who asked me to sit and wait for my name to be called out. 30 minutes later, my name was called after a family of 4 had been interviewed, the only other DV Lottery winners apart from me on the day. I must admit the wait was quite nerve racking to say the least despite having all the requested documents and being adequately prepared. The first lady to interview me was South African. She was very friendly and asked for the following requested documents: passport, birth certificate, education certificates - matric certificate and university degree, police clearance certificates from South Africa and my home country, 2 passport size photos and proof of financial support - I had my relative fill in an affidavit of support as well as provide tax returns. I offered her copies of the documents which she really appreciated as she didn't have to make copies. She handed back to me my original birth certificate, education documents and kept the police clearance certificates, medical report, passport size photos and proof of financial support as they would be part of the visa packet. She asked me the following questions while she typed my answers into the computer: Where is the beneficiary who was supposed to join you? What do you do? Have you been to the US? When? Do you have relatives in the US? What do they do in the US? When did you come to South Africa? Did you enter the lottery yourself or were you assisted? Where will you stay when you get to the US? All this took at most 5 minutes. She electronically took my fingerprints and asked me to proceed to the cashier and then wait to be called again. The cashier was not present and I had to wait for 15 minutes before she came. I paid the DV Lottery fee of $330 - R3630, the Consulate's exchange rate being $1 = R11 for the months of February and March. The cashier asked me to take back the receipts to the lady who interviewed me which I did. I waited another 30 minutes until I was called again. Staff photos were being taken and this caused a bit of a wait. Needless to say everyone in the waiting area was on edge as we awaited the staff's return lol. There is a vending machine, tv, toilets and some magazines in the waiting area. The second interviewing officer was an American lady. She was just as friendly if not more than the first interviewing officer, much to my relief. She asked me to raise my right hand and swear to tell the truth which I did. She more or less asked me similar questions to the first interviewing officer's. They were: Where is the beneficiary who was supposed to join you? Have you been to the US? When? Tell me a bit about yourself Do you have relatives in the US? What do they do in the US? Where and who will you stay with in the US? When did your relative move to the US? What does she do? Is she married? Did you enter the lottery yourself or did you get assisted? What will you do in the US? When would you leave for the US? Are you excited? The second interview also took at most 5 minutes. She then wrote down my details on a green piece of paper and asked me to return after a week to collect my passport. I asked whether my interview was successful. She laughed and said that it was. I probably should have realised it was when she asked whether I was excited lol. As I am from Cape Town and would be returning, collecting it in person would not be possible and I informed her of this. She confirmed my contact details and told me that I would be contacted. It still didn't quite sink in after the interview that it was successful. I left the Consulate at 3pm. 30 minutes later, I received a call from the Consulate. I feared that they had changed their minds. Fortunately, it was not bad news lol. The second interviewing officer had forgotten to give me the DS-230 to sign before I left. Luckily I was still in the vicinity and returned to do so. I had to go through the security clearance procedure again. I signed the DS-230 form and she had to verify that the signatures matched by comparing it against the signature on my cards. I was once on my way after verifying that nothing else was required. After the interview I checked my case status the following day on https://ceac.state.gov and was mortified when I read that I was put on administrative processing and that this could take weeks. I wondered what could have gone wrong as I wasn't asked for any additional documents and was told that my interview was successful. A quick google search put my mind semi at ease. I learned that there is normal necessary administrative processing that has to be done before the visa is issued and the status shortly changes after. True to what I had read, 2 working days after the interview, the status changed to "visa issued" to my joy. As I had not heard from the Consulate by the day of collection, I called back and was informed that I was supposed to independently make arrangements with DHL. It was as easy as a phone call to DHL, making payment and authorising DHL to make the collection on my behalf. It cost R310 to courier them from Johannesburg to Cape Town. I received my passport and visa packet yesterday and it still hasn't quite sunk in. There have been some tears and jumps for joy but still I can't believe my luck and that this has happened. For now, I am still stuck in the relief phase after months of preparing, nerves, wanting it all to be over and done with so that I can properly plan my life. The tips that I would give following my experience are: Although it is not in the list of necessary documents, make sure that you have proof of financial support. It may or may not be asked for but to ensure that the process is not delayed have it with you at the interview. An affidavit of support and tax returns are most preferred by the Consulate for this purpose. Be fully prepared and organised. Make sure that you have all your necessary documents. Copies of the documents are much appreciated by the interviewing officers. A display book with clear pockets is a great cheap and easy tool for organising and carrying your documents. I put each original document in a pocket and then followed it with its copy in the next pocket. This made finding the documents easy and as the interviewing officer asked for an original document, I also put aside the copy of the document in the order she asked for them. Be confident during the interview, maintain eye contact, answer only what has been asked. Providing additional information will result in additional questions. When answering the questions regarding what you will do in the US, let your answers reflect that you have a well thought out plan for when you get to the US. Make sure that your signatures match when you sign the DS-230 form. If you are not a South African citizen or permanent resident, you will not be treated any different. For some silly reason I was worried that not being from here would make my interview more difficult. Just make sure that you have all required documentation from your home country and all should be well. Finally, as has been said severally on the forum, try not to stress too much. Should you have everything required, be truthful and present yourself well, all should go well. I know it's easier said than done but once the interview is done, you will wonder why you had stressed so much. It is more of a formality to submit your civil documents and make sure that your verbal answers match your written answers in the forms filled. Thank you for the wonderful forum and contributions. Should you have any questions, you are more than welcome to ask away and I will try to the best of my ability to answer. Wishing all the DV Lottery winners the best in their journies. For those who didn't get selected, don't give up! Your luck may just change with the next lottery. Holding a huge thumbs up for you too. Mua
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    Vladek - look under "Chit Chat" discussion on the forum topics. Credit card expired... details there. What a nice dude keeping this up and running that we can find sanity?!
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    I've sent all set of forms again today, with the baby photos with eyes closed, and head not facing strait ! But that's the best I could get from him, and I don't believe they mind when its a baby. Of course I forgot to sign the forms, and I had to recall the DHL guy to bring everything back after an hour lol hopefully I'm done with this part. Now just waiting to be called for an interview... Ps: guys don't make babies while you are through a DV process, its a lot of hassle.
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    [at]Alamute; That's now one of the useful post I've ever seen thank you man Btw Vladdy is born 3kg
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    Thanks for the kind replies! I am glad that you were not deterred by the rather long read and appreciated the detail I put into it. The forum really helped me and its only right that I give back by sharing my experience. Malamute, you bet I will be taking you up on questions regarding what lies ahead on my entry, settling in etc lol. I however am taking a bit of a break from the whole process for the next month or so. I ate, slept, breathed the DV Lottery for quite a number of months and I must admit that the nerves up until the interview were quite draining to say the least. I am now focusing on recharging for the "exciting times that lay ahead of me". Fortunately I have family and friends in the US and that should make things a bit easier with regards to settling in etc. SJ27, thanks for the clarifications. The doctor made it seem like it was very important that I am in the US before the medical report expired. I found this odd as I had never heard about this but I was not about to ask as she obviously is more knowledgeable on the process than I am. Glad to know that the x-rays are not really checked but I will carry them in my hand luggage just in case. You never know and it's probably not wise to take any chances. Regarding my studies, fortunately I finish my coursework in May. I will then leave for my home country to spend some time with my family and then leave for the US in July/August. I will be taking a break from academics for a while. UCT has left me drained quite a bit as well lol. CChalmers, I can only hope that many will benefit from my sharing as this was my intention. Hopefully no one will be bored to tears or sleep though with the rather long read lol. A lovely Sunday to you all!
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    Lol I feel sorry for anyone that will try to sabotage that envellope when I get. Lol
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    ... The special sealed envelope is part of your visa. Guard it with your life!
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    Hi Whiteloren, You will have to narrow your search before you find an agent - i.e. WHERE in California would you be looking? An agent that works in San Francisco may not even cover the suburbs outside of San Francisco, let alone down to LA etc. In truth, you don't need an agent - you can search for apartments online very easily - apartments.com, for example. Also, try Craigslist for the area you are looking. This will help with pricing. Also, without employment, most agents won't bother with you, unfortunately. Also - are you sure you want furnished? Furnished can be significantly more expensive - and you can fairly simply and cheaply furnish your place from IKEA (flatpack furniture that is easy to put together), or Goodwill etc - even Walmart for basics like cribs etc. Often furnished is equated with corporate relocation etc. A furnished 1 bedroom in San Francisco, or example, will be $1000 or more per month MORE than an unfurnished in San Francisco. For that, you can buy a bunch of stuff. Remember that even unurnished apartments will usually have fridge, stove, microwave, dishwasher, and even a washing machine and tumble drier.
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    I am past the point of caring what other people think how I got here. Perhaps i am a little grumpy but what does not affect me, i dont care. I know how hard we have worked to enter the draw, get the docs, get us here, find work, build credit record, find a home and ensure we are a healthy family (although somtimes i have my doubts how sane we are). I could not care less and focus on moving forward.
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    Thanks for the well wishes everyone. My birthday is on Monday (the day before the interview) so really hoping it will turn out to be a birthday we remember for ever!! For good reasons!! ONFinals - Thanks so much for the message. I must say that we feel extremely blessed to have just got through the first stage. you just keep thinking is it really possible. Now the last hurdle and it seems so unattainable. We this morning collected the marriage certificate and yesterday the police clearance records arrived! Talk about cutting it tight. So really just the medicals outstanding and not sure if they will think of something else we don't have. Going to do the 2 files this weekend with the dividers and make sure we have all in order. baby is due in March so I think the medicals will only happen in April or May at this point. ... thanks so much. I am taking our 2 year old on his first flight as well next week so that will be interesting. Have a wonderful weekend everyone.
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    Technically you probably can't: "What Items Are Not Allowed at My Visa Interview? For security reasons, you may not take the following items into the building: weapons of any kind or size, sharp metal or glass objects, razor blades, liquids, bottles, powdery substances, umbrellas and electronic or battery-operated equipment (including cell phones, radios, tape recorders, cameras, personal digital assistants, and computers), food, drinks, or pre-mixed baby formula. There are no lockers available in which to store these items, so please plan accordingly." (http://southafrica.usembassy.gov/mobile//faq.html) However I would call ahead and ask. They may keep the stuff you need at security and you can go fetch as needed. (Although there are no lockers available they do have plastic boxes you can leave your stuff in behind the security desk.)