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  1. Heidi556

    DV-2019

    I got my passport with visa in it 😁, it is a reality now. I also see the next visa bulletin is out, all regions are current with no exceptions. But that is irrelevant as we were all current two months ago. Kallas and Franette, have you guys looked at flights? I found a $900 = R13.5k return flight to JFK on Qatar airways. Returns are much cheaper per flight than one way. Thinking of making the return flight flexible option (like $100 more) so i can shift the date later on. No biltong 😬
  2. Heidi556

    DV-2019

    Haha, those are good problems to have. That also means you can list in your finances the rental income. If you have family there, they could be willing to fill in that I-134, then it’s easy.
  3. Heidi556

    DV-2019

    During my interview, the first (South African) interviewer asked if i had I-134, i said no i am taking financial care of mysef, then i said i have these finances to support mysef. The second interviewer (US girl) asked nothing about finances. Just asked what degree, and what field i will be working in.
  4. Heidi556

    DV-2019

    Thanks Kallas, ja so happy! Next step is to receive my passport via courier, it should be here in this week. I have been looking at flights, short term < month are at a premium, flights in September are better priced, around ~$1600 for a return to Honolulu. Interesting, if you fly via Abu Dhabi, there is a CPB immigration there, where you hand in your immigration docs, then Abu Dhabi to US is like a local flight with no customs. Ok, so much of the financial tips I learnt from SAUSA, and Britsimons blog. The principal is; you have to prove that you will not become a financial burden on the US. The safest way to do that is with a form I-134. It is a form completed by a US citizen or permanent resident, that say that they will be responsible for your finances if you claim financial assistance from the US. I did not, nor any South African I have heard of, did not have someone willing to complete a I-134. So in the absence of this I-134, you have to prove you will not be a financial burden to the state. This seems to be the norm at Johannesburg. I did this by summarizing my financials. My first page was a summary, and pages attached proving the finances. It included bank account savings amount and three months statements, investments, property valuation. I asked my auditors to make a persoonlike balansstaat, that’s it. The idea is to prove that you and your family will be financially ok in the US. A job lined up, degrees like yours mec eng(?) is desireable, so include that for sure, existing savings, liquid assets, saying you will sell your house for Rx. All that helps to show you have means to support you and your family in the US.
  5. Heidi556

    DV-2019

    Yes, they take and keep the original police clearance.
  6. Heidi556

    DV-2019

    😁 Ok, so they want original documents at the interview, and one set of normal copies of the originals. I had certified copies, but it was not needed. They kept the copies. The doctor wants four SA passport sized photos, and at the interview two photos US sized (50x50mm). But this info is in the instructions. Cool, I’m glad your documents are in order. So hopefully you will receive your 2NL from 15 to 30 June, or then 15 to 31 July, or 15 to 31 Aug.
  7. Heidi556

    DV-2019

    A thing they stress at the first interviewer is that you have to have all the required documents 100% ready and correct, if not you will be denied or placed on consular processing, and this late in the year means a high probability of not getting a visa. Kallas and Franette, hope this helps.
  8. Heidi556

    DV-2019

    Hey! Yes, just finished my interview. Here is a run through for your info. My interview was at 08:30 this morning, just two hours ago, I arrived 07:45, and was sixth in line. It is orderly and nothing like a Mozambican border. I had coffee at the Discovery building across the road from the consulate, waiting for 07:45. The first security checks your name on a list, and that you have the correct photos. Through the heaviest door, to other secutity who hold your phone, watch. Next thing is to write name, case number, email on a slip, and they check your passport, and give you a number. Wait for about 30 minutes, called for first interview, where the person behind a glass window asks for passport, birth, police clearance, schooling, financials, and takes fingerprints. I asked to change my US address, changed no problem. Also asked for I-134(?), I replied I will be taking financial care of myself, and gave my financials (first page summary, with bank statements, investments, shares, business, property valuation), she was happy with that. Sent to cashier to pay $330 in $, I had cash, apparently they accept cash Rands unsure of the rate used, and cards. This is in an office building, there is a vending machine and washrooms. Take a seat and wait for 15 minutes. Called to the window, take an oath that all you say is true. Then the interviewer conducts a casual interview, verifying what you submitted, asks where you will be going, working. Very pleasant and friendly. And then she says “I am goingn to approve your application.” Blessed, jipee!
  9. Heidi556

    DV-2019

    Kallas, that’s great that you have the 2NL. I submitted to Discovery, but only have a receipt from Dr Hoosen, and Discovery wants an invoice, so I am still battling with that.
  10. Heidi556

    DV-2019

    Yeah, you should take records with. I had none, nor did I have records of immunizations, so had to get the flu and MMR vaccine. Consult is just talking to the doctor, and personal questions. The doctor is super friendly, no stress. Awesome, I’m glad you have all your documents now and sending them in.
  11. Heidi556

    DV-2019

    Just went for my medicals. Two days. First day for paperword, bloods, chest x ray. Second day for consult and vaccine jabs of you don’t have records. It is chill, but costs R6150 (R5450 + R700).
  12. Heidi556

    DV-2019

    Cool, yes it is not possible to decide from here. I think you have to go check the places out for yourself. Texas sounds so great, and California for the coast and the agriculture. I think as you say if the interview is lined up, documents in order, the chance of getting a green card is very high. Like get ready to enter the US within six months, kind of high. For myself, requirements are a place where I can set up a farming enterprise, and have a mountain or two to go running. I am going to two states to get a feel for the place, Hawaii and Texas. In Texas I want to check out North of Dallas, Frisco, Amarillo, the places that are suitable for livestock and pecan nut farming. Then in Hawaii, Big Island for macadamia nut and coffee farming, and Oahu for the possibility of buying a house and finance it through renting it out or airbnbing the place. But yeah, very difficult to get a feel of the place from here, so planning on going over in September for six weeks or so.
  13. Heidi556

    DV-2019

    Hi Franette. My unabridged birth certificate also only has my parents name and date of birth. The email address KCC used to request documents was “KCCDV[at]state.gov”, with “Further DV Documents Required” in the subject line. So then I guess you have to wait for the police clearance, is there no way to expedite it? I still think once you get the police clearance, to send KCC the documents without waiting for an email requesting it. If I were in your shoes, I will definitely send the documents. Kallas, which states are you guys looking at? And are you going for a look-see-decide trip, or just emigrating? Franette, where are you guys heading first? The US is so huge, everything from subtropical, desert, big cities, to Freestate plains.
  14. I saw that the DV-2020 draw results are out 7 May at noon Eastern Daylight Time, therefore 18:00 in SA. But I remember the servers being busy for the first few days in previous years, unless you are razor sharp and check before all the 14 million others. ... oh, saw now this was for DV-2019
  15. Heidi556

    DV-2019

    Yes, that’s correct. 1NL = “You have been randomly selected...”, it is what you will see on the ESC page now. 2NL is also on the ESC page, it just replaces the 1NL and appears after the email, and it gives you interview details, date, time, place. The email is just a link to the ESC page.
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