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  1. Heidi556

    DV-2019

    [at]Kallas Ok lekker, indeed.com is a good place to scout for work, I’ve done one skype interview, and received one job offer through that site/app. Note that a US style resume is quite different to our CV, and the format is strict.
  2. Heidi556

    DV-2019

    [at]Kallas Great stuff, it’s easy hey? Glad you got through with no hangups. But it was good to have backup plans. You probably have your passports back? What is the next step for you? [at]FranetteM How’s it going? You guys must be getting ready for the medical? Make sure to confirm your appointment on the consulate website, hey? And to go to the consulate, not the embassy, I’m sure that mistake has been made in the past. Exciting times. Anything you are doubting? And have you found your flights yet? I just got back from Transkei diving the sardine run, tons of sharks and wales, and even a few orcas in the water. But back now and waiting for good news, we can have 3 out of 3 cases successful from the help of others on this site. Happiness!
  3. Heidi556

    DV-2019

    Hi, yes I think you will be fine. There is also a Gautrain to the airport that will save you time. I will then make sure to be in the queue at the consulate earlier to be in front of everyone. You should be fine.
  4. Heidi556

    DV-2019

    Yes! I’m flying over in September to Hawaii, going to see what Oahu and Big Island is like. I remember you said you have been, where did you go and what was it like?
  5. Heidi556

    DV-2019

    Jip, I have my passport with visa in, it took a week after the interview. Yes, I found flights, $890 for a return to Honolulu on British Airways, happy with that!
  6. Heidi556

    DV-2019

    [at]Kallas, it seemed like they spent 30 seconds checking the financials. Yes I think a print out of that will be sufficient. Also your degree is solid, I think you will have no problem at all. And with the birth certificate, I’m sure they won’t deny you outright, at worst I think they will put you on administrative pricessing.
  7. Heidi556

    DV-2019

    And on that linked page, there are more lists, and links to lists to double check that you have all the documents. So Kallas’ interview is next week, and you guys are in a month from now, exciting times! Shoot with questions if you have, a month ago I was so stressed out, it’s an important step this, and a time that we won’t forget.
  8. Heidi556

    DV-2019

    Awesome, I’m glad you have an interview date. I had to call and book an appointent at Dr Hoosen, they are crazy busy. Yes, you have to confirm the appointment, it is online where you create a profile and add your postage details for returning the visa. https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/Supplements/Supplements_by_Post/JHN-Johannesburg.html Regarding flights, still looking. No not too keen on Abu Dhabi, it was just an interesting customs thing.
  9. Heidi556

    DV-2019

    Hi Franette, how’s it going, did you receive your interview date letter yet? Kallas, ai ja I hope you come right with the birth certificates you have. Have you applied for the new unabridged birth certificate? Even take the receipt of that Home Affairs transaction to the interview. Were medicals all good?
  10. 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 😬
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Heidi556

    DV-2019

    Yes, they take and keep the original police clearance.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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!
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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).
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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
  24. 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.
  25. Heidi556

    DV-2019

    Excellent! That is the same mail I got after submitting, so your things sound in order. You did submit documents via email right (passport biodata, police clearance, birth certificate, etc), not just the new DS-260 for the newborn? So now you wait for your second notification letter 2NL, which will be sent from May 15 and 31, or June 15 and 30, or July 15 and 31. July is the last month. Either of those months because the documents take time to be processed. The second notification letter, is an email with a link to check the ESC Entrant status check website. Franette, if you still have not received an email requesting documents, I would really send the documents now. I have read of people submitting documents without KCC asking for them, and getting a reply that all documents are in order (the one Kallas and I got). I say this because the documents take time to get processed, and time is running out 😬. Get them in, good luck 😄.
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