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    Kyle
  • Last Name
    Lemmer
  • SA Location
    Cape Town
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    English/Afrikaans

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  1. Kallas

    DV-2019

    Thanks [at]Heidi556, and congrats on the job offer. Can I ask what line of work you're in? Regarding the CV - did you get a professional company to assist you with setting it up, or did you do it yourself?
  2. Kallas

    DV-2019

    Indeed, actually felt too easy [at]Heidi556! Now my networking behind, I want to find a job, or at least a few interviews, before we go over. Hoping I don't struggle too long...
  3. Kallas

    DV-2019

    Yip, huge relief, now to recover from the financial knock from the medicals and interview fees! I only realised on Tuesday that it's $330 per person, and we're a family of four. Good luck [at]FranetteM, if you have all your docs you have nothing to worry about, they're really chilled.
  4. Kallas

    DV-2019

    Hi all, just finished with our interview. Arrived at 07:30 and parked at Sandton Mall (very short walk across to the consulate). We were second in the queue. As [at]Heidi556 explained, first counter collects all documents and photos, then you go pay, and finally get called to the last counter for the interview. It went unbelievably quick - I gave my abridged birth certificate in and they said nothing about it. Took the oath, and the officer said she doesn't see any issues and will approve our visas today. The officer did not even look at my finance statements. All done now it seems. Exciting times!
  5. Kallas

    DV-2019

    Hi all, just finished with our interview. Arrived at 07:30 and parked at Sandton Mall (very short walk across to the consulate). We were second in the queue. As [at]Heidi556 explained, first counter collects all documents and photos, then you go pay, and finally get called to the last counter for the interview. It went unbelievably quick - I gave my abridged birth certificate in and they said nothing about it. Took the oath, and the officer said she doesn't see any issues and will approve our visas today. The officer did not even look at my finance statements. All done now it seems. Exciting times!
  6. Kallas

    DV-2019

    [at]Heidi556 so all in all your interview process was around an hour long? Due to unforeseen circumstances I have to rush back to CPT asap, so I'm going to change my flight. My interview is also at 08:30, and the flight I'm looking at is at 13:10, which means I shouldn't leave the consulate later than 11:00 - do you think this is reasonable?
  7. Kallas

    DV-2019

    Thanks Heidi, your words give me a bit of relief, let's hope for the best. Good luck with finding flights. Can't remember if you've already said so or not - have you received your passport back with the visa in?
  8. Kallas

    DV-2019

    Glad to hear you're all sorted [at]FranetteM! Good luck with the rest. The link that Heidi sent above is what I used to confirm my appointment. Yes I've applied for my unabridged, and will take the receipt along, as well as the hand written unabridged certificate, just in case. I hope we don't get completely turned down because of that. [at]Heidi556 my only other concern is the financial side. How in-detail did they check all your stuff? They mention on the JHB confirmation that you should bring the I-134 along. I'm just going to print out our net worth and say we're not planning on relying on any financial support. You think this is fine?
  9. Kallas

    DV-2019

    Not sure how I missed that, thx [at]Malamute and [at]SJ272. I also have the hand-written long form, I'll take it with to the interview (even though they definitely won't accept it), together with proof that I've applied for my unabridged certificate. Hopefully they'll put me on AP, and things won't be delayed too long. They're also asking for the I-134, but as you mentioned [at]Heidi556, I plan on providing my own financial support, hence I'll put together a "net worth" statement for my wife and I. Hope this suffices.
  10. Kallas

    DV-2019

    I've just received a letter from the JHB consulate with a list of what documents are required for the interview. The only concern I have is that they clearly stipulate a non-abridged birth certificate (with both parent's names on) - I've got this for my wife and kids, but mine is still the old original birth certificate which doesn't have my parent's names on. The original document request from the KCC only mentioned "birth certificate", hence I thought mine would be fine. They also never mentioned anything when I sent them the scanned copy. I'm worried now, since applying for an unabridged birth certificate would take at least a month, and my interview is in two weeks. Does anyone have any kind of experience regarding abridged/unabridged birth certificates??
  11. Kallas

    DV-2019

    That's really helpful, thank you [at]Heidi556. I'm about to pull on a few strings that I have in the US regarding job opportunities, which will then help with the financial "guarantee". Just a bit difficult applying with not yet being a permanent citizen. But I'm sure I'll make a plan Wow, so you'll be out of here pretty soon!? I'm dreading (if all goes well obviously) the admin side of things - e.g. selling furniture, cars, putting house up for rent (we won't sell just yet), etc.
  12. Kallas

    DV-2019

    [at]Heidi556 congratulations - very exciting indeed! So what is the next step(s) for you now? Quick question regarding the financial part of the interview - I've read through the information on the web pages from both the state.gov and the Joburg embassy, but cannot seem to find any request for financial documents (e.g. the I-134 nor the bank statements). How did you know to take this along with you?
  13. Kallas

    DV-2019

    Thanks for the great info [at]oscar and [at]SJ272, I'll definitely use these sources when we're more certain of where it is we'll be staying (which obviously depends on where I find a job - I'm a mechanical engineer, and at the moment things look best for either LA or Houston). I'll also definitely try take a chance with the medical claim, let's see what Discovery says...
  14. Kallas

    DV-2019

    So I've received the mail with our interview date, which will be the 2nd week in July. Now it's the $$$ part of the story where I have to take my family and myself for the (very expensive) medical, book flights up to JHB etc. Nonetheless, feeling some excitement (and also a bit nervous at times)... I'm trying to find out what the best option is for help with a 3 year old and 6 month old children in the States. I know that I read something of the sort somewhere on this website, but can't seem to find it now. I'm assuming it will differ from town to town, city to city, state to state - but would just like to know what the "norm" is for getting day care help with kids of this age? Obviously living in SA, day care tends to be a lot more affordable than in most first world countries, so this is one of our "concerns" that we'd like to get some direction on. If anyone can help
  15. Kallas

    DV-2019

    Not yet no. Apparently they schedule from the 15th of each month. So hopefully I'll hear from them sometime from this Wednesday... Have you received your PCC yet?
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