The visa interview

It was an average Tuesday morning on which husband and I took off for a trip to the local US Consulate. We’d been ‘camping’ in our home since the weekend, because all our stuff had been picked up and moved to people in need. Not that we didn’t throw things away, but compared to the boxes and boxes of plates, pots, knives, and the bags of pillows, blankets and actual furniture, we really only discarded the most used up things.

So, we got up off our mattress on the floor, used our two remaining knives to make some breakfast, grabbed seven inches of paperwork and left.

We were early. When we arrived, no one else was there yet. Fifteen minutes later a long line had formed, and by the time the consulate opened, there were some 30 people present. They let me in first (preparation is key: bring your appointment letter, bring _NO_ electronics and prepare to take your shoes off and leave all your bags at security) and I entered a tiny little building. There are no private interview rooms. First, you get called over to one window, for fingerprinting, passport checking (you won’t get it back) and general red tape. Then, another window, for the actual interview. The consular officer was done with me in five minutes, after asking me about Beloved’s name, our wedding date, where we’d move to and what I’d do there and the story of how we met.

A passport lighter (and about half a gallon in sweat because I was nervous), I stepped back out, wishing some people still in line the best of luck.

The next day, the mail man arrived and asked me to sign for my passport and the notorious brown ‘envelope’  (it’s the size of a street tile and weighs about as much).


9 Responses to “The visa interview”

  1. 1 Anne / eireann July 2, 2013 at 10:06 am


  2. 4 Tania Elizabeth July 2, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Congratulations!!! Are you ready for the adventure???

  3. 6 Lilith July 4, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Oh love, congrats! I am so happy for you 🙂

  4. 8 Daria July 10, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Jullie zijn vertrokken! Ik heb aan jullie gedacht vandaag en hoop dat de reis voorspoedig verloopt.

    Ik ga jullie MISSEN, maar we zijn vast van plan een keer jullie kant op te komen.

    • 9 thesmittenimmigrant July 15, 2013 at 12:24 am

      Heh, ik ga jou ook missen / mis jou ook.

      Gek hoor, dat ik nu ineens zo ver weg ben. Nog geen tijd gehad om hier eens met iemand af te spreken, maar ik hoop toch snel wat mensen te leren kennen. Samen is ook maar zo .. eh.. alleen 😉

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