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Written by: Raymond Fohjem - July 4th, 2013

Series 3: My diversity immigrant visa approved

My diversity immigrant visa approved

My diversity immigrant visa was recently approved! This is something I'd long been expecting. The core of my mind from day one was centered around this persuade. Wow! At least i finally made it! For the best of my thinking, I can assume with much certainty that everything from here is nothing more than a smooth passage.

I don’t think this is how I felt from day one. If you've gone through Series 1 and Series 2 of this article, you'd have figured that I had a very rough path to this stage. It wasn't easy with me throughout the process coupled with few dozen headaches and drawbacks.

Prior to interview date, I was advised to consult experts for coaching but you know what? These people only helped to fill my head with some nonsensical questions and answers, and some weird body postures which denote confidence only to them. The time I spent with these people is something I'd wish to have back. I think these people really need coaching and proper counseling! None of their foreshadows worked in the least way.

Scene at the American embassy

Basically, my interview was scheduled on the 2nd July 2013 at 8:30AM but Tamankag Dieudonne and I decided we leave the house at 7:00PM since it was an hour drive to the embassy. When we arrived I was asked to present my appointment letter and other documents which I did and was directed to the cashier for the visa fee. I paid CFA174.000 (about $348.00) and was given a sticker bearing number "112."

I was happy to have met a lady and a man whom I'd known in Bamenda. They said applicants are seldom called by names but by numbers. That part was ok and fair enough.

I finally emerged pondering that by 8:30AM, I'm number "112" to be interviewed. If my thoughts aren't that poor it certainly means by noon they'd have probably interviewed five thousand applicants against visa to the U.S.A. The most obvious question is: does the country want to travel to the U.S.A? If such numbers can be processed in a day, would they be a need for a Cameroon? Is the country already tired of its jobless youths wallowing the streets with futile degrees? Is U.S.A actually ready for such enormous number of packs?

It was time for my interview

When the number "112" was displayed on a small screen above the consoler’s counter, before i could spot it, I'd been called upon. I walked towards the white consular officer and before i could greet, she was already smiling. Smiling for what I was yet to figure.

I wasn't expecting any informality or understood why anyone would want to so I just introduced my purpose. Another attempt was when I was about to swear to the truth. She told me to lift my right hand up and repeat what she was going to say while illustrating but lifting her left hand up. She smiled again while saying "sorry, your left hand up." I didn't fathom much of her intention so I was firmed in this regard.

She asked three questions of which weren't something to ponder. The consular officer asked: Do you live with your parents at present? Who do you intend to live with in the USA? And when did you issue your I.D card? Confirming to something I already know isn't a question nor something to freak out, so I was brief since it requires really no nitty-gritty. She ended up igniting some bit of smile on my face when she said "Mr. Raymond, your visa has been approved. Call back on the 18th July at 4:00PM and collect your visa package in person."

Outside the embassy with Dieudonne, he couldn't wait to let me finished the complete scene before he started raising tears of joy. This guy was actually astonished and proud of it. To certain extent our time wasn't wasted after all.

Travelling back to Bamenda

I was compelled to travel back home same day by night since talking to relatives and friends on the phone wasn't really enough. I'd tired of hearing voices and assuming state of minds on phone. I wanted to talk to people on a face-to-face base.

I arrived yesterday morning and have already visited some few couple relatives and friends. Unfortunately, Duna Kevin, a friend and 24/7 blogger isn't in town as he went on a seminar in Ghana.

I guess what's left at hand now is actually calling back at the embassy for clearance of the visa package and to start making arrangements for travel. You can see the fourth part of it here: "Preparation against my travel to the USA."

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