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Written by: Raymond Fohjem - June 27th, 2013

Series 2: Preparation against my diversity immigrant visa interview

Preparation against my diversity immigrant visa interview

This article is the 2nd series of "I won the American DV lottery." Basically, when it was certain I'd been randomly selected as stated in my previous article, the Kentucky Consular Center gave some guidelines to follow and what is required.

I really had no idea neither following this stuff nor caring how the process looks like. I wasn't really ready for this new task. I had already set linkable goals and was strictly after these objectives. I already had enough to process so I wasn't ready to accommodate further task on my plate.

During this time, I'd just discussed it with Nji Stephane, a fellow Jehovah witness with whom we study the Bible together. He really played an unforgettable part at the mention of this topic. Not only did he showed me reasons why I should continue, elevate my courage, gave step-by-step assistance, but he even made arrangements for my stay in Maryland with his senior brother (Jehovah witness as well) who has also been in the States through same program. If I must be factual, I'd say Stephane even assisted me when I was financially crippled. I won't waste the bulk of your time counting the countless times we've been to offices. I think he deserves credit.

I was much ready now for this task.

As stated on the winning notification page, I was required to fill a form which Nji Stephane and I did and posted to the Kentucky Consular Center in U.S.A where further processing was going to take place before a proper date for interview will be scheduled. While depending on Kentucky, we had to make sure I match the other requirements. Among the list were: passport, birth certificate, certificate of non-conviction, medical certificate, and a high school diploma, at least for students. All DV applicants were supposed to match these criteria.

We started by establishing a passport which took some three weeks available for pickup. I've seen cases where people keep waiting more than a month. One lady even told me she never got her first passport. I think i spent about CFA62.000 for the whole process equivalent to $140.00. That was pretty cool.

The next stage was retrieving a new copy of birth certificate. The copy at hand was already old and many words including some parts of my names couldn't be read. In order to avoid further complications with the consular officer, I retrieved a new copy. I can't recall the figure spent on that occasion but it was a pretty small amount compared to nothing. Just like the birth certificate, the non-conviction was also done at my location of birth and that too was a pretty small amount.

At this stage all my documents were ok except for the medical certificate which was to be done only in one of the two Kentucky recommended hospitals and both were in the capital province, Yaounde. The process became somehow tense since Nji Stephane couldn't travel with me that long journey. His health couldn't permit him and he already got field services with other Bible students.

It was a bright Tuesday and i chose to travel by night. I bought a first class ticket from Vatican Express, one of the major travel agencies. I had already made arrangement with Tamankag Dieudonne who had just graduated from E.N.S and was posted in Yaounde so that part was easy. For the time being, he accommodated me and we both located the hospital, where I was given some vaccines and x -ray conducted. This is something i thought would be done and result given at once but I ended up disappointed as i was told to call back after five days for the result.

I guess this has to do with insufficient qualified physicians coupled with lame and outdated machines. I couldn't imagine wallowing in Yaounde when i had unfinished projects back home. I travelled back and only returned as was told. The result package was given and it contained: some files, a disk and a sealed envelope. The envelope was meant to be handed to the consular officer at the embassy while the other files and the disk will be taken to the airport if I would be issued a visa. The whole process incurred some CFA130.000 equivalent to $345.00. It was estimated to be less if I hadn't travelled ups and downs.

Crossing the second part of the American DV lottery

All documents are now set against the Diversity Immigrant Visa interview which will be scheduled on the 2nd, July 2013. I contacted the consular at the American Embassy in Cameroon and was told the visa fee for DV applicants is CFA174.000 (about $348.00). I'm ok with the visa fee but I guess what's really more important is what happens on the set day.

You can see the third series here: My diversity immigrant visa approved.

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