Ask the Consul – Myths and Misconceptions

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The interview in the Consular section is very important because it allows the applicant to discuss his/her case with the consular officer for the first time since the petitioner filed the petition with the United Sates Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). First, however, there are some myths and misconceptions about the consular interview that need to be clarified.

One myth is that applicants need to arrive to the Embassy at 5:00 am so that they can be the first to be interviewed, even if their appointment is at 9:00 am. This is not true! To make your visit to the embassy as quick and comfortable as possible, please remember:

  • You should arrive no more than 15 minutes before your interview.
  • If you arrive long before your appointment, you will not interview earlier, you will just wait longer.
  • If you have young children, or you are an elderly person or have a special condition, please let us know as soon as possible. We do everything in our power to interview applicants with special needs first.

Another myth is that the decision is random, that you just need to be lucky, or that it depends of the time of the year, or the mood of the consular officer. This is not true! In every immigrant visa application, it is important to understand:

  • The consular officer reviews all the documents and conducts the interview to determine the visa eligibility, and complete the process. Moreover, when the evidence is strong and clear, it is easier for the officer to understand the facts of the case.
  • The applicants can help by being prepared to present evidence of their relationship. This evidence includes pictures, call logs, birth certificates of common children, money transfers, property titles and other similar documents that demonstrate a relationship between the petitioner and the beneficiary.
  • It is important to bring all the information that you consider relevant, tell the truth and answer the questions. Also, there is no need to bring intimate pictures, only pictures that you would show to family and friends.

To find information with our application process, please visit www.ustraveldocs.com/do.  Contact support-dominicanrepublic@ustraveldocs.com with questions before or after your interview.