My interview appointment was around 12 but I arrived at the embassy by 10. Although there was a note that only 30 minutes earlier before appointment time will the applicants be entertained but it is NOT strictly implemented because they bother with me anyway and I was done with everything by 12. So at least I didn’t starve. Yay!
How was the interview process? My name was called at Counter 1 and the guy took my documents, asked for visa fee and gave me some papers to answer also.
Nota Bene: Please take note to bring new or nice paper bills because my wrinkly 50 pesos was returned and the guy told me that they don’t accept it. Good thing I have another extra crispy 100 pesos na lang.
What are those papers that the guy gave me? Here’s the nice part: they do written interview. So one paper shows a list of questions like how, when and where I met my fiance, how often we communicate and in what language, when did our relationship started and if I was married before. Then on one of my application form, I have to sign that I have never been married before indeed and that I have no kids. They are a bit paranoid about this info I think.
After a few minutes, my name was called again and the guy took the papers he gave me a while ago. Then he gave me another paper listing out the things that I needed to submit later either by courier or personally to the embassy.
There were some questions that needed to be asked though for clarification purposes:
Guy: Do you study German?
Me: I study with the help of German audio cds that my man sent me.
Guy: I meant German school. You need to submit proof of German language knowledge.
Me: Your website tells me that I am exempted because I have a bachelor degree. That’s why I submitted my certificates, transcripts of records and even employment certificate to prove it.
Guy: This is a case to case basis. The decision lies with the Alien Office in Germany. We always tell applicant to study German while waiting for the Alien’s office decision to avoid further delay just in case.
Me: OK. About the health insurance, I don’t know what date I should start applying it for.
Guy: Your fiance can get one in Germany. Dates can be set to flexible then.
And that’s it. There’s no loss in learning new things so going to focus on German cds then trying out for that exam later on. I don’t have time to attend school full time and quitting my job just for this is out of the question.
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