today was my appointment at the consulate General in Frankfurt. I got up at 7 which is early considering that I usually sleep until 9 am but regarding stories about people who have to get up at 2 am because they have an appointment at 8 am it is very comfortable. Luckily there is one US consulate General in Frankfurt. The other two where one can apply for a visa are in Munich and Berlin. I had no long way to the consulate. My appointmentb was at 10 am. I took three trains early to make sure that I do not miss my appointment otherwise I would have to pay the 160$ again. No thanks, I know better ways to spend my money! I knew that I have to change from train to subway and I have checked it even this morning but I got out at the wrong train station. Because I left my cell phone at home because it is prohibited to enter the consulate with it and there is no chance to give it into a locker I had to search my way by scanning the maps. My mistake was not very fatal and I just had to take the next train and drive one train station further. Fortunately, it drove every 15 minutes so I was still in time. One the right train station I picked the right subway and drove to the Central Cementery, the consulate is opposite to it. There I had to walk round it. I had no watch because I left it at home as well, I was very cautious and did not want to take something prohibited with me and I started to get nervous because I did not know the time. Finally I arrived at the consulate, exactly 15 minutes before my appointment. There was already a queue and I lined up. One get called then to one of the two windows, shows one’s DS160 and passport and gets a number. After this one gets to the first security men who lets one pack all metallic items like belts and keys into a plastic bag and checks if one got a number. After this one lines up again and is allowed to enter in groups of 5. Inside one is greeted by a bulky, strict security men who demands to line up again and to put your belongings onto trays which get checked like at the airport. Oneself has to go through a metall detector (like the one at the airport). The four people before me passed without problems but the dump machine had to beep when I walk through. *Sigh* I had to walk through a second time but it beeped again so the security women said I do not look like I would carry a knife so I was allowed to go through. Then one can grab one’s belongings and continue his walk to the main building. There one can put the things from the plastic bag back to thsir place. One gets to a desk where the women want to see one’s passport, number, DS2019 and DS160. Next one has to go to another counter. There one has to show one’s passport, DS 2019, DS160 and Sevis Receipt to a very grumpy woman. If everything is okay one has to give your fingerprints. If one is finish there one has to go to a third counter (in my case there were sitting a very nice and polite man) where one has to show the passport, DS2019 and DS160. He asks if one got the information leaflet about one’s rights in the US. After this he directs you to another line (in my case T) for one’s interview. There are three different lines: yellow, red and blue. Nobody was at the blue line, 5 people were standing at the red one and 20 people and the yellow T line. Great! Fortunately I was standing in front of a very nice girl who applied for the visa because she will make an internship at Harvard and will live three months in Boston. So the time flew by talking to her and later the guy behind her joined our conversation. He has already applied several times for a visa so he told us all the terrible experiences he has already made, for example waiting for more than 3 hours! A few minutes later the guy behind him started talking to us too. It took an hour because there was only one counter for this line. Stupid, there were a lot of free counters! Although I had heard the men behind the glass talking in German to all of of people before me he started talking in.English and asked what the purpose of my journey is. He told.him I want to do a year abroad as an AuPair in Boston, Massachusetts. He then.asked what my childcare experience are. I told him.about my babysitter children and my cousin and sister. He looked at my Passport, took the DS2019, DS160, the number and my Passport and told me my Visa is granted. Yippie! I waited for the girl behind me because I had promised her to show her the way to the Central Station. Her visa is granted, too and we both left.
Afterwards we drove to the Central Station together. She went home and I went looking for presents for my host family. It’s one of the boys birthday soon and I want to.send a parcel with little gifts for all. I even found some little presents and I will send tomorrow.