It was the day of my US visa interview at the US Embassy Manila. A friend whom I met at the medical exams in St. Luke’s Medical Center had the same interview date and time as mine. We went very early (at the break of dawn) to the embassy so we can get in line first.
As part of their security system, one rule that is strictly implemented at the embassy is: No cell phone allowed inside the building. I assumed that everybody has a cell phone. Some applicants have company with them so they had somebody to leave their cell phone with. I did not have company. As we entered the building, a security check was done and the security guard told me to leave my phone. As far as I can remember, the guard took my cell phone and kept it somewhere. I did not know if that’s a phone locker or something.
The Consul who interviewed me was not strict like I thought so. He asked questions quickly and specifically. His asking came one after the other as he ran through every document in my folder. The interview went great and the K-1 visa application was approved. One of the happiest moments of my life.