Ok, so I know it’s now April (how did that happen?!), but March has been a pretty busy month in terms of organising camp stuff. Ok, actually, not so much busy (especially not in comparison to February), but very important and exciting, as the last pieces of the puzzle fell into place for my return to camp!
At the start of the month I went to the US Embassy in London to get my visa – I arrived at about 7:45am, collected my DS2019 form from the lovely guys at CCUSA, went inside, waited for my number to be called and was all sorted and outta there by about 8:30am… easy peasy. I suppose by the time it’s your 7th visa, they take one look at your application and know that they can approve it pretty quickly!
If you have your embassy appointment coming up (I know there’s a few this week), it’s really not as scary as you’re imagining I promise. The most important things are just to make sure you tell CCUSA you are coming (so they know to bring your DS2019 form to the embassy), get there in plenty of time and have all the documents they will/might ask for – you can find a handy list here.
Anyway, I got the email saying my visa was on it’s way to my pickup location just 3 days later and a few days after that it was ready to be picked up. I didn’t actually go and collect it until a week or so after that as the courier place was only open during my working hours, but I managed to get a friend to pick it up for me when she went to get hers from the same place.
I would definitely recommend having your visa sent to a pick up location, rather than couriered to you for an extra cost – it’s super easy and saves you £18. You have 30 days to collect it before it gets sent back to the Embassy, and you can get someone else to pick it up for you as long as you put their name down when you book your appointment and give them a letter saying you give them permission and a copy of your ID.
And so now I’ve got a lovely, shiny, new visa stuck inside my passport, just waiting to be used. I love getting my visa, it makes it all seem real and like summer is just that bit closer!
Speaking of closer, this month I also passed the ‘100-days-till-camp’ mark, a number I’ve been (im)patiently waiting for since I started my countdown back in January. Only 86 days to go now!
Hurry up summer.
**I’m returning to camp this summer with CCUSA who have the lowest returner fees and have placed 100% of applicants in the last 2 years. Get in touch with them via their website, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, by phoning them on +44 0208 874 6325 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.**
Disclaimer: CCUSA are waiving my camp fees in return for this blog series, but please rest assured that all opinions are honest and my own.