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18th May: Our visa interview! The photo shows the appointment letter, with all kinds of identifying information...
I don't think it was a day I'll forget in a hurry, but just in case, here are a few details. We arrived at about 10.25am and joined the first queue. After about 15 minutes we got to the front and were able to show our appointment letters and other documents in order to join the second queue. We waited a little while then got through security (though The Doctor had accidentally left a pair of earphones in his bag, and because they had a volume control they were on the prohibited list so he had to either dash to a nearby pharmacy with a left luggage facility or run over to the nearby park and throw them away. He opted for the latter while I waited just the other side of security). Then we joined a queue inside the building to pick up a numbered ticket.
We took a seat inside and waited for our number to be called. At about 11.45am it was, and we took all our documents to one of the booths to have them checked and to have our fingerprints electronically scanned. We discovered that our photographs weren't suitable (the background wasn't plain enough white) so we had to have new ones taken in their photobooth for £5 each. Then we were sent back to our seats to wait for our number to be called again. By now we were hungry but there weren't any sandwiches left in the snack bar so I had an apple and The Doctor had a bag of crisps. We read while we waited, but it wasn't easy to concentrate because we really didn't want to miss our number!
It was called at about 2.55pm, so we went along to another booth to answer a few questions, have our fingerprints checked and then be given the good news that our applications had been approved. Finally we joined the queue to pay for our passports to be returned to us (there was only one option for this), finally leaving a little after 3pm. Quite a long day, really, considering that the interview bits only lasted about 5 minutes each.... But it'll be worth it when we get to LA!