I have successfully completed my Serbian language training! Although my teachers assured me multiple times leading up to the exam that they felt I was ready to test, I still felt nervous walking in to the testing center last week. Since I had been in a class all by myself for several months, I wasn’t sure how my speaking and reading abilities matched up to my peers. But I tested well and have enjoyed spending the past two days of classes that were entirely in English!
I am now in a course that we call “ConGen” that is designed to teach basic consular skills. It covers a wide range of topics including immigrant visa policies, non-immigrant visa policies, and American citizen services. So far, we have practiced interviewing each other about mundane life events and determining whether two photos are of the same person or different people (harder said than done if the person has different hair, age, or weight).
For homework tonight I had to read about the different types of non-immigrant visas. Having traveled abroad a bit in the past, I knew that there are differences between a student visa and a tourist visa but have never thought much about the wider range of visas available. Did you know that there are special visas available for air and sea crewmen? And for athletes, artists, and entertainers? Or, my personal favorite, for aliens of extraordinary abilities?