Date: 02/01/2012 Description: Black History Month 2012: Vincent Wilson - State Dept ImageVincent Wilson is a visa specialist with the Bureau of Consular Affairs, Visa Office, Public Inquiries Division. Vincent has worked in P/I since November 2004 on both the telephone and written team.

Since September 2009, his family has been posted at the U.S. Embassy in Bogota, Colombia where he is a remote/overseas telecommuter covering P/I’s FMJ visas mailbox. FMJ exclusively covers/addresses student (F-1 academic, M-1 nonacademic) and exchange visitor (J-1) visa inquiries worldwide. The majority of these inquiries are received from both current and prospective students & exchange visitors, parents, school administrators, and exchange program coordinators.

From 2000-01, Vincent was the APO Supervisor at the U.S. Embassy Nairobi (Kenya), and from 02’-04’, was an IV (Immigrant Visa) visa assistant at our U.S. consulate in Santo Domingo.

Vincent is married (11 years and counting) to a Foreign Service officer, the proud father of two exceptional children, holds a B.A. in sociology from North Carolina Central University, a brother of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. since 1992, and a Free & Accepted Mason since 1991.

"The best part of my job is knowing I am providing solid information to people looking for answers. While accolades and thank yous are wonderful to receive, at the end of the day simply knowing I’ve done the best job I could do is sufficient. My daily challenge is to do and be better today than yesterday, and in my daily interaction with the public I feel I’ve become a well-rounded visa specialist and person. Something I have always felt since I started working at State is that if you allow yourself to do so, you can and will learn something new every day."