I wrote a post several months back that included some questions about the independent visa, but I ultimately felt discouraged by the feedback I got and decided to not even try applying for one. I've since seen that post cited as support for the belief that the visa is too difficult to get or no longer being given out or not even worth wasting one's time applying for, which was not my intention. Anyway, I finally did apply for the visa yesterday, and I'm very happy to say that I was successful. It was not a difficult process to get everything together, and I was even missing a few small details. It seems like there's not much accurate and updated information out there about this visa, which can create misinformation and discouraging hearsay. So, feel free to write me if you have any questions about my experience, and I'll be more than happy to share it with you. ¡Suerte!