Q. I’ve booked a visa interview and paid the fee but now I can’t go to the U.S. as I planned. Can I have a refund of the MRV (Machine Readable Visa) fee?
A. The MRV fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. If your plans have changed and you are not planning to travel to the United States at this time, the fee is valid for 12 months from the date of payment. You could use the fee if you wish to apply at a later date, provided it is within 12 months.
Do you have a question about U.S. Nonimmigrant Visas? Thinking about travelling to the United States to work at a camp this summer? Got a question about how to apply, or what type of visa you need? Want to take up an internship during the summer vacation? Then join us on Wednesday, February 26th to ask a Consular Officer and let us help you prepare! Remember, for privacy reasons, we can’t answer case specific enquiries during the chat.
Please join our webchat on Wednesday, February 26th – 12 – 1pm GMT to learn more about U.S. Nonimmigrant Visas!
Q. I can qualify for the Visa Waiver Program, but my spouse/partner is not a citizen of a Visa Waiver country. Can they travel visa free as my derivative?
A. Sorry, no. Each person travelling must qualify for either the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) or for the appropriate visa, based on their own situation.
Its not possible to derive status for visa free travel, and each person travelling must be in possession of a valid ESTA registration and meet all the requirements to travel under the VWP. Check them out here, to see if you qualify!
If you don’t meet the requirements to travel visa free, you’ll need the appropriate visa. Information about the different types of visa and how to apply, is available from the Embassy website – http://london.usembassy.gov/niv/apply.html.
Do you have a question about U.S. Nonimmigrant Visas? Thinking about travelling to the United States on holiday this year? Got a question about how to apply, or what type of visa you need? Are you applying for an immigrant visa and not sure of the next step? Then join us on Wednesday, January 29th to ask a Consular Officer and let us help you prepare! Remember, for privacy reasons, we can’t answer case specific enquiries during the chat.
Please join our webchat on Wednesday, January 29th – 12 – 1pm GMT to learn more about U.S. Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visas!
Q. I have a visa, how far in advance can I apply for a new visa of the same type? Is the renewal process any different to my original application?
A. You can apply for a new visa at any time. Please note that the application process is the same, you will be required to appear in person (unless you meet our limited exceptions) and the remaining validity on your previous visa cannot be added to your new visa. You should follow the instructions on the Embassy website, here, to arrange an appointment to apply for the visa.
The transcript of our November 26 webchat is now available on our website at http://london.usembassy.gov/visa_webchats.html
Check the transcript for useful advice about applying for a U.S. Nonimmigrant Visa, especially if you have ever been arrested, convicted or cautioned.
Do you have a question about U.S. Nonimmigrant Visas? Have you ever been arrested, cautioned or convicted? Not sure about the visa requirements for you to travel to the United States? Then join us on Tuesday, November 26 to ask a Consular Officer and let us help you prepare! Remember, for Privacy reasons, we can’t answer case specific enquiries during the chat.
Please join our webchat on November 26, 12 – 1pm GMT, to learn more about U.S. Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visas!
And the most popular question in November was?
I’m not a British Citizen (or I am only visiting the UK), can I still apply for a visa at the Embassy in London?
We get this question a lot! If you are physically present in the United Kingdom, you may apply for a visa at the Embassy in London or the Consulate General in Belfast.
At the time they apply, all applicants are required to establish their eligibility for a visa under Section 214(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), which stipulates that all applicants are presumed to be intending immigrants until they can establish otherwise. Applicants generally establish their eligibility for a visa by demonstrating the strong ties outside the United States necessary to compel them to depart at the end of their visit.
Applicants should note that we cannot accept the assurances of third parties (e.g. relatives, employers) that you will depart the United States at the end of your visit. All applicants must demonstrate their eligibility on their own merit.
If you are not a permanent resident of the U.K. you should be aware that the interviewing officers’ unfamiliarity with local conditions in your home country may make it more difficult to demonstrate your qualifications for a visa. If you are a temporary resident, or are planning on traveling to the U.K. specifically to apply for a visa, you may wish to consider applying for a visa in your country of permanent residence where you will be best able to establish your qualifications for a visa.
Information about scheduling an appointment is available from the Embassy website: http://london.usembassy.gov/niv/apply.html.
The online DS-260 has replaced the forms DS-230-I and II for immigrant visa applicants and the online DS-160, forms DS-230-I and II, DS-156, DS-156 K and DS-157 for K visa applicants.
If you are applying for a visa with the Immigrant Visa Unit at the Embassy, you will be required to complete the new online forms, unless you have already mailed your application to us, in which case your application will be processed on the basis of the old style forms.
A further change is the use of email to notify the Immigrant Visa Unit that you have completed the DS-260 or DS-160 and have all of the documents in support of your application. By emailing us, you will receive instant acknowledgement that we have received your application and will be provide with a time-frame for the processing of your forms, which is currently six weeks from the date of receipt!
Do you have a question about U.S. Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visas? Are you thinking about traveling to the United States for the holidays? Got a question about the new form requirements for Immigrant visas? Then join us on Thursday, October 24th to ask a Consular Officer and let us help you prepare!
Please join our webchat on Thursday, October 24th 12 – 1pm GMT to learn more about U.S. Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visas!