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28
Jul
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Important Information for Visa Applicants

The Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs is currently experiencing technical problems with our visa system.This issue is worldwide and is not specific to any particular country, citizenship document, or visa category.

These problems mean that CEAC accounts may not be updated.    We regret that we are unable to provide individual case status updates at this time.

All applicants will be advised by email as soon as their documents have been passed to the courier service for delivery
We are working urgently to correct the problem and expect our system to be fully operational again soon.We will post updates to Travel.State.Gov as more information becomes available.

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25
Jul
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Planning to visit the United States? “I’ve rafted the Grand Canyon and slept under the Nevada sky…”

Here’s the next installment in our series of blog posts about consular team members’ experiences in the United States.

I’ve been lucky enough to go on holiday to the United States several times as a Visa Waiver Program traveler. I’ve rafted the Grand Canyon and slept under the Nevada sky, been locked up in Alcatraz (only on a tour!) and seen the Statue of Liberty from the streets of Manhattan.

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23
Jul
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Join us, it’s webchat time!

Do you have a question about U.S. Immigrant or Nonimmigrant Visas? Thinking about travelling to the U.S.? Not sure what visa you need? Confused about the requirements for your Immigrant visa interview?  Then join us on Wednesday, July 30th 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, July 30th, 12 – 1pm BST to learn more about U.S. Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visas!

                http://conx.adobeconnect.com/unitedkingdom

If you would like to post your questions ahead of time, please do so on our blog.  We will answer all questions at the time of the web chat. Read moreRead more

18
Jul
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Interested in working in the United States? “The experience was invaluable for my career…”

Here is the first in our series of blogs posts about how members of the consular team have spent time in the United States.

After graduating with an American Studies degree I wanted to work in the U.S. but I knew there wasn’t a general working-holiday visa.  Luckily I found out that the J-1 visa isn’t just for working at a summer camp or studying in America, it can allow for professional work and training too.

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1
Jul
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Closure of the Consular Section

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Consular Section is closed on July 1, 2014.

All Nonimmigrant and Immigrant visa appointments have been cancelled.  Those affected by the closure have been notified by email.

Nonimmigrant visa applicants may sign into their account at  https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-gb for further information.  Immigrant Visa applicants will receive email notification of a new appointment date in the next couple of workdays.

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27
Jun
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Important Notice! June 30th 2014

The email box for visa inquiries will be unavailable from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm on Monday June 30.  If you cannot find the answer to your question on our website, please wait until the email box is operational again to ensure that your email is received.

You can use our contact form – http://london.usembassy.gov/niv/contact_page.html - and visa inquiries will resume service from 8.00am on July 1st.

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17
Jun
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Webchat! Come and join us!

Do you have a question about U.S. Immigrant or Nonimmigrant Visas? Thinking about travelling to the U.S.? Are you planning to study in the U.S. next academic year? Confused about the requirements for your Immigrant visa interview?  Then join us on Wednesday, June 25th 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, June 25th, 12 – 1pm BST to learn more about U.S. Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visas!

                http://conx.adobeconnect.com/unitedkingdom

If you would like to post your questions ahead of time, you can do so by commenting here on our blog.  We will answer all questions at the time of the web chat.

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9
Jun
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Monthly Feature – May’s Most Popular Question!

We’re seen this question a lot this month!

“Your website says I should bring evidence of previously issued visas when I attend the appointment.  My previous visa was in my old passport, I don’t have it anymore! Can I still attend?”

Answer: Yes.  You should make every effort to bring the requested documents with you.  However, if you can’t locate your previous passports, or any other evidence of previous visas issued to you, you can still attend.  You should be prepared to discuss your previous activities in the United States, and should be able to provide a rough time frame for the issuance of any previous visas.  The final decision on each applicant’s eligibility can only be made by a consular officer at the time of their application.

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21
May
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Its that time again! Got a question? Come to our webchat!

Do you have a question about U.S. Immigrant or Nonimmigrant Visas? Thinking about travelling to the U.S. during the summer holidays? Are you planning to study in the U.S. next academic year? Confused about the requirements for your Immigrant visa interview?  Then join us on Wednesday, May 28th 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, May 28th, 12 – 1pm GMT to learn more about U.S. Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visas!

                http://conx.adobeconnect.com/unitedkingdom

If you would like to post your questions ahead of time, please do so here on our blog by adding a comment to this post, or on our twitter feed using the hashtag #webchat.  We will answer all questions at the time of the web chat.

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9
May
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Form I-94/I-94W


If you are entering the United States by air or sea carrier you will no longer be required to complete the paper I-94 or I-94W.  The office of the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will gather your arrival/departure information automatically from your electronic travel records.  Because advance information is only transmitted for air and sea travelers, CBP will still issue a paper form I-94 to those entering the United States by land.

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