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15
Aug
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Marrying an American? “We decided that we would move to America, and the next step was the visa”

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

In June 2013 I got engaged to my boyfriend, who I met through work.  I’m British, and he’s American.  Before we could plan the wedding, we had to decide where we wanted to live.  We decided that we would move to America, and the next step was the visa.

I knew that there were two ways I could move to the United States:  either with a K-1 visa as the fiancée of a U.S. citizen (meaning we would have to marry within 90 days of my entering the United States), or we could marry in the UK and then he would file a petition for me to apply for an immigrant visa as the spouse of a U.S. citizen.  We decided to get married in the UK, so I now need an immigrant visa (IV).

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12
Aug
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Visa Processing – 12 August

We have made significant progress and issued most of the worldwide backlog of nonimmigrant visa cases.  We are working to bring our systems back to full operational capacity.

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11
Aug
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Thinking of working in the United States? Want to take your family? “The joy of real adventure is hard to resist”

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

Travelling has been always exciting for me, especially when I was a child. It was fun in Europe but it became a real adventure when I went to ‘the New World.’  When I was 8, my family and I moved from Armenia to America because my Dad got a job there.  My father was a doctor, and he worked in the United States on an H-1 visa.  Dependents can receive H-4 visas, permitting children to legally attend school.

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6
Aug
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Monthly Feature – July’s Most Popular Question!

The most popular question in July was…..

Well, we’ve had this one before, but its still popular!

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?

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 you apply at any Embassy or Consulate, you must be able to demonstrate strong social, economic and financial ties outside the United States, which will compel you to depart at the end of your authorized stay.

If you are not a permanent resident of the United Kingdom 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 UK 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.

If you would like to apply in London, and are physically present in the UK, information about scheduling an appointment is available from the Embassy website: http://london.usembassy.gov/niv/apply.html

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5
Aug
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Visa Processing – August 5 2014

  • We have made significant progress and issued most of the worldwide backlog of nonimmigrant visa cases.  We are working to bring the Consular Consolidated Database back to full operational capacity.

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4
Aug
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Visa Processing – August 4th 2014

Although the U.S. Department of State continues to experience technical problems with its visa system, which are affecting global operations, we are pleased to advise that normal processing resumed in most cases at Embassy London last week.  These issues may mean that CEAC accounts are not updated accurately, but applicants will receive an e-mail from the courier service to track delivery of their documents once processing is complete.

We recognize and deeply regret the inconvenience to travelers.  We are doing everything possible to return passports with visas as soon as we are able to complete processing.  This issue is worldwide and is not specific to any particular country or visa category.

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31
Jul
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Visa Processing – July 31st

We’re pleased to advise that processing has resumed in many cases.

If you’re waiting for a visa application to be processed, you will receive an email as soon as processing has been completed and your documents have been passed to the courier service.

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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
Photograph of the Grand Canyon

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