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17
Apr
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The I-94/I-94W Arrival/Departure Card

Since April 30, 2013, visitors entering the United States by air or sea carrier no longer complete the paper I-94 or I-94W Arrival/Departure. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials at the Port of Entry gather travelers’ arrival/departure information automatically from their electronic travel records by scanning their passport.  This generates an electronic arrival record with data elements found on the current paper Form I-94.  The passport is stamped with the admission date, the class of admission, and the date that the traveler is admitted until.

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2
Apr

Visa Waiver Program and Chile

On March 31 Chile joined the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). Qualified Chilean nationals traveling to the United States for business (B-1) or pleasure (B-2) will no longer require visas for travel if they meet all requirements for visa free travel. See http://london.usembassy.gov/niv/vwp.html.

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26
Mar

Arrested? Cautioned? Convicted? Check this out!

Check out our handy GIF! If you need a visa, check out our website – http://london.usembassy.gov/niv/apply.html – for more information about how to apply.

 

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19
Mar
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Its time for a webchat!

Do you have a question about U.S. Immigrant or Nonimmigrant Visas? Thinking about travelling to the United States on holiday this summer? Are you planning to study in the U.S. next academic year? Not sure about the documents you need for your Immigrant visa interview?  Then join us on Wednesday, March 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, March 26th, 12 – 1pm GMT to learn more about U.S. Nonimmigrant Visas!

http://conx.adobeconnect.com/unitedkingdom

If you would like to post your questions ahead of time, please do so on our blog, 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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1
Mar

Monthly Feature! February’s most popular question is…

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.

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19
Feb
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Thinking about travelling for Summer Camp? Got a question? Ask a consular officer!

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!

http://conx.adobeconnect.com/unitedkingdom

If you would like to post your questions ahead of time, please do so on our blog, 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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30
Jan
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Its that time again, January’s Most Popular Question!

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. 

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22
Jan

It’s time for a Webchat! Ask a consular officer

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!

http://conx.adobeconnect.com/unitedkingdom

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

29
Dec
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Monthly feature! December’s Most Popular Question…

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.

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20
Nov
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Got a question? Ask a consular officer in our monthly webchat!

** Update!!**

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.

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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!

http://conx.adobeconnect.com/unitedkingdom

If you would like to post your questions ahead of time, please do so on our blog, 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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