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!
There is only one way to register and only one website on which to register: Registration is done electronically using the Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form, which is only accessible online at www.dvlottery.state.gov , the official U.S. government website. Be aware of all other websites as they are not operating on behalf of the U.S. government. Read more
There is only one way to enter the DV-2015 program. You must submit the DS-5501, the Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form (E-DV Entry Form), which is only accessible online at the EDV website www.dvlottery.state.gov during the registration period noon, EDT (GMT-4), Tuesday, October 1, 2013, and noon, EDT (GMT-4), Saturday, November 2, 2013. Paper entries are no longer accepted.
At this time, any U.S. government shutdown will not affect Embassy London operations. The Embassy and Consular section do not anticipate a disruption to services beginning October 1.
Latest information will be posted on the Embassy website – http://london.usembassy.gov/servicenews001.html
If you have experienced difficulties when completing the DS-160 form, watch our helpful video for step-by-step guidance on completing the form. It’s available here, on the Embassy’s YouTube channel -