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.
June’s most popular question was… “I am renewing my visa, do I need to present all the same documents as the first time I applied? Do I need to come for another interview?”
Answer - Each time you apply for a visa, it’s considered a new application. Having been issued a visa in the past is no guarantee that a visa will be issued again and each application is considered on its own merits.
Most applicants are required to appear in person to apply for the visa (a list of those exempt from the requirement is available on our website, here) and should be prepared to present all required documents for the visa class they are applying for.
If you are not sure what documents are required at the interview, check our step-by-step guide to applying for a visa. The documents for each visa class are listed under Step 5. The final decision on each applicant’s eligibility can only be made by a consular officer at the time they apply.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
April’s Most Popular question was….
“My passport number has changed since I booked my appointment, can I still attend? Do I need to book a new interview and complete a new DS-160 form?”
Answer: If your passport number has changed since you booked your appointment using the online appointment booking system, you don’t need to cancel that appointment. You should complete a new DS-160 application form, with your new correct passport details. At the time you attend the Embassy, you must bring with you the confirmation page of your corrected completed DS-160 form.
At the time of your interview, advise the consular officer that your passport number has changed.