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TRANSCIPT—NON-IMMMIGRANT VISA WEBCHAT WITH CONSULAR OFFICERS

U.S. CONSULATE GENERAL VANCOUVER

AUGUST 21, 2013

Washington DC: Are you a U.S. visa applicant living in Canada? Are you confused

about how the U.S. visa process works? Then join U.S. Consulate Officers in

Vancouver to get your questions answered online on Wednesday, August 21 at

11:00am Vancouver time/ 2:00 Washington time.

Hello and welcome to U.S. Consulate General Vancouver’s live chat regarding your visa questions. We will begin in about 15 minutes, at 11:00 a.m. Vancouver time.

Thanks for joining early. We have already received several questions and the Consular Officers will attempt to respond to as many as possible during our hour together. Please stand by, we will begin shortly.

Washington DC: Thank you everyone for submitting your questions and comments. We have collected them all and will respond shortly.

Consular Officer 1: Hello everyone. Thanks for joining us today. We appreciate the high level of participation and hope to answer many of the questions posed.

Please remember, today we are discussing non-immigrant visa issues. For those of you who may have immigrant visa questions please go to http://canada.usembassy.gov/contact/public-inquiry-form.html for more information.

1. Abhinav: HI SIR/ MAM, MY NAME IS ABHINAV, IAM IN VANCOUVER, CANADA, ON WORK

PERMIT WITH AN INDIAN RESTAURANT, WORKING AS COOK FROM 1 YEAR NOW, I WANT

TO VISIT THE USA, AS A TOURIST, SO PLZ ADVICE ME HOW TO APPLY, WHERE, ? CAN

I APPLY MY SELF, WITH THE GUIDENCE PROVIDED FROM YOUR CONSULATE. HOW MUCH IS

THE FEES, I HAVE TO PAY, I CAME TO KNOW THAT US GIVES NOW 10 YRS TOURIST VISA

, IS THAT SO, CAN I GET THAT, HOW MUCH TIME IT WILL TAKE,, I HAVE MY

UNCLE IN L.A, I WANT TO MEET HIM, PLZ ANS MY QUIRES, I WILL BE THANK FULL

TO YOU. MY E MAIL ABHINAV_BHATNAGAR81@YAHOO.CO.IN, THANKS Consular Officer 2: Thank you for your question. Yes, you may apply yourself. There is no need to use a special visa service. The process of applying for a non-immigrant visa to the United States includes three

distinct steps:

A. Completing an online application called the DS-160 (https://ceac.state.gov/genniv) B. Scheduling an appointment for a visa interview (https://usvisainfo.com/en-ca/selfservice/ss_country_welcome) C. Attending an in-person interview and presenting the requisite documents.

Please note that after completing the DS-160, the applicant will electronically submit the application and will be provided with a confirmation page that includes only limited biographical information and a bar code. Applicants must bring this confirmation page with them to their interview. A separate DS-160 application form must be completed for each family member seeking a visa. If the online application has not been completed fully and properly the applicant's case cannot be processed and a new interview appointment will be required.

The fee for a B1/B2 visa is USD $160. If the officer determines that you qualify for a visa to visit the United States, the officer will determine the length of the visa. Successful applicants may pick up their visa at the LOOMIS office 3-5 business days after they are approved.

2. Danny: Hi, I have finished my Ds-160. Where can I to get an interview and pay the application fee, please?

Consular Officer 2: Hi. Danny. I just answered your question above. Please see the instructions. Thanks for your questions!

3. Asal: hi, my US b1/b2 visa just approved yesterday, but I forgot to ask since when it going to be valid! So, because I want to buy my ticket I need to when is the exact valid entry date! Can you please help me with that?

Consular Officer 2: The B1/B2 visa is valid from the time it is approved.

However, we recommend that applicants wait to schedule their travel until they have their visa in their hands because there may be occasional unexpected delays in printing the visa.

4. Patrick: after the interview with the Consulate officer, how long will it take to get my passport back?

Consular Officer 2: Hi, Patrick. We attempt return passports with approved visas to applicants within three to five business days. There are times when a visa may take longer to process, but the officer should tell you after the interview if it will take longer than the standard 3-5 business day wait.

5. Rory: My parents are visiting Canada from France. They have new electronic passports and we are travelling to Las Vegas September 4, 2013 by entering the U.S. at Blaine by car and going to Bellingham Airport. They were told they could get a ESTA authorization but it does not allow for entering by car?

Consular Officer 2: ESTA authorization is required for travel on commercial carriers. If you are a citizen of a Visa Waiver country, and you are traveling by land to the United States, you do not have to apply for ESTA.

For more information, please see the State Department and Customs and Border

Protection web pages about Visa Waiver travel and ESTA:





https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/1094/~/do-i-need-to-apply-foresta http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel/id_visa/business_pleasure/vwp/faq_vwp.xml http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/without/without_1990.html.

6. Truonghaiyen: Hi My name is Truong Hai Yen (Alex) I am an exchange student from Singapore who come to University of British Columbia (Canada) this August. During my time in Vancouver, I would love to visit the US. I am currently hold an Single-entry to Canada. Will this type of visa sufficient for me to enter the US for a short visit and then return to Canada? Thank you. If not, what should I do to apply for visa to the US. I would also like to use this visa to serve as a transit visa to US should my return flight pass the US?

Consular Officer 3: Alex, your question actually has a three part answer.

First, in order to visit the U.S. you would need to apply for and obtain a U.S. tourist visa. Second, your single-entry Canadian visa will allow you leave for a short trip to the U.S. and return to Canada even though it is single-entry. The Canadian government allows travelers with a single-entry visa to cross the U.S. border and return to Canada (provided you do not leave North America), though you should always check with the Canadian officials before doing so. Lastly, if you are issued a U.S. tourist visa, you would also be able to use that visa to transit back to Singapore assuming the visa has not expired by the time you’d like to travel. Lastly, as a citizen of Singapore, you may be eligible to travel on the visa waiver program. Please refer to http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/without/without_1990.html for more info.

7. Val: I am citizen of Ukraine, but in Canada study, can I apply for tourist visa to travel to USA for short period of time?

Consular Officer 3: Hi Val, yes, you can apply for a tourist visa to travel to the U.S. for a short visit. Keep in mind that you must still demonstrate strong ties to both Canada and the Ukraine to qualify for a tourist visa.

8. Baljinder kahlon: For non-immigrant visa what is reason to visit USA it did not give me any option visitor visa? I am trying to fill the application since march 2013 because when I fill the application many time I selected exchange visitor visa at the end it ask me student information. Please help me best answer for D-160 application I am Canadian immigrant want visit USA.

if you e-mail me at jaskahlon47@gmail.com that would be great,thanks Consular Officer 3: Hi Baljinder, a non-immigrant visitor visa to the U.S. is called a B2 or B1/B2 non-immigrant visa. The “exchange visitor” option you have been selecting is used mainly for short-term educational exchange programs, not tourist travel, which is why you’ve been seeing additional questions for student info. Choose the B2 option on the DS-160 and it should allow you to answer the questions about your proposed trip to the U.S.

9. feifeisophie_song@hotmail.com: Can Visitors of Canada apply for US Visas when they are in Vancouver, please? And is the possibility of successfully receiving a US Visa high for these applicants? Thanks.

Consular Officer 3: With rare exceptions, visa applicants temporarily visiting Canada should apply at the U.S. Consular Section in their country of residence. Visitors typically have greater difficulty establishing eligibility for a U.S. visa in Canada than would be experienced in the applicant's home country, and a substantial percentage of visitors to Canada are denied visas under these circumstances. Consequently, we strongly urge visitors to Canada to apply for U.S. visas in their country of residence.

10. Maria: Hello, I want to apply for a tourist visa, I submitted the DS-160 requiring a transit visa. Is it possible to change it to visitor? I have not taken my appointment yet.

Consular Officer 3: Hi Maria. You are able to change your preference from a transit visa to a tourist visa even if have already submitted your DS-160.

Please explain to the consular staff and officer the day of the interview that you would like a B1/B2 visitor visa.

11. Fei Luo: Hello, I am a Chinese student studying in Canada now, for one of my course in University of Victoria; I need to take a field trip to America: The Mountain Washington. What kind of visa do I need to apply? I will only enter US for less than a week and when I tried to fill in the Electronic form... it asked me to fill in the address in US that I will be staying... however, it’s a field trip and we will be camping along our way, so I don't really have a address for that question... What should I do now?

Consular Officer 3: Hi Fei Luo, You should attempt to fill the address information out with as much information you can. We understand that sometimes it is difficult to know an exact address, but a hotel address where you might stay or even the address of the camp grounds would be good in your situation.

12. Jonathan: hello, I'm a Canadian permanent resident and a Mexican citizen. My only question is this: I lost my passport with my American visa in it over the weekend. How do I report this to the Embassy? Where do I call?

Consular Officer 3: Hi Jonathan, If you have a lost or stolen passport that contained a U.S. visa, please write immediately to VancouverFPU@state.gov to give the details of your case. This not only helps us, but also helps to protect your identity in case someone else attempts to use your lost or stolen passport and U.S. visa. In order to replace the lost or stolen visa, you will need to first obtain a new passport and then apply as if you were a new visa applicant.

13. Jeremy.R: Hi, I am French from France. I am currently studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of Victoria, BC. and I was wondering if I can easily get a temporary working permit (for a co-op/internship job).

Consular Officer 2: Thanks for your question, Jeremy. Applicants who seek to perform internships or other work in the U.S. require a visa that allows for employment. The most common visa class for students who would like to intern in the U.S. is the J-1 exchange visa, where an applicant is sponsored by an organization or academic institution in the U.S. For more information about J-1 visas, please see http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/types/types_1267.html.

14. Josh: How long will I be without my passport for? Is the Visa stamp given at the interview?

Consular Officer 2: We attempt return visas to applicants within three to five business days. There are times when a visa may take longer to process, but the officer should tell you after the interview if it will take longer than the standard 3-5 business day wait.

15. Nitin: Hi Officer, My name is Nitin. I have applied for US Student (F-1) visa from India as I have secured admission in university of Texas, Arlington. But my visa got rejected two times (May 23, 2012 and November 27, 2012.) on the grounds of 214(b) rejection. Then I applied for a Canada student visa, and fortunately I got it and now I am full time student in University of Victoria. So my question is will you please tell me that If I apply for a visitor visa from here(Canada),what are my chances of getting a US visitor visa, Will my previous rejections hinders my chances of securing a visitor visa to USA?

Consular Officer 1: If you feel circumstances have changed regarding your application, you are welcome to reapply. Your prior refusals may or may not impact your chances. If you reapply for a visa after being found ineligible, with the exception of 221(g) “document pending” refusals, please be advised that you must submit a new visa application and pay the visa application fee again. If you were found ineligible under section 214(b) of the INA, you should be able to present evidence of significant changes in circumstances and ties to Canada since your last application in order to be found qualified.

16. Suresh: Dear Sir/Madam, does the Vancouver consulate offers H-1B visa stamp via dropbox? If so what is the eligibility criteria, please let me know.

Thanks.

Consular Officer 3: Hi Suresh, No, the U.S. Consulate in Vancouver does not accept H1B visa applications by dropbox. You must schedule an interview with a consular officer.

17. Andy: Hello officer, I have a question, I had a first H1 b visa stamp in my passport sometime 2006 and had expired last 2009. It was done in my home country of origin. Currently, I have a new H1 B approval from USCIS for the extension which is valid until 2016. I am currently a permanent resident of Canada and had never violated any immigration law in the U.S. My question are the following: 1. I wanted to apply for a second visa stamp for the current approval...do I need to go back to my country origin or I can do it in Vancouver, Canada this time since this is my renewal and at the same time am already a resident of Canada? 2. What documents do I have to bring when applying for visa stamp? Thank you very much and appreciate your inputs.



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