Found 4th Nov 2009
I have tomorrow an appointment (10:30)for a tourist visa interview at the US Embassy .
How flexible are they ? Are there usually many people waiting, or is like zero tolerance if I'm late. Maybe someone has gone through this experience.

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Its the yanks you are dealing with - be early

i wouldn't be late, even if it meant arriving in town an hour early







have a nice day

Hey! I was married to an American and our kids have dual nationality.

Dont be late for this interview.

DO be relaxed and friendly and polite.

Take with you all the information they have requested. Your info needs to be clear cut and well presented.

Hope this helps x

Dunno why you're choosing to go for a tourist visa and not just use the waiver system but I guess you know what you're doing.

I waited over 6 hours to have my application refused. It is a very boring, tedious experience.

Queuing outside the embassy for ages to then wait for ages inside the building, dont bother taking your own drinks etc as they will be taken off you; instead you will have the option of buying more expensive versions at their snack bar.

Can I ask why ?

I go the US loads and have never bothered with a visa, just fill in the visa waver on the plane and your done ?

Whats this visa waiver?

My sister has asked me for advice on a US tourist visa as her boyfriend is required to get one.

You need to go here...
esta.cbp.dhs.gov/est…F3C

and register your trip at least 2 days before you travel and then you fill in a waver form on the plane (all the airlines give them out when you're about 2 hours out from landing), it's stapled into your passport by the guys at passport control after you get off and your done. I've done it for the last 10 years. No problems.

The UK is part of the waver programme, so if you sisters boy friend is from the UK he should be able to use that

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I wouldnt worry about getting the visa. Its when you actually arrive that the shat hits the fan. body searches galore etc. My mate spent 2 days being interviewed as a terrorist suspect with only 1 bottle of water before getting sent back (accountant on a 2 day job!).

IC1 male btw

steve1221;6780584

You need to go here... … You need to go here... https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/esta.html?_flowExecutionKey=_cAB09C1E9-B918-B4A2-F7DC-E138C1762C59_k6690E08C-1453-D382-7BDA-5AF86228EF3Cand register your trip at least 2 days before you travel and then you fill in a waver form on the plane (all the airlines give them out when you're about 2 hours out from landing), it's stapled into your passport by the guys at passport control after you get off and your done. I've done it for the last 10 years. No problems.The UK is part of the waver programme, so if you sisters boy friend is from the UK he should be able to use that



Thanks, ive sent her the link to look into it!

I think he was told he needs one as he has a criminal record so may or may not be able to do this.

loobie;6781870

Thanks, ive sent her the link to look into it!I think he was told he … Thanks, ive sent her the link to look into it!I think he was told he needs one as he has a criminal record so may or may not be able to do this.



If he has a criminal record he's best to apply for a visa.. I think its something like " convicted or charged with a crime that carries a sentence of over three months imprisonment" but thats just off the top of my head.

It's SO not worth trying to go on the visa waiver scheme if you have a criminal record because they'll deny entry at the point of landing...

However for most people they can use the visa waiver scheme.

Take a look at the US homeland security site for further info xx
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