NEW PROCEDURES OF US VISA APPLICATION
US VISA application procedures keep changing from time to time for the latest information please visit:
# DS 160 form remain unchanged, but due to new visa policies by trump administration, you might be asked for more information at a later stage such as your phone no.s used in past, information about your social media profiles etc.
As far as fee is concerned, the fee can now be paid very easily either by visiting axis or citi banks or going for a NEFT internet banking transfer, its easy and fast.
Last update : Kindly note that US visa application procedure has been changed by the US department of state.
In a statement made by US Embassy said :
The U.S. Embassy Announces a New Visa Processing System”The United States Embassy in India announced it is implementing a new visa processing system throughout India that will further standardize procedures and will simplify fee payment and appointment scheduling through a new website at http://www.ustraveldocs.com/in. Minister Counselor for Consular Affairs, Julia Stanley, announced at a press conference here today that beginning September 26, 2012 U.S. visa applicants will be able to pay application fees via Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) or with their mobile phones. They can also pay in cash at more than 1,800 Axis bank branches.”
For C1D aspirants: SO, for seafarers it is essential to note that now you have to do your entire application on http://www.ustraveldocs.com/in , rather than earlier one that was VFS.
* Inform the company regarding your application and ask them for the IMO number and vessel name of the vessel you are to join (this needs to be filled up in the DS-160 form),ask for the US VISA APPLICATION to be duly signed and provided by company with a contract letter attached, they may provide application and contract letter at a later stage before your interview.
*Obtain a digital photograph that meets the requirements as mentioned on us department of states site, just google it up if you don’t find not an issue, you can fill up without providing photograph but at the time of OFC and interview bring your photograph (not digital one) with you .Fill up the DS-160 Application form (no changes have been made in current version of the form)
by logging on to http://www.ustraveldocs.com/in ,and selecting the option of DS-160, you will be redirected to US department of state’s site where the form is available and is to be filled,properly and carefuly. please provide a proper digital photograph at the time of application,can be cropped to size by US department of state’s cropping tool provided on its site, you can also save the form after each step and finally after verifying all data put your digital signatures and submit the form,take a print out of the DS-160 confirmation page,can also take a print of application if you want, otherwise it is not required at time of interview since they have all data in digital format.
*you will need to make a account/profile on the site http://www.ustraveldocs.com/in (mentioned above) by providing true data.
*start the take appointment procedure,you will need to provide your visa type (c1/d in ur case ),state of residence (the state where you have been living for past 6 months, and should be matching to state on your passport (recommended, not required by law),place where you want to take your passport after visa is granted (these will be OFC’S (described later) or blue dart officec where you can get you visa (pick up).
*take fee payment slip, by selecting option out of axis bank/citi bank payment or via Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) or with their mobile phones.
*pay the fees at nearest branch (all branches accept the fees), withing 4 hours it will get activated.
*continue the procedure, and take your appointment form ustraveldocs.com/in.
NOW YOU WILL BE NEEDED TO TAKE TWO SEPARATE APPOINTMENTS, ONE FOR INTERVIEW(at embassy/consulate) OTHER FOR OFC (offsite facilitation center), OFC’S have been made up to verify your documents (confirmation page/interview appointment letter/passport) and to take your biometric signatures (finger prints) and a photograph.
APPEAR FOR INTERVIEW,IF GRANTED A VISA YOU WILL GET AN OPTION TO GIVE A COURIER ADDRESS AT A PAYMENT OF 500 RUPEES,WHERE YOU WANT YOUR VISA TO BE DELIVERED (at least in mumbai its so),THIS OPTION IS AVAILABLE AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION IN YOUR ONLINE PROFILE TOO,IF YOU DON’T WANT TO GIVE ANY COURIER ADDRESS YOU CAN PICK UP YOUR PASSPORT FREE OF COST FROM THE CENTRE WHICH YOU GAVE IN PASSPORT DELIVERY OPTION (OFC OR BLUE DART OFFICE NEAREST TO YOUR HOMETOWN).
>>>Important information: Most of the time executives working in the shipping company offices pose as being an expert in visa matters and these people and lead you in a very bad situation, hence it is very important for you to be read everything very carefully by yourself, and having proper knowledge regarding the application procedure.
Please make sure you never provide any false information in the visa application DS 160 form, if you have been rejected in past, honestly fill it up accordingly, it won’t affect your chances for obtaining a visa next time.
VISA DENIALS UNDER SECTION 214(B)
If your visa has been denied under this section according to the booklet provided by the consular officer then the following points might be helpful to you –
* section 214(b) of US immigration and nationality act,
Denials under this section are not permanent at all, you can apply after seven days of previous rejection.
under this section visa is rejected due to your inability to prove that you have strong ties with your state of residence (India in your case), ties can be- a permanent residence in India (either on rent or owned by you/your family),your family,your bank balance,your education, and your job., this refers to the reasons for which you will come back to India after your said stay in US and will not become / try to become permanent resident/immigrant there. hence try to find out your ties with state of residence. well there may be some other reasons under this rejection since, this is a vast section, hence has the ability to accommodate lot of issues which might not be relevant to someone in common but since consular officer are highly skilled people and have special skills to decide what is right under the law they decide things over few minutes and you are in a tensed state that interview didn’t even last two minutes.
A common question after this denial on next interview would be-
* what are the changes in your circumstances from your last application?
this time you have to be confident and say “sir this time i am ready to explain the ties i have with my state and can prove it in a better manner” if asked further provide the ties.
214(B) IS MOST COMMON REFUSAL.
My advice :
* first of all please don’t keep it in your mind that if you have been denied once then you won’t get a visa in future, its a complete myth i have seen personally many guys have got their visa issued after a rejection in past.
* Experience factor- Well i have herd people talking about experience as a major factor in the denials, well this may be one of the factors but in a seafarer’s case this does not play a major role provided you have all the authentic documents and you know what you are going to do on board and basics of your seafaring.
*Major problem lies with the Deck/Engine cadets, as they are young and normally in age group of 18-20 there is some more stringent rules for them since they don’t have much ties, or they didn’t get that much time to form such ties, in this case their knowledge matters a lot, they must be knowing exactly what is their role on board the ship, they should know what they are going to do in case of a fire or any major hazard.
SO IF YOU HAVE PROVIDED AUTHENTIC DOCUMENTS AND HAVE THE PROPER KNOWLEDGE, WITH NO CRIMINAL BACKGROUND, THEN FOR SURE YOU ARE GOING TO MAKE IT THROUGH.
VISA PENDING UNDER SECTION 221(G)
Fellow mariners, US visas pending under section 221(G) Of US immigration and nationality act are liable to be pending for quite long period, as the consulate cannot predict how long this process will take as it varies based on the individual circumstances of each case.You can check your status report by entering your bar code number. If you were issued a yellow 221(g) handout, please submit requested documents and/or passports via GSS. To locate the VFS center it is located near most of metropolitan cities across India,If you were issued a white, blue or green handout, please follow the instructions in that letter carefully in order for consulate to continue processing your visa application. US visa is a really hectic problem faced by many seafarers these days,be optimistic regarding your visa application.
This section involves a through inquiry in each case and based on the information gained by the experts it is decided whether the said person is eligible to be issued a US visa or not, Well in case of Seafarers C1D visa, this is not that extensive hence there are much more chances for you to get a visa issued.
FOR BETTER PREPARATION FOR YOUR US VISA INTERVIEWS, VISIT MY NEW POST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS IN US VISA IN INTERVIEWS.
Last update: Nov 2017
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