Help re. DS-156 / DS-157

Old Oct 27th 2004, 4:57 am
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Default Help re. DS-156 / DS-157

My L1 visa interview is on Friday and I'm trying to make absolutely sure everything is in order before then. I'm currently completing the DS-156 / DS-157 and have a couple of questions:

DS-156:

Q25. Name and Telephone Numbers of Person in U.S. Who You Will Be Staying With or Visiting for Tourism or Business

I have stated my girlfriend's name and address as I will be staying with her. I'm assuming this won't be an issue because the L1 is a 'dual intent' visa. Can someone confirm?


Q26. How Long Do You Intend To Stay in The U.S.?

The initial duration of my assignment (as stated in the supporting letter from my employer) is 9 months. If I state 9 months on the DS-156, will it have any bearing on the validity period of the visa issued, or will I still get the usual 3-year visa?


Q29. Have You Ever Been In The U.S.?

I have visited the U.S. 9-times in the past 2-years to visit my girlfriend. However, there is only room on the DS-156 to list a single visit. Should I just state the date and duration of my last visit, or should I attach an additional sheet detailing all visits?


DS-157:

Q14. Do You Have Any Specialized Skills or Training, Including Firearms, Explosives, Nuclear, Biological, or Chemical Experience?

I have specialist skills in my field of expertise (I.T.), but I'm not sure if this would be appropriate for this question. Obviously, I don't have any skills in the other areas contained in the question and I'd rather leave this question well and truly alone, unless it's normal to specify professional, job-related skills here.


Thanks for your help guys!
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