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materialcontroller Oct 26th 2011 2:14 pm

Re: HELP! Travelling on an ESTA with a criminal record
 
Just an update on my waiver application. I got the "ready to issue" email today and am arranging courier collection for my passport tomorrow. That has been 15 weeks since my interview. I will give another update on the validity they have allowed once my passport is returned. :D

Jonsie25 Oct 31st 2011 9:42 am

Re: HELP! Travelling on an ESTA with a criminal record
 

Originally Posted by crg (Post 9535215)
Once you get the visa, please report back as to what annotations, if any, are located on the visa. It will be interesting to see if they actually have to issue a waiver and under what grounds.

Hello all got passport back this morning, just over a week from sending off after email.

Validity for a year, B1/B2 visa and entries 'M' so very pleased and relieved as I was worried that it would be single entry only!

Annotation: 212 (SMALL D)(3)(A) WAIVER OF 212 (A)(2)(A)(1) GRANTED. Anyone know what the small d is?

ian-mstm Oct 31st 2011 12:15 pm

Re: HELP! Travelling on an ESTA with a criminal record
 

Originally Posted by Jonsie25 (Post 9705911)
Annotation: 212 (SMALL D)(3)(A) WAIVER OF 212 (A)(2)(A)(1) GRANTED. Anyone know what the small d is?

Google is your friend. I suggest you try it first.

http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/87149.pdf

Ian

materialcontroller Nov 8th 2011 9:16 am

Re: HELP! Travelling on an ESTA with a criminal record
 
Passport received today with 12 month multiple entry B1/B2 waiver. :thumbup:

Fabregas1981 Jan 11th 2012 8:16 pm

Re: HELP! Travelling on an ESTA with a criminal record
 
Hello all.

I am in a similar position to you... Interview was on the 7th of October and it will be 14 weeks on Friday with out hearing back from the embassy:(.

I have been waiting patiently, but I am now getting worried as I do not have a reference number and I keep thinking I have missed the email or something.

Did any of you have a reference number?

materialcontroller Jan 11th 2012 8:29 pm

Re: HELP! Travelling on an ESTA with a criminal record
 

Originally Posted by Fabregas1981 (Post 9836287)
Hello all.

I am in a similar position to you... Interview was on the 7th of October and it will be 14 weeks on Friday with out hearing back from the embassy:(.

I have been waiting patiently, but I am now getting worried as I do not have a reference number and I keep thinking I have missed the email or something.

Did any of you have a reference number?

I was given a reference number on my first waiver application but not the second. It has only been 14 weeks in your case. Try and be patient a while longer. You really ought to give it at least 20 weeks before contacting the embassy.

Fabregas1981 Jan 11th 2012 8:41 pm

Re: HELP! Travelling on an ESTA with a criminal record
 
Thanks for responding. I will keep waiting until the 16th week as described in the letter.

terminalvelociraptor Jan 20th 2012 8:50 am

Re: HELP! Travelling on an ESTA with a criminal record
 
Wife has just called to tell me they delivered my passport, i applied for a single entry B2 visa (specifically only requested b2 on the ds160), with interview date at the beginning of August (with a waiver for a previous overstay), have apparently received a multiple entry b1/b2 valid for a year. This is my first application for a visa. So while it may have taken a while, i am actually really happy with the results, as it means i can now visit the US on a business trip later this year as well, without having to revisit the embassy and apply for another b visa. I'll check all the notations with a fine tooth comb when i get home.

Yay!

Fabregas1981 Jan 20th 2012 9:57 am

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Hi terminalvelociraptor,

Congratulations!

How long after your interview did you receive your ready to issue email?

it is the 15th week today for me since my interview and still nothing.

terminalvelociraptor Jan 20th 2012 10:51 am

Re: HELP! Travelling on an ESTA with a criminal record
 
Just over 21 weeks for the email, so you may have some time to wait yet. Saying that i think one other forum user got theirs in 12 weeks, but others closer to 18. There is probably an element of randomness in this, as it may well depend on when the official gets round to processing that big batch of applications that are piling up on their desk.

Fabregas1981 Jan 20th 2012 10:58 am

Re: HELP! Travelling on an ESTA with a criminal record
 
:(:(:( thanks for that....I guess i need to reset my expectations to another month and a half from now! My visa is for an L1 company transfer of which I am sure they have given up waiting for me by now. The US government would make a killing if they introduce a chargeable expedite process!!

terminalvelociraptor Jan 20th 2012 3:29 pm

Re: HELP! Travelling on an ESTA with a criminal record
 
You never know, L2's may be processed differently. Good luck, hope it works out.

materialcontroller Jan 20th 2012 4:16 pm

Re: HELP! Travelling on an ESTA with a criminal record
 

Originally Posted by terminalvelociraptor (Post 9854136)
Wife has just called to tell me they delivered my passport, i applied for a single entry B2 visa (specifically only requested b2 on the ds160), with interview date at the beginning of August (with a waiver for a previous overstay), have apparently received a multiple entry b1/b2 valid for a year. This is my first application for a visa. So while it may have taken a while, i am actually really happy with the results, as it means i can now visit the US on a business trip later this year as well, without having to revisit the embassy and apply for another b visa. I'll check all the notations with a fine tooth comb when i get home.

Yay!

Well done on getting the result you wanted! :)

Strictly speaking, you applied for a regular B2 visa. You may have expected to only receive single entry validity, but you did not specifically apply for that. :sneaky: In any case you've been granted multiple entries, so all's fine and dandy.

It's also common to receive combined B1/B2 classes whether or not you requested it, so nothing unusual there either. Will be interesting to hear what annotations (if any) have been attached to the visa.

terminalvelociraptor Jan 20th 2012 4:44 pm

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Originally Posted by materialcontroller (Post 9854852)
Will be interesting to hear what annotations (if any) have been attached to the visa.

Your wish is my command
Visa Type: B1/B2
Entries: M
Annotations
212(SMALL D)(3)(A) WAIVER OF 212(A)(9)(B)(2) GRANTED



All seems to check out from reading the FAM

Glad thats all over, now just the POE to deal with!

materialcontroller Jan 20th 2012 4:48 pm

Re: HELP! Travelling on an ESTA with a criminal record
 

Originally Posted by terminalvelociraptor (Post 9854894)
Your wish is my command
Visa Type: B1/B2
Entries: M
Annotations
212(SMALL D)(3)(A) WAIVER OF 212(A)(9)(B)(2) GRANTED



All seems to check out from reading the FAM

Glad thats all over, now just the POE to deal with!

Nice one!

Just be aware that you will probably be hauled into secondary at the POE, so allow that extra time when making travel connections.


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