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Embassy Visit....

Old Jul 24th 2002, 5:34 pm
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Hi

I am in the US and have changed status from F1 to H1 (woo hoo)

I have to go home in August, and obviously have to get an H1 stamp in ye olde passporte.

What is the deal with walk-in applications at the London US Embassy. Do I just turn up on my arrival date and hope they will see me, and hope they will be able to process the visa and send it to me by my return date two weeks later?

I cannot find any info on the emabssy site about this.

Are there any additional tips I should be aware of toe expedite my safe return

Thanks

Tony
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Old Jul 24th 2002, 10:20 pm
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TonyC wrote:

    > I am in the US and have changed status from F1 to H1 (woo hoo)
    >
    > I have to go home in August, and obviously have to get an H1 stamp in ye olde
    > passporte.
    >
    > What is the deal with walk-in applications at the London US Embassy. Do I just turn
    > up on my arrival date and hope they will see me, and hope they will be able to
    > process the visa and send it to me by my return date two weeks later?
    >
    > I cannot find any info on the emabssy site about this.

http://www.usembassy.org.uk/cons_web/visa/niv/apply.htm spells it out: "Visa
processing is by mail or an authorized travel agent or courier." There is no option
of in-person filing or filing by drop-box for individuals.

    > Are there any additional tips I should be aware of toe expedite my safe return
 
Old Jul 25th 2002, 8:20 am
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Ingo Pakleppa
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On Wed, 24 Jul 2002 11:20:17 -0700, TonyC wrote:

    > Hi
    >
    > I am in the US and have changed status from F1 to H1 (woo hoo)
    >
    > I have to go home in August, and obviously have to get an H1 stamp in ye olde
    > passporte.
    >
    > What is the deal with walk-in applications at the London US Embassy. Do I just turn
    > up on my arrival date and hope they will see me, and hope they will be able to
    > process the visa and send it to me by my return date two weeks later?
    >
    > I cannot find any info on the emabssy site about this.
    >
    > Are there any additional tips I should be aware of toe expedite my safe return
    >
    > Thanks
    >
    > Tony

Expect a few weeks of processing time, and being stuck in London. One thing you could
try is travel via Canada. Get an appointment at the US consulate in Canada of your
choice. Stop there and see if you can get your visa the same day. If that doesn't
work, travel on to the UK (you cannot return from Canada to the US in this situation)
and try your luck there.

Ingo
 
Old Jul 25th 2002, 8:20 am
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    >
    > I am in the US and have changed status from F1 to H1 (woo hoo)
    >
    > I have to go home in August, and obviously have to get an H1 stamp in ye olde
    > passporte.
    >
    > What is the deal with walk-in applications at the London US Embassy. Do I just turn
    > up on my arrival date and hope they will see me, and hope they will be able to
    > process the visa and send it to me by my return date two weeks later?
    >
    > I cannot find any info on the emabssy site about this.

http://www.usembassy.org.uk/cons_web/visa/niv/happ.htm seems pretty clear to me:

Visa processing is by mail or an authorized travel agent or courier that has an
agreement with the Embassy to lodge passports.

Routine applications made by mail or through an authorized travel agent/courier
will take at least ten workdays from date of receipt to process. If you have ticked
"yes" to box 33 on the form DS-156 your application will take approximately four to
eight weeks to process. Note: In the wake of the September 11 terrorist atttacks
against New York, Washington, DC and Pennsylvania, temporary special processing
requirements have been imposed on nonimmigrant visa applicants. These requirements
may lead to a delay of several weeks in visa issuance.

Reminder: The times indicated for return of passports, are estimated, and cannot be
guaranteed.

Important Notice: No assurances regarding the issuance of visas can be given
in advance.
 
Old Jul 26th 2002, 9:30 pm
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Default Re: Embassy Visit....

Thanks All,

I don't mind a bit of a stay - but my girlfriend may be the unhappy one....

Tony
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