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FAQs - Page 2

Frequently Asked Non-Immigrant Visa Questions - Page 2

1. Can I renew my visa before it expires or do I have to wait until after its expiration date?

2. I received my visa, but there is an error on it. What do I do?

3. I have been trying to make an appointment, but the online system shows no appointments available for the rest of the year.  What should I do?

4. I could not print out my appointment confirmation sheet; can I still attend the interview without it?

5. I am not a resident of the UAE. Can I come to the Embassy for a visa interview?

6. I am having problems with the delivery of my visa. Who should I contact? 

7. I think I may have an ineligibility, what do I do? 

8. Do I bring my entire application with me to the interview, or do I just bring the confirmation page? 

9. Will I be required to pay the SEVIS fee each time I apply for a visa? 

10. What is the visa waiver program and how do I know whether I qualify for it?

1. Can I renew my visa before it expires or do I have to wait until after its expiration date?

Yes, you can apply for the new visa before your previous visa expires. Please note that the previous visa will likely be cancelled as part of the process of issuing a new visa.

2. I received my visa, but there is an error on it. What do I do?

Please visit the website here: http://usvisa-info.com/en-AE/selfservice/us_courier_information for information on submitting your passport back to the consular section by dropping it off at Empost.

3. I have been trying to make an appointment, but the online system shows no appointments available for the rest of the year.  What should I do?

Please note that we release a limited number of appointments at a time.  New appointments are released at different times throughout the working week.  In addition to releasing new appointments on working days, some applicants may cancel their reserved appointments and consequently these appointments become available again.  You should keep checking our website at different times until you find available appointments. 

For information on making an appointment or other basic questions on applying for non-immigrant visas from the UAE, please visit:  http://usvisa-info.com/en-AE/selfservice/ss_country_welcome

Please note that phone numbers for U.S. Visa services for UAE are:

Local number :971-04-376-8311
US Number (703) 439-2352

 4. I could not print out my appointment confirmation sheet; can I still attend the interview without it?

YES.  Your name will be available with the Embassy’s security guards to allow you access to the consular section on the scheduled day of your interview.  Please remember to bring all other required documents with you and to show your passport to be admitted.

5. I am not a resident of the UAE. Can I come to the Embassy for a visa interview?

The US Embassy in Abu Dhabi ACCEPTS the following types of applications from Third Country National (TCN) applicants: applicants seeking to renew their E, F, H, I, J, L, M, O, P and R visas, regardless of where the original visa was issued. Applicants who are not residents of the UAE and seeking a B1/B2 visa type (tourist visa) are encouraged to apply from the country of their habitual residence, as this makes it easier on the consular officer to accurately assess their socio-economic ties to the country; however, non-residents may choose to apply in the UAE.   All residents of Iran must apply in the US Consulate in Dubai.

6. I am having problems with the delivery of my visa. Who should I contact?

For problems with the delivery of your visa, please contact Empost directly, using the confirmation number on your receipt. http://usvisa-info.com/en-AE/selfservice/us_courier_information

7. I think I may have an ineligibility, what do I do? 

Make sure that you have noted on your DS-160 any problems you have encountered with U.S. immigration officials or other agencies.  If your visa is denied, the Consular Officer will provide you with a written explanation of the section of law that describes your ineligibility. If you are eligible to apply for a waiver, the Officer will advise you of the process.  Applicants who are denied because they lack sufficient evidence of intent to return to the UAE after their visit are not eligible to apply for a waiver.  A failure to list an arrest or other ineligibility will result in your visa being refused.

8. Do I bring my entire application with me to the interview, or do I just bring the confirmation page? 

You should not bring your entire application.  Your confirmation page with barcode is all that is needed to retrieve your application data. You must bring the confirmation page with you during all phases of the application process.  Without the confirmation page, it may not be possible to access your application and process your visa case.

9. Will I be required to pay the SEVIS fee each time I apply for a visa? 

Possibly, the SEVIS fee is always charged at the time of the initial visa application. If you reapply for a new visa based on the same program then you will not be required to pay a new fee. If you apply for a new visa based on a different program, a new fee will be required. The SEVIS fee receipt is valid for twelve months. If your application is refused, you may reapply using this fee receipt provided it is within twelve months of the initial payment. The fee receipt may be used if you are reapplying for the same visa or applying for a new visa for a different program provided the SEVIS fee payment meets the fee required for the different program. 

10. What is the visa waiver program and how do I know whether I qualify for it?

The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables nationals of 36 participating countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business (visitor [B] visa purposes only) for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa.  Passengers from countries that are subject to the Visa Waiver Program are required to apply for a supplementary authorization to enter the United States. This application is easy to submit by entering information at the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) website.  For detailed information on the visa waiver program, please visit the US Department of State website at: http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/without/without_1990.html  

To apply for ESTA travel authorization/update your application, please visit US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) website at: http://www.cbp.gov/