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The required documents are listed here: https://uk.usembassy.gov/visas/tourism- ... documents/zagoo2000 wrote:Is there anything in particular that i should have prepared in advanced? e.g. my financial statement, bank statement, cover letter, employer letter or my friend's financial statement etc ?
a) Every applicant attends an interview, it's not optional. The length of the interview would depend on the individual's background. Mine lasted around 5 min's over a open counter when I applied. There were others who were interviewed in enclosed interview rooms. Personally I spent the majority of my time, queuing outside and then waiting for my number to be called for biometrics, followed by the mini interview.Question:
a) I'm guessing at '2' you can get visa if no interview is required?
b) After submitting how long do i have to wait before calling the embassy for interview?
c) Do you get interview dates on the phone straightaway?
d) Can the application be downloaded to practice before submitting?
I'd suggest that you a search the embassy website, to see whether this is likely to pose you a problem before you apply. I can't remember all the questions, but there is a section with a long list of questions related to security and background in the application form.zagoo2000 wrote:I had couple of years in between 2007-2009 which were without visa.
Its not really something you need to select, it's one of the steps that takes place on date you submit your biometrics at the embassy (You need to make an appointment for this over the phone at the same time you pay the application fee). I wouldn't even really call it an interview. Unless you have a complicated immigration history (so hence my reason for asking you to check on your previous overstay in the UK, as that may come up during that conversation), the chances are it will be a general conversation about your visit. Mine was quite informal, and a chat about where I was going, for what purpose. How long I had been in the UK. I was asked how I obtained my ILR status in the UK, and how long I had lived here. We also had a chat about my previous US trips as I had several other US visas mentioned in the application. Make sure you take the requested supporting documents on the day in case they ask to see them.zagoo2000 wrote:b) and c) Does it mean you select your interview date during application?
Thats the amount of time it usually takes them to issue the visa and send your passport back to you. The decision is given on the same day, but not your passport. That's returned to you with the US visa vignette by DXSexure.Also, it says here that it will take 3-5 working days ...https://uk.usembassy.gov/visas/tourism- ... ing-times/ so its not immediate then..sorry confused here
Thats good news.d) Just noticed that there seem to be an option where you can 'save' the application form
You pay the application fee in advance, I.e. at the time you make the appointment to submit your application. I did this by card over the phone, check the website to see if it's still the same now. Fee still appears to be $160 - see https://uk.usembassy.gov/visas/non-immigrant-visa-fees/e) Where and when do you pay the application fee? Is it during online application submitting or on the interview day? Is it by cash or card? what is the amount? I couldn't figure that out.
Not seen this one, so can't really comment without checking. An invitation letter may be a good idea purely to re-affirm the purpose of your visit. But if you intend to support yourself on your own, I don't see the need for your friends financial statements.f) Is there a need of invitation letter from my friend then or something like this Form I-134, Affidavit of Support?
Not unless you're a citizen of a VWP country. See https://www.cbp.gov/travel/internationa ... tem-travelzagoo2000 wrote:I only got to hear about this ESTA program. Just wondering if I'm eligible to apply on this?
Pakistan Nationals cannot use ESTA, Pakistan is not part of the visa waiver program. You will have to apply for a proper visit visa.zagoo2000 wrote:I only got to hear about this ESTA program.
zagoo2000 wrote:Thanks a million both CR001 and cs95tdg .
I have started filling the DS-160 application form slowly and carefully. I hope all goes through fine.