Ask the Consul – August 2019

Dear U.S. Consul, I would like to apply for a tourist visa. I noticed there are many websites providing visa assistance. Can I use one of these sites to apply or is there a penalty for doing so? _________________________________________________________ The only way to apply for a U.S. nonimmigrant visa is by filling out and submitting …

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Ask the Consul – July 2019

Dear U.S. Consul, My sister is an adult with special needs who will be applying for a visa.  Does the Embassy have any special accommodations available? My mother (her caregiver) plans to come with her to the interview, she has a green card that she would like to return in exchange for a visitor’s visa. …

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Ask the Consul – June 2019

Question: What documents should I send in with my passports if I qualify for Age Interview Waiver or Renewal Interview Waiver? Answer: We have received many inquiries on this topic since the program was announced in March and welcome the opportunity to clarify the process. Renewal Interview Waiver (RIW) and Age Interview Waiver (AIW) applications …

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Effective June 1, NIV Interview Waiver documents will not be returned to applicants

May 24, 2019: Beginning June 1, documents submitted to the U.S. Embassy Port of Spain in support of a Non-Immigrant Visa (NIV) interview waiver application will not be returned, other than the applicant’s valid and expired passports.  Supporting documents submitted before June 1, will be returned per the current practice. This is meant to simplify …

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Applying for a ‘tourist’ visa in T&T? Do not pay fees online!

REMINDER:  When you are applying for your Non-Immigrant “tourist” Visa at U.S. Embassy Port of Spain, you MUST pay your application fees at Scotiabank branches ONLY. Payment for Non-Immigrant “tourist” Visas CANNOT be made online using your credit card. If you are prompted to do so, you are not using an official U.S. government website. …

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U.S. Embassy Introduces Interview Waiver for the Renewal of Tourist Visas

March 14, 2019 U.S. Embassy Port of Spain has introduced a new visa initiative – the Renewal Interview Waiver (RIW) – which creates new conveniences for Trinbagonians renewing their non-immigrant B1, B2, or B1/B2 “tourist” visas. “The Renewal Interview Waiver will especially help with the renewal of visas for individuals living in Tobago, as they …

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Ask the Consul — March 2019

You have to tell the consular officer what those ties are during the visa interview. Examples of ties are the economic, familial, social, and other aspects of your life that call you back home. Consular officers consider family relationships, employment, finances, and possessions among other factors.

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No Change in Visa Policy for Nationals of Trinidad and Tobago

The U.S. Embassy to Port of Spain advises the public that, contrary to rumors, there has been NO recent change in Visa Policy for nationals of Trinidad and Tobago. Please check  https://travel.state.gov  for the latest official information, as well as our website  https://tt.usembassy.gov/  and follow us on Facebook and Twitter @USinTT.

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Ask the U.S. Consul – October 2017

I heard that there is a ‘green card’ lottery. Can people living in Trinidad and Tobago enter and when does it take place? Thank you for your question. The Diversity Visa Program, often called the ‘green card lottery,’ is an annual diversity immigration program. It makes available, by random selection, 50,000 immigrant visas to people …

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Ask the U.S. Consul – August 2017

Question I received email from a website requesting a payment to process a “green card.”  Is this a legitimate website? No, this email is likely a scam.  All official websites or emails from the U.S. government end with the “.gov” top-level domain suffix.  Any visa-related correspondence coming from an address that does not end with …

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Visa appointments for June 20 can be rescheduled

A Tropical Storm Warning is currently in effect for Trinidad and Tobago, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Grenada. In the interest of safety for all visitors to the Consular Section of U.S. Embassy Port of Spain, please be advised that your scheduled appointment for Tuesday, June 20th can be rescheduled online. All appointments before …

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Executive Order Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States

On March 6, President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Order on “ Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States .”  In it, President Trump  directed  the Departments of Homeland Security, Justice, and State to review the screening systems for visa applicants and ensure enforcement of all laws for entry into the United States. Read the full Order below: EXECUTIVE ORDER – – …

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Ask the U.S. Consul – February 2017

Question: I am expecting family from the U.S. for Carnival, is there any information that they should know before travelling? First of all we hope you have a safe Carnival. Please note the recent Executive Order “Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals” does not affect U.S. Citizens, TT citizens travelling on TT …

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Transcript of Media Availability on Executive Order with Secretary Kelly & DHS Leadership

Over the next 30 days we will analyze and assess the strengths and the weaknesses of our current immigration system, which is the most generous in the world. We will then provide our foreign partners with 60 days to cooperate with our national security requirements.

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Executive Order does not affect TT Green Card Holders who are not dual nationals of listed countries

T&T citizens who are Legal Permanent Residents (LPR) of the U.S. and are not dual nationals of one of the seven countries affected by the Executive Order Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals, are not affected by that Order. The Order also does not restrict the travel of dual nationals, so long as …

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“Quiet Mondays” for Special Needs Applicants

U.S. Embassy Port of Spain has launched a new initiative for persons with special needs as part of our improved customer service. “Quiet Mondays” will be hosted by the Consular Section on the first Monday afternoon each month with special attention to minimizing distractions and offering personalized service to applicants with sensory processing difficulties. In …

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Visa Requirement for Citizens of T&T

The U.S. Embassy would like to remind travelers using Trinidad and Tobago passports, wishing to visit the United States, of the continued requirement of a valid visa. Please visit our website at tt.usembassy.gov for official information regarding application instructions and requirements. Recent reports on social media advising that the Department of State has placed Trinidad …

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Ask the U.S. Consul October 2016

Question: I heard about a ‘Green Card’ lottery. Can people from Trinidad and Tobago enter and when does it take place? Answer: Thank you for your question. The Diversity Visa Program, often called the ‘green card lottery,’ is an annual diversity immigration program. It makes available, by random selection, upwards of 50,000 immigrant visas to people …

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Consular Check-In Goes Paperless

The U.S. Embassy, Port of Spain has introduced a new initiative to improve customer service and readiness in the visa process for the holiday season, with the implementation of the Paperless Gate Entry List system (PGEL).  PGEL is an electronic check-in process that facilitates smoother entry of applicants to the waiting room for interviews. U.S. …

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Ask the U.S. Consul June 2016

My visa appointment is booked and paid for – now what? Congratulations!  You have completed most of the visa application process including filling out the online form and paying at Scotia Bank.  Here are some tips to help you prepare for the day: Arrive no earlier than 15 minutes prior to your appointment.  If you …

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Ask the U.S. Consul April 2016

Question I’m an American citizen living in Trinidad and Tobago. What types of services does the Embassy provide to American citizens and can I vote this year at the Embassy? Sincerely, American in Trinidad. Answer Dear American in Trinidad, Voting is one of our most fundamental rights as U.S. citizens. The FVAP (Federal Voting Assistance Program) works …

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Ask the U.S. Consul March 2016

Dear U.S. Consul, Why does the Embassy always ask applicants to come in early every year before the summer? Is there some special consideration given if I come in at this time? Sincerely, Visa applicant Dear Visa applicant, Thank you for your question.  When applying for a business/tourist (B1/B2) visa, sooner is always the better in …

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Ask the U.S. Consul January 2016

Question What are the requirements when applying for visas for children?  I’m applying for a tourist visa for my ten year old son for the first time.  His father and I are divorced but I already have my visa. Sincerely, Parent Answer Dear Parent, Only biological parent(s) or legal guardians can apply on behalf of their …

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