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    USA Visa

    Friends of ours are having a nightmare obtaining USA visa for WC 2013. Husband has magistrate conviction from 1973. They have paid £40 for a police report which states that there is no trace of the conviction - it was a minor offence which DID NOT result in a custodial sentence. He has paid £109 to apply for a full visa and has to have an interview at the USA embassy in London, where they will decide if a visa will or not be issued. The interview will take place in October but after the date that the full cost of the cruise has to be paid. This means that they could lose a huge amount of money if the visa is refused. The husband feels humliated that and incident that happened nearly 40years ago, when he was young and daft has come back to haunt him after all this time. The same information was given when he applied for a visa for Australia and that visa was approved by e mail in three days. Information regarding visas etc will not be issued by the cruise company until October, had our friends waited until then to start applying for visas I think that they would be up the creek without a paddle. Our friends have travelled far and wide over the years and have never encountered any problems with visas. This is their 1st visit to USA. They are still stressed to the point that they are considering cancelling the 1st part of the cruise, re scheduling their holiday and joining the ship in Sydney.


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    Friends of ours are having a nightmare obtaining USA visa for WC 2013. Husband has magistrate conviction from 1973. They have paid £40 for a police report which states that there is no trace of the conviction - it was a minor offence which DID NOT result in a custodial sentence. He has paid £109 to apply for a full visa and has to have an interview at the USA embassy in London, where they will decide if a visa will or not be issued. The interview will take place in October but after the date that the full cost of the cruise has to be paid. This means that they could lose a huge amount of money if the visa is refused. The husband feels humliated that and incident that happened nearly 40years ago, when he was young and daft has come back to haunt him after all this time. The same information was given when he applied for a visa for Australia and that visa was approved by e mail in three days. Information regarding visas etc will not be issued by the cruise company until October, had our friends waited until then to start applying for visas I think that they would be up the creek without a paddle. Our friends have travelled far and wide over the years and have never encountered any problems with visas. This is their 1st visit to USA. They are still stressed to the point that they are considering cancelling the 1st part of the cruise, re scheduling their holiday and joining the ship in Sydney.
    Unfortunately your friend is not the first and he certainly won't be the last to come up against VERY strict US Visa entry requirements.

    It's a lesson for all. Before booking anything, make sure you'll be allowed entry into the countries on the itinerary of any trip.

    Assume nothing, check all.


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    Its a bit of a "Catch 22" situation. When applying for a USA visa the powers that be ask for dates of travel and how long the stay will be - amongst other information required. The WC was booked in July 2011 on the opening day of sale, both our friends and us started applying for visas in June of this year. As previously stated our friend has not encountered any problems with visas for Other countries. To make matters worse our TA has been absolutely no help at all. Unfortuanately for us we DID NOT book through cruise.co.uk. We usually book with James but on this occasion OH and his friend decided to go it alone.


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    Its a bit of a "Catch 22" situation. When applying for a USA visa the powers that be ask for dates of travel and how long the stay will be - amongst other information required. The WC was booked in July 2011 on the opening day of sale, both our friends and us started applying for visas in June of this year. As previously stated our friend has not encountered any problems with visas for Other countries. To make matters worse our TA has been absolutely no help at all. Unfortuanately for us we DID NOT book through cruise.co.uk. We usually book with James but on this occasion OH and his friend decided to go it alone.
    Not really Catch 22 Smoggie because all the info re potential problems re Visas are on the US Embassy web site in the form of a Visa wizard
    Visa Wizard | Embassy of the United States

    which I have highlighted before on the forum.
    Anyone can complete it. Dates/details of travel etc aren't required and it will tell you if you can go ahead with an ESTA application or whether you have to apply to the Embassy for a visa which will require you to attend for a personal interview in London.


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    Its a bit of a "Catch 22" situation. When applying for a USA visa the powers that be ask for dates of travel and how long the stay will be - amongst other information required. The WC was booked in July 2011 on the opening day of sale, both our friends and us started applying for visas in June of this year. As previously stated our friend has not encountered any problems with visas for Other countries. To make matters worse our TA has been absolutely no help at all. Unfortuanately for us we DID NOT book through cruise.co.uk. We usually book with James but on this occasion OH and his friend decided to go it alone.
    There is no 'Catch 22' Smoggie, dates of travel, flight and hotel information are 'Non Mandatory' fields.

    They might ask for that info, but there is no need to give it on the application.

    Wilba

 

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