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How can I work in the US?

How can I work in the US?

Q. I want to work in the United States, but of course I know you can't do that on a regular visitor's visa. My friend did go up last year and was allowed to work legally for several months. How can I work in the US? A. This is a timely question as the season for temporary worker visas is coming ... Read More

You are better off
being clear and
honest about your life
situation, travel plans. You are better off being clear and honest about your life situation, travel plans
Q. I am concerned because I have a close family member who migrated to the United States and I heard ... Read More

The best advice about visas is on
the US Government’s website The best advice about visas is on the US Government's website
Q. I have been reading advice posted online about going to the US Embassy for a visa. There are many ... Read More

Can I add my child to my
immigrant visa petition? Can I add my child to my immigrant visa petition?
Q: My husband filed a petition for me to immigrate back in 2013. I have not had my interview yet an ... Read More

Becoming a US citizen has benefits

Wednesday, March 04, 2015    

Naturalisation may
hold more privileges
and protections than
holding a green card.

Q: I've been a green card holder for the past several years and I think I now have the option to become a United States Citizen. What are the differences? Should I stay in my status as a permanent resident, or should I become a citizen? A: We're glad to hear that you are considering US citizenship. The United States has a long history of welcoming immigrants from all parts of the world. America values the contributions of immigrants who continue to enrich our country and preserve its legacy as ... Read More

Pending petition doesn't bar you from obtaining a visitor's visa

Wednesday, December 31, 2014    

The immigrant visa process can
involve a lengthy wait, depending
on your visa category.

A: Certainly! The Embassy is committed to facilitating legitimate travel by issuing visas to qualified applicants. Consular officers understand that many Jamaicans have relatives in the United States and frequently travel to visit family there. Some applicants may think that having family members in the US looks bad for their visitor's visa application, but visiting family is common and certainly one of many reasons for legitimate travel. If you have an active immigrant petition awaiting proc ... Read More

A word about our new-look website

Wednesday, September 17, 2014    

Q: I tried to apply for a United States visa and the website looks different. What's new and how should I use it? A: We changed our system for accepting visa appointments as of September 2, 2014. We hope the new programme will be easier for everyone! Our new system starts at this website: The new website works best with Chrome, Firefox or Safari browsers. When you access the site for the first time, you will be asked to create a user account. You must have an ... Read More

You are allowed to have multiple visas

Wednesday, July 30, 2014    

The US Embassy in Kingston. (OBSERVER FILE PHOTO)

Q: Can a person hold multiple visas? For example, if one is the holder of a B1/B2 visitor's visa and that person gets married to a US citizen and starts the filing process, would the US Embassy then cancel the visitor's visa during the immigration process? Or if someone has a visitor's visa and then applies for a student visa, will the visitor's visa be cancelled? A: It is possible to hold multiple visas, but it largely depends on the type of visas you are seeking. A person starting the filin ... Read More

No need to be nervous about your interview

Wednesday, June 18, 2014    

The interview itself usually lasts only a few minutes.

Q: I'm being interviewed for a visa for the first time next week. I'm a bit nervous. What can I expect on my interview date? And what time should I appear at the building entrance? A: First of all, there's no need to be nervous! Of the thousands of applicants we see every month, more than 70 per cent qualify for visas. That means only three of every 10 applicants are denied. The time of your arrival is the time you have been assigned by the appointment system. Let us repeat that: The time you ... Read More

No limit on how many times you can apply for a visa, but...

Wednesday, June 11, 2014    


Q: I recently applied for a visa, and was denied. How soon can I reapply? A: The answer depends on why the visa was refused. Only around three in 10 applicants are refused a visa when they apply. In most cases, this is because they were unable to demonstrate to the consular officer that they were planning on coming back to Jamaica. In these cases, it is best to wait until your circumstances have changed before you reapply. There is no limit on how many times an applicant can apply, however, co ... Read More

It’s important to answer all questions truthfully

Wednesday, June 04, 2014    

Answer all questions truthfully

Question: I was arrested when I was very young but the charges were dropped. Question 38 of the visa application form asks if I have ever been arrested or convicted of any offence or crime. Do I have to answer yes to this question, even though the charges were dropped? A: Yes. Even if the charges were dropped and your record was expunged, it is important that you answer the question truthfully. The consular officer can then discuss with you the nature of the offence and whether itaffects your e ... Read More

Here's what you should know about 'Obamacare'

Wednesday, April 09, 2014    

Q: I'm an American citizen living in Jamaica. I have heard about the new health care law in the United States, sometimes called 'Obamacare' or 'The Affordable Care Act'. Does this new law mean that I need to buy an American health insurance policy even if I live here in Jamaica? A: Whether you need to buy American health insurance when you are living in Jamaica is complicated and it is important to make sure you are making the right decision. To answer your question, we'll cover the basics and ... Read More

Is it possible for a student to get a visa?

Wednesday, April 02, 2014    

The Summer Work and Travel
programme allows students
enrolled in accredited
universities and colleges to
travel to the United States.

Q: I'm currently a student at university and want to travel to visit my aunt in Florida during the semester break. I've heard students often don't get visas because they are not working. Is it possible for a student to get a visa? A: Yes, we approve visas for many students every day. In fact, there are certain visa categories, like the J-1 for summer work and travel, which are primarily used by students. One of the most important factors in adjudicating a visa is determining your ties to Jamaic ... Read More

Be wary of 'visa fixers'

Wednesday, March 05, 2014    

Even if you obtain the visa initially by misrepresenting the facts, the Embassy actively reviews visa issuances for past years, and you may have your visa revoked later.

Q: I've heard of people who say they can increase my odds of getting a visa, for example, by providing me with additional employment documents, or making small changes to my application to make my employment history seem more impressive. Is it okay to use these services? A: Most people who apply for US visas do obtain them. Unfortunately, some individuals believe that by using the services of a "visa fixer" they may improve their chances. In fact, this is almost never the case, and your associa ... Read More



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