Interview released Friday, March 3, 2017 of Us Embassy in Addis Ababa Vice-Consul on Visa Applications for Ethiopians After President Trump's controversial policies
Interview Transcript with Helpful Links of Exclusive Interview of R.Chase Thompson Vice-consul Embassy of the United States of America in Addis Ababa by Fana Broadcasting Corporation.
Find out everything you need to know about the Visa application process after President Donald Trump's executive order and what to expect in the future.
Is there a change on visa issuance for Ethiopian applicants under the Executive Order 13769?
Small change right now for Ethiopian applicants and that change is just for the interview waiver program. We saw an impact for citizens of those seven countries mentioned in the Executive order, but that process right now is under judicial review.
Things remain as they were before the executive order with a small change to our interview waiver program which has limited the time frame for those individuals seek to do an interview waiver. It was within 48 months of expiration, it is now down to twelve months Visa expires for less than twelve months you can send it to us by DHL and we will adjudicate it.
If your visa has been expired for less than twelve months and you've been a good traveler, you can now just send it to us by DHL and in most cases, we will adjudicate it.
Does this small change affect Ethiopians and foreign nationals of Ethiopian origin?
Some will be impacted by the interview waiver program. that change is for individuals for visas expired for more than 12 months. if it is less than they are still available for the interview waiver program. although we might ask them to come and ask some questions.
Does the Embassy place limitations on the issuance of visas in Ethiopia?
visas are not run on a quota system. Last year alone we issued over 18,000 visas and the vast majority was for Ethiopian applicants there is no quota in place.
How will this visa process continue in the future?
The visa program will continue per the direction of the administration. right now we see no change as the executive order is under judicial review. I mentioned a small change to our interview waiver program. How long does the small change on visa interview waiver program last?
U.S law gives a large amount of discretion to the administration and the President, our job is to enforce those laws, I can't speak to whether or not they will change in the future, but as soon as we have changes we will communicate changes.
Immigrant and non-immigrant visas at the Embassy.
Immigration and Non-immigration visas we in the consulate section are committed to facilitating legitimate travel.
Our number one priority is of course to the United States and protecting our borders, but within the consulate section, we are committed to being a partner to Ethiopians and making sure that we help facilitate that legitimate travel.
We have a large Ethiopian diaspora and many many travelers and people who do want to travel to the United States. One thing I will say if I can take a moment. We encourage travelers to apply early.
We try to provide the fastest visa that we can, but often times, when people are traveling on non-immigrant visas, students, scholars, tourists, people going not to live but just temporarily that process, can take one week, two weeks and up to the month. And there is a number of reasons for that, we see very large spikes in demand during certain times of the year.
The administrative process for US visa applicants.
Many of our applicants are very familiar with that process. the application needs to be filled out completely and honestly, this helps us have the right information.
The next step is paying a USD 160 nonrefundable processing fee. That fee doesn't benefit the United States, it is a specifically calculated a number that covers our processing fee.that fee needs to be paid to before the interview. the final step is just scheduling the appointment and coming in for the interview. So that is just the process of applying for a visa.
We also here a term sometimes in the consulate, which is administrative processing. It's a large number of security checks and internal controls both here in Addis Ababa and sometimes in Washington DC
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