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Info about USA VISA. Applying for a US visa, in Warsaw

rt3d 10 | 46
9 Feb 2011 #1

Could any one who have had the experience with applying for a US Visa, for a Polish passport holder.
explain the procedural, cost, and how long it may take to be granted an Holiday visa..also other detail which may not have been said here..

h0mefry 2 | 23
9 Feb 2011 #2
I'd assume you are applying for a tourist visa?

Tourist visa is one of the hardest to get. You have to have proof that you are actually going there for enjoyment and not trying to immigrate illegally or for work. You are basically guilty until proven innocent.

I'm not familiar with Warsaw, but my girlfriend at the time was applying for a tourist visa in Krakow.

What you need is specific travel plans to be the most convincing. They also take into account your age, your personal ties to Poland, and your financial standing. If you are young, poor, and have no reason to stay in Poland, you will defiantly be denied a visa.

However, if you show that you are just looking for a vacation and some sight-seeing, they will be happy to give you a visa. My ex-girlfriend was a student, so she had definite reason to return to Poland. She was issued visa that won't expire for 10 years.

She's still coming to visit me this summer, but the distance was too hard on our relationship =/

Other things:

you have to apply for your visa online which is then submitted to the US consular in that particular city. Then you will have to make an appointment to go meet with them. You have to pay for this ahead of time and I'm pretty sure it costs about 300 zl. Speaking english if you do so fluently is a very good idea when you meet with the person. It could take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months to get an appointment, so make sure and schedule plenty ahead of time.
OP rt3d 10 | 46
9 Feb 2011 #3
yes tourist visa?

could you give me an example of what you mean by "specific travel plans"
some of us who might be going to the US are british passport holders, but for one person
may require the visa.. would this be consider as part of a specific travel plans
if she will be going to the US, with us british passport holders
also could you give me an example of what you mean by "personal ties to Poland"

h0mefry 2 | 23
9 Feb 2011 #4
Specific travel plans mean you have exact plans for what you are going to do while you are in America. So for example, if you wanted to stay in Florida at the beach for a week, you would show the US consular your hotel reservation for exactly that. You basically just need to show the person what you will be doing in Poland so he knows you are there for holiday, not to stay.

By personal ties to Poland, I mean you need to show them that you have a stable job, family, life in Poland as a reason to return after your visit to America. You have to prove to them that these things will cause you to return and not stay illegally.

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