Does applying for a visa for Poles who are covered by the visa waiver program make sense?

Yes, for planned stays of more than 3 months or planned multiple border crossings during one trip. A traveler using the Visa Waiver program may only enter the US border once on the basis of one permit. In order to apply for another entry, he must return to the country.

After obtaining the authorization of the ESTA system, do I need documents that prove it?

Despite the fact that the information about the consent to travel should be available to all airlines, the ESTA system recommends, just in case, you save / print the authorization received and have the opportunity to present it to the airline when you start your trip.

How long does it take to verify the ESTA system?

Verification usually occurs within a few hours of complete ESTA registration. However, the system recommends applying for an authorization no later than 72 hours before the scheduled departure.

On what basis does the consul refuse a visa to a person?

Under section 214 (b) of the Immigration and Citizenship Act. The consul is under an obligation to assume that anyone intending to visit the United States intends to emigrate, unless he demonstrates strong social, family and economic ties to the country. If only on the basis of the information provided by you during the interview, the Consul was not able to conclude that you meet the requirements described above, you will be refused.

What is the risk of making a false statement during an interview with a consul?

Anyone who knowingly makes a false or misleading statement will not be able to obtain a visa, and may not be allowed to enter the US forever.

When can I reapply in the event of a refusal?

If you cannot provide evidence that significant changes have occurred in your life since submitting your last application, we recommend that you wait at least 2 years.

Are tourist visas payable?

No, tourist visas to the USA for Poles are free. However, since 1994, a fee has been charged to receive and process the visa application. The fee for “processing” the application is in fact a disguised visa fee. The initial fee was $ 24. In 1998, it was raised to $ 45, in June 2002 to $ 65, and from November 1, 2002, to $ 100. In the middle of the first decade of our century, the fee had risen to $ 140, and on April 13, 2012, it reached its current level of $ 160.

What does the interview with the consul look like?

It is an exchange of words between a consul and a potential tourist lasting about a minute, reminiscent of dealing with a post office.

What additional documents should I bring to the interview with the consul?

There is no specific set of supporting documents that the applicant should bring to the interview. A person who convincingly explains the reason for traveling to the USA and openly presents his ties with the country often has a much greater chance of obtaining a visa than someone who has a thick package of unimportant or obviously questionable documents.

How should you wear when talking to the consul?

There are those who feel that wearing a tie and jacket solves the problem. Nothing more illusory. As for the outfit, it should be clean, good quality, low wear. The style of clothing should be compatible with the occupation of the person and the purpose of the trip. If you work in a suit on a daily basis, please also dress it for the office. If you only wear a suit to church or Auntie’s name day, do not wear it to the office. Apart from the fact that you will look artificial in it, you will feel strange yourself. You have to limit all matters that may disturb your peace of mind, your naturalness and introduce additional stress.

What are the types of tourist visas?

B1 / B2 visas differ mainly in terms of validity. The shortest visas are issued for 1 month, the longest for 10 years. Another fundamental difference is the number of allowed entries, one (single) or many (multiple). Some B1 / B2 visas have annotations to provide additional information to the US official at the border crossing point.

What is the difference between a visa promise and a visa?

What we call a visa on these pages is in fact only a promise of a visa. The actual visa is issued by a US border officer by stamping your I-94 card. The maximum length of a single stay in the US on a B1 / B2 visa ranges from 3 months to six months.

What is the risk of illegal stay in the USA?

People who will exceed their granted stay for more than one year will be banned from entering the USA for 10 years from the moment of departure. Illegal stay in the USA is tantamount to invalidation of the visa and may lead to deportation as well as refusal to issue a visa or permit to re-enter the USA.

How long does it take to visit the consulate or embassy?

It depends on the season. After the season, sometimes only two days pass from the moment of paying the visa fee to the day of the meeting. In the spring and summer season, this period reaches a week.

What are the disadvantages of a passport that would prevent you from applying for a visa?

The passport must be valid for more than 6 months from the intended date of return from the USA. A common disadvantage is the discrepancy between the current personal data and the personal data in the passport. This situation is most common in the case of women who changed their marital status in the recent past.

What is the most important thing to remember when talking to a consul?

During the conversation, which lasts about a minute, the consul is not able to verify what you say. What it does is observation. He is not so interested in what you say, but in how you talk, how you act, how you gesticulate, how you look. In the context of specific questions, he is interested in how you react to the question and decides whether you are hiding something or lying. You need to create a credible image and present a coherent application.