Ask the Consul – January 2024

The U.S. Primary and General Presidential Elections are on the horizon!  As a U.S. citizen, you can vote even if you live and work outside of the United States.  In this edition of our Ask-the-Consul, we will answer some questions about how to vote while abroad. Q:  I am a U.S. citizen who has been …

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Ask-the-Consul – December 2023

Emergency Services Offered to U.S. Citizens at U.S. Embassy Georgetown The U.S. Embassy’s Consular Section provides emergency services for U.S. citizens in Guyana.  Below are answers to common questions about how we can help in an emergency. Q:  What emergency services does the U.S. Embassy provide? We can assist you in an emergency in the …

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Ask the Consul – November

It’s International Education Week! Here’s Your Guide to Applying for a U.S. Student Visa     With nearly 4,000 accredited institutions of higher education in the United States, there’s something for everyone – from two-year community colleges to four-year universities.  These colleges and universities welcome international students from all walks of life and across all …

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Ask the Consul – October 2023

2025 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program – Your Guide to Applying Many people are interested in immigrating to the United States but do not have a qualifying family member or employer to sponsor them. Applying for a diversity visa may help you realize your U.S. immigration dreams without having to be sponsored. Here are some common …

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Ask the Consul – September 2023

General Tips and Guidance for Your Nonimmigrant Visa Appointment at the U.S. Embassy! The U.S. Embassy’s Consular Section is committed to facilitating legitimate travel to the United States. We achieve this by processing thousands of nonimmigrant visa applications on a year-round basis. Below are answers to some common questions about visiting the Embassy to apply for …

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Ask the Consul – August 2023

Consular Information for American Expatriates in Guyana   Are you an American citizen living and working in Guyana? Get to know us at the U.S. Embassy and learn about all that we can do for you!  In this edition of our Ask-the-Consul, we are providing some Consular tips for the many American expatriates working in …

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Ask the Consul – July 2023

U.S. Student Visas – Start your journey to a higher education in the USA! In this edition of our Ask-the-Consul, we will provide information on studying in the United States. With thousands of academic programs, world-class institutions, and unmatched flexibility, the United States offers a wealth of higher-education opportunities that you will not find anywhere …

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Ask the Consul – June 2023

Re-opening of the Visa Document Service Center (DSC)   To improve efficiency in the visa application process and to provide better services to visa applicants, the Consular Section of the United States Embassy in Georgetown, Guyana re-opened the Visa Document Service Center, known as the “DSC” on June 13, 2023.  This edition of our “Ask-the-Consul” …

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Important enhancement to the U.S. visa application process

To improve efficiency in the U.S. visa application process and to provide better services to visa applicants, the Consular Section of the United States Embassy in Georgetown, Guyana announces the re-opening of the Document Service Center, also known as the “DSC,” on June 13, 2023.  As of June 13, 2023, applicants for U.S. visas (immigrant …

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Ask the Consul – May 2023

Think Twice About Assistance in the Visa Process   There has been an increase in the number of third-party preparers or visa service providers who create fake appointment letters or charge exorbitant fees for visa services that you can otherwise do yourself. In this edition of our Ask-the-Consul, we will provide some tips to avoid …

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Ask the Consul – April 2023

Non-Immigrant Visa (NIV) Fee Increase On March 28, 2023, the Department of State published a Final Rule regarding upcoming increases to certain nonimmigrant visa application (NIV) processing fees. This edition of our Ask-the-Consul will address some common questions about this upcoming change. What are the fee increases? Worldwide, the fee for visitor visas for business …

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Ask the Consul – March 2023

Common questions asked by Green Card Holders when they travel outside of the United States   This edition of Ask the Consul addresses common questions asked by Green Card Holders when they travel outside of the United States. Q: I’m a U.S. legal permanent resident, and I would like to know how long can I stay outside …

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Ask the Consul – February 2023

Tips and Guidance for coming to the Embassy   We have resumed processing of all categories of visas in addition to providing passport and citizenship services to American citizens. In this edition of our Ask-the-Consul, we provide information on what to expect upon your arrival at the Embassy and tips for a smooth entry. Q:  My …

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Ask-the-Consul – December 2022

Required Documents for Interview-Waiver Visitor Visa Applications   Some visitor visa applicants qualify to have their interviews waived and can submit their application documents for visa processing via our authorized courier service – currently DHL. In this edition of our Ask-the-Consul, we will provide guidance on the documents you must include in your application package …

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Ask the Consul – November 2022

It’s International Education Week! Here’s Your Guide to Applying for a U.S. Student Visa in Guyana   The United States is once again the TOP host destination for International Students. This year’s theme for International Education Week is “Open for Opportunity,” which underscores that following the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States is …

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Ask the Consul – October 2022

Para la versión en español, haga clic aquí: COLUMNA “PREGÚNTELE AL CÓNSUL” OCTUBRE   2022.(PDF128KB)  2024 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program – Your Guide to Applying  Many people are interested in immigrating to the United States but do not have a qualifying family member or employer to sponsor them. Applying for a diversity visa may help you realize your U.S. immigration dreams without having to be sponsored. Here are some common …

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Ask the Consul – September 2022

Para la versión en español, haga clic aquí: COLUMNA “PREGÚNTELE AL CÓNSUL” SEPTIEMBRE   2022.(PDF196KB) Common Questions about “Administrative Processing” Visa applicants sometimes require additional assessment to determine whether they are eligible for a visa. The term “administrative processing” may refer to various additional steps that must be taken to make that determination. In this edition of our Ask-the-Consul, we will answer some common questions about administrative processing. Q: …

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Ask the Consul – August 2022

Reporting Visa Fraud and Scams   Para la versión en español, haga clic aquí: COLUMNA “PREGÚNTELE AL CÓNSUL” AGOSTO 2022.(PDF119KB) The U.S. Embassy welcomes information from concerned citizens who are aware of visa fraud or scams. In this edition of our Ask-the-Consul article, we will discuss how you may report visa fraud and scams. We take all allegations of fraud seriously and work aggressively to ensure the integrity of …

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Ask the Consul – June 2022

Frequently Asked Questions about the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA)   Para la versión en español, haga clic aquí: COLUMNA “PREGÚNTELE AL CÓNSUL” JUNIO 2022.(PDF244KB) Some persons who are over age 21 may still qualify for immigration benefits as a “child”. This edition of our Ask-the-Consul answers some frequently asked questions about the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA). Q:.What is the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA)? A: The Child …

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Ask the Consul – May 2022

Common Questions on the Visa Document Courier Service Para la versión en español, haga clic aquí: COLUMNA “PREGÚNTELE AL CÓNSUL” MAYO 2022.(PDF209KB) The U.S. Embassy in Guyana has re-introduced visa document delivery via DHL courier service. Courier services has been implemented at U.S Embassies worldwide as part of the Global Support Strategy for Visa Services. Visa applicants will benefit from the flexibility the service offers by being able to …

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Ask the Consul – April 2022

In this edition of our Ask-the-Consul, we will answer some common questions about visas for transiting/traveling through the United States. Q: I just need to go through (transit) the U.S. to get to another country. I don’t even plan to leave the airport. Do I need a visa? A: Yes. Once you are transiting the …

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Medical Examination Information for Immigrant Visa Applicants

Para la versión en español, haga clic aquí: .Información sobre el Examen Médico para los solicitantes de Visa de Inmigrante. The U.S. Embassy in Georgetown, Guyana is a regional immigrant visa processing center for applicants from Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, and Cuba. We heard the calls to increase immigrant visa processing in Guyana due to extended visa wait times as a result of …

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Notice of New Panel Physicians for U.S. Immigrant Visas

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy has added Dr. Zulfikar Bux & Dr. Dev Persaud to its approved list of physicians authorized to conduct medical examinations for immigrant visa applicants. Dr. Bux will commence examination services from March 23, 2022, and Dr. Persaud from March 28, 2022. Contact information for these physicians can be …

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Ask the Consul – March 2022

Common Questions about Non-Immigrant Visa Renewals Para la versión en español, haga clic aquí: COLUMNA “PREGÚNTELE AL CÓNSUL” MARZO 2022.(PDF122KB) Q: Is the Embassy currently processing applications for non-immigrant visa renewals? A: Yes. Currently, we are accepting a limited number of visa renewal applications on a weekly basis. Q: Do I need an interview or is there a Drop Box System? A: If you are a Guyanese national renewing …

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Ask the Consul – February 2022

Para la versión en español, haga clic aquí: COLUMNA “PREGÚNTELE AL CÓNSUL” FEBRERO 2022.(PDF229KB) This edition of Ask-the-Consul addresses some common questions about the medical examination process for visa applicants. Q: Who needs a medical examination? A: ALL immigrant visa applicants, regardless of age, must undergo a medical examination before a visa can be issued. The examination must be performed by an Embassy approved panel physician. Occasionally, certain non-immigrant …

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Ask the Consul January 2022

Para la versión en español, haga clic aquí: COLUMNA “PREGÚNTELE AL CÓNSUL” –ENERO 2022.(PDF229KB) This edition of Ask the Consul addresses common questions asked by Green Card Holders when they travel outside of the United States. Q: I’m a U.S. legal permanent resident, and I would like to know how long can I stay outside the United States and not lose my status as a resident? A: According to the U.S. Citizenship and …

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Ask the Consul – December 2021

Para la versión en español, haga clic  aquí : COLUMNA “PREGÚNTELE AL CÓNSUL” – DICIEEMBRE 2021. Frequently Asked Questions   Q: What is an ineligibility? A: If a consular officer finds you are not eligible to receive a visa under U.S. law, your visa application will be denied (refused), and you will be provided a reason …

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Ask the Consul – November 2021

Frequently Asked Questions   November 8th marks changes to U.S. policy with regards to non-citizen, non-immigrant travelers to the United States.  The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Guyana would like to help visa applicants and their families be informed and prepared to meet these requirements. The following FAQ clarifies details on U.S. Presidential …

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Ask the Consul – October 2021

Para la versión en español, haga clic aquí: COLUMNA “PREGÚNTELE AL CÓNSUL” –OCTUBRE 2021.(PDF192KB) Frequently Asked Questions   October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month.  The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Guyana would like to help visa applicants and their families avoid scams when applying for visas to the United States.  Some of the most common scams encountered by visa applicants are those in connection with Diversity Visa applications.  …

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Ask the Consul – September 2021

Para la versión en español, haga clic aquí: COLUMNA “PREGÚNTELE AL CÓNSUL” –SEPTIEMBRE 2021. (PDF163KB) Frequently Asked Questions   Q: I need a “humanitarian visa” to the U.S. How do I apply? A: The United States does not have a specific “humanitarian visa” category.  The B1/B2 tourist visa would cover travel for most emergencies to the United States.  Follow the instructions at travel.state.gov to apply. Q: What are the …

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Ask the Consul – August 2021

Emergency Services Offered for U.S. Citizens at U.S. Embassy Georgetown Para la versión en español, haga clic aquí: COLUMNA “PREGÚNTELE AL CÓNSUL” – AUGUSTO 2021. (PDF1297KB) The U.S. Embassy’s Consular Section provides many emergency services for U.S. Citizens. Below are answers to common questions regarding American Citizen Services at the U.S. Embassy. Q: What emergency services does the U.S. Embassy provide? We can assist you in an emergency in the …

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Ask the Consul – July 2021

Frequently Asked Questions   Para la versión en español, haga clic aquí: COLUMNA “PREGÚNTELE AL CÓNSUL” – JULIO 2021. (PDF67KB) Q: Will my case move faster if I pay a third party? A: DO NOT pay any visa processing fees to third parties.  There is no additional fee to make an appointment.  Visa processing fees are paid to NVC (Immigrant Visas), Scotiabank Guyana (NIV & Fiancé Visas) or in limited cases, directly …

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Ask the Consul – June 2021

Diversity Visa and Immigrant Visa Scheduling:   Para la versión en español, haga clic aquí: COLUMNA “PREGÚNTELE AL CÓNSUL” – JUNIO 2021. Many people have written to us recently to ask about the worldwide immigrant visa backlog.  You can find more information about how the Department of State is working through the backlog at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/visas-backlog.html .  U.S. Embassy Georgetown is working every day on immigrant visas to support the many families …

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Ask the Consul – May 2021

Preparing for Your Immigrant Visa Appointment   Para la versión en español, haga clic aquí:  COLUMNA “PREGÚNTELE AL CÓNSUL” – MAYO 2021 . The Embassy is committed to sharing the current status of visa operations.  The health and safety of Embassy personnel, U.S. citizens seeking assistance abroad, individuals seeking immigration benefits, and local populations is paramount.  Although we are processing both immigrant …

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Ask the Consul – April 2021

Frequently Asked Questions – Student Visas Q:  Is the U.S. Embassy interviewing for student visas? A:  Yes! The U.S. Embassy Consular section is interviewing for F-1 Student Visas. International students are an integral part of American colleges. The U.S. State Department encourages international students to apply to American universities. Q: My mom wants me to go …

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Ask the Consul – January 2021

Tips and Guidance for coming to the Embassy    The Embassy has remained open to provide emergency and mission-critical visa services throughout the pandemic. In September 2020, we resumed scheduling nonimmigrant and immigrant visa interview appointments, giving priority to certain  categories of visas . Below are answers to common questions regarding visa appointments at the U.S. Embassy.    Q:  What measures is the U.S. Embassy taking …

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Ask the Consul – December 2020

Frequently Asked Questions   Q: Is the U.S. Embassy open?  A:  The embassy has remained open throughout the pandemic. Our first priority continues to be American citizen services.  In September 2020, we resumed scheduling nonimmigrant and immigrant visa interview appointments.   Appointments for some categories of routine visas, including visitor visas for vacation travel (B1/B2) are still …

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Ask the Consul – November 2020

The U.S. Embassy in Georgetown, Guyana continues to prioritize American Citizen Services (ACS) as we follow the Department of State’s “Diplomacy Strong” phased approach to resuming operations.  The U.S. Embassy offers the full range of services for U.S. citizens, including passports, Consular Report of Birth Abroad, Consular Report of Death Abroad, and limited notarial services. …

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Ask the Consul – October 2020

Diversity Visas Q: What is the Diversity Visa (DV) program? A: If you are a native of a country that has historically low rates of immigration to the United States, you may be eligible to apply for a diversity immigrant visa.  There is no cost to register for the DV program.  You can read about the program here: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/immigrate/diversity-visa-program-entry/diversity-visa-submit-entry1.html?wcmmode=disabled …

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Ask the Consul – September 2020

The U.S. Embassy welcomes information from concerned citizens who are aware of visa fraud. In this installment of Ask the Consul we will discuss how you may report visa fraud and why it is important to do so. Q: What is considered visa fraud and why is it important to report visa fraud?  Entering into a …

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Ask the Consul – August 2020

Travel Advisories, Emergency services and Voting Abroad:   The U.S. Embassy in Georgetown, Guyana has increased passport appointments for American citizens as we follow the Department of State’s “Diplomacy Strong” phased approach to resuming operations. Americans may schedule an appointment for U.S. citizen services through our website located here:  https://evisaforms.state.gov//Instructions/ACSSchedulingSystem.asp . We ask that U.S. citizens with confirmed appointments wear a face covering and comply with social distancing requirements while they visit the consular section.  As …

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Ask the Consul – July 2020

Consular operational status, Nonimmigrant and Immigrant visa interviews, disruptions caused by the pandemic Q: Is the Consular Section open? A: The Consular Section is open on a limited basis for American Citizen Services (ACS) and emergency cases.  Routine visa operations remain closed in Guyana and U.S. Embassies worldwide due to COVID-19 restrictions.  The U.S. Embassy …

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Ask the Consul – January 2020

General Tips and Guidance for Your Nonimmigrant Visa Appointment at the U.S. Embassy! The U.S. Embassy’s Consular Section processes nonimmigrant visa applications on a year-round basis. Below are answers to common questions regarding a nonimmigrant visa appointment at the U.S. Embassy.  Q:  Where is the U.S. Embassy’s Consular Section located? A:  The US Embassy is located …

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American Citizen Passport Execution Fee Increase Goes Into Effect April 2

Some American citizens will see a fee increase the next time they apply for their American passports. The change will go into effect worldwide on April 2, 2018. The “passport execution” fee will increase $10, from $25 to the new fee of $35. The new $35 fee is applicable to all first-time passport applicants and …

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