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U.S. Embassy, Dhaka Announces Change in MRV Collection Points | In Bangla

MRV fee receipts will not be available from September 1, 2014 through September 13, 2014.  Applicants without a fee receipt will not be able to schedule an interview until September 14, 2014.

After August 31, 2014, Machine Readable Visa (MRV) fee collection will no longer be available at Standard Chartered Bank.  Beginning on September 14, 2014, HSBC will begin collecting MRV fees for visa applications.  MRV fee receipts will not be available from September 1, 2014 through September 13, 2014.

We encourage nonimmigrant visa applicants who plan to travel in September to apply and to schedule an appointment at Saimon Overseas by August 31, 2014.  Applicants without immediate plans may apply and pay the MRV fee at HSBC beginning September 14, 2014.

Applicants who previously received a visa to the United States that was issued after January 1, 2008, are urged to apply through our “drop box” program.  Again, MRV fee receipts will not be available from September 1, 2014 through September 13, 2014.

Applicants who have pre-purchased valid MRV fee receipts, may still obtain the normal scheduling services available at Saimon Overseas.  

For further information, you can always contact us at DhakaNIV@State.gov.

Emergency appointments between September 1 and 11, 2014 | In Bangla

Applicants who wish to travel due to unforeseen emergencies may apply for visas.  If any of the following criteria matches your travel plan, you may contact us via dhakaniv@state.gov.  In the subject line of the email, please mention “emergency appointment date between September 1 and 11, 2014”. 

  1. Attending a family funeral
  2. To receive or continue receiving medical treatment in the U.S.
  3. Visiting family member who is seriously ill
  4. Unexpected, time sensitive business travel significant to U.S. Government interest
  5. Crew member (official C1/D only)
  6. Students who need to attend the Fall 2014 semester
  7. Exchange visitors (program begins by October 2014)

The Consular Section’s Information Unit will receive inquiries related to your concern and will send you reply immediately with detailed information relevant to your appointment date.

Important Notice:

The Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs is currently experiencing technical problems with our visa system.  We are operating at a significantly reduced capacity and will be until we clear the document backlog.

This issue is worldwide and is not specific to any particular country, citizenship document, or visa category.

We are working urgently to correct the problem and expect our system to be fully operational again soon.  We will be posting updates to Travel.State.Gov as more information becomes available.

Hours of operation click here.

Location and contact click here.

Nonimmigrant visa interview waiting time click here

How to Communicate with the Consular Section at U.S. Embassy - Dhaka

As part of U.S. Embassy – Dhaka’s efforts to improve customer service and facilitate public outreach for consular customers, the Consular Section’s Information Unit will receive and process all inquiries related to immigrant and nonimmigrant visa inquiries solely via email.  In addition, the Consular Section no longer accepts mailed or faxed correspondence. This standard is intended to ensure that communications are fully documented and consistent from one customer to the next.

The U.S. Embassy’s website contains detailed information for all consular services and answers to most questions. If the needed information cannot be found on the website, individuals may contact the Consular Section by email. 

• For questions regarding nonimmigrant visas, the email address is DhakaNIV@state.gov.

With the exception of emergencies involving American citizens, anyone calling by phone will be advised to send their inquiry by email to DhakaACS@state.gov.  Questions will generally not be answered over the phone.

Nonimmigrant visa categories and qualification

Most applicants for nonimmigrant visas travel to the United States for tourism, business, study, or temporary work.  Click here for a complete list of nonimmigrant visa categories andf qualification requirements for each category.

Scheduling an interview

Applicants must schedule their appointments through our service provider Saimon Overseas Ltd.  This also service allows applicants to pay their application processing fee, fill out and submit required visa application forms, and schedule an interview in one visit.  All nonimmigrant visa applicants are encouraged to schedule their visa interviews at least 90 days in advance of their anticipated date of travel. 

Fees

The current application processing fee for U.S. nonimmigrant visas varies by category.  For the full fee schedule, click here.  There are no issuance fees for Bangladesh nationals, however other nationals may need to pay issuance fees.  

Typers of Services Amount
Required
Schedule an Interview Appointment 500
Optional
Assistance Filling in the DS-160 900
Processing Fee for MRV Receipt if Purchased at Saimon 300
Subtotal
VAT (15%)
Total

Applicants may also purchase MRV fee receipt from Standard Charter Bank (Plot 189, Block NWA, Gulshan Avenue (opposite the Pakistan Embassy).

Note: Cell phones, cameras, electronic items, sealed envelopes, passports containing talcum and other powders, and weapons are not allowed into the embassy.

Additional services provided by Saimon Overseas

Saimon Overseas Ltd, our off-site service provider, handles many consular window services for nonimmigrant visas during their regular work hours from Sunday – Thursday between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM, Saturday between 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM. Nonimmigrant visa applicants are able to:

• submit passports
• withdraw of non-visaed passports
• submit 221(g) documents
• reschedule appointments

For diplomatic A and G visa applications, diplomatic couriers should drop off the notes verbale to the Consular Section according to the following visa services schedule.

After your visit to the embassy

Issuances
The Consular Officer will inform you as to how and when to pick up your visa.  Generally, successful applicants receive their visa within two working days. 

Administrative Processing
Some nonimmigrant visa applications require additional processing.  We realize the associated visa issuance delays may disrupt your travel plans.  Nonetheless, this Embassy, like all U.S. embassies and consulates, must adjudicate visas in accordance with the provisions of the law.  In some cases, this involves extensive administrative processing.  We cannot predict when additional processing be completed.   For this reason, we strongly recommend that all applicants apply at least three months prior to intended travel.  Click here to check the status of your case.  

Refusals

According to U.S. immigration law, all nonimmigrant visa applicants are considered to be intending immigrants. Therefore, they must convince the interviewing officer they intend to return to their home country.  Applicants who have been refused a visa are welcome to reapply at any time. However, they are encouraged to wait until their circumstances change before reapplying. A new application form and fee is required in order to schedule a new interview.

Officers sometimes ask applicants to provide additional documentation before they can make a final decision.  In such cases, you may submit these documents at Saimon Overseas Ltd. Please bring the 221(g) letter and requested items as marked to Saimon from Sunday through Thursday between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM and Saturday between 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM. No further visa fee is required. However, if the instructions indicate you should make a new appointment, you must pay an appointment scheduling service fee to Saimon Overseas.  If you fail to take the action requested within one year of the 221(g) decision, your NIV application will expire.

Emergency travel

Unplanned and urgent travel resulting from medical emergencies, hospitalization, and funerals may qualify for an expedited interview appointment. Click here to learn more about expedited appointments for emergency travel. 

Traveling to the United States

Applicants from 35 countries may travel to the United States without a visa.  Bangladesh is not one of these countries.  Click here to learn about the Visa Waiver Program and the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA), which is required for all Visa Waiver country travelers. 

When you arrive in the United States, some of your personal information will be shared with Customs and Border Patrol.  If you would like to learn more about what information is shared, click on Advanced Passenger Information System.  Click here to learn about requirements for the I- 94, the form all travelers must fill out upon arrival in the United States.  Certain individuals may need to register with NSEERS upon arrival in the United States. 

Learn more about visiting the United States at www.discoveramerica.com

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