US visa application from Oman – Get these important updates before you proceed with that application!
It is not enough for you to use the expertise of the best immigration consultant in Oman; you need to have at least a little idea of what you’re about to start. Immigration, they say, involves a lot of antics and the US immigration is becoming competitive – therefore, before you make that application, ensure you equip yourself with the following updates:
Migrants are now required to include their social media handle in the DS-160 form.
This is the latest development regarding the US visa application procedures. The announcement took place on the 31st of May 2019 by the US Department of state. The implication is that, henceforth, irrespective of whichever agency is helping you with your application, you have to present a personal social media account that is at least 5 years old.
Aside from that, I see this as a technique that some other countries are likely to adopt shortly. The things you do on these various social platforms tells a lot about your personality and capabilities. So, do not underestimate the competency of these immigration officers to deduce conclusions from your actions on the social world psychologically.
Moreover, if you do not have an account yet, and you plan to migrate to the US from Oman soon, I’ll advise you to open one now.
Visa Waiver Update
As it stands now, your travel history plays a critical role in the success of your US visa application. The US has ties with about 38 countries in what we call a ‘visa waiver program.’ Here, citizens of these countries can visit the US for up to 90 days without a visa.
However, the department of state has decided that anyone who has visited any of the following countries anytime from 2011 till date will no longer be allowed to enter the US. Such countries include Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen.
Although Oman seems not to have a visa waiver ties with the US, this decision might likely affect other visa classes looking at the security concerns behind it. So, I’ll advise you to stay away from these countries if you have plans to migrate to the US from Oman in the near future.
An interview is now needed for visa renewal for foreign citizens
Recently, the US Department of state announced the withdrawal of dropbox options for visa renewal. It implies that immigrants from most countries who already have the visa, but wants to renew their permit, will have to attend a physical interview.
Previously, you have to do this online, but right now, the process has been changed. Although citizens from countries like Trinidad and Tobago can still renew their visa online, most applicants from other countries need to prepare themselves for a fresh interview before they can renew their permit.
These things are notably the latest updates you need from have in mind. Regardless of the various refusal most immigrants get, I want to inform you based on experience as a consultant that many people get their visas quickly without any hitch. It all depends on your nationality, ability to meet the requirements, where you are applying from, and in some cases, the expertise of the agency that is representing your case.
You have an opportunity to have a free assessment with a US immigration expert at our Oman immigration office. Do not miss this chance as it is open right now. Kindly get in touch today!