117% Increase in Nonimmigrant US visa Filings from Jamaica

117% Increase in Nonimmigrant US visa Filings from JamaicaJoshua Polacheck, The Counselor for Public Affairs at Jamaican US Embassy, reported that applicants for US nonimmigrant visa have been increased by 117% this year. The non-immigrant includes B-1 business visitor visa, B-2 visitor for pleasure, E-1 treaty trader, E-2 treaty investor visa and L-1 intra-company transfer visas. Application for 1000 visas are made every day.

The number of applicants have witnessed sharp increase from 85,000 to 185,000  from US fiscal year 2013 to 2016. However, it should be also considered that residents of Cayman are being affected by the delay of dealing with these applications as stated by Polacheck to a Cayman reporter.

A large number of applications is affecting the Ministry in such a way that there are no visa appointments left till 2017. Each day the decided numbers of applications are considered according to the consular officer available to conduct interviews. Mr. Joshua also pondered on the fact that,” the department is doing everything possible to allot emergency visas to the needy applicants.”

According to the date issued by US embassy in Kingston processing of more than 160,000 nonimmigrants and 15,000 immigrants visas have been done for 2015. However, the data of 2016 has not been made available yet.

Moreover, applicants can also be qualified using Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) with the help of Visa waiver pilot program (VWP). In the current scenario, Cayman Island is not included in this program yet.

Following requirements need to be met to obtain a non-immigrant visa:

  1. One has to share security-related data with the United States
  2. Refusal rate for visitor visa must be less than 3%
  3. Reporting of timely maintained and blank and issued, lost or stolen passport and infrastructure to issue e- passport.
  4. Proper infrastructure to issue e-passports.

Apart from all these requirements, a country would have to fulfill the US standards like anti-terrorism, law enforcement, document security and border control.

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