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1831. Posted by Shelly1822 (Budding Member 11 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Hi just after some info about changing my appointment with the embassy from London to Belfast if anyone might know please?

I’ve called the embassy about 5 times now and they just refer me back to Q&As and don’t seem to know what I’m on about.

So when booking at first Belfast said first appt was 27th Feb then London 19th March.

I booked London but then realised if approved I can fly back on my driving license from Belfast. I’d like to get this sorted ASAP so thought I’d be best to book Belfast.

All the forms say the embassy on my DS-160 has to match where I book the appt but the staff say this isn’t the case and the Q&As they refer to confirm this however when trying to change on the site it says it has to be the same?

Also now when looking at Belfast there are no dates whatsoever and the staff just keep saying no dates are available for me in Belfast. When I ask if this is because I have said London on the form they just repeat the same thing over and over. I ask if I’m best filling in a new DS-160 form and putting Belfast down but they say no and wait for something to come up but I find it hard to believe there are no appointments in Belfast at all.

Hope all that makes sense and any help is much appreciated, cheers.

1832. Posted by Shelly1822 (Budding Member 11 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Hi I’ve just rebooked for Belfast

Any info if I need a new DS-160 form which says Belfast as my embassy would help.

Two Q&As online say i will be ok?

Cheers

1833. Posted by Michelleleej (Budding Member 17 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Why did you choose Belfast though over London?

1834. Posted by travelman99 (Full Member 189 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

I’m not sure why you’re changing it to Belfast, you’re now paying way over the odds for this process.

Processing times won’t differ at all between Belfast and London. The waivers request still goes back to the US for processing.

1835. Posted by Shelly1822 (Budding Member 11 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Just to get an answer ASAP on if it gets rejected or approved so we can start to let people know if the wedding is going ahead or not.

My appt in London was 20th but Belfast 6th so saves another few weeks of not knowing etc.

When changing the appointment on the appt site it says...

“Please select the Consular Section location where you will apply. The Consular Section location selected below must match the Consular Section location entered on the DS-160 Number form”

But if you go on the site that you are guided to from the Q&As it says...

What happens to my DS-160 if I select a U.S. Embassy or Consulate where I will be applying for my visa, but end up making an interview appointment instead at another U.S. Embassy or Consulate?

The Embassy or Consulate at which you actually apply should be able to access your form using the barcode on your DS-160 confirmation page, which you must bring to the visa interview. For example, a business traveler intends to apply for his visa at the U.S. Embassy in City X, so he selects City X as the location where he will submit his application when he completes his DS-160. He then has an urgent reason to travel to City Y on business. Because there is a U.S. Consulate in City Y, he schedules an appointment for a visa interview there, using the barcode from his completed DS-160 application for appointment scheduling. The U.S. Consulate in City Y is able to accept his DS-160 even though it lists the U.S. Embassy in City X as the location where he originally intended to submit his application.

So very confusing, some people I have spoke with said I don’t need to do a new DS-160 form but one has said I do need to and then take both?

Going to call one last time and then make a decision, tbh it won’t hurt to do another form and just take both to be sure so might just do that.

[ Edit: Edited on 09-Feb-2018, at 09:56 by Shelly1822 ]

1836. Posted by travelman99 (Full Member 189 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Shelly it’s my opinion that you’ve made a huge mistake going for a Visa at this stage. However it is what it is, I would prepare your guests for the worse, or simply get married elsewhere.

1837. Posted by Shelly1822 (Budding Member 11 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

A lot of people advised me to just risk it but I didn’t think that was fair on the guests who are coming over in case I was stopped and sent back.

I know its a slim chance but if that had of happened then I think those guests would have been a lot more annoyed if they found out in Vegas and then found out I could of applied for a visa so I’ve had to do what I feel is right for me and everyone flying over.

1838. Posted by leics2 (Respected Member 188 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

I absolutely understand your reasons, Shelly, but please don't feel you have to justify or explain your decisions to anyone on here. You most certainly don't. :-)

[ Edit: Edited on 09-Feb-2018, at 12:39 by leics2 ]

1839. Posted by Shelly1822 (Budding Member 11 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Cheers pal

1840. Posted by travelman99 (Full Member 189 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

The chances of you being caught at the border aren’t slim, it’s practically non-existent. However, the chances of you being put forward for a waiver when you got a caution barely a month ago are extremely slim. I was told by an immigration lawyer during a consultation that 4/5 years is usually the sweet spot for getting a waiver depending on the crime. However - I’m happy to be proved wrong and you get it so you can enjoy your special day.

[ Edit: Edited on 09-Feb-2018, at 14:49 by travelman99 ]