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Physics PhD applying for a B1/B2 visa. How much of a hassle is TAL?

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I have an interview in 6 weeks at the Tel-Aviv consulate, for a B1/B2 visa.

I'm in the final 1-2 years of a PhD in Physics, and will certainly trigger the Technology Alert List issue.

The work we do is purely scientific, completely open and not classified.

The head of our group had some delays with his visa, but eventually received it and attends conferences and visits the US regularly (even some "dirty" places - National Laboratories and the likes).

Another person in the group tried to get a visa to go to some conference a couple of years ago, but only obtained a 1-year visa, after a very long delay (he missed the conference...).

I have no specific travel plans, but will definitely want to visit the US as a tourist, and maybe attend a scientific conference in the future.

Does anyone have experience with this procedure? How long does it take?

How can I increase my chances of obtaining a multiple-entry, long term visa?


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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada

Your question is very specific so it is difficult to answer. You seem to be concerned with the nature of your research and your ability to get a tourist visa. Have you asked these questions to those you know who have successfully completed the tourist visa procedure?

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Filed: Timeline

Thanks for the reply.

I have asked some people, but the answers vary greatly. I was hoping to get a better handle on what to emphasize before/during my interview, and what documents should I bring in order to speed up the process and get a better outcome.

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Wales

It would not be normal for you to be given time to emphasis anything or present documentation.

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

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