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Hello, 

 

A few questions - apologies if there have already been asked before!

 

1) I am in the process of completing the DS-160 and wondered if I mattered where I completed it? I am currently on holiday in France, can I complete the form here or do I need to wait until I am back in the UK? 

 

2) For those who have very recently booked interview in London, has there been many availability for end of the month or even early February? 

 

3) Can I travel to US before the interview but would have already completed DS-160 and booked the interview? I would need to attend a funeral. 

 

Many thanks for your help! 

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1.  Anywhere you can access it.

3.  As long as you have valid ESTA or B2, you can visit during the process.....at the discretion of the CBP at the border. 


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1.) it shouldn’t matter where but if you are nervous about unreliable internet connection and would feel more comfortable filing it out in the UK then wait

 

2.) we haven’t recently booked in London but back when we booked last April it was about a month/month and a half for interviews. But you can keep checking the website for cancellations. Also make sure you have your medical at Knightsbridge at a minimum 7 working days before your interview. My fiances was 5 working days (what they recommend) and his medical hadn’t arrived yet from the doctors 

 

3.) Like missleman said you can travel on a valid esta or b2 (you likely have an esta) just make sure it’s up to date. Entry is at the discretion of CBP. 


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1 hour ago, London19 said:

3) Can I travel to US before the interview but would have already completed DS-160 and booked the interview? I would need to attend a funeral. 

 

The US travel information will be incomplete on your DS-160 if you make another trip after submitting the form. 

 

Is your case file already in London? Have you received your letter of instruction from the embassy?  

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Thank you @K & R and @missileman - I would need to get a new ESTA as I have a new UK passport. My previous passport was going to expire this March. Do you think having a new ESTA is going to be an issue? Or it doesn't matter as long as it is valid? I'm probably overthinking here, I don't want to take any risk. 

 

@Wuozopo - Good shout re DS-160. 

My file is already in London. On CEAC, it turned 'Ready' on 02/01/2019. I am not sure if I have received the letter yet, I won't know until Sunday once I am back in UK. Do you know how long it takes to receive the letter?

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3 minutes ago, London19 said:

, I won't know until Sunday once I am back in UK. Do you know how long it takes to receive the letter?

 

I don't keep up with times anymore because I am already done so have no reason to comb through that.

 

There is really no rush to get that DS-160 sent from France. I can't see that it benefits you a great deal.  Work on it from the US, when you know the exact details of your "most recent trip" to the US. I'm guessing it must be coming up soon.

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Hi, regarding (3) 

 

I completed DS-160 in end November 2018 in order to book the interview in January 2019 (as I presume we need DS-160 number to book an interview) then I made travel to U.S to spend Christmas with my Fiancé, So I had to complete another DS-160 with new confirmation number to add the 'recent travel date to U.S'. (The most of the information filled in previous DS-160 was saved when I retried the new DS-160 form, so I only had to add this travel. thankfully) and I recently e-mailed them if I need to inform new DS-160 confirmation number prior to the interview, 

 

The instruction from the U.S embassy in London as follows 🙂 Hope this helps 🙂

 

You must bring a printed DS-160 confirmation page with you to your visa interview.  If you are unable to retrieve your DS-160 confirmation page via https://ceac.state.gov/GenNIV/Default.aspx then you should complete and electronically submit a new version of the form.  The new version will supersede the previous one. Please ensure that you print the new DS-160 confirmation page and bring it with you to your visa interview. 

 

If you have already scheduled your visa interview, you are not required to cancel or reschedule the appointment.  You should advise the consular officer during the interview that your DS-160 number has changed since your interview appointment was scheduled.

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