No changes on visa process: US Embassy in Addis Ababa
Addis Ababa, February 28, 2017 (FBC) – The U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa said Ethiopians can apply for visas as usual.
No changes have been made on visa application processes under the Executive Order 13769 for Ethiopian applicants, the Embassy told FBC today.
“Things are as they were before the Executive Order,” said Chase Thompson, Visa Section Vice Consul at the Embassy of the United States of America in Addis Ababa.
According to the Vice Consul, there is small change in visa interview waiver program, which has limited the time frame for those individuals who seek to do an interview waiver program.
“It was within 48 months of expiration and it is now down to 12 months,” he said.
Applicants, whose visas have been expired less than 12 months, are still able to participate in the visa interview waiver program
Applicants who have visas that have been expired between 12-48 months, will no longer be able to participate in the visa interview waiver program and will have to apply through the same process as initial applicants, he said.
The Embassy further said that no limitations have been placed on the issuance of visas in Ethiopia.
“Last year alone, in 2016, we issued over 18,000 visas. The vast majority of them were for Ethiopian applicants,” Thompson said.
“There is no quota in placed and I don’t see it will be implemented,” he added.
The Vice Consul stated that the visa program will continue in the future as usual. The Embassy will continue to facilitate the legitimate travel for those individuals travelling to the United States.