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12.09.2005 General News

US Embassy makes changes to visa application system


Accra, Sept. 12, GNA- The US Embassy in Ghana said on Monday applicants for visa who missed their original appointment date would not pay an additional fee of 100 dollars.

A statement in Accra by the Embassy said such applicants would only have to use their original receipt number to have their date rescheduled.

This new arrangement is one of the measures put in place by the Embassy to reduce waiting time for interviews and to offer better services.

The statement said visa applicants who would have their applications cancelled or appointments changed would have their appointments rescheduled.

It said applicants who had been issued with a full validity before would be seen on a limited walk-in basis only if their full validity has expired within the last 12 months.

"You must physical be in possession of the passport with the old, full validity visa in it and you must previously have been issued with full validity, five year visa to the United States."

The release urged the public not to pay money to anyone for early visa appointment since they had no authority to grant it.

It said, "the online system was the only way to make an appointment. If someone tries to sell you an appointment time, they are committing fraud and you will not be admitted to the consular section," it said.