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  • US (C-1/D) Crew Visa - Belfast Consulate

    Apparently you don't have to go to London for your interview; you can do it at the US Consulate General on Stranmillis Road (near Malone Road) in south Belfast (...just a few minutes walk south of Queen's University Belfast).

    Anyone ever been?

    Might be useful for Irish cadets... actually, it might be cheaper than going to London for other cadets - flying into Belfast City Airport! Affordable B&B nearby... affordable quick taxi to and fro... Less busy as well!

    Any thoughts?

    some links:


    http://britishexpats.com/forum/showthread.php?t=473108
    http://www.usembassy.org.uk/nireland/nivisa.html
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/US-Consul ... 9796969657
    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/arc ... 27317.html

    Best Answer - Chosen by Asker
    I just came back on the 6th from the US Consulate in Belfast, after successfully applying for a C1/D Visa.

    Your letter of employment (cruise ship?) should state your contract start date and not necessarily the length of contract.

    My letter of employment does not have a return date or details on returning to the UK, so I guess they just infer that you will be disembarking the ship when you get home and not stay in the US.

    On the DS-156 for the question about the stateside address, I was instructed by my employer to write "On Board Ship" which I did and everything was fine. They gave me a list with the answers to most of the questions on the D-156 / D-157 which was helpful.

    Hope this helps.

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    They will give you a C1/D visa for 5 years. [edit: Not convinced about how true this is...]
    C1/D is for working on the ship/transit,is not a big deal for you.
    After you finish the first contract go to the Embassy and request a B1/B2 if you want to go around US.
    Not a big deal.Have fun on the ship.I hope you got Royal Caribbean.

    * 2 years ago

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    I never had any problems with my C1/D.
    In fact in 2001, right after September 11, my name was spelled wrong.
    I'm Denis and it was written DANIA.
    They didn't care.
    The last time I renewed it they gave me 10 years and I told them I was doing only one more contract. (I left ships in 2005).
    The only thing that has always happened to me was when entering the US with my C1/D, I was always sent to the "little room" with all the illegals. I never had any problems there, just took an hour or for my turn and you gotta listen to them being very rude to some obscure people who don't speak English at all. Other than that, it was always fine. (And I hate it in 2 different Passports - one is European)

    * 2 years ago
    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index ... 642AAOmIje

    Barrie says:
    28 June 2010 at 16:53
    Hello ? My wife and myself both work for a crusie line and my wifes C1/D is currently up for renewal. Nilema (Nepalese is currently in Kathmandu applying for her spouse visa for settlement in the uk. The question is whether after getting the settlement visa whether she would be able to apply for the C1/D visa in Belfast or London. If this is possible is it quicker to go to Belfast or London\
    visaservices4 says:
    30 June 2010 at 09:08

    Barrie ? provided that your wife is resident in the UK at the time of her application and that she will remain in the UK for any processing which may be necessary in her case, she may apply for the visa at the Embassy in London or the Consulate in Belfast. She should contact the Operator Assisted Information Service on 09042 450 100 (?2.30/min) to arrange an appointment.
    http://www.usembassy.org.uk/visaservice ... 25&cpage=1

    Posted By: FlySteve
    Date Posted: 08 March 2009 at 4:40pm

    I had to get my American visa last year when I started flying with Thomsonfly. You have to call up the US Embassy and book an appointment at the London or Belfast Embassy your C1/D visa costs approx ?112 this is what I roughly paid last year. It is required to visit the embassy in London in person to get the visa which can cost a bit by the time you pay for flights and a hotel in London becuase the appointments are usually early in the morning from 8am onwards.

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    4. Attend your US Embassy / Consulate interview
    Confirmation of Appointment
    You will receive written confirmation of the date and time of the scheduled appointment and the receipt for the MRV application.
    You must bring the Non-immigrant Visa Interview Confirmation letter and MRV Fee receipt with you for presentation to the security guards at the gate. Check the date and time. Although the Embassy advises that you do not take along any mobile phones or any electronic devices (such as blackberries, IPods, or PDAs) nor large bags, such as backpacks, suitcases or packages as they are not allowed within the Embassy, the Embassy does have a luggage/hat check like area which allows you to leave items while you
    are attending your appointment and then retrieve these items later.
    Please note that if you attend an interview in Belfast and are travelling by plane, you will need to take additional photo ID for your return plane journey.
    In addition, on the day of your interview, a set of your fingerprints will be electronically scanned. If you have a cut or blister on any of your fingers or thumbs, your application will not be processed. You will be required to reschedule an appointment for a later date.
    Please ensure you take the following: http://www.usembassy.org.uk/cons_new/vi ... apply.html
    o The written confirmation of Visa interview date and time plus MRV application fee receipt documents.
    o Current passport (with at least one blank page), which is valid until at least six months after the end of your academic programme in the USA. [edit: Latter part is for exchange student visas and is Not Applicable to MN Cadets
    o Completed forms DS-156 (DS-157 if applicable) and DS-158 [edit: DS-160 only as of August 2010]
    o Signed and dated I-20 or DS-2019 Form [edit: Not Applicable to MN Cadets]
    o One photo that complies with US Embassy requirements (see
    http://www.usembassy.org.uk/cons_new/vi ... photo.html for further details). Normal passport photos will not be accepted.
    o Proof of payment of the visa application fee (same as MRV fee receipt listed above) [edit: Some sponsors pay for you; some make you claim it back as an expense.]
    http://www.uea.ac.uk/hum/TPO/studyabroa ... n+Process+
    NB: studyabroad/USA+Visa+Application+Process+

    The Consulate General in Belfast, Northern Ireland issues nonimmigrant visas only.
    http://www.advocatesatlantic.com/london.htm

    http://www.usvisalawyers.co.uk/whatsnew.htm

    Belfast

    Typical Wait Time (Calendar Days*) for a Nonimmigrant Visa Interview Appointment

    Visitors Visas: 7 Days
    Student/Exchange Visitors Visas: 3 Days
    All Other Nonimmigrant Visas*** (Excludes: A, G, K, and V): 7 Days

    Typical Wait Time (Workdays**) for a Nonimmigrant Visa To Be Processed****: 1 Day
    http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/wait/ ... x=101&y=12

    http://woomby.travellerspoint.com/1/

    USVISA
    10-11-2006, 10:17
    After a much stress, scouring the internet to find out whether I would get a VISA for the US I've now been through this whole process and have a visas

    I have a conviction for Drink Dirving and hence cannot take advantage of the Visa Waiver program. I originally considered: Should I risk going anyway and lie on the forms you have to fill out when you arrive in the US?

    Well the answer is: You will get caught. The UK and US share information that declares whether you have a criminal record. This data exchange programme has identified more 20,000 individuals arriving in the US that have criminal reocrds but decide to risk it. Attempts like this result being put on the next flight back.

    I sent of for the required subject access statement. This took four weeks. The docment contains:
    Arrrests, Charges, convictions, Sentences - fines/custodial/community service

    It does not contain the details of any criminal activity.

    Things to consider that aren't on the US embassy website:
    Do you own a property?
    What is your occupation and how long have you been doing it?
    What is your annual salary?
    These questions are used to assess whether you are likely to return to the UK after entering the US. This is particularly a concern when issuing long visas - up to ten years.

    I flew to belfast to avoid the london queues. I was in and out in 40 minutes and got my passport back the next day.
    http://www.urban75.net/vbulletin/archiv ... 60119.html

    http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/forums/show ... p?t=658920

    http://www.qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/exc ... 24505.html

    The U.S. Consulate General in Belfast, Northern Ireland, is located at Danesfort House, 228 Stranmillis Road, Belfast BT9 5GR; Telephone: in country 028-9038-6100
    http://www.passportvisasexpress.com/2465.xml
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    Re: US (C-1/D) Crew Visa - Belfast Consulate

    this would be much easier for cadets at fleetwood . or glasgow i guess
    Maybe I will never be
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    • #3
      Re: US (C-1/D) Crew Visa - Belfast Consulate

      Belfast has a much nicer building than London...


      although there will be a new embassy in 2016 in Wandsworth i think...
      Not all Trade Unionists are left wing, socialists or even ugly

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      • #4
        Re: US (C-1/D) Crew Visa - Belfast Consulate

        is the road still closed and all the anti terror bollards still in place. since its in belfast you would expect some bremers or Jersey barriers atleast . looks like there is nothing
        Maybe I will never be
        All the things that I want to be
        But now is not the time to cry
        Now's the time to find out why

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        • #5
          Re: US (C-1/D) Crew Visa - Belfast Consulate

          I Asked to goto Belfast and my company told me it was a mis-print on the website and u had to goto london............ All good tho, dont need to go back for another 10 years

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          • #6
            Re: US (C-1/D) Crew Visa - Belfast Consulate

            Originally posted by Martyboy
            I Asked to goto Belfast and my company told me it was a mis-print on the website and u had to goto london............ All good tho, dont need to go back for another 10 years
            Honest, aren't they; or perhaps they just don't know and want to keep things "simple" from their POV? They could always pick up the phone or write to the embassy to find out - they are a large transnational corporation after all...
            A whole page and specific set of paragraphs on the US embassy website a "misprint", they're 'avin' a laugh!
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            • #7
              Re: US (C-1/D) Crew Visa - Belfast Consulate

              You used to be able to go to Belfast. My Father got his visa there about 5 years ago.

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              • #8
                Re: US (C-1/D) Crew Visa - Belfast Consulate

                Well I imagine they wouldn't be offering interview dates if it wasn't allowed?!
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                • #9
                  Re: US (C-1/D) Crew Visa - Belfast Consulate

                  Ye, my only thought was that you couldn't get the C-1/D Visa in belfast as its slightly more technical with it being a crew visa? I personally couldn't see anything saying you couldn't go to Ireland but like I say........ London was an experience, I had a shot of the tube at 8:30 on Monday morning just for the fun of it

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                  • #10
                    Re: US (C-1/D) Crew Visa - Belfast Consulate

                    I've added various references to my OP from the anecdotal to those from US immigration lawyers and the US visa people themselves. It seems pretty conclusive that Belfast handles non-immigrant visa processing and interviews only, and that includes these C-1/D visas. I don't think it gets more technical than simply ticking a different set of boxes; putting a different bit of text on the sticker in your passport; and charging a slightly different fee...
                    The Borg appear to have a special microsite with a visa handling company as well, so it's odd that they seem to send cadets to do it all themselves and don't process using it (by all accounts). You'd imagine it would be cheaper than refunding people various travel/accommodation/visa costs?! I expect the cost of doing it at London v doing it at Belfast is significantly more in these days of cheap flights, buses, online hotel booking etc... I'm hoping some of you will add some price and faff comparison info on these two options (some Dublin experiences would be interesting to hear about too).
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                    • #11
                      Re: US (C-1/D) Crew Visa - Belfast Consulate

                      Well Prices for the hotels were ?89 in London. The only reason I know this is because I had a mate who went down their a week after me and I recomended she stayed in the Ibis i stayed in and it worked in at ?89 a night. Trains were about ?115 return but I imagine you could possibly get a cheaper deal on network rail website...... and the Tube is ?7.20 for an all day ticket over Zones 1-2 which should pretty much cover you for central london.

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                      • #12
                        Re: US (C-1/D) Crew Visa - Belfast Consulate

                        Trains from where! From some places it's double that!! Also depends on time of day (from some places you could conceivably get an early train and avoid the whole accommodation bit) and how short notice you book.
                        Some people are perhaps content to never have to go to London for anything for all sorts of reasons.
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                        • #13
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                          The most expensive train ticket was an FOR from Newquay to Kyle of Lockalsh for ?1002
                          Not all Trade Unionists are left wing, socialists or even ugly

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                          • #14
                            Re: US (C-1/D) Crew Visa - Belfast Consulate

                            Yes you can go to belfast for it. Well I know I am going to and they are allowing me, Although It is out of the way a bit from like Belfast CIty centre itself. Secrurity is very tight at it. There is a no parking zone around it.

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                            • #15
                              Re: US (C-1/D) Crew Visa - Belfast Consulate

                              It's a ?12 minimum taxi fare from George Best to Danefort so I'm told... or you could walk from the uni if you stay in student digs for ?30/night.
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