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Visa Video


September 14, 2004

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SUPERS

 

AUDIO

We Welcome You to the United States.
Helpful Information for Your Visit.

Is your destination the United States of America?

If so, this brief video will explain new visa policies and procedures for visitors to the United States - a nation with secure borders and open doors.

 

SUPER: Many travelers must have a
visa to enter the U.S.

Today, as in the past, the United States welcomes visitors from around the World. many travelers must have a visa to enter the United States. As you plan your trip, whether your journey is for business or pleasure, we want you to be aware of changes in visa policies that may affect your travel. These changes enhance our ability to verify the identity of the millions of legitimate vistors we welcome each year.

 

SUPER: Complete an application.

SUPER: Interview at the U.S. embassy
or consulate in your country.

To apply for a visa, you must complete an application, and in most cases be interviewed at the United States Embassy or consulate in your country,

SUPER: Provide information
demonstrating that you
intend to return to your
country at the end of your
visit.
In most cases, you must provide information demonstrating that you intend to return to your country at the end of your visit.

 

SUPER: Your two index fingers will be
scanned by a special inkless
fingerprinting device.

SUPER: Left index finger.
SUPER: Right index finger.

Stricter security measures require that your application undergo a more thorough inspection than in the past. At your interview, your two index fingers will be scanned by a special, inkless digital scanner. Your left index finger, then your right index finger.

 

While most visas are delivered within a week, in some cases, these security measures may add several weeks to the processing time for your visa application, so please add extra time in planning your trip.
If you have internet access, please log on to http://www.unitedstatesvisas.gov/ - where you will find the latest information about the different types of visas, the fee for your visa application, and where to pay your fee.

You can complete and print the forms from this web site.

 

the nearest United States Embassy or Consulate for assistance.

You can also call or visit the website of

If you need to be interviewed, schedule your interview appointment at the nearest United States Embassy or Consulate as soon as you know you are traveling to the United States.
Reconfirm the application fee and how to pay your visa application fee.

 

SUPER: Application fees should be
paid prior to your interview.

 

Application fees should be paid prior to your personal appearance at the United States consulate or embassy.

 

Be prepared. You must submit a variety of documents to support your visa application, and if an interview is required, you may need to bring these documents to your interview.
SUPER: Passport
SUPER: Visa application
SUPER: Receipt for your application
fee
SUPER: One Photograph

 

SUPER: Proof of employment
SUPER: Financial status
SUPER: Property ownership
SUPER: The reason for your visit to
the U.S.

These include: a valid passport, your visa application, a receipt for your application fee, and one photograph.

In addition,

you may need to present documents to assist you in demonstrating personal ties to your home country, such as proof of employment, your financial status, property ownership, as well as the reason for your visit to the United States.
You may be asked to bring personal financial documents.
SUPER: As a visitor to the U.S., you
must demonstrate that you
intend to return home after
your visit.

 

As a visitor to the United States, you must demonstrate that you intend to return home by providing information about your ties to your country, including your financial and employment status.

 

As always, we proudly welcome students from other countries to study in the United States. Student visa applicants must include additional documents with their application from the academic institution or exchange program sponsoring them.

 

A very small percentage of visa applications may undergo further review by officials in Washington, D.C. For cases that are reviewed, waiting times vary, but most are processed within a few weeks. However, your application does not guarantee you will be issued a visa.

 


SUPER: When you apply for a visa you
will be checked.

 

SUPER: If further investigation is
required, your visa will be
delayed.


When you apply for a visa, you will be checked against available records of people who are ineligible for visas or whose application requires additional review by United States government agencies before a visa can be issued. If your name or a close variation indicates further investigation of your application is needed, your visa application will require additional processing time. However, we will work diligently to
minimize any impact on your travel.


Upon your arrival at an air or seaport in the United States, a Customs and Border Protection Officer will review your travel documents to determine if you may enter the United States, and the length of your stay.

 


SUPER: Your two index fingers will be
scanned by a special inkless
fingerprinting device
.

SUPER: Left index finger.
SUPER: Right index finger.
SUPER: A digital photograph will be
taken.

As part of the new US-VISIT procedures, a Customs and Border Protection Officer will need to verify your identity. First, your two index fingers will be scanned by a special inkless fingerprinting device: Your left index finger, then your right index finger. A digital photograph will also be taken.

over
time to accommodate our
future environment.

SUPER: Regulations and registration
procedures may change

The United States of America welcomes legitimate visitors from around the world, these security measures are neccesary for the protection of our visitors and our citizens. Please remember that regulations and registration procedures may change over time to accommodate our future environment.
Please log on to http://www.unitedstatesvisas.gov/

 

or call the nearest United States Embassy or Consulate for the most current information about travel requirements.

Thank you for selecting the United States as your destination. We are a nation that welcomes you with secure borders and open doors, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

 

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(Include information here about specific locations of United States Embassy and Consulates and local embassy website address.)

 

 

VISUAL AUDIO
INTRODUCTION INTRODUCTION
Open on US-VISIT and Department of Homeland Security logos. The remainder of video consists of animated icons depicting entry/exit process. The United States has launched a program called US-VISIT.

 

A computer monitor depicts a map of the USA and data entered appears on screen.

 

At our ports of entry, advanced technology is used to verify the documents of incoming visitors that are between the ages of 14 and 79. This does not apply to U.S. Citizens or its legal permanent residents.

Using biometrics, US-VISIT enhances security while facilitating legitimate travel and trade.

Cut to animated traveler with carry-on luggage and travel documents, exiting a plane and boat, and entering terminal. Traveler reaches the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officer at desk and interacts with officer. Traveler hands CBP officer travel documents. Officer gestures for traveler to enter.

 

These procedures, used both when entering the U.S. and when leaving, help us maintain our commitment to expedite travel for the millions of legitimate visitors we welcome each year and make them safer while in the U.S. by enhancing our ability to confirm identity.

 

ENTRY PROCEDURES ENTRY PROCEDURES

 

Animated traveler with carry-on luggage and travel documents, exiting a plane and boat, and entering terminal. Traveler reaches the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officer at desk and interacts with officer. Traveler hands CBP officer travel documents and interacts with officer. When entering the United States at an airport or seaport, your travel documents will be reviewed by a Customs and Border Protection Officer.
Close-up of traveler at CBP officer’s desk. The US-VISIT process includes two additional procedures for most foreign visitors to the U.S.
Traveler places one finger on scanner. Cut to close-up of scanning screen where two fingerprints – left then right – appear. Cut wide to depict Officer photographing traveler. First, your two index fingers will be scanned by a special, inkless digital scanner. Your left index finger, then your right index finger. And second, a digital photograph will be taken.
The Customs and Border Protection Officer will also ask specific questions regarding your stay in the U.S.
Close-up of computer screen with fingerprints and photo. The data and information is used to assist the Officer in determining admittance to the country.
Cut back to officer and traveler at desk, officer hands documents back to traveler and gestures for traveler to enter.

 

This process takes only seconds but allows us to verify the travel documents of visitors who travel to the United States. And, it protects privacy, while enhancing our immigration system.

 


EXIT PROCEDURES

EXIT PROCEDURES

 

Traveler arrives at the airport.
Traveler walks through airport. Most visitors to the United States are expected to comply with exit procedures, which are being tested and evaluated in selected air and seaports nationwide.
Cut to traveler gathering bag and passing through security checkpoint. Traveler walks on looking for US-VISIT exit kiosk. Traveler sees US-VISIT signage pointing to exit station. Show traveler at kiosk, interacting with kiosk.

Traveler walks through airport terminal toward gate. Sees mobile unit/Exit Attendant. Hears announcement.

The U.S. Government is testing several different processes. One uses automated exit stations with Exit Attendants, located near the international departure areas of airports and seaports. If you check out at an exit station please keep the receipt as confirmation of your departure. Also being tested are verification and check-out procedures right at your departure gate. Please listen for announcements at your gate for US-VISIT check-out instructions.

 

Traveler hands ticket to gate agent and boards plane or boat.

If you depart the U.S. from a location where exit pilots are in place, compliance with these procedures is required. The exit information also helps facilitate your next visit to the United States.

Cut wide shot as plane taxis away from gate.

 

We Look Forward to Seeing You Soon.
Produced by the United States Government. (Great Seal)

Thank you for your attention. On behalf of the people of the United States of America, we look forward to having you here and wish you a pleasant and safe visit.

 



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