U.S. Embassy moves to paperless visa system as of March 24!

(Press Release, Tuesday, February 23, 2010) - The U.S. Embassy in Kingston announces that as of Wednesday, March 24, 2010 it will accept only online visa applications, doing away with the paper-based forms familiar to applicants.  On March 24, use of the new form becomes mandatory and the U.S. Embassy will no longer accept printed DS-156 nonimmigrant visa applications.  Form DS-160, the new electronic form, will be available on the embassy’s website (www.kingston.usembassy.gov) beginning Thursday, March 4, 2010 for optional use by applicants.  Applicants are encouraged to begin using the new DS-160 form as soon as it becomes available. The new DS-160 form, which will replace the current paper-based DS-156 non-immigrant visa application, must be completed and sent online and the information on the application will be electronically transmitted to the U.S. Embassy.  The new system is expected to improve efficiency, accuracy, and security for all visa applicants. Beginning March 24, 2010, non-immigrant visa applicants need only present at their interviews a printed DS-160 confirmation sheet issued at the time of the electronic filing, their passport, and a visa application fee-paid receipt from any National Commercial Bank Jamaica (NCB) branch.  The transition to the DS-160 online form will not change any other portion of the current nonimmigrant visa application process.  Specifically, the processes for making an appointment and paying the visa application fee will not change and all applicants will still be interviewed by a consular officer to determine their qualifications. Prospective nonimmigrant visa applicants should visit the embassy’s website for instructions on the complete visa application process. JOB VACANCY AT USAID Program Management Specialist/Democracy and Governance DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS:  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26 AT 4:00 P.M. For detailed position description, application form and instructions, please email jmjobs@usaid.gov. The Environmental Foundation of Jamaica’s Call for Proposalsremains open until April 9 at 3:30pm - an extremely strict deadline!  Information is available at grants@efj.org.jm and through our website (www.efj.org.jm). Support the Rotary Club’s Race to Literacy book drive!  See attached leaflet. Coming up this week! Thursday, February 25: Classic Films We Loved: “Tuskegee Airmen” starring Lawrence Fishburne 7:00 p.m., Liguanea Club.  Admission free. Friday, February 26: U.S. Embassy annual African American History Month Concert with guest performer Joan Cartwright 6:30 p.m. sharp, Hope Gardens.  Admission free.  Free shuttle from Jamaica College starts at 5:00 p.m. Saturday, February 27: Saturday Opening at the Institute of Jamaica: Exhibitions, Photography Club, Films, FREE Health Fair, Children’s Programs at East Street Junior Center. 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Admission $200 Adults, $50 Children Sunday, February 28: “Misty Bliss” at Hollywell, John Crow & Blue Mountain National Park.  Jamaica Conservation & Development Trust. 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Admission $1,100 Adults, $650 Children ($1,600 and $850 if taking a shuttle from UTech). Contact: Emma Lewis Public Affairs Associate Office of Public Affairs U.S. Embassy 142 Old Hope Road Kingston 6 Jamaica, West Indies Tel: (876) 702-6053 (direct); 702-6000 ext. 6053; 399-0704 (Cell/blackberry) Fax: (876) 702-6348 Email: lewisec@state.gov Website: http://kingston.usembassy.gov

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