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A couple of visa questions

Hello, all!

I've spent ages going through tracked tags and old entries on this community (and online, too) and I still have a couple of questions, especially since a lot of the entries are from 2009 and earlier, and I don't know what may have changed.

1) I think I'm mostly just confused about the process. Like, we fill out the online application - got it. They send us an email telling us which supporting documents we need - got it. We set up biometrics appointment - got it. But... when do I actually send the supporting documents? After I submit the online part (which I know I need to print out)? I know that's a terribly stupid question but, yeah. (Er, also, do they give you an address of where to send this stuff?)

2) I'm putting on my visa app that I got a speeding ticket (been told better safe than sorry) even though it's fixed penalty etc on the part where it asks for criminal convictions. Do I need to send a copy of the ticket with my stuff...? Or just have that on me if it's asked for?

3) Do I just need confirmation of the biometrics *appointment* before I send my stuff off (I'm guessing to the NY consulate? I live in DC) or do I need to wait until the actual biometrics are done?

4) My school, University of Manchester, assured me that a letter from them saying I had been approved for x amount of loans disbursed at x time was all the proof I needed that I could fund myself. I have some personal savings but otherwise I'm living entirely off loans (mix of Direct Stafford Loans + Grad PLUS loans). So can I just disregard the "provide bank statements for the past 3 months" etc etc stuff and ONLY send the letter from the loan office at UoM showing my loan approval?

5) Oh! One more thing. Anyone had trouble RECENTLY with the size of passport photos? From posts here before, people have sent 2x2 photos with no issues. But at the Post Office today they told me I should double check because they could be rejected. I have a whole printout of the exact specifications of the recent passport photos and I have no idea where to get that done as most places just do a standard US-sized passport photo.

THANK YOU!! And sorry for any redundancies!

Comments

lareinenoire
Jun. 28th, 2011 06:17 pm (UTC)
1. You send out your supporting documents AFTER you've had your biometrics appointment. Remember to bring the confirmation page and they'll sign it. Do not send anything beforehand and try to keep everything together as much as possible.

2. No need to send tickets; they just want details on the form. They never asked me anything about my speeding tickets.

3. I'm in DC as well, but inexplicably they have us send our stuff to the LA consulate. No idea why.

4. Send the bank statements and photocopies of your loan paperwork just to be safe, along with the letter from Manchester. Better to cover all your bases.

Can't answer 5; the last time I applied for a visa was last year. Good luck!

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