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B1/B2 Visa Denials
Posted: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 7:58 PM
Joined: 19/08/2014
Posts: 67

Dockwalk has received several stories from crew about an increase in B1/B2 visa denials. What has been your experience this season?
Posted: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 9:02 PM
Joined: 10/01/2012
Posts: 4

I am currently at the Bennetti yard in Livorno, Italy.  There has been 2 crew here that have been denied outright and 1 that has been given only 1 year.   So  yes there does seems to be some changes?
Posted: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 9:29 PM
Joined: 04/11/2016
Posts: 1

I received my B1/B2 2 years ago. I applied alone without any boats papers. Just had my cv on me, all maritime certificates and helluva confidence that i will get the visa. I had an interview in US Embassy in Krakow, Poland.

I explained them that Im working on a yachts and we work in winter in The Caribbean. sometimes we do join the boots in Florida and sometimes we do enter US ports thus we need the visa. It was 10 min interview and i got my visa for 10 years.

Our stew just joined us from Poland with B1/B2 visa. She entered in US and had no problems...

Posted: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 10:49 AM
Joined: 18/03/2016
Posts: 4

My twins, on seperate yachts, both had their B1/B2 visa's refused in Italy along with other members of their respective crews. 

Both of them then got them, withing one day of each other, in Madrid and both for 10 years without restrictions, as did their crew mates.

There would seem to be a disparity between issuing countries even when the information supplied to the respective embassies is the same.

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