The U.S. Embassy in Kingston, Jamaica, faces difficulties in processing all the applications due to the surging demand for non-immigrant visas. There are so many applications that the embassy has scheduled up to 1,000 appointments daily in order to cope with the extremely high number of requests. According to visa officials, interview dates have been booked for the rest of the year.
Demand for U.S. non-immigrant visas in Jamaica has been constantly on the rise for the past three years. In the fiscal year 2013, there were about 85,000 visa applications per year. By 2016, the number has gone to 185,000 per year. This is the highest level registered in Jamaica so far.
Not all travelers are looking at the same wait times. Students, for instance, who need an F1 and J1 type of visa, have a different processing timetable and might receive their documents earlier than those applying for a non-immigrant visa. Temporary workers and crew members, who require H2A, H2B visas and, respectively, C1/D visa, also go through a separate process.
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