The United States embassy in Georgetown on Monday announced the reopening of its Document Service Centre (DSC), noting that the move is to improve the efficiency of the US visa application process and to provide better services to visa applicants.
The Embassy’s Consular Section said that the DSC will be reopened today.
“As of June 13, 2023, applicants for US visas (immigrant and non-immigrant) instructed to submit documents to the US Embassy as part of their applications will drop off documents at the DSC. The DSC is located at 223 Camp Street, Georgetown,” the Embassy has advised.
It said that the pick-up of passports and other visa-related documents will also be facilitated at the DSC, and as such, visa applicants should no longer use DHL to submit or receive visa documents from the close of business on June 12.
The newly renovated DSC facility is conveniently located near the US Embassy and will create a streamlined and more efficient process for applicants to submit visa application documents when instructed to do so or to pick up their passports. DSC staff will ensure all required documents are provided, which will streamline visa application processing. The DSC is operated by CSRA (Guyana) Inc and is open to the public from 08:30h (8:30 am) to 16:00h (4:00 pm) from Monday to Friday.
Processing fees increase
Meanwhile, effective June 17, there will be an increase in the processing fees for certain non-immigrant visa (NIV) applications. The fee for visitor visas for business or tourism (B1/B2), and other non-petition-based NIVs such as student and exchange visitor visas, will increase from US$160 to US$185. The fee for certain petition-based nonimmigrant visas for temporary workers (H, L, O, P, Q, and R categories) will increase from $190 to $205.
The fee for a treaty trader, treaty investor, and treaty applicant in a specialty occupation (E category) will increase from US$205 to US$315.
A total of 8004 non-immigrant visas (visas for foreign nationals wishing to enter another country temporarily) were issued by the US Embassy in Georgetown for the fiscal year 2022, according to the US State Department annual visa statistics report. (G1)