The US Embassy in Brussels and the US Embassy in Brunei recently announced that a Belgian Citizen and a Bruneian Citizen can now apply for the US Visa through online portals. This is great news for the people of both countries as they will now be able to apply for their US Visa without having to leave their country.
US Visa for Belgian Citizens
Belgian citizens can apply for a US visa at a US embassy or consulate. Applicants must meet all the requirements set forth by the US government. The process of applying for a Belgian visa is similar to the process of applying for any other US visa, with a few exceptions. US VISA FOR BELGIAN CITIZENS
First, Belgian citizens must have a valid passport that is not expired and has at least six months remaining validity. Second, applicants must demonstrate sufficient funds to cover their expenses while in the United States and upon their return home. Finally, applicants must provide documentation that shows they will not become a public charge upon entering the United States and that they have adequate financial resources to support themselves during their stay.
Belgium is currently one of only 10 countries listed in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). Citizens of countries who are VWP members are allowed to travel to the United States for tourism or business without first obtaining a US visa. This includes many European countries, such as Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Portugal and Spain.
If you are a Belgian citizen and you want to visit or work in the United States temporarily but do not need your visa stamped in your passport (for example if you are traveling as part of an organized tour), you should consult an immigration lawyer before making your travel plans.
US Visa for Bruneian Citizens
What is a US visa?
A US visa is an official document issued by the United States government that allows a foreign national to enter the country and be granted temporary admission. The type of visa you need depends on your nationality and your purpose for visiting the United States. US VISA FOR BRUNEI CITIZENS
Brunei citizens who wish to visit the United States must first obtain a tourist visa. A tourist visa allows you to stay in the United States for up to 90 days and visit any number of designated tourist destinations, including family members living in the U.S. You may also study at an accredited educational institution while in the U.S. If you are not visiting family or friends and have no business interests in the U.S., then a student visa may be more appropriate for you.
To apply for a US visa, complete Form I-131, Application for Travel Authorization, which can be downloaded from the Department of State website or obtained from an American embassy or consulate abroad.
Most people who apply for a US visa do not need to appear in person at an American embassy or consulate; however, certain types of visas (such as diplomatic visas) require an appearance at an American embassy or consulate before travel can commence.
What to do if you are denied a visa and how to appeal
If you are a Belgian citizen and you are denied a visa to attend a U.S. event, there are several ways that you can appeal the decision. You may be able to apply for a visa through another country if the U.S. does not recognize your Belgian passport or if your visa application is incomplete. You may also be able to file a petition for review with the Department of State, or even file a lawsuit in federal court if you feel that the denial was improper or unlawful. If you have been issued an order of exclusion, you should surrender your passport and any travel visas immediately to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you received the order.