Gambia: U.S Visa Application Now Done Online

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The Visa application system of the United States of America has now been changed from paper-based forms to online application form. This was revealed at a press conference organised by the U.S Embassy in Banjul on Friday April 23rd at the Embassy Hall. Speaking at the press conference, the American Ambassador to the Gambia, Barry Wells, said it is important to change the way of visa processing and application. He said the transmission from paper form application to online application will improve customer satisfaction and cut down cost. Ambassador Wells further stated that the new system is more environmentally friendly. Michael Fitzpatrick, The U.S Consular to the Gambia, said for these coming two weeks the Embassy will continue to accept the old paper based forms but that from 17th May, the use of the new online form will be mandatory for all US visa applications. Fitzpatrick said the new online form will be available via a link on the embassy's website (http://Banjul.usembassy.gov) from April 26th for use by applications and after completion of the form, the visa application will submit the form online and the information will be electronically transmitted to the US Embassy. He added that applicants will then print out a confirmation sheet which they will need to take to Standard Chartered Bank to pay for and receive an interview date. Consular Fitzpatrick noted that the online DS-160 form will not change any other part of the current application process which is on the paper based form. He said the new online application form will make the visa application process more efficient, secure and accurate and that it is environment friendly. Fitzpatrick noted that the change from paper base to online application system applies to all U.S Embassies in the world and that according to some US embassies. He said they have already started the online application and that the people appreciate it as more convenient.