2

I am travelling to Colombia (South America) via US and have 12 hour stay in Washington (evening and night). I wanted to apply for US tourist visa so that I can possibly go out for evening and also because I don't have to apply for Colombia tourist visa then. My journey is after 6 weeks. Can anyone suggest me the estimated deadlines for visa and the factors that could matter so that I can decide accordingly. I am not sure if 12 hour stay is a strong enough reason to be granted tourist visa.

The alternative would be US transit visa + Colombian tourist visa.

Personal info:

  • Indian citizen
  • First international trip
  • Doing job and decent savings
  • 4
    note that you can also go out on a transit visa – user102008 Jan 6 '16 at 10:49
  • is it intended to use transit visa like that? looks confusing. anyways any idea if my case for getting tourist visa is strong enough – singhsumit Jan 6 '16 at 11:17
  • 1
    All US transits are landside, so everyone must clear immigration and can leave the airport if they wish. – Michael Hampton Jan 6 '16 at 22:36
3

In your situation, I would apply for a transit visa.

  • You can still go out of the airport on a transit visa
  • The primary reason for you being in the US is transit, so it's a more truthful visa application
  • I am pretty sure that a transit visa is easier to get (i.e. lower chance of denial) than a toursit visa. A visa denial looks really bad on your record. Better to get the easier visa first, and then get a tourist visa later when you really need it. At that point, you will already have international travel on-record (including a transit via the US) - it would be a stronger tourist visa application at that point.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.