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IBFB members to get US visa preference

  • Published at 06:29 pm February 24th, 2014

The members of International Business Forum of Bangladesh (IBFB) will get some preferences and facilities to apply for and to obtain the US visa.

“The US Consul General in Bangladesh Jemmy B. Fouss has disclosed that the IBFB members will get some preferences and facilities to apply for and obtain the US visa,’’ says a IBFB press statement released yesterday.

According to the statement, the US Consul also declared that IBFB members, who applied through proper channel, will get appointment for visa from the US Embassy within 2 days of their submission of application.

In addition, any IBFB member having US visa from January 2008 and onward will get special facilities to renew their visas within 3 days, reads the statement.

The US Consul General was addressing a seminar titled “How to apply and obtain US Visa” organised by IBFB Chittagong Chapter on 20th February 2014 at Hotel Agrabad in Chittagong.

 Speaking as chief guest, Jemmy B. Fouss put emphasis on increased bilateral relations especially in the areas of development partnership, trade and business between the two countries.

He also noted that the US exports to Bangladesh has increased 44% in 2013 compared to the previous year, and application for non-immigrant US visa has also remarkably been increased over the years.

Regarding the visa procedures, he clarified that if a non-immigrant visa applicant can guarantee to return home from USA, it becomes easier for them to obtain the US visa.

In this context, he further said the US government has made the US visa process much easier than before. A consular officer from the US Embassy in Dhaka briefed the participants on different types of US visa, application procedures, required documentations and related issues.

The seminar presided over by the Engr. Sakhawat Hossain, was addressed, among others, by chairperson of IBFB Chittagong Chapter and Managing Director of Western Marine Services Ltd. Dr Md Omar Shafayat Kausar, and IBFB Vice-President Mahmudul Islam Chowdhury.