25 March, 2010
The U.S. Embassy in Suva is pleased to announce that it is inaugurating a pilot program to interview applicants for nonimmigrant visas in Nuku'alofa, Tonga. The pilot program will be official launched by United States Ambassador to Tonga Steven McGann, and Frankie Reed, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State (Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs), at an opening ceremony at the Fa'onelua Convention Centre in Nuku'alofa on Monday March 29, 2010.
A request for such a project was discussed in May 2008 by Tongan Prime Minister Feleti Sevele and former Secretary of State Condeleeza Rice in Washington DC.
The Embassy encourages those in Tonga wishing to participate in the pilot nonimmigrant visa program to take particular note of the following conditions:
During the pilot phase, only applicants for specific types of visas will be able to participate. Although interviews will be held in Nuku'alofa, all case processing (including any actual visa issuance and placement in passport) will take place in Suva.
Since this is a new program, the processing time is undetermined. Thus applicants who need to travel at a specified time or do not meet \the criteria for an appointment in Tonga, should still plan to apply in person at the U.S. Embassy in Suva, Fiji.
Complete instructions for participating in this program, including a list of the visa categories which will be accepted for interviews in Nuku'alofa, will be posted on the U.S. Embassy website - http://tonga.usvpp.gov - by April 1, 2010. Applicants who meet the requirements for an appointment in Nuku'alofa will be notified by email with further instructions as well as the date, time, and location of their interview appointment.
For more information, please refer to the attached announcement CLICK here to Download US Nonimmigrant Visa Form.ENDS