Kuwait US Embassy Visit

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I’m traveling to the US in a couple of weeks so I had a couple of questions pop up regarding my Passport and Visa. I sent the embassy an email regarding the question and they called back the next day to answer the question. I was surprised they didn’t write back, but then when I thought about it they just didn’t want anything written.

My passport expires in Dec of 2007, and my Visa is valid until Feb of 2008 but some countries won’t allow you to enter the country if there is only 6 months left on your passport. I know this happened to a friend that visited Thailand or Malaysia on his honeymoon and he only 4 months left so they wouldn’t let him in, that was a mess for them to deal with.
I knew about this issue before, but the process of getting a new passport only takes about 3-5 days, but getting a new US Visa could range from 2 weeks to 6 months. There is no set time and I didn’t want to take that chance even though I already have a valid Visa. First off if your going to the Embassy leave your mobile and camera in your car. Ask questions if you don’t know what your doing like me, there is always somebody to point you somewhere, at the gate they told me to take the golf cart to the front of the embassy which I did. Then your sitting outside in front of three counters and each one labeled for the type of business you have with them but sitting out in the heat felt like we were cattle.

I stepped up to the Visa window and asked the person at the window what is my situation regarding the passport and visa, he told me the only thing they care about is having a valid visa. If my Visa is valid then it doesn’t matter when my passport ends if I am entering the US and my duration. That is the same thing the person said after I sent my email, I really do hope that is the case since it would really be horrible to land in the US and they won’t let me enter the country. So if the visa and passport is valid for the duration of the trip then I would have no problems on the trip.

A guy who is just trying to enjoy life!

19 Comments

  1. also, if you have a valid visa, you can always get a new passport and use the visa from the old passport. This is what I did last time I was in the states.

  2. Katie

    I think you should get your self a new passport to be on the safe side.

    Norwgians don’t need a visa to go to the US and stay there for less than 3 months but our passport have to be valid for at least 3 months. If we want to stay longer we need a visa and a valid passport for the entire time.

    I think you need to have a machine-readable passport, I know I do have to.

    Have a nice trip!!!

  3. Big Byrd

    Why don’t you renew your passport and just attach the old one that has the visa in it, to it?!

  4. Yeah, been there. I just renewed the passport and attached both the old and new passport since the visa was in the old one. All major cities were cool with it. (The immigration officer in the U.S. actually stapled both passport covers back to back, that was even cooler! He said that way you won’t lose either!)

  5. ^^Yep in Lebanon that’s what they do if you have a Visa expiring after the passeport so I guess you could do like N.

  6. That is surprising, Marzouq.

    Actually, USA is the only country I know that wouldn’t let you in if your passport is valid for ‘less’ than 6 months. That’s why I find their reply very surprising! ’cause I’ve been told totally the opposite in the US embassy here in Oman.

    Last June I visited the American embassy in Muscat for higher education purposes, I went there a couple of times and in all my visits, I didn’t encounter a single American employee in the embassy, lol. I was really shocked and if not the American flag was on that building and if I was not familiar to the place I would have said that’s not the American embassy, lol. In the embassy I just met with the security guards and the Educational Adviser. All the security guards I’ve seen were Omanis and the Educational Adviser was a young Omani lady as well. Now since you visited the American embassy in Kuwait I wanna ask if you noticed the same in the embassy? Are the security guards of the embassy Kuwaitis? or they’re Americans?

  7. Take me with you this time… Hide me in the luggage, I’m small enough *yeah right*

  8. I love the pic!!! :D I haven’t seen the blue passport for years!!! I hope everything goes well on your trip!

  9. One of the guys at the counters (once you’re inside) is a moron, he will keep saying ‘who are you’ when you ask him a question. Also get something to read, their TV is set on BBC on mute and it’s so cramped inside. Good luck.

  10. How come it takes 3 to 5 days to renew a passport in Kuwait? Shouldn’t this be something that’s done while you wait?

  11. shopa: I know that, but I’m wondering about the passport and I’m thinking if I do need to get it or not!

    Katie: I know, but I’m just wondering if I should or not, or if anyone has been in this situation before! Thanks!

    Big Byrd: Then I would have two old ones! lol!

    N: yeah they did that for me before, but now I’m wondering if I should get it or not.

    CyberRowdy: Its different for different countries! And where is the damn FAQ? lol!

    Amjad: Maybe its different for different countries, but in regards to the people we are the same. I didn’t see any Americans!

    Jacqui: looool!

    Nora: Thanks! I’m thinking about a new passport at this time!

    Vagabond: Thanks, this doesn’t comfort me for the answers then!

    muscati: Because some people aren’t in the mood to work!

  12. i am talking about different stuff. sorry mate.

    i received a new set of lenses few weeks back. it looks like that needs anoter revision LOL

  13. Jacqui: NO! lol

    Cyber: So your telling me that I can still enter the US even though my passprt is going to expire in 4 months? Am I correct in assuming that! Thanks for helping out! this is going to be one hell of an adventure!

  14. Yes! , but No Guarantee from me! LOL! I dont want to be run over by your robo. :D

  15. Bader

    Just renew the damn passport… problem solved… It takes one day to renew.. same day if you go there early.. take the old passport with you for the Visa.. (which you can still use till Feb 2008)

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