MY visa is expiring soon and I would like to continue travelling to the United States after it expires. How far in advance of the expiration date should I apply for a new visa?


Thank you for your enquiry. US visas are valid for travel and application for entry into the United States until the expiration date printed on the visa. You may apply for a new visa at any time before or after your current visa expiration date.

The embassy traditionally experiences a surge in applications and an increase in demand for appointments during holiday months and school vacation periods. The wait time during these periods may vary from a few days to a few weeks.

We encourage applicants to apply well in advance of the expected travel date to avoid unnecessary delays in your travel plans should your visa processing take longer than anticipated. Applicants should refrain from purchasing airline tickets until they receive their passports with the visa.

If approved for a visa on the day of the interview, the passport will usually be returned in seven to ten working days, excluding local and US holidays.

We encourage B1/B2 Tourist and Business Visa applicants who qualify to use the Renewal Inter­view Waiver or Age Interview Waiver processes to mail their application packet to the embassy for processing. Those applications are usually processed within 15-17 business days. Applications cannot be hand delivered to the embassy.

By applying early and keeping your visa current, you will avoid the hassles and disappointment of trying to get your visa renewed in a hurry, or possibly not being able to travel to the United States as early as you would like.

Once processing is completed, passports are returned by courier to the address selected in the application. Passports cannot be collected at the embassy.

• More detailed information

about the overall visa application

process is available online at: http://trinidadandtobago.usvisa-­ or You can also e-mail enquiries to


Official recognition of the historical importance of the location where the Treasury Building now stands is long overdue. As the place that marks the spot where British Governor Sir George Fitzgerald Hill publicly read out the Proclamation of Emancipation on August 1, 1834, the site is of immeasurable significance to the history of Trinidad and Tobago.

WE celebrated Emancipation Day on August 1, but to my mind, we have not yet fully grasped the broader concept of freedom. In other words we have not, through our education system, formulated a critical pedagogy across our curricula; to foster a knowledge of self, to move beyond who we are, to transform the what- and how, to break with debilitating norms and to name our world. Inherent in all of this is the development of critical thinking skills in the learner and the learning culture.

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