(Closed) Family coming to wedding from Lebanon, how much notice for visas, etc.

posted 8 years ago in Legal
Post # 4
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@evalague:

I am inviting family from Nigeria and the embassy suggested that I send them a formal invitation 8 months in advance. Apparently, they have to get a lot of paperwork pulled together before they can submit the fomr for the visa. I’m assuming it would be a similar process for Lebanon.

I can completely understand avoiding family drama, but don’t forget that it will be an expensive trip and your guests from Lebanon may need up to a year to save up for the trip.

Diva Planner

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

i have no idea about timelines… but i just wanted to say hey date twin! and good luck!

Post # 6
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Worker bee

ASAP!!!!! We have family and friends that live in the Middle East, people sometimes wait for years to get visa’s, most often it’s months. There is no such thing as “rushing” the paperwork. My daughters good friends have been planning their wedding in Lebanon for a year. The groom waited until May to apply for his paperwork to go to Lebanon, the wedding was scheduled for this coming Saturday and his paperwork is still not here. Lots of other family and friends stuck with expensive tickets and no wedding! Sooner is better, but I would say no less than 6 months, more if you are able.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’d also say ASAP.  Everytime I have to go to the US embassy, I have to stand by the little table where they’re giving/rejecting Visas to the US for non-EU natationalities for about 20-30 minutes and almost always I hear arguements between the officer and the person about when they filed for the visa.

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2010

in a word…as soon as possible

apply at US embassy in beirut directly

dont use an agent…they arent lawyers and they will massivly upcharge

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