The US are now insisting that all UK based crew now visit the US Embassy in for anLondon for every visa application INCLUDING renewals and this means BA
have to lose each crew member for a day at renewal time. This doesn't seem much when you consider that a C1/D visa is valid for 5 years, but added up is a considerable waste of resources for the 8000+ long haul cabin crew (plus the flight crew...). My "interview" , on what I was told was a quiet day, lasted all of 3 minutes and consisted of an admin clerk looking through the application form and merely saying "mmm, mmmm, mmm", my appointment time was 0845 and I was seen at 1150.
You may all think that BA
and other carriers should have planned for this, but no company can plan for an overnight change in visa processing times and return of the passport with new visa to the crew member.....it used to be 2-3 DAYS now it is 2-3 WEEKS. BA
(and I am sure other carriers have too) are now paying for crew to have a second passport to enable them to work all the non US routes on the network during the waiting period for the original passport/new visa.
Worked on - Caravelle Mercure A300 A320 F27 SD3-60 BAe146 747-100/200/400 DC10-30 767 777 737-400 757 A319 A321