Taking into consideration the ongoing problem with falsification of visas, passports and travel documents by many Haitian citizens, the United States and Haiti agree to form a mission to deal with the problem.
Haiti and U.S. Band Together to Fight Travel ID Scams
In an effort to combat counterfeit visas, passports, and other travel IDs, Haitian Justice Minister, Pierre-Richard Casimir, and U.S. Embassy in Haiti Charge d'Affaires, Brian Shukan, joined forces to take preventive action and also investigate such crimes impacting both nations.
Haitians, victims of travel ID scams, whose cases will be heard by Ministry authorities, will help in the prosecution of scammers falsely claiming they are U.S. Consulate representatives.
There has been an ongoing issues of fraud with Haitians applying for visa in the U.S. ant the American government wants to bring the attention of the Haitian public to this crisis. The anti-fraud department for the agency responsible for dealing with such issues has reported recently to have recorded an alarming record of about 11,000 cases of fraud by Haitians in applying for U.S. Visas.
On May 17, with the alarming rate of visa assistance and application frauds, Robert Hannan, the US Consul General in Haiti has described the right process for applying and procuring U.S visa. There were about 11,000 instances of visa applications where the applicants have given wrong information about their family, financial and professional backgrounds. Mr. Hannan has urged every applicant to provide only truthful information. The U.S department has informed every applicant to contact directly at the US Embassy for every visa update; the department does not authorize any intermediary person or authority in visa assistance service. Visa application fees are to be deposited directly to the SogeXpress only and another at the US Embassy in exchange of the visa.
Thanks to the efforts of some government authorities from Florida, both Democrats and Republicans, the Obama administration has agreed to let the Haitians come into the United States, under the H-2A and H-2B visas.
With their eligibility for this visa, U.S. employers can now bring certain low-skilled Haitian workers on a temporary basis to work and send money back home to help with the recovery, following the 2010 earthquake.
Those wishing to file for visas to gain entry into the United States will have to first determine what type of visa they are in need of. These relate to your traveling purposes and can include visas for tourism or business, academics, temporary work, medical needs and official or diplomatic needs. Any branch of Sogebank will accept the requisite fees, after which an application process, ending with an appointment at the embassy would complete the process.