39,000 Guyanese applied for U.S. visas in 2015 – Ambassador


…over 4,900 persons granted permanent resident status


The boom in Guyana’s economy over the past years has been touted as one of the reasons for the increased issuance of non-immigrant (visitors’) visas to the United States to Guyanese.

US Ambassador Perry Holloway
U.S. Ambassador, Perry Holloway

This is according to United States Ambassador to Guyana Perry Holloway.

The Ambassador reckoned that the growth in this country’ financial system, could be one of the reasons Guyanese have been approaching the Embassy for non-immigrant visas.

According to Holloway, the visas processed have been increasing over the last 10 years. For 2015, a total of 39,000 Guyanese were interviewed for non-immigrant visas, and way more than half of that number received visas.

“So the word on the street is that nobody receives a visa or only 10 per cent receives a visa…that is not true,” he told the Guyana Times newspaper in an interview, while pointing out that “the number has gone up”.

He said five years ago, the number of applicants was about 6,000. Therefore, for the numbers to leap from 6,000 to close to 40,000, was incredible.

“And that makes sense because the Guyanese economy has grown over the last few years; people have more disposable income and now that 9/11 is way behind us, more people want to go visit the States and we encourage Guyanese who want to go to the United States legally, or who want to go study or to do business, we encourage that,” he said.

Providing more statistics, Holloway informed that for last month alone, the Embassy interviewed 7,500 Guyanese – one per cent of the country’s population. More than half of those persons, he said, were issued with their visas.

Asked if there are any instances of persons overstaying their time, Holloway said deportation has gone down significantly over the last couple of years.

“There are some people who…are turned down because we believe they  might be going to work, we have not seen an increase in these incidences.”

Meanwhile, as it relates to the number receiving the immigrant or permanent visa, the Ambassador said this has been relatively stable over the last five years or so.

“It is somewhere between 4,300 and 4,900 every year. Last year was a little over 4900,” he said.



  1. Monkey can you explain what’s your point,you should be howling very loud for an upgrade of the bananas and a facelift of the Zoo,,come on,,,

  2. MADMAXX your kind live in the ghettos of america and canada-living on the dole without the tax payers money the white mouth will be longer than u brodas in guyanaGo see dem in Brooklyn.

  3. The Major crime until still can’t find you,back track is the name of your game,visa is nothing for you to be worried bout,,stay out of conversation that are high tech,Lol

  4. Len if u live in US or Canada then you should move because they owed the communists big time..you living off the communists monay buady.. stop yuh trash dem wite man brainwashed you too much..rememer how they used to tell yall and yall does repeat the russians are comming and yall used to run nder yall bed and hide?? everything de white boys tell yall is gospel truth to yall dunce..

  5. Have your fact correctly, the reasons Jagan was denied, his vision to turn Guyana into a communist country which is of course not in the best interest of the USA and had forced out office.

  6. Guyanese are going to the USA to build that Country but what is it that the USA is doing for Guyana? The USA has implanted a puppet Regime APNU/AFC to break this Country down. This can be seen in their every day activities.Guyana will remain
    a poor Country under the reign of this APNU/AFC regime.

  7. You are too stupid to even be a SLAVE, it took strong men and women to be slaves,that is why you are suffering now,the slaves turn your masters, how funny,,,What you were hoping for is to be a slave driver forever but the white massa give you the wip,,,

  8. Why are you asking me about him,HE IS A CRIMINAL and will be given what he deserves,just like the judgment Roger Got JAIL is the place for ALL criminals,,

  9. MadmanMax.

    How about the PNC doctor who was charged for selling DRUGS in the Bronx?

    Your blind PNC RACIST HATRED for Indian Folks displays your ignorance and lack of civility.

    You were happy to STARVE under the PNC Burhman Despotic Regime where RAPE was used as a political weapon and the “House Of Israel” TERROR group murdered a Jesuit Priest.

    Folks like you need to be sent back to Slavery!

  10. That’s great I love my country but I can’t live there anymore. It get so bad I am scared people will hurt you for your own stuff

  11. The fact remains migration will never stop. This started in ancient times and will continues to the end of time .As is natural for all human to seek higher standard of living. People have been granted visas all across the world and even some who lives in the rich country choose to stay in the U.S. Guyana is not the only poor country where thousands are granted visa. It was made clear more immigrant in the U.S will boost the economy. I have seen many, many of our Guyanese neighbours and friends got visas but cannot afford to buy the ticket to their first plane ride. The overseas family often have to bear the burden of financing the trip. Many have even opted to stay and work instead of returning to Guyana.

  12. 39,000 Guyanese applied for U.S. visas in 2015 – Ambassador.
    I dont think these US ambassadors are so noisy in other countries like they do in Guyana…Their job is to spy on other countries for their Government and nothing more..They openly declare they denied Jagan Guyana independence..They openly declared its easier to do business with a PNC regime rather than a PPP regime..Why this is so ??
    They know a dime will go a long way in PNC top brass pockets where they can grab all raw materials and resources from Guyana as they please.
    With a PPP regime they know that PPP knows economics..
    They know that none in PNC circles knows nothing about economics so they can bore the PNC dunces with a dime and get all they need.
    With the Exxon oil find–most Guyanese knew the US would install PNC to rule because they will give PNC a dime a barrel whereas with a PPP regime they will have to pay by the gallon..Its as simple at 1 – 2 – 3 ..
    US will deny majority rule in free fair transparent credible election so the American business people can do their thing in a massive way..Come on people think …There are 2 kinds of democracy where America is concerned..

  13. This is so hypocritical! They are coming in by floods and they are not coming to visit. They come to work and many of them are over-staying. Stop acting innocent.

  14. I went in with my family and i have a good family business and i earn well with my family and i was turned down……. For no reason at all… Why do i have to wait after a year when i only wanna visit the country with my family

  15. You would be much happier if they gave more visas to the APPACHE who lie drunk on Liberty Ave,and more of you can go live on the system. What wealth you talking about? The wealthy and famous one in the news, the money jet pilot, mortgage fraud king Edd, and many more too much to mention…AAH!!! shuch!!!

  16. My son went in n was turn down cause I filed for him. I wish he can come visit n go back before his he is being called for his permanent interview.

  17. Can this man stop appear on the NEWS to represent Guyana? He is a crook! He mention boom in economy…what boom? The economy went down by 3.4% based on the last stats, crime rate went up by 50% and Guyana is still #1 on the list of world most corrupted country! So what lies is this man telling the public? The ONLY thing the US is interested in is OIL and GOLD! MONEY MONEY MONEY….nothing else! So far, all the visa which they have grated is to the rich (who can take their wealth and invested it in America) or the educated-who they can use to work for them! NO one else….they leave the dunces behind for the PNC regime to rig, rape and robbed of all their hard working money….Welcome to America world…they do the same in the middle east!


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