Morning Briefing with the New Consul General and Non-Immigrant Visa Chief, US Embassy Abu Dhabi
Nov 20, 2017 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM - Morning Briefing with the New Consul General and Non-Immigrant Visa Chief, US Embassy Abu Dhabi


Caffeinate your Morning with a Breakfast Briefing!

What better way to start your day than at AmCham Abu Dhabi! Join us for our Morning Briefing with Jeff Lodinsky and Don Frerichs, who will provide an update and insight on US visa programs. A continental breakfast will be served.

Topics will include:

  • General information about US visas and the visa process in the UAE
  • Ethics considerations for US Embassy personnel
  • Recent changes to the Visa Waiver Program
  • The Interview Waiver Program in the UAE
  • How long does the process take?
    • Petition-based visa classes
    • Administrative processing (“the yellow sheet”)
  • Domestic employees and US law
  • How to apply for a US visa
  • How to make the process smooth
  • US citizenship questions (passport renewals, relinquishment of US citizenship, babies born abroad, etc.)


Date: Monday, November 20, 2017
Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Venue:  AmCham Abu Dhabi Office, Abu Dhabi, UAE. For location, click here.
Cost: FREE for AmCham Abu Dhabi Members.

No later than noon on Sunday, November 19, 2017.
To confirm your attendance, please RSVP to
Please note that space is limited.



Jeff Lodinsky
Consul General
US Embassy Abu Dhabi

Jeff Lodinsky is the chief of the Abu Dhabi Consular Section and is responsible for the delivery of all consular service in both Abu Dhabi and at US Consulate Dubai. Over a 25-year Department of State career, he has served in a number of countries performing a variety of duties. Prior to arriving at Embassy Abu Dhabi, Mr. Lodinsky was Consul General at US Embassy Kabul. He has also served as Consul General at Embassies Baghdad, Budapest, Almaty, and Muscat. In London, he served as Deputy Consul General and was responsible for the delivery of all visa services at one of the Department’s most highly visible posts. He also served as Senior Civilian Representative in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, where he was responsible for the supervision and coordination of all US government civilian activities in Regional Command East Afghanistan. He has also served in Washington, DC, Frankfurt, Germany, and Oslo, Norway.

Don Frerichs
Deputy Consular Section Chief and Non-Immigrant Visa Chief
US Embassy Abu Dhabi

Don Frerichs is the Deputy Section Chief and Non-Immigrant Visa Chief at the US Embassy in Abu Dhabi. Prior to arriving in Abu Dhabi Mr. Frerichs served in La Paz, Bolivia, first as the Director of the Narcotics Affairs Section and subsequently as the Economic and Commercial Officer. As the Economic and Commercial Officer he worked extensively with AmCham and coordinated the Embassy’s efforts to attract American firms and investment to Bolivia. He has also served in consular capacities in Rome, Sao Paulo, Mexico City and Washington DC.

About the US Embassy Abu Dhabi:

The US Embassy Abu Dhabi is dedicated to strengthening US-UAE partnerships in diplomacy, commerce, trade, regional security, education, art, and culture. The Embassy engages with a wide range of local partners to encourage broader and deeper understanding between the people of the United States and the United Arab Emirates. For more information, visit:

AmCham Abu Dhabi, trademark of American Business Group of Abu Dhabi
P.O. Box 43710, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
T: +971.2.631.3604  F: +971.2.633.0489  E:


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