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EU citizen applying for B2 Visitor Visa
Hi everyone,

Helping my dad to get visitor visa (B2) completed instead of ESTA due to longer planned duration of the stay.

DS-160 completed, MRV fee paid now it's just to schedule interview. Main question that I have is: How does appointment date affect visa issuance date? His plan is to come to US in mid-November but appointments are available from mid August onwards. He would like his visa to be valid/start from mid-November. Should he wait for later appointments closer to his travel date or can officer assign later issue date on the visa if he goes for interview earlier (let's say start of September)? In DS-160 planned departure was indicated as mid-November and he can also repeat that to the officer at the embassy.

Thank you in advance
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