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U.S Visa Applicants Face Delay in Issuance of Visas
June 16, 2015
Department of State has reported that the Bureau of Consular Affairs is currently experiencing technical problems with the U.S. visa systems. The issue, while leading to delays in visa issuance, could also require some applicants to reschedule their visa interviews.
In-Country Refugee/Parole Program for Minors in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras
December 8, 2014
The US Department of State (DOS) has announced that starting December 3, certain parents lawfully present in the US may request a refugee resettlement interview for their unmarried children under 21 in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras by filing Form DS-7699 with the assistance of a designated resettlement agency that works with the US Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugee, and Migration to help resettle refugees in the US.
US and China to Extend Visas for Short-term Business Travelers, Tourists and Students
November 12, 2014
The US Department of State (DOS) has announced that starting November 12, the United States and the People’s Republic of China will reciprocally increase the validity of short-term business and tourist visas and student and exchange visas issued to each other’s citizens. Qualified Chinese business and tourist travelers and students and exchange visitors to receive multiple-entry visas for up to 10 years and 5 years respectively.
Diversity Visa Lottery for FY2016 Starts October 1, 2014
September 24, 2014
The DOS will begin accepting online registrations for the FY2016 DV lottery starting Wednesday, 10/1/2014 at 12pm EDT until Monday, 11/3/2014 at 12pm EST. The lottery results will be announced in May 2015. Foreign nationals selected in the FY2016 lottery can submit their Green Card applications starting 10/1/2015.
Immigrant Visa Process: Online Forms DS-260 and DS-261 Replace Paper-Based Forms DS-230 and DS-3032
September 03, 2013
Effective 9/1/2013, online Forms DS-260 and DS-261 will replace the paper-based DS-230 [Application for Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration (parts I and II)] and the DS-3032 [Choice of Address and Agent]. Beneficiaries submitting new cases that arrive at the NVC from USCIS on or after September 1, 2013 will be instructed to complete online Forms DS-260 and DS-261 instead of the DS-230 and DS-3032. To complete the DS-260 form, applicants must visit the website and select the link "Establish communication with the NVC and register an address or agent".
3 Year Multiple-Entry Visas to become the standard terms for Russians visiting U.S.
September 01, 2012
The U.S. Embassy in Moscow has announced that starting September 9, 2012, Russian and American travelers for business or tourism will be eligible to receive visas valid for multiple entries during a period of 36 months. Three-year, multiple-entry visas will become the standard, default terms for U.S. citizens visiting Russia and Russian citizens visiting the United States and no formal invitation will be required to apply for a business or tourism visa. Further, on September 9, the $100 visa issuance or visa reciprocity fee for Russians issued U.S. visas for business or tourism will fall to $20. However, the $160 application fee will still apply, and validity and fees for other visa types will not change.
DOS Announces New Requirement for Passport Applications
August 6, 2011
DOS announced that an applicant's parent(s)' full name(s) must be listed on all certified birth certificates for them to be considered primary evidence of U.S. citizenship, regardless of the applicant’s age.
U.S.-India State-to-State Engagement Begins in New Delhi
August 2, 2011
Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs Reta Jo Lewis landed in New Delhi Saturday to begin a trip throughout India as part of a plan for U.S.-India state-to-state partnerships. The Department of State sees this two-week engagement tour throughout India as one of the many steps taken to continue to broaden and deepen the U.S.-India global strategic partnership since President Obama’s historic visit to India in November 2010.
DOS Announces U.S.-Russian Agreement on Visa Issuance
July 13, 2011
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced an agreement on the issuance of nonimmigrant business, tourist, private and humanitarian visas to the Russian Federation, and for business and tourist visas to the United States, as well as short-term official travel visas to both counties in keeping with the joint statement issued during the meeting of President Obama and President Medvedev in Deauville, France on May 26, 2011. The agreement also streamlines the visa issuance process by reducing the documentation required. These new visa validity periods will allow for expanded contacts and promote greater mutual understanding between our societies.
DOS Temporary Suspends Certain J-1 Exchange Visitor Program Requirement For Libyan Students
June 10, 2011
DOS is temporarily suspending the application of certain requirements governing program status and on-campus and off-campus employment for J-1 Libyan students. This action is necessary to mitigate the adverse impact upon these students due to political turmoil in their home country. This action is will take effective and remain in effect until December 31, 2011.

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