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Increase in Student and Exchange Visitor Visa Issuances
November 18, 2008
In fiscal year 2008, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) issued a record high of 710,631 F, J, and M student and exchange visitor visas. This represented a 9.1 percent increase in F, J, and M student and exchange visas issued in fiscal year 2008 than in fiscal year 2007; and a more than 26 percent increase over fiscal year 2001. This is the third fiscal year in a row the Department of State (DOS) has broken records in this area. The Department of State (DOS) continues to issue student and exchange visas well above highs before 9/11.
Application Fees for NonImmigrant Visas to Go Up on January 1, 2008
December 13, 2007
All U.S. nonimmigrant visas are going to be dearer considering the fee increase. Effective January 1, 2008, the application fee for a U.S. nonimmigrant visa will increase from $100 to $131. This increase allows the Department to recover the costs of security and other enhancements to the nonimmigrant visa application process.
Second Passport MegaCenter in Tucson in Spring 2008
December 06, 2007
Due to the rising American publicís need for passports the Department of State has announced its intention to open a new passport center in Tucson, Arizona. The Tucson Passport Center is scheduled to open in the spring of 2008.
DV2008 Visa Lottery Results
November 30, 2007
The Kentucky Consular Center in Williamsburg, Kentucky, has registered and notified the winners of the DV2008 diversity lottery. The diversity lottery was conducted under the terms of section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act and makes available *50,000 permanent resident visas annually to persons from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. Approximately 96,000 applicants have been registered and notified and may now make an application for an immigrant visa. Since it is likely that some of the first *50,000 persons registered will not pursue their cases to visa issuance, this larger figure should insure that all DV2008 numbers will be used during fiscal year 2008 (October 1, 2007 until September 30, 2008). Click here for the statistical breakdown by foreignstate chargeability of those registered for the DV2008 program.
Department of State Issues Record Number of Visas to Students to Study in the United States
November 16, 2007
The Department of State has issued a record number of visas to students to study in the United States, exceeding pre9/11 levels. During Fiscal Year 2007, the Department issued more than 651,000 student and exchange visitor visas 10 percent more than last year and 90,000 more than were issued in Fiscal Year 2001.
I130 no longer accepted at U.S. Consulates
January 27, 2007
Effective immediately, the immediate relative petition (I130) must be filed with the USCIS office responsible for the petitioner's place of residence. Consular offices at U.S. embassies and consulates are no longer authorized to accept I130s, although they will continue to provide guidance to American citizen petitioners and their family members.
Final rule on consular interviews for NIV Applicants
December 18, 2006
Effective December 18, 2006, the rule amends guidance to consular offices for the waiver of personal appearance of applicants for nonimmigrant visas. The regulations continue to permit exemptions from the interview requirements of persons in A1, A2, C2, C3, G1, G2, G3 G4, NATO 1, NATO2, NATO3, NATO4, NATO5, or NATO 6 classifications, and applicants for diplomatic or officials visas.
DOS update on green card lottery registrations
December 15, 2006
The U.S. Department of State announced that over 6.4 million entries for the 2008 Diversity Visa Lottery were received during the twomonth electronic registration period, from October 4, 2006, through December 3, 2006.
DOS announces changes in fee structure
February 05, 2005
In a recent announcement in the Federal Register, the U.S. Department of State announced a number of changes in their fee structure, effective March 8. The changes include increase in the surcharge for DV Lottery winners from $100 to $375 and the introduction of the new $500 antifraud fee for principals in L blanket visa cases.
DOS exempts families of Injured workers from NIV fee
September 03, 2004
The Department of State has published an interim rule amending the Schedule of Fees for Consular Services to include an exemption from the nonimmigrant visa application processing fee for family members traveling to the United States for the funeral or burial of a U.S. Government employee killed in the line of duty or to visit a U.S. Government employee critically injured in the line of duty.

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