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ESTA Reminder: Visa Waiver Program Travelers Must Have e-Passport
May 10, 2016
Foreign nationals traveling to the U.S. with an ESTA under the Visa Waiver Program must have an e-Passport. Travelers planning to seek admission under the VWP must check their passports and their current ESTA status to make sure they are in compliance with the visa waiver program requirements.
Visa Waiver Program Changes: Libya, Somalia and Yemen Added As Countries Of Concern
February 19, 2016
Nationals of Visa Waiver countries who have traveled to or been present in Libya, Somalia, and Yemen on or after March 1, 2011 are no longer eligible to travel under the Visa Waiver Program. Learn more about the new Visa Waiver Program changes and how the new visa waiver restrictions affect your travel to the U.S.
DHS and DOS Begin Implementing Visa Waiver Program Changes
January 23, 2016
Nationals of Visa Waiver countries who have traveled to or been present in Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria on or after March 1, 2011, and nationals of VWP countries who are also nationals of Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria, are no longer eligible to travel under the Visa Waiver Program. Learn more about the Visa Waiver Program changes and how the new visa waiver restrictions affect your travel to the U.S.
USCIS issues Policy Memoranda on Changes to B-2 Status and Extensions of B-2 Status for Cohabitating Partners and Other Nonimmigrant Household Members
September 06, 2011
USCIS has recently issued a Policy Memoranda on, the Changes to B-2 Status, and Extensions of B-2 Status, for Cohabitating Partners and Other Nonimmigrant Household Members, clarifying that a cohabitating partner’s relationship to the nonimmigrant principal alien in another status will be considered a favorable factor in allowing them to obtain or remain eligible for B-2 classification, and that a change to and/or one or more extensions of B-2 classification is appropriate in the exercise of discretion for household members of a principal nonimmigrant visa holder, when other eligibility requirements are met.
H1B Cap Count Reaches to 25,300
August 15, 2011
USCIS has updated the count of H1B visa petitions received and counted towards the H1B cap for the fiscal year 2012 employment. As of August 12, 2011, USCIS has received approximately 25,300 H1B cap-subject petitions and 14,700 petitions for foreign nationals with advanced degrees.
ePassport readers in place at additional airports
October 17, 2006
EPassport readers are now in place at additional airports, including Honolulu International Airport, Kona International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, New York JFK International Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport.
Chinese Tourist and Business travelers have reason to cheer
January 17, 2005
Beginning January 15, 2005, eligible Chinese nationals who wish to visit the United States temporarily for business (B1) or tourism (B2) will be issued visas that are valid for 12 months and multiple entries.
“Know before you visit” – CBP’s tips for visitors to the U.S.
November 23, 2004
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) today launched a traveler awareness campaign to inform the millions of visitors who will travel to the United States this holiday season. For a speedy and trouble free entry, CBP has provided tips on proper documentation and U.S. entry requirements and procedures.
CBP Officers directed to enforce law with Common Sense on Visa Waiver Overstayers
August 13, 2004
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Robert C. Bonner announced today new discretion for CBP officers to grant norisk travelers who overstayed under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) on a prior visit a onetime parole. The use of discretion by CBP supervisors will avoid the detention and handcuffing which Commissioner Bonner said was "inappropriate" for minor violations of the Visa Waiver Program.
DHS to Begin Biometric Exit Pilot as Part of USVISIT Program
August 11, 2004
As a part of the border management system introduced at airports and seaports earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced that it will pilot and evaluate USVISIT automated biometric exit procedures for foreign visitors. Biometric technology – digital finger scans and digital photographs – helps make USVISIT simple and effective.


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