Reports on the Status of the Iraqi and Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) ProgramsJuly 14, 2014
The National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2014 required the Department of State and the Department of Homeland Security to prepare quarterly reports on the status of the Iraqi SIV Program and the Afghan SIV Program. This law also required that these quarterly reports be available to the public on a Department of State website. Below are the first of these quarterly reports, which were submitted to Congress in July 2014:READ MORE
The Department of State’s authority to issue Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs) to Afghan nationals under section 602(b) of the Afghan Allies Protection Act of 2009, as amended, is limited to 3,000 visas for Afghan principal applicants in Fiscal Year 2014. We expect that these visas will all be issued by July 2014. We welcome action by Congress to extend this program. We are making arrangements to quickly resume issuances of SIVs to Afghan principal applicants if more visas are allocated.
On April 21, 2014 the State Department launched a six month Customer Preference Pilot at some of our high performing acceptance facilities.
The Houston Passport Agency in the Leland Federal Building in downtown Houston officially reopens to the public on Monday, February 10, 2014. The agency has been closed to the general public since September 23, 2013 due to renovations to the Leland Federal Building. The Houston Passport Agency offers expedited passport service to applicants traveling within 14 days by appointment only. Appointments are available Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m-2:30 p.m. excluding federal holidays. For non-emergency passport applications, please locate the passport acceptance facility nearest you in the "Where to Apply" section of our website or by calling the National Passport Information Center toll-free at 1-877-487-2778 or TDD/TTY at 1-888-874-7793.
The U.S. Department of State, San Juan Passport Agency, will open to the public on Monday, January 13, 2014. The Agency is located at Centro Gubernamental Minillas on Avenida Jose de Diego, Parada 22.
The U.S. Department of State offers expedited passport services to U.S. citizens throughout the year. This winter we remind citizens planning international travel of their expedited service options, including families going on vacations for the holidays and students participating in study abroad programs. While we urge U.S. citizens to apply as early as possible for their passport needs, the Department offers convenient options for those who need their travel documents sooner than our standard 4 to 6 week processing time.
The U.S. Department of State’s Passport Services Directorate, via our contractor, The Logistics Management Institute (LMI) and their subcontractor, STR, is currently conducting the Passport Demand Forecasting Study, which is a voluntary nationwide study being carried out to estimate the overall demand for passport products.
Effective immediately, all K visa applicants are required to complete the DS-160 Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application.
The registration period for the U.S. Diversity Visa (DV-2015) Program begins Tuesday, October 1, 2013, at 12:00 noon (EDT) (GMT-4), and concludes on Saturday, November 2, 2013, at 12:00 noon (EDT) (GMT-4).
Starting September 1, 2013, all immigrant visa applicants will apply online using Form DS-260 (Application for Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration).
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