Court Order on Presidential Proclamation on Visas October 17, 2017October 17, 2017
On October 17, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii ordered that the government not enforce or implement Sections 2(a), (b), (c), (e), (g), and (h) of Presidential Proclamation 9645 (P.P.) titled “Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry into the United States by Terrorists or other Public-Safety Threats.” In light of this order, visa applicants who are nationals of Chad, Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, and Somalia are not subject to any of the restrictions or limitations under the Presidential Proclamation, regardless of whether they have a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States. Their visa applications will be adjudicated in accordance with the INA, any other applicable immigration laws, and generally applicable visa processing standards, without regard to the Presidential Proclamation or related implementing procedures. Note that the entry restrictions in Executive Order 13780 have expired by their terms. The order did not affect Sections (d) and (f) of the Proclamation, so nationals from North Korea and Venezuela are subject to the restrictions and limitations listed in the Presidential Proclamation, which went into effect at 12:01 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, October 18, 2017, with respect to nationals of those countries. We will keep those traveling to the United States and partners in the travel industry informed as we implement the Proclamation, to the extent permitted by applicable court orders, in a professional, organized, and timely way. READ MORE
Effective Friday, September 1, 2017, U.S. passports are invalid for travel into, in, or through North Korea/Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).
On April 6, 2017, the Department of State hosted an outreach event with AILA’s State Department Liaison Committee and addressed a broad range of visa-related questions presented by the Committee.
As part of our ongoing efforts to be responsive to customer needs in immigrant visa processing, the Department of State is pleased to announce that original or “wet ink” signatures are no longer required on submitted Forms I-864, Affidavit of Support. This also applies to the I-864A, I-864W, and I-864EZ.
Each month, Passport Services sends letters to a random sample of recipients requesting that they participate in our Passport Demand Study. If you received one of these letters, we welcome your participation.
The U.S. Embassy in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan has begun processing immigrant visas (IV), including Diversity Visas. Residents of Kyrgyzstan were previously interviewed in Almaty, Kazakhstan, but will now be automatically scheduled for an interview in Bishkek. The National Visa Center is notifying affected applicants of this change, which will improve customer service to Kyrgyz applicants.