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.
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).
On February 1, 2013, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin collecting a new USCIS Immigrant Fee of $165 from most immigrant visa recipients who receive their visas on or after February 1, 2013.
On January 2nd, 2013, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that certain immediate relatives of U.S. citizens present in the United States without a visa, who are in the process of seeking immigrant visas to become lawful U.S. permanent residents, may apply for provisional unlawful presence waivers before departing the United States to attend their immigrant visa interviews.
On October 2, 2012, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Napolitano announced the designation of Taiwan into the Visa Waiver Program (VWP).
The registration period for the United States Diversity Visa (DV-2014) Program begins Tuesday, October 2, 2012, at noon (EDT) (GMT-4), and concludes on Saturday, November 3, 2012, at noon (EDT) (GMT-4).
The U.S. Department of State continues to streamline the visa process to encourage international visitors, build cultural ties, and strengthen our economy. See our video, "Visit America: It's Easier Than You Think".