Ink Signature No Longer Required on Affidavits of Support (12/28/2016)December 28, 2016
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.READ MORE
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.
As of November 21, 2016, the National Visa Center (NVC) no longer accepts documents submitted by e-mail for cases processing at the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez. The only applicants affected by this change are those whose case number begins with the three-letter code “MEP.”
On November 3, 2016, the National Visa Center (NVC) hosted an outreach event with AILA representatives to address questions related to immigrant visa processing at NVC. The questions solicited by AILA and the responses provided by NVC can be found here.
On October 6, 2016, 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.
Beginning November 1st, 2016, customers applying for their U.S. passport or U.S visa or renewing their U.S. passport must remove glasses for their photo.