Important information on Executive Order - Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United StatesMarch 16, 2017
On March 15, 2017, the United States District Court in Hawaii issued a ruling barring the Department from implementing Sections 2 and 6 of Executive Order 13780 suspending visa issuance and entry into the United States. On March 16, 2017, a federal district court for the District of Maryland separately issued a ruling barring the Department from implementing Section 2(c) of the same Executive Order. Both are effective immediately. As the Executive Order was not yet in effect, U.S. embassies and consulates continue to process visas for nationals of the six countries as before. The Department will suspend implementation of provisions of the Executive Order as required by the relevant court orders.READ MORE
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.
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.
On April 7, 2016, the Department of State hosted an outreach event with AILA representatives to address questions related to visa processing.
Montreal to Handle All Fiancé(e) Visa Interviews in Canada
Customers with questions related to an approved I-526 petition will soon be able to correspond with the National Visa Center (NVC) using a dedicated e-mail address: NVCeb5@state.gov. The newly created EB-5 Investor Assistance Desk, which launches on February 22, is part of NVC’s continuing efforts to improve customer service.
On November 3, 2015, 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.