The Department of State Meeting with the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)April 27, 2016
On April 7, 2016, the Department of State hosted an outreach event with AILA representatives to address questions related to visa processing. READ MORE
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.
Updated guidance on this topic is available here.
On April 13, 2015, the Visa Office attended an outreach event at the IIUSA 2015 EB-5 Regional Economic Advocacy Conference to address questions related to the implementation of a visa cutoff date for the EB-5 visa category. The responses provided by the Visa Office can be found here here.
All Cuban Family Reunification Parole (CFRP) interviews currently scheduled on or after February 1, 2015 will have new interview appointments scheduled by the National Visa Center (NVC). This includes all applicants who have previously scheduled appointments on or after February 1, 2015 through U.S. Interests Section Havana’s call center.
In November 2014, President Obama announced a series of executive actions to fix our broken immigration system. As part of these actions, the President created a White House Task Force on New Americans. The goal of the Task Force is to develop a federal immigrant integration strategy that allows new Americans to contribute to society to their fullest potential and bring new Americans together with their receiving communities to strengthen communities. The Task Force is seeking input on promising practices and examples of model programs that help immigrants and refugees to contribute to your communities and our economy, and to ensure that federal programs and policies continue to reflect our ongoing commitment to welcoming and integrating newcomers into the fabric of our country. Further information is available here.
On October 9, 2014, the Visa Office hosted an outreach event with AILA representatives to address questions related to temporary worker visas, reciprocity, and several other topics. The questions solicited by AILA and the responses provided by the Visa Office can be found here.
On November 4, 2014, 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.
The United States will begin issuing visas in accordance with a new reciprocal arrangement on November 12, 2014. Chinese applicants who qualify for a B-category nonimmigrant visa (NIV) may now be issued multiple-entry visas for up to 10 years for business and tourist travel. Qualified Chinese students and exchange visitors and their dependents who qualify for F, M, or J-category visas are now eligible for multiple-entry visas valid for up to five years or the length of their program. U.S. citizens eligible for Chinese short term business and tourist visas should also receive multiple-entry visas valid for up to 10 years, while qualified U.S. students may receive student residency permits valid up to five years, depending on the length of their educational program. Please review our FAQs for more information.