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Nonimmigrant Visa Operations (NIV) in Russia Suspended

Filed August 22, 2017 in Temporary Visas, under US Consulate and US Embassy , tagged

US Embassy Moscow visasThe US will suspend nonimmigrant visa (NIV) operations in Russia beginning August 23, 2017, due to the personnel cap Russia imposed on US operations. Visa operations will resume on a greatly reduced scale. Beginning September 1, 2017, the US will conduct nonimmigrant visa (NIV) interviews only at the US Embassy Moscow. The US has suspended NIV interviews at US Consulates in St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, and Vladivostok until further notice. more »

Trump Administration Issues Updated Travel Ban

Filed March 6, 2017 in Temporary Visas, under Immigration News , tagged ,

On March 6, 2017, the Trump Administration issued an updated Travel Ban Executive Order suspending travel for 90 days to the US for nationals of six predominantly Muslim countries, as well as a 120 day suspension of the US’s Refugee Program, effective March 16, 2017.

Some exceptions to the Travel Ban now include: US Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) or Green Card Holders; dual citizens of a designated country and a non-designated country traveling on a passport from a non-designated country; those with documents valid on March 16, 2017, or any date thereafter permitting travel to the US; and others (see below). more »

Department of State Clarifies Application of Travel Ban to Dual Nationals

Filed February 3, 2017 in Temporary Visas, under DoS and Visa Office , tagged ,

The Department of State issued an alert regarding the Travel Ban on February 2, 2017. This alert clarifies the Trump Executive Order of January 27, 2017, as it applies to dual nationals of a designated country and a country that is not on the Travel Ban list.

Despite this statement, we urge dual nationals of one of the 7 designated countries to seek appropriate legal counsel prior to any attempt to enter or leave the US to minimize any negative impact the Travel Ban may have.

Please see also bottom of page for updated information.

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Travel Ban Executive Order of January 27, 2017: Summary

Filed February 3, 2017 in Temporary Visas, under Immigration News , tagged ,

Travel Ban Muslim Ban Road ClosedThe Trump Administration issued an Executive Order on January 27, 2017, which, among other things, imposed a 90 day travel ban for nationals from 7 designated majority-Muslim countries.

The Travel Ban has suspended immigrant or nonimmigrant entry of individuals “from” one of 7 Muslim-majority countries. Designated countries now include Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and Libya.

In addition, the Administration indefinitely suspended visa issuance to individuals “from” one of the designated countries. The Order has also suspended admission of refugees to the US for 120 days. The Trump Administration has reserved the right to add to or subtract from the list of designated countries at any time.

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Online I-94 for Travelers Arriving at US Land Ports of Entry

Filed September 29, 2016 in Temporary Visas, under Immigration News , tagged

Online I-94, Train in motionTravelers arriving at US land border ports of entry can speed up US entry with an online I-94 application. The online I-94 application process involves providing biographic and travel information and paying a $6 fee up to seven days prior to entry. more »

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