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February 2012

US Embassy Lisbon: Ends IV and DV Processing

Filed February 27, 2012 in Green Cards, under US Consulate and US Embassy , tagged , , ,
Lisbon Tram Portugal 147302636

Lisbon Tram Portugal 147302636As of March 1, 2012, the US Embassy Lisbon, Portugal, and US Consulate General Ponta Delgada, Portugal will no longer process immigrant visa (IV) or diversity visa (DV) applications. These offices will neither schedule nor conduct IV or DV interviews after March 1, 2012; all immigrant and diversity visa interviews and adjudications for residents of Portugal and France will take place at the US Embassy Paris, France. more »

US Visa Interview Wait Times Drop in Brazil

Filed February 27, 2012 under US Consulate and US Embassy , tagged
Amazon, Brazil 116281545

Amazon, Brazil 116281545US visa interview wait times at US consular posts in Brazil now average two weeks or less in Brasilia, Recife, and Rio de Janeiro, and less than 30 days in Sao Paulo, the Department’s busiest nonimmigrant visa processing post. Brazil is a key market for US tourism and a major focus of the Department of State’s efforts to streamline the US visa process and to facilitate US tourism. more »

US Embassy London: Limited Visa Processing Summer 2012

Filed February 17, 2012 under US Consulate and US Embassy , tagged , , ,
Museum of Natural History, London 148307051

Museum of Natural History, London 148307051The US Embassy London has issued a notice regarding extremely limited US Visa processing in July and August 2012 due to the Olympics in London. In addition, US Embassy London has expanded its Visa Reissuance Program to additional temporary visa categories including the H-1B visa, H-4 visa, C-1 visa, D visa, and J-1 visa. Details are below. more »

Increasing US Visa Processing in China

Filed February 14, 2012 under US Consulate and US Embassy , tagged
Summer Palace, Beijing, China 147279614

Summer Palace, Beijing, China 147279614On February 9, 2012, Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China Gary Locke announced a new Interview Waiver Pilot Program, which seeks to increase the capacity for US Visa processing in China. Below are Ambassador Locke’s remarks. more »

US Embassy Damascus Visa Processing

Filed February 11, 2012 under US Consulate and US Embassy , tagged ,
Handicrafts, Damascus, Syria 101784071

Handicrafts, Damascus, Syria 101784071Due to the current situation in Syria, US Embassy Damascus is no longer accepting I-130 petitions for immediate relatives of US citizens (which fall into the IR category). Operations at US Embassy Damascus have been suspended. more »

eVerify Self Check Expands Throughout US

Filed February 9, 2012 under USCIS and DHS , tagged ,
US Capitol, Washington DC, 99782345

US Capitol, Washington DC, 99782345On February 9, 2012, USCIS announced that eVerify Self Check, a free online service of E-Verify that allows workers to check their own US employment eligibility status, is now available in all 50 US states, Washington, DC, Guam, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands. more »

TSA PreCheck Pilot Expands to Busiest US Airports

Filed February 8, 2012 under USCIS and DHS , tagged ,
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Airport Walkway 146082024On February 8, 2012, DHS announced the expansion of TSA PreCheck (TSA Pre√™), a passenger pre-screening initiative, to additional airports across the United States following the program’s success at seven pilot locations. With more than 336,000 passengers screened to date through TSA PreCheck lanes, this screening concept enhances security by enabling TSA to focus on passengers they know less about while providing expedited screening for travelers who volunteer information about themselves prior to flying. more »

Global Entry Program Becomes Permanent

Filed February 8, 2012 under USCIS and DHS , tagged
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On February 6, 2012, DHS published a Final rule establishing Global Entry as a permanent program. Global Entry is a voluntary initiative of the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers. The goal of Global Entry is to streamline the international arrivals and admission process at airports for trusted travelers through biometric identification. more »

US Embassy Damascus Suspends Operations

Filed February 6, 2012 in Green Cards, Temporary Visas, under US Consulate and US Embassy , tagged ,
Damascus, Syria 153645092

Damascus, Syria 153645092As of Monday, February 06, 2012, the United States suspended operations of the US Embassy Damascus, Syria. US Ambassador Ford and all American personnel have now left the country. more »

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