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E-2 Investor Visa Opens to Israeli Investors

Filed June 12, 2012 in Temporary Visas, under Legislation, US Consulate and US Embassy , tagged , ,

Rosh HaNikra Grottoes, Israel 149062179On June 11, 2012, President Obama signed bipartisan legislation making Israeli investors eligible for the E-2 Investor Visa. The law adds Israel to a list of 80 countries whose citizens are eligible for the E-2 Investor Visa. The E-2 investor visa allows the US to grant E-2 visas to investors from countries that have treaties with the US. more »

US Embassy New Delhi: Interview Waiver Pilot Program

Filed March 23, 2012 in Temporary Visas, under US Consulate and US Embassy , tagged , ,

Ganesha India 148478906The US Embassy New Delhi has announced that under a new initiative, in select circumstances, qualified foreign visitors who have been interviewed and thoroughly screened in conjunction with a prior US visa application may be eligible to renew their US visas without undergoing another interview. more »

Visa Interview Waiver Program Expands in Russia

Filed March 9, 2012 in Temporary Visas, under US Consulate and US Embassy , tagged

Dormition Cathedral, Omsk, Siberia, Russia 147673705US Mission Russia has expanded its visa interview waiver program as a part of President Obama’s Executive Order to increase travel and tourism to the United States. Starting immediately, certain US visa applicants who have been previously issued a US visa that has expired in the past 47 months will be eligible to renew their US visa without a visa interview. more »

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 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 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 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 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 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 »

US Embassy Damascus Suspends Operations

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

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 »

Improving US Visa Processing: US Visa Pilot Program

Filed January 20, 2012 under US Consulate and US Embassy , tagged , , , , ,

visa stamps 99954476On January 19, 2012, the White House unveiled new initiatives to promote the US as a premier destination for international travelers by improving the US visa and travel processes. These advances have allowed US DOS to issue more than 7.5 million visas in the last fiscal year, a 17% year-on-year increase. The US Visa Pilot Program, which seeks to improve US visa processing, begins January 19, 2012, and ends two years after that on January 19, 2014. more »

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