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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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Revised October 2015 Visa Bulletin and Revised Procedures to Determine Visa Availability

Filed September 28, 2015 in Green Cards, under DoS and Visa Office , tagged , , , ,

H-1B premium processing resumesOn September 25, 2015, the Department of State (DOS) published a revised October 2015 Visa Bulletin superseding the original October 2015 Visa Bulletin published September 9, 2015. The government has adjusted Dates for Filing Applications for some Family-Sponsored and Employment-Based preference categories to better reflect a timeframe justifying immediate action.

Applicants should use the September 25, 2015, revised charts when filing an I-485 adjustment of status (see Employment-Based Priority Dates and Family-Based Priority Dates). DHS will rely on this revised October 2015 Visa Bulletin rather than the September 9, 2015, Visa Bulletin, when considering eligibility to file an I-485 adjustment of status application. more »

Technical Problems Cause US Passport and US Visa Issuance Delays

Filed June 30, 2015 in Temporary Visas, under DoS and Visa Office , tagged

US visa issuance delaysUPDATE: As of June 30, 2015, the Department of State (DoS) reported that US consulates and embassies were back online, and that the majority of the backlog created by the last few weeks’ technical issues with the overseas passport and visa systems has been cleared. Some online immigrant visa (IV) application forms are still having problems, however; but DoS hoped to have a fix in place by first week of July 2015.

Technical problems with overseas passport and visa systems is now causing US passport and US visa issuance delays overseas. This is not specific to any particular country, citizenship document or visa category. The Bureau of Consular Affairs (BCA) is now working urgently to correct these problems and restore the system to full operational status as soon as possible. However, no timeline is available for correction of this problem.

Specifically, individuals who submitted online visa applications or were interviewed for US visas on or after June 9, 2015, may experience US visa issuance delays. These problems are also delaying US passport applications accepted overseas on or after May 26, 2015. more »

US and China Extend Visa Validity Period for Business Travel, Tourism and Students

Filed November 10, 2014 in Temporary Visas, under DoS and Visa Office , tagged ,

Chinese Design DoorBeginning on November 12, 2014, the United States and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) will each increase the validity of short-term business and tourist visas (B-1 and B-2 visas in the US) and student and exchange visas (F, M and J visas in the US). more »

Technical Problems with US Passport and Visa System: DOS Alert and Updates

Filed August 8, 2014 in Temporary Visas, under DoS and Visa Office , tagged ,

Flight Delays 93466101Since late July 2014, the US Department of State (DOS) has been experiencing technical problems with the US Passport and Visa System which has been having an impact on US passport issuance as well as US visa issuance at US Consulates around the world. Below is further information, updated as it becomes available, on this problem. more »

Russia Travel Alert: US Department of State

Filed February 3, 2014 under DoS and Visa Office , tagged

Sochi, RussiaThe Department of State has issued a Russia Travel Alert stating that US citizens planning to attend the 2014 Olympic Games in Russia should remain attentive regarding their personal security at all times.  

The Department of State alerts US citizens planning to attend the 2014 Olympic Games in Russia that they should remain attentive regarding their personal security at all times. The Olympic and Paralympic Games will take place in Sochi, Russia, from February 7 to March 16, 2014. This travel alert replaces the alert issued on January 10, 2014, and provides updated information on reported threats against the Games. It expires on March 24, 2014. more »

South Sudan: Emergency Departure of US Embassy Juba Personnel, No Consular Services

Filed January 3, 2014 under DoS and Visa Office, US Consulate and US Embassy , tagged

On January 3, 2014, the US Department of State (DoS) ordered a further drawdown of US Embassy Juba personnel from Juba due to the deteriorating security situation in the Republic of South Sudan. DoS urges US citizens in South Sudan to depart the country. On January 3, 2014, there will be an evacuation flight arranged by the US Department of State to the nearest safe haven country. more »

First Ever LGBT Travel Advisory Issued

Frankfurt Airport Germany 149719864The edited text of the US Department of State’s first ever LGBT Travel Advisory is below.

Some countries provide legal protections to LGBT individuals. But, others do not, and a significant number even criminalize consensual same-sex sexual relations. Individuals convicted in these countries could be sentenced to prison, and/or be punished by fines, deportation, flogging, or even sentenced to death. Before choosing an international destination, LGBT travelers should carefully consider the laws and biases of their international destination and decide how open one can be regarding one’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Personal judgment and knowledge of local laws and customs before one goes will help ensure your safety. more »

US Embassy Abu Dhabi UAE: New Visa System

Filed January 2, 2013 in Green Cards, Temporary Visas, under DoS and Visa Office , tagged ,

bread, Dubai, United Arab Emirates UAE 147919733Arabic bread, Dubai, United Arab Emirates UAE 147919733The US Mission to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), including the US Embassy Abu Dhabi and the US Consulate Dubai, is making the transition to a new appointment service for anyone applying for a nonimmigrant visa to the US.

Beginning January 6, 2013, US visa applicants will work online or via telephone with a service provider to schedule an interview, pay the visa application fee, and arrange for the delivery of documents and passports. The new appointment service will also allow US visa applicants to schedule a visa interview, pay the visa application fee and arrange for delivery of documents and passports. This new service will also allow applicants to schedule a visa interview with more flexibility and up to 6 months in advance of travel plans. more »

Suspension of US Embassy Bangui Operations

Filed December 28, 2012 in Green Cards, Temporary Visas, under DoS and Visa Office , tagged

The US Embassy Bangui (Central African Republic or CAR) has temporarily suspended operations as of December 28, 2012, as a result of the security situation in the Central African Republic. However, the United States has not suspended diplomatic relations with the Central African Republic. more »

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