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Taiwan Designated into Visa Waiver Program (VWP)

Filed October 2, 2012 in Temporary Visas, under Immigration Waivers , tagged , ,
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Taipei Grand Opera 139877038On October 2, 2012, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitan announced the designation of Taiwan into the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), thus streamlining travel for thousands of eligible Taiwan passport holders. As of November 1, 2012, eligible Taiwan passport holders will be able to visit the US without visas. more »

H-1B Cap: Too Few H-1Bs Issued Last 5 Years

Filed September 28, 2012 in Temporary Visas, under H-1B Cap Count, USCIS and DHS , tagged , ,

Pile of documents 100923010A recent Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by attorney David Rudman of Chicago shows that USCIS has been seriously underutilizing annual H-1B numbers by about 15%–that is, USCIS has not been issuing enough H-1B numbers to meet the annual H-1B quota over the last 5 years. During this time, USCIS appears to have issued 45,000 fewer H-1B visas than it should have. It is likely that it has done the same this year as well. more »

US Embassy Cairo: No Visa Services Sept 13, 2012

Filed September 13, 2012 in Green Cards, Temporary Visas, under US Consulate and US Embassy , tagged

US Embassy Cairo will provide no visa services on September 13, 2012. All appointments have been cancelled. American Citizen Services (ACS) will also be closed September 13, 2012. Emergency services will be available only for US citizens. US citizens with life or death emergency should call the US Embassy Cairo at 2797-3300 to reach the Duty Officer. more »

US Embassy Manila Visa Payment Process Change

Filed September 11, 2012 in Temporary Visas, under US Consulate and US Embassy , tagged ,
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Chocolate Hills, Bohol, Philippines 91834131The US Embassy Manila has announced a bank payment process change for nonimmigrant visa (NIV) applicants. Beginning on September 3, 2012, nonimmigrant visa applicants at US Embassy Manila must present a US visa application deposit slip to pay the machine-readable visa (MRV) application fee. more »

US Embassy Rome: New E Visa Procedures

Filed September 10, 2012 in Temporary Visas, under US Consulate and US Embassy , tagged ,
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Italian Riviera, Riomaggiore medwt6019The US Embassy Rome has issued new procedures for E Visa applications in Italy, effective August 15, 2012. Some applicants require interviews, depending on the factors listed below. more »

I-20 Stamps Discontinued

Filed September 7, 2012 in Temporary Visas, under USCIS and DHS , tagged , , , , , ,
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Students with Laptops 76803494CBP no longer provides admission stamps on Forms I-20 and DS-2019 for prospective and returning international students and scholars (traveling with F, M or J visas) seeking admission to the US as of August 10, 2012. more »

Visa Office Update: September 2012

Filed September 7, 2012 in Green Cards, Processing Times, under DoS and Visa Office , tagged , , , , , ,
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Delayed sign 96665029The Visa Office (VO) of the Department of State has announced that EB-1 visa usage is at a record high, that EB-2 India is likely to go to 2006 next month and EB-2 China will be somewhat ahead of EB-2 India; and that EB-2 worldwide may be current in October or November. more »

US Visas India: New Processing System

Filed September 7, 2012 in Temporary Visas, under US Consulate and US Embassy , tagged
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Bengal Tiger, India 153158594The US Embassy India is implementing a new visa processing system throughout India to standardize procedures and simplify fee payments and appointment scheduling for US visas through a new website. Beginning September 26, 2012, US visa applicants will be able to pay US visa application fees via Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT), with a mobile phone, or with cash at more than 1,800 Axis bank branches. more »

US-Russia Visa Agreement Effective Sept 9, 2012

Filed August 30, 2012 in Temporary Visas, under DoS and Visa Office , tagged , ,
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St Basils Red Square Moscow 115999506US Embassy Moscow announced that a historic US-Russia visa agreement to promote business and tourism between the two countries will enter into effect September 9, 2012. more »

US Embassy Tripoli, Libya: Consular Section Reopening

Filed August 23, 2012 in Temporary Visas, under US Consulate and US Embassy , tagged ,
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Old Town, Ghadames, Libya 126496396UPDATE: Please note that nonimmigrant visa services at US Embassy Tripoli have been suspended indefinitely. Please monitor the Embassy’s website for information on resumption of services.

ORIGINAL POST: The US Embassy Tripoli, Libya, has announced that the Consular Section will reopen Monday, August 27, 2012. The Consular Section at the US Embassy Tripoli will offer a full range of services, including nonimmigrant visas for travel to the US and services to American citizens who reside in Libya. more »

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