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DHS To Eliminate I-94W For VWP Visitors By Summer 2010

In a May 20, 2010 Press Release, the Department of Homeland Security announced that by the end of summer 2010 it plans to eliminate the use of paper I-94W forms for Visa Waiver Program (VWP) travelers who have an approved ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization).

May 20, 2010
DOS Raises Visa Fee Effective June 4, 2010

Tiered MRV fees effective, June 4, 2010: H, L, O, P, Q and R visas: $150; E visas: $390; K visas: $350; MRV fee for all other nonimmigrant visas, effective June 4, 2010: $140.

May 20, 2010
DOS Cable On 2009 Exchange Visitor Skills List

DOS Cable On 2009 Exchange Visitor Skills ListThis DOS cable advises consular posts of the 2009 Exchange Visitor Skills List, which became effective on June 28, 2009. The cable confirms that "Exchange visitors who entered the United States on a

Jun 05, 2009
CBP Fact Sheet On Automatic Revalidation

CBP Fact Sheet On Automatic RevalidationIn a May 9, 2009 fact sheet, CBP confirmed that automatic revalidation is not available to nationals of Iran, Syria, Sudan, and Cuba, the four countries that are currently designated as state sponsors of terrorism

May 07, 2009
DOS Cable On Electronic DS-160 Nonimmigrant Visa Application

DOS Cable On Electronic DS 160 Nonimmigrant Visa ApplicationThis DOS cable reviews for consular officials the DS 160, a fully web based Nonimmigrant Visa (NIV) application form that incorporates all of the current NIV forms (DS 156, 157, 158, 156K,

May 05, 2009
DHS Announces Guam-Northern Mariana Islands Visa Waiver Program

DHS Announces Guam Northern Mariana Islands Visa Waiver Program74 Fed. Reg. 2824 (January 16, 2009) The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced an Interim Final Rule, effective January 16, 2009, that replaces the current Guam Visa Waiver Program (VWP)

Jan 16, 2009
DHS Expands USVISIT to Lawful Permanent Residents & Others

DHS Expands USVISIT to Lawful Permanent Residents & OthersEffective January 18, 2009, all aliens will be required to be enrolled in US&ndash VISIT when they enter the United States, with the exception of Canadian citizens applying for admission as B&ndash

Dec 19, 2008
2008 DOS Student and Exchange Visitor Cable

2008 DOS Student and Exchange Visitor CableThe Department of State posted its annual student and exchange visitor visa issues cable for 2008. The cable instructs posts to have a clear procedure in place for expediting F, M, and J appointments

Apr 11, 2008
DOS Amends Procedure for Notification of Termination of Immigrant Registration

DOS Amends Procedure for Notification of Termination of Immigrant RegistrationEffective February 29, 2008 the National Visa Center (NVC) will notify the alien directly of the termination of the immigrant visa registration if the alien failed to pursue the application within

Feb 28, 2008
DOS Cable on Processing Visa Applicants With Drunk Driving Hits(2)

June 7, 2007 DOS cable guidance subsquently updated by 9 FAM, on how consular officers should handle cases where an applicant's record shows an arrest or conviction for drunk driving or other alcohol-related offense.

Jun 07, 2007
Biometric Visa Program Moves to Ten Fingerscans

Biometric Visa Program Moves to Ten FingerscansThe Department of State announced that it is transitioning to a 10 fingerscan system for its Biometric Visa Program. Deployment of the 10 fingerscan system began in April 2007 and DOS hopes to complete

May 04, 2007
DOS Discontinues Use of Application Received Stamp

DOS Discontinues Use of Application Received StampA January 13, 2007 DOS cable notified consular posts to discontinue the practice of indicating nonimmigrant visa refusals with an "Application Received" stamp placed in the passport. This stamp was used to alert other

Jan 13, 2007
DOS Cable on Visa Processing for Lebanese Nationals

DOS Cable on Visa Processing for Lebanese NationalsAn August 1, 2006 Department of State field cable confirms that “Embassy Beirut has ceased all visa processing for the duration of the current crisis and it is currently impossible to predict how

Aug 01, 2006
2006 DOS Student Visa Cable

2006 DOS Student Visa CableThe Department of State's annual “student visa cable,” sent to consular posts on May 3, 2006, reviews prior guidance on student visa issuance. The 2006 cable reminds consular officers that When examining a student’s intent to

May 03, 2006
DOS Extends Initial F and M Visa Filing Window to 120 Days

February 9, 2006 DOS cable instructs consular posts that persons applying for initial-entry F-1, F-2, M-1, and M-2 visas may be issued these visas up to 120 days before the program start date as listed on their I-20s.  However, new F and M students can still not be admitted to the United States earlier than 30 days before their program start date.

Feb 09, 2006
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