DV-2019 Program: Online Registration

The revised online registration period for the DV-2019 Program begins on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), and concludes on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-4). All entries made prior to 12:00 noon Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4) Wednesday, October 18, 2017, will ...
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Student Visa Day at the Embassy!

The Embassy hosted a Student Visa Day on June 28 for some 50 Japanese students eager to study abroad in the United States. After their visa interviews, the students took a trivia quiz about American university life. Minister-Counselor for Public Affairs Margot Carrington spoke to the group and emphasized the value of studying abroad. Several ...
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New Version of Form I-130 – Petition for Alien Relative

Effective February 27, 2017, USCIS released a new version of Form I-130 “Petition for Alien Relative” and Form I-130A “Supplemental Information for Spouse Beneficiary.” The new forms are now available on the USCIS website. Starting April 28, 2017, only the new forms (February 27, 2017 edition) will be accepted. Until then, petitioners may use ...
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Updated Guidance on Suspension of Executive Order 13769

The Executive Order barring issuance of visas and travel for nationals of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen has been suspended. Accordingly, U.S. embassies and consulates will resume scheduling visa appointments for these nationals. The Department of State had also provisionally revoked all valid visas of nationals of these seven countries.  That provisional revocation ...
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CBP Announces Additional Details about the Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS)

September 30, 2016 WASHINGTON—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced all People’s Republic of China passport holders carrying a 10-year B1/B2, B1 or B2 (visitor) visa will be required to have a valid Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS) enrollment when traveling to the United States beginning on November 29, 2016. EVUS is the online system ...
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Change of Photo Requirements: As of November 1, 2016, Eyeglasses no Longer Permitted in Visa Photos

September 27, 2016 For applications filed on or after November 1, 2016, eyeglasses must not be worn in photos provided for visa applications, except in rare circumstances when eyeglasses cannot be removed for medical reasons; e.g., the applicant has recently had ocular surgery and the eyeglasses are necessary to protect the applicant’s eyes. A medical ...
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Important Notice for Diversity Visa (DV) 2017 Entrants

September 8, 2016 Additional entrants have been added to “selected” status on the Entrant Status Check (ESC) website https://www.dvlottery.state.gov/ . Please use your unique confirmation number to verify your status. Successful entrants are encouraged to complete the online DS-260 application immediately, so that an interview appointment at the appropriate U.S. Embassy or Consulate can be scheduled. ...
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Revised Form I-129S

August 3, 2016 Form I-129S, Nonimmigrant Petition Based on Blanket L Petition, has been revised. The new form was released on 06/02/16. The date is specified on the bottom left of the form. Starting August 29, 2016, we will only accept the new 06/02/16 form when applying for a blanket L visa. Until then, you ...
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New requirements for Chinese B Visa Holders – Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS)

March 15, 2016 Beginning in November 2016, all travelers holding People’s Republic of China passports with 10-year U.S. B1/B2, B1, or B2 visas must enroll in the Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS) program. ‎For more information on this program, please visit www.cbp.gov/EVUS 自2016年11月起,所有持中华人民共和国护照并同时持有十年有效期B1/B2、B1或B2美国签证的旅行者须进入签证更新电子系统EVUS网站进行信息登记. 欲知更多此项目的相关信息, 请访问 www.cbp.gov/EVUS
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DHS Announces Further Travel Restrictions For the Visa Waiver Program

February 18, 2016 WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced that it is continuing its implementation of the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 with the addition of Libya, Somalia, and Yemen as three countries of concern, limiting Visa Waiver Program travel for certain individuals who have traveled ...
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Updated ESTA Application Form

February 25, 2016 An updated ESTA application form is now available online. Additional questions regarding travel history have been added to the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) applications that address the travel eligibility requirements under the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015. For detailed information, please see CBP’s website .
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United States Begins Implementation of Changes to the Visa Waiver Program

January 21, 2016 WASHINGTON — On January 21, 2016, the United States began implementing changes under the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 (the Act). U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) welcomes more than a million passengers arriving to the United States every day and is committed to facilitating legitimate ...
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