Important Travel Information on Puerto RicoJuly 17, 2012
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On March 29, 2012, the Department of State published an interim final rule in the Federal Register to adjust visa processing fees.
On March 30, 2012, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) posted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Federal Register about new procedures under consideration for some I-601 waiver applications. Once implemented, these changes would allow certain immediate relative immigrant visa applicants (the spouse, children, or parents of a U.S. citizen) who can demonstrate extreme hardship to a U.S. citizen spouse or parent to receive a provisional waiver of unlawful presence bars before leaving the United States. These new procedures will not apply to family-sponsored preference visa categories.
A short video describing the Department’s efforts to meet growing worldwide demand for visas. See our video “Let’s Talk Numbers.”
On February 14, 2012, the Department of State published a final rule in the Federal Register to permit the issuance of L visas based on the visa reciprocity schedule. For more information, review the final rule.
On January 20th, 2012 the White House unveiled new initiatives to promote the United States as a premier destination for international travelers by making our processes for moving people and goods more secure and more efficient.
The Department of State is dedicated to the protection of our borders, and has no higher priority than the safety of our citizens. The Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs is responsible for issuing visas to those international visitors to the United States who require them. Around the world at 222 visa-issuing embassies and consulates, a highly trained corps of consular officers and support staff adjudicate millions of visa applications each year.
The registration period for the United States Diversity Visa (DV-2013) Program begins Tuesday, October 4, 2011, at noon (EDT), and concludes on Saturday, November 5, 2011, at noon (EDT).
Beginning April 1, 2011, the U.S. Department of State will require the full names of the applicant’s parent(s) to be listed on all certified birth certificates to be considered as primary evidence of U.S. citizenship for all passport applicants, regardless of age. Certified birth certificates missing this information will not be acceptable as evidence of citizenship. This will not affect applications already in-process that have been submitted or accepted before the effective date.
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