Law and Policy
United States immigration laws enacted by Congress provide authority over immigration and visa related matters, including entry and exit of all travelers across the nation’s borders. Immigration laws, including the Immigration and Naturalization Act (INA) in Title 8 of the United States Code with amendments, as well as additional laws, control U.S. visa processing and issuance.
The Visa Bulletin provides information regarding the cut-off dates which govern visa availability in the numerically limited visa categories and other immigrant visa related information.
Find the Annual Report of the Visa Office and other immigrant and nonimmigrant visa issuance statistics.
This section provides information on laws regulations controlling immigration and visa related matters.
The Department of State, Visa Office transmits policy guidance to U.S. embassies and consulates around the world, with selections listed on this webpage.