A citizen of a foreign country, who wishes to enter the United States, generally must first obtain a visa, either a nonimmigrant visa for temporary stay, or an immigrant visa (green card) for permanent residence. The type of visa required is defined by immigration law, and relates to the purpose of travel.

U.S. Embassy Announces a New Visa Processing System in India

The United States Embassy in India today announced it is implementing a new visa processing system throughout India that will further standardize procedures and will simplify fee payment and appointment scheduling through a new website at  Minister Counselor for Consular Affairs, Julia Stanley, announced at a press conference here today that beginning September 26, 2012 U.S.

DOS Announces Assistant Sec. Of State for Consular Affairs Has Authority To Waive a Visa Interviews

[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 168 (Wednesday, August 29, 2012)]
[Pages 52379-52380]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office []
[FR Doc No: 2012-21326]


[Delegation of Authority No. 344]

Delegation by the Secretary of State to the Assistant Secretary
of State for Consular Affairs the Authority to Determine That it is
Necessary To Waive a Visa Interview as a Result of Unusual or Emergent

DHS Proposes Updating Recordkeeping System On People Who Enter U.S. Through Visa Waiver Program

[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 146 (Monday, July 30, 2012)]
[Pages 44642-44647]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office []
[FR Doc No: 2012-18552]



Office of the Secretary

[Docket No. DHS-2012-0045]

DOS Issues Statement On Confidentiality Of Visa Records

Press Statement

 Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
July 26, 2012


Question: Is the issuance of a waiver during the visa process protected under visa confidentiality as part of the visa process?

Answer: Yes, we maintain waiver requests and decisions as part of our visa records, and visa records are confidential under Section 222(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). For the purposes of INA Section 222(f), a “record” includes information or documents pertaining to an individual visa applicant.

A “record” may consist of:

State Department Processing Visas from Brazil and China at Record Pace

Media Note

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
April 18, 2012

Earlier this year, President Obama called for a national strategy to make the United States the world’s top travel and tourism destination, generating jobs and revitalizing our economy. The Department of State is well on the way to meeting the President’s goals of increasing visitor visa processing capacity in China and Brazil by 40 percent in 2012.

State Dept. Reminder on Fees for Visa Services

DOS reminder that nonimmigrant and immigrant visa application fees will change on April 13, 2012. The fees for most nonimmigrant visa applications and Border Crossing Cards will increase, while all immigrant visa application fees will decrease. All visa applicants must pay the fee amounts in effect on the day they pay, including immigrant visa applicants who pay fees to the National Visa Center (NVC).

Please click here to view State Dept. notice on Fees for Visa Services. 



DOS Announcemes Ten-Year Visa Validity for Colombians Visiting the United States

Fact Sheet

Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC
April 15, 2012  

The State Department is pleased to announce an increase in the validity of visas for Colombians traveling on a temporary basis to the United States from five years to ten years. This means that most Colombian applicants who qualify for a B-category non-immigrant visa may be issued a 120-month, multiple-entry visa.