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The International Visitors Office has designed a questionnaire to collect information regarding visa-related issues from the scientific community. If your visa case has been delayed for more than 21 days and you are willing to share this information, please submit a questionnaire.
This information will be used by our office to:
report trends with visa applications;
generate reports on specific visa-related issues;
improve our ability to facilitate the free flow of scientists; and
inquire about the status of pending applications whenever possible.
Collected information will only be accessible to staff of the International Visitors Office. No personal information, including an applicant’s name or e-mail address, will be used for any other purposes. Your email address is required to contact you in the event that this office can assist in your case. Statistical data can be found below under Visa Questionnaire Statistics.
Notes on Administrative Processing
- Please report your pending visa case via the questionnaire if your visa has been pending for at least 21 days after the date of the interview at the consulate.
- Do not submit multiple surveys for the same pending case. Please send corrections or updates (i.e. if you received your visa, you canceled or are changing your travel plans) to email@example.com with the applicant’s name, passport number and date of birth in the subject line.
- If you have difficulty completing the questionnaire or have suggestions for improvement, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DISCLAIMER: The purpose of this database is to collect information on visa issues to enable the National Academies to respond to problems related to visas. It is very important to note that the International Visitors Office (IVO) is not an office of the U.S. Department of State, which is in charge of all U.S. visa applications. The IVO is an office of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS) which is a non-governmental organization with no control over U.S. visa regulation and therefore cannot issue visas or control the process in any way. Our office is gathering information on the problems that visa applicants from the scientific community are experiencing with the process and we are reporting any cases that have been pending for longer than 21 days to the Department of State.
Total cases reported to IVO since fall 2002: 9,992*
Statistics for IVO-Assisted Cases in 2012
Total number of new science related visa cases IVO reported to the Department of State in 2012: 592
Average reported visa processing time for 2012 visa cases - 70 days**
Statistics for IVO-Assisted Cases in 2013
Total science-related pending visa cases IVO reported to the Department of State in 2013 YTD: 307
Average reported visa processing time for all cases IVO reported to DOS in 2013 (including pending 2012 cases) – 60 days
* Statistics as of 5/1/2013. These numbers reflect individual, science related cases reported to IVO by visa applicants. For broader numbers please consult the Department of State visa statistics page at http://travel.state.gov/visa/statistics/statistics_1476.html.
** Processing wait time includes administrative processing following the interview, but does not include the time required to return the passport to applicants, by either courier services or the local mail system.
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