|VISA NEWS |
DHS launches the Study in the States initiative
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) launched the Study in the States initiative which includes a focus on streamlining the student visa process, enhancing coordination among government agencies and keeping international students better informed about student visa rules and regulations. Study in the States site serves as an innovative information hub for the international student community by bringing together the various federal agencies that play a role in implementing our student visa and exchange visitor programs, including the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs and Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The site offers the latest information and resources for international students and school officials through blog posts, news articles, interactive guides, and videos.
USCIS Begins Transition to Centralized Policy Manual
USCIS began the agency’s transition toward an online, centralized manual of immigration policies by releasing the first volume of the new USCIS Policy Manual, effective Jan 22, 2013. An unprecedented, agency-wide review of USCIS policies incorporates feedback from thousands of agency employees, customers and stakeholders. Read the Press ReleaseU.S.-Canada Sign Visa and Immigration Information-Sharing Agreement
On December 13, 2012, the United States and Canada signed the U.S.-Canada Visa and Immigration Information-Sharing Agreement. The agreement will enable Canada and the United States to share information from third-country nationals who apply for a visa or permit to travel to either country. Read more...
Article on Understanding the U.S. Visa System
This article, written by David Donahue, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Visa Services at the Department of State, provides answers to questions such as: "When should I apply for a visa?", "Why are visas granted or denied?", "How should I prepare for the visa interview?", and more. Read the article...
|VISA QUESTIONNAIRE |
The IVO Questionnaire collects information on visa-related issues from the scientific community. The data collected through the questionnaire will be used to track trends and report urgent visa cases to the U.S. Department of State.
You are eligible to complete the questionnaire if:
- You are a student, scholar, or professional in the sciences.
- You have applied for a non-B1 visa to come to the United States for science-related activities and your application has been undergoing administrative processing for 60 days or longer. OR You have applied for a B1 visa to come to the United States for science-related activities and your application is pending 14 days prior to the U.S. event’s start date.
Please note that individuals who have applied for dependent visas (such as F2 and J2) should not complete the questionnaire.
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|Statement on Visa Delays|
The presidents of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine joined other scientific and educational organizations in issuing a statement urging federal agencies to streamline visa processing for scholars and scientists visiting the United States. Read the statement issued June 10, 2009.
The 2009 statement built upon earlier statements in 2004 and 2005. The 2009 document continues to be the principle statement of the higher education and scientific community on visa policy.