The U.S. Mission in Russia is pleased to announce an expansion of our current interview waiver program as a part of President Obama’s Executive Order to substantially increase travel and tourism to the United States. Starting immediately, certain applicants who have previously been issued a visa that expired in the past 47 months will be eligible to renew their visa without an interview.
USCIS is considering changes that would allow certain immediate relatives (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 the unlawful presence bars before leaving the United States.
USCIS TO PROPOSE CHANGING THE PROCESS FOR CERTAIN WAIVERS BASED ON UNLAWFUL PRESENCE
Moderator: Edna Ruano, Chief, Office of Communications
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
Jan. 6, 2012
1 P.M. EDT
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[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 5 (Monday, January 9, 2012)]
USCIS executive summary from the 11/2/11 teleconference regarding the adjudication of J-1 Exchange Visitor waivers of the two-year foreign residence requirement.
CBP FAQs include general information on the VWP and ESTA, as well as ESTA & data privacy, who should apply, implementation, how to apply, the ESTA fee and the Travel Promotion Act of 2009, updating the ESTA, I-94W, ESTA and U.S. visas, ESTA denials, and more.
New Visa Procedures
Beginning January 10, 2011, the U.S. Embassy and Consulates will process visas differently. Under the new procedures, most applicants will go to Applicant Service Centers (ASCs) prior to their consular section interview. The ASC staff will collect the applicant’s biometric information that will be reviewed by the consular section prior to the applicant’s interview. ASCs will be located in buildings separate from the U.S. Embassy and Consulates.
The new process will provide several advantages to applicants:
Please check attachment to view the CRS report on Visa Waiver Program.
This cable provides additional information on implementation of the Travel Promotion Act of 2009 (TPA) and fee collection for the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA), requests posts to engage in outreach, and provides talking points.
Please check attachment for detail information.