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Visa Information

With some notable exceptions (e.g. student and visitor visas), obtaining a U.S. visa is a two-step process.

The first step involves a petition filed with USCIS, the primary agency awarding immigration benefits. Upon successful adjudication of the petition, the beneficiary may apply for a visa to be placed into his/her passport in the United States. Almost uniformly, this requires an in-person interview at a consulate abroad. If a beneficiary is currently in the U.S. in another lawful status, it may be possible to collapse the steps together in a single filing.

In the following pages we provide some general information relating to:

Insights

May 16, 2017

Department of State Drafts Emergency Regulations to Implement “extreme vetting” for Certain US Visa Applicants

In a Federal Register Notice published earlier this month, the U.S. Department of State (“DOS”) has requested emergency regulatory appr...

Feb 01, 2017

Families Denied Entry at the Philadelphia Airport File Federal Litigation Against the Trump Administration

We would like to congratulate U.S. practice director Jonathan Grode on his tireless work with the ACLU to help families who have been denied entry ...


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