US Visa News

News about U.S. visas and work permits

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Simplified consular application procedure enacted

As of the end of 2021, the U.S. State Department has enacted that certain visa applications that otherwise required an interview appointment at the U.S. consulate can now be applied for by mail instead.

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U.S. entry restrictions

Since November 8, 2021 the U.S. has eased entry requirements and travel is possible again with compliance of a variety of COVID-19 and sanitary guidelines. Read below to learn about the implications for travelers, visa applicants, and visa holders when entering the United Staes now.

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Quarantine and COVID-19 rules when entering the United States

Due to the corona crisis, we receive questions about the current U.S. travel restrictions as well as about the quarantine and COVID-19 regulations that apply upon entry and within the United States. We therefore provide general information regarding quarantine in the U.S. and also refer to the current COVID-19 / quarantine regulations of all U.S. states.

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Waiting times for an interview appointment at the U.S. consulate

It is advisable to apply for a visa for the U.S. as early as possible. Especially before holidays, applicants should plan more buffer for the interview appointment.
You should also bear in mind that the waiting times for entry into the U.S. will increase if there is a high volume of travel.

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Green Card lottery registration period

The U.S. government gives away 55,000 permanent residence permits (= Green Cards) in its annual "diversity visa lottery". Each year, the U.S. Department of State determines and announces the date for online registration and the date on which the Green Card winners will be drawn. In the following, we describe the participation rules and registration deadlines for the Green Card lottery.

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Emergency appointment for the U.S. consulate

In the event that interview appointments at the U.S. consulate are temporarily unavailable, urgent travel plans can quickly be jeopardized. Emergency appointments at the U.S. consulates seem to be a possible rescue here. However, they are only granted for justified emergencies.

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Extension of status and change of status in the U.S.

Generally, foreign nationals entering the United States with a U.S. visa are granted temporary residence status, meaning that they must leave the country once their I-94 entry stamp expires. As visa holders travel less in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, in many cases their status oin the U.S. is at risk of expiring soon. Now, changes to the biometrics appointments have been announced.

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Eligibility for U.S. citizenship?

German adults with an American parent may be eligible for U.S. citizenship.

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U.S. entry regulations lifted for nationals of 13 countries

The Travel Ban created by President Trump, which has affected citizens of seven countries worldwide to date, will be extended to six additional countries. Read below to find out which persons are affected by the US entry ban and what you need to know about visas, entry and stay in the U.S.

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Public Charge Rule

The U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Services USCIS has announced the implementation of the Public Charge Rule for the end of February 2020. Below we inform about the consequences for visa applicants.

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