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Valid passport upon Green Card lottery application

In July 2019 the U.S. Department of State (DOS) changed the conditions of participation in the official Diversity Visa Program. As of now a valid passport is required when registering for the annual Green Card lottery. In the following, we describe the new passport regulation and its effects on Green Card applicants.

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When participating in an exchange program or spending a semester abroad in the United States, you will quickly come into contact with the term "SEVIS". 

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New: Delivery of passport no longer free of charge

After a succesful interview, the U.S. consulate will keep the applicants' passport for issuing the visa. As soon as the visa is printed and glued to the passport, it will be delivered to the applicant. In Germany, this delivery was free of charge so far, but that has changed since December 11th, 2018.

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EPassport: All you need to know about the biometric passport

If you want to travel to the USA, you not only need a visa or ESTA but also a valid passport that proves your identity. Without one, you won’t be allowed to enter the country or cross the borders of most countries.

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U.S. immigration regulations - Entry requirements to the USA

The so-called Travel Ban applies to citizens of seven countries worldwide. Still, the legal challenges against the travel restrictions issued by president Trump continue and the controversy persists.

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Entering the United States - Advice on entry requirements

When entering the USA you have to pay attention to certain laws and requirements, no matter if you travel privately with ESTA or for business purposes with a visa. Read the most important hints and tipps for entering the United States.

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U.S. visa stop in Turkey

The U.S. agencies in Turkey have suspended their consular activities and are as of now no longer issuing U.S. visas. It is explained below who will be affected by the provisional visa stop.

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Social media data and immigration - New regulation for the collection of information

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will henceforth collect and store social media data of all persons with an immigration status, i.e. Green Card holders and naturalized persons.
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CBP introduced new user-friendly Trusted Traveler Program website

On October 2017 the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) launched a new Trusted Traveler Program website. Programs such as Global Entry and NEXUS are now more user-friendly.
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Trump contemplates cuts in J-1 visa sector

The U.S. authorities in Washington are planning a substantial cut in the area of ​​the J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa. The discussed J-1 visa changes are set out below.
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