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USA lifts COVID-19 emergency measures

As the White House announced in late January, the Biden administration plans to let the US public health emergency imposed because of the coronavirus expire in May 2023. We look back on 3 years of pandemic.

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Green cards and EADs get new security design

Since February 2023, green cards and EADs have been given a new look including improved security features. The optimized cards are designed to protect against manipulation and counterfeiting. See the new look of the US cards here.

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U.S. immigration agency plans fee increase

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced an increase in fees for certain visa categories and application processes to cover its operating costs, expedite processing of current immigration and naturalization applications, and clear backlogs.

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Mandatory testing for US air travelers from China

As of January 5, 2023, testing is mandatory for air travelers from China entering the United States. Airlines check the tests before departure. Which travelers are affected?

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Extension of the interview waiver

For certain U.S. nonimmigrant visas, the measure has been extended through December 31, 2023, to allow applications to be submitted without an interview at the U.S. consulate.

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New visa design published in 2023

The design for US visas of all categories has received a new design after 10 years. The Lincoln look will then be replaced by the Golden Gate bridge. What impact will this have on current visas?

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Back to normal? Increase in global U.S. visa processing

After pandemic-related waiting times in the processing of U.S. visas, U.S. authorities have now managed to reach pre-pandemic levels. We look back at visa developments in 2022.

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Introduction of standardized IDs in the USA, starting 2023

After many years of preparation, the REAL ID will be a standardized ID requirement for U.S. citizens for domestic flights, among other things, starting in 2023.

How is the REAL ID different from other forms of identification?

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Restricted ESTA entry after Cuba stay

More and more ESTA travelers are reporting that they have been turned away at the border control in the USA due to a previous stay in Cuba.

What reason do U.S. officials have for the rejection and what should those affected now consider when traveling to the U.S.?

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US 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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