US Visa News

News about U.S. visas and work permits

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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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Facial recognition software now in use at all US airports

Facial recognition systems will be deployed at all U.S. international airports in the future, to increase security and reduce wait times for all travelers.

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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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Entry into the USA: Testing no longer required

As of June 12, 2022, full COVID-19 vaccination coverage is now sufficient for entry into the U.S.; no additional testing is required.

Read here what you need to plan for your trip to the USA in the coming months.

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USCIS processing times tool now online

USCIS continues to modernize: Applicants can now view visa application processing times online to gain transparent insight into wait times.

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Expansion of the Premium Processing Program

As part of its current modernization efforts, USCIS has announced an expansion of its Premium Processing Program. For an additional fee, certain application processes can be processed through an express process.
Learn all about the process and what the costs are. 

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New US ambassador in Germany

Since February 2022, Germany has a new U.S. ambassador, Dr. Amy Gutmann. Read more about the successful career of the US-American, who will represent her state government in Berlin in the future.

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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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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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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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