The procedures regarding immigrant visa availability have changed for the benefit of intending US permanent resident (i.e., greencard) applicants. These changes are reflected in the October 2015 Visa Bulletin which may be viewed at http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/law-and-policy/bulletin/2016/visa-bulletin-for-october-2015.html.

The US Department of State’s (DOS’s) monthly Visa Bulletin will now include two charts per visa preference category for

The Department of State (DOS) has issued an updated alert to report that 165 posts, representing more than 85% of the nonimmigrant visa demand worldwide, are now online and issuing visas.

On June 25, 2015, DOS updated their alert with the following language:

  • The Bureau of Consular Affairs reports that 165 posts, representing more than

The State Department continues to report that “technical problems” with overseas systems preventing the Bureau of Consular Affairs from issuing visas, passports and other travel documents, since last week.

Most U.S. Consulates and Embassies websites contain this (or similar posting):

“The Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs is currently experiencing technical problems with our

The US Government recently streamlined procedures for E visa applications, allowing easier and quicker cross-border travel to the US from Canada.  Applicants applying to renew their E visas may now submit minimal supporting documentation to the consulate, whereas, previously, the consulate required in depth evidence and material prior to setting up a visa appointment.  You

U.S. PassportAn unspecified glitch in a global database used by the US government to issue passports and travel visas has left countless people around the world unable to travel for the last few days, according to State Department officials.

The database, known as the Consular Consolidated Database (CCD), is one of the largest Oracle-based data warehouses

As part of its transition to paperless processing of immigrant visa applications (IVPP), the US Department of State (US DOS) announced worldwide implementation of electronic forms DS-260 and DS-261.

The DS-260 Immigrant Visa Electronic Application replaces the paper-based DS-230 Application for Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration (parts I and II); while the DS-261 Choice of