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US extends B-1 and B-2 visa validity for Colombians to 10 years

12:01 18/04/2012
The US State Department announced on 15 April that they are increasing the validity of B-1 and B-2 visit visas for Colombians traveling on a temporary basis to the US from five years to ten years...

US no longer processes immigrant visas in Portugal from 1 March 2012

12:38 05/03/2012
The US Embassy in Lisbon, Portugal announced from 1 March 2012, they are no longer processing immigrant or diversity visa applications. All US visa applications from Portuguese nationals will need to...

Increase in Chinese students attending US universities on F-1 student visas

14:05 24/02/2012
The US Midwest state, Iowa, has reported an increase in enrollment of Chinese students in the state's schools over the past few years. At Iowa State University, Chinese undergraduate enrollment grew...

Australian tourism industry wants easier Australian visa procedures

15:08 02/02/2012
Following US President Barack Obama's announcement to streamline the processing of US visa applications, the Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) implored Australian immigration to take similar...

US and India talks about H-1B and L-1 visas postponed

16:12 12/01/2012
Talks between the US and India regarding H-1B and L-1 visas and trade issues have been postponed indefinitely. US officials said that the talks were being held at the wrong time. India is unlikely to...

US official says US visitor visas are in high demand

9:40 15/12/2011
While US tourism leaders are pushing for reduced wait times for processing visitor visa applications for foreign visitors, a US Commerce Department official said last week that the State Department...