visa

Visa Office is Operating Remotely Matters that require in-person meetings are taken by appointment only.  We require a 24-hour notice and estimated time of arrival. We will attempt to accommodate requests based on other appointments times. ***Please send email to visaoffice@fnal.gov to make an appointment.***

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is seeking to collect five years of social media history from applicants for certain immigration benefits, including Visa Waiver Program travelers and, adjustment of status and naturalization applicants, according to a Federal Register notice published today. DHS plans to add social media questions to the following forms and systems: ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) and Form I-94W, Nonimmigrant Visa Waiver Arrival/Departure Record for Visa Waiver Program travelers; EVUS (Electronic Visa Update System) for Chinese nationals traveling to the U.S. as business visitors…

All people arriving at the U.S. border or a port of entry have basic rights, but like all international travelers, Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) are subject to inspection by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) when arriving at an airport or land port of entry. If questions arise and CBP is unable to admit you quickly, you may be taken to a separate area for “secondary inspection.” If you are detained by CBP in secondary inspection, you have rights! Please…

If you are a foreign national planning to travel internationally this summer, make sure that you have all the necessary documents, including a passport with sufficient remaining validity, a valid U.S. visa in the appropriate classification, and advance permission to travel if necessary. If you will need to apply for a visa while you are abroad, be prepared for possible delays in visa issuance. On re-entry to the United States, expect thorough screening at the port of entry. For more…

The Visa Office has purchased Glacier Tax Prep Software to assist non-resident Foreign Nationals with filing their taxes. You may now submit your request for an access code to the Visa Office. Simply send an email with subject line, “Glacier Tax Prep Access Code Request” to visaoffice@fnal.gov and we will provide you with an access code.

USCIS has announced that all dependent family members of principal workers employed pursuant to H-1B, L-1, TN, and E-3 visas will now be required to attend a biometrics appointment before USCIS will grant the extension/change in status. Please contact the Visa Office with any questions.

Visa Office holiday hours

The Visa Office will be closed on: Monday, December 24 Tuesday, December 25 Monday, December 31 Tuesday, January 1 You can still contact us with immigration emergencies.

Visitors and employees holding non-immigrant status in the US should plan their holiday travel abroad carefully. Please read the in-depth holiday travel tips from the firm of Berry Appleman & Leiden. In summary: Check your passport’s validity; Check that you have a valid visa stamp; and Allow extra time for longer airport security queues. Contact the Visa Office with any travel questions before you leave the US.