The U.S Visa Bulletin is a regularly issued document that provides important information regarding Visa requirements for travel to the United States by foreign nationals. The purpose of this bulletin is to inform travelers of all relevant visa information, rules, and regulations that pertain to the processing of Visa applications.
The US Visa Bulletin contains three sections: General Visa Requirements; Specific Visa Requirements; Visa Supplement Requirements. General visa requirements cover applicants for nonimmigrant visas, parolee extensions, student and teacher exchange visitor status, business visa and seasonal workers. Specific visa requirements cover nonimmigrant applicants, student, and family members of eligible individuals, students in academic or vocational programs, tourists to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program, and those persons holding dual citizenship with the United States. The visa Supplement requirements cover students in vocational or educational programs, and family members of such persons.
For visa processing in Canada, the US Visa Bulletin has specific visa requirements for students, family members of United States citizens who are study-abroad students, as well as applicants whose intent is to relocate to the United States. There are specific visa requirements for applicants who are in transit between their destination countries and the United States, and students in international schools, international boarding and placement services, and institutions of higher education. Finally, there are specific visa requirements for immigrants who are coming to the United States to enter the country on an immigrant visa, permanent resident status, or on nonimmigrant visas.
In order to apply for an immigrant visa in the United States, an individual must first be admitted into the United States through another method. In most cases, the individual is granted immigrant status as a nonimmigrant. The individual then submits a petition to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which is processed. A U.S. visa, which contains certain stipulations, is issued to the applicant upon approval of the petition.
In order to obtain a U.S. visa, an individual must meet certain requirements in addition to a thorough knowledge of the laws regarding entry into the United States. These include meeting an I-129W or I-797W form, or an F-1 or F-2 form at an immigration office, or any other designated location. This is accompanied by a fee, evidence of the need for the visa, a passport, and a statement of employment. If the applicant is seeking an immigrant visa to visit the United States for business purposes, he or she must meet the same requirements as any other individual intending to visit the United States, as a nonimmigrant, and follow the same steps.
The US Visa Bulletin is intended to help applicants prepare for their visa application and submit it to the appropriate Department of State or Department of Homeland Security office in a timely manner. to obtain the necessary visa approval.