The Visa Bulletin is a bulletin issued by the United States Department of State each year to all foreign tourists wishing to travel to the USA. This helps to ensure that any potential visa issues that may arise are dealt with before your trip. The bulletin covers a wide range of visa requirements, so the reader should have no problem keeping up with all the latest changes.
As part of their role in the Visa Bulletin the Department of State will always remind you that the United States government has no control over your country of citizenship. If you are visiting the USA on a vacation visa you should not worry about the issuing authorities. You should have no problems getting a tourist visa if you meet the basic requirements. If you do not then you will need to contact the Department of State.
If you are a student then you may find that the authorities will allow you to travel to the USA on a F-1 or J-1 visa. The J-1 visa is usually granted to students attending accredited institutions of higher learning. These may be vocational schools or universities. There are certain criteria that must be met to be eligible for a student visa. If you have ever had a student visa in the past you may find it easier to apply again as there are fewer eligibility requirements this year.
If you are a businessperson it may well be possible for you to have your visa approved without any formalities. A businessperson must prove to the Department of State that they are able to employ staff. They can do this through proof of payroll records, evidence of financial records and proof of their registration with a business bureau. In addition to being able to demonstrate their income, they will also need to provide documentation that demonstrates the type and number of employees that they intend to hire. It is important that you take the time to read the instructions carefully and make sure you understand them before you submit any documentation.
If you are a student or work visitor to the United States it is possible to acquire a student visa even if you are coming to the USA for school. However, if you are a student then it is worth checking with your college authorities to see if they offer this type of visa.
As part of your Visa Bulletin you may find that you may have to prove that you have applied for an application that was denied. If this is the case, it is worth taking a look at the instructions that accompany the forms and ensuring that they are complete before submitting them.