US Tourist Visa: The Embassy begins in-person appointments. How to check online

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The U.S. Embassy has announced that it will resume routine in-person tourist visa appointments beginning in September. “The U.S. Mission to India is pleased to announce that we are resuming routine in-person tourist visa appointments in September 2022. Previously scheduled stand-ins have now been cancelled,” he tweeted.

The U.S. Embassy said applicants whose reserved space appointments have been canceled can now re-enter the scheduling system to schedule regular appointments.

Nominations were open until 2023, he added. The US Embassy has also shared a link where applicants can check its website for appointment slots.

Meanwhile, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services or USCIS has announced that it is implementing premium processing for certain petitioners who have a pending Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers, under the EB-1 and EB-2 ratings.

EB-1, EB-2 are employment-based first preference visas for a “non-citizen of extraordinary ability, an outstanding professor or researcher, or a certain executive or manager of a multinational corporation. Each occupational category has certain requirements that must be met,” USCIS said on its website.

This bonus processing extension applies only to certain Form I-140 requests previously filed under an E13 multinational classification of executives and managers or an E21 classification as a member of holding professions. higher degrees or of exceptional ability requiring a National Interest Waiver (NIW).

Petitioners who wish to request a premium processing upgrade must file Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service, he said.

Beginning June 1, 2022, USCIS will accept Form I-907 requests for E13 multinational executive and manager petitions received on or before January 1, 2021.

Effective July 1, 2022, it will accept Form I-907 requests for E21 NIW petitions received by June 1, 2021, and E13 petitions for corporate officers and directors received by March 1, 2021.

“While the expansion of premium processing is being implemented in a phased approach, we will continue to work toward the availability of premium processing for additional Form I-140, Form I-539, and Form I-765 requests over the course of of fiscal year 2022,” he said.

The U.S. agency also said it would also comply with Congress’ requirement that the expansion of bonus processing must not result in increased processing times for applications for regular immigration benefits.

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