The Visa Bulletin is an annual notification of changes in United States immigration law that affect visa issuers and applicants. There are several issues that are addressed in the Bulletin that impact international and U.S. immigration law, including:
The bulletin provides general guidance on the requirements and laws for issuing, processing, and granting visas, as well as on the terms and conditions of certain visa services. The information it contains is intended to be helpful to all interested parties. The Bulletin does not, however, address every possible situation and does not provide legal or other professional advice.
In addition to being issued by the Department of State's Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BI&N), the Visa Bulletin is published by the International Organization for Migration (IOM). IOM publishes the Bulletin each year and provides general guidance on visa issuance, processing, and related legislation. If you need more detailed legal advice on a particular issue, you should contact a private immigration attorney. IOM publishes the visa bulletin for a one-year period.
While the Bulletin is a great source of general information, the information contained in the bulletin may not always be current. For example, visa issuance regulations may change between the time of publication and the time your visa gets processed. If you want to confirm that the date on the bulletin corresponds with the date on which you will get a visa, it would be wise to check with a private immigration lawyer.
Even if the visa bulletin is not entirely up to date, it can still provide you with important information. By making sure you read the entire Visa Bulletin, you will have a better understanding of the laws and regulations surrounding your visa and be able to plan your trip and immigration to the United States.
It is recommended that you do not rely completely on the Visa Bulletin. You should consult a private immigration attorney to obtain legal advice on the specific laws and regulations surrounding your visa. An immigration attorney can help you decide if you can meet the requirements for your visa and can also give you further information on whether you need a visa at all. Remember that while the Visa Bulletin is designed to help you make informed decisions about your visa, it is not the only source of information on the immigration laws in the United States.
The visa bulletin also provides basic and frequently asked questions about obtaining a visa. Some questions to ask include, “What types of documents can prove my eligibility for a visa?” and “How long does it take to process a visa application?” There are also questions on what documents you need to submit when applying for a visa.
The visa bulletin is an important resource for those looking for information and guidance about . . . . . . their visa applications. While it is not a substitute for having a knowledgeable attorney review your visa application, the Visa Bulletin is a valuable resource for anyone who is concerned about the immigration laws in the United States. It can give you information that may be useful when you need to apply for a visa.