New Visa Regulations on Same-Sex Spousal Visa Issuance
U.S. Embassy Reykjavik is pleased to announce that we are now able to accept visa applications filed on behalf of same-sex spouses. This change is effective immediately and includes the following visa categories: Diplomat (A), international organization employee (G), temporary worker (H), information media representative (I), intracompany transferee (L), extraordinary ability (O), entertainer and athlete (P), religious worker (R), among others. If an applicant is otherwise qualified, he/she may be issued a derivative visa starting now.
Some non-immigrant visa classifications require additional documentation before a visa can be issued. Same-sex spouses (and stepchildren) of F and M student visa applicants (F-2 and M-2) will need to obtain an I-20 prior to issuance. Spouses of exchange visitors (J-2) will need an approved DS-2019.
This change also applies to Immigrant Visas and the Diversity Visa Lottery. A spouse of a U.S. citizen, as well as a spouse of a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR), may apply for an immigrant visa after USCIS approves the I-130. The validity of a marriage will depend on whether it was legally valid in the place of celebration, rather than the place of domicile. Stepchildren acquired through such marriages are eligible to the same extent as stepchildren acquired through opposite sex marriage. Same-sex spouses (and qualified children or stepchildren) can also qualify as dependents of employment-based categories and family-preference categories, and as follow-to-join derivatives.
Diversity Visa Lottery applicants may include same-sex spouses in their initial entry or add spouses acquired after their initial registration. Typically, DV applicants who did not include their spouse on their initial entry are disqualified. However, for DV 2013 and DV 2014, same-sex couples should not be automatically disqualified for not including their same-sex spouse (or stepchildren) on their original entry, since those persons were not recognized as spouses for U.S. immigration purposes at the time of the entry.
Any questions on these new procedures can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
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What is a visa?
A visa is issued by a U.S. Embassy or Consulate. A visa entitles the holder to travel to the United States and apply for admission; it does not guarantee entry. An immigration inspector at the port of entry determines the visa holder's eligibility for admission into the United States.
Who needs a visa?
Anyone who is not eligible to enter the United States visa free under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), or is not exempt from the visa requirement. Please note: Travelers born in the United States and those who hold dual citizenship with the United States must enter and depart the United States on U.S. passports.
What type of visas are available?
Individuals traveling to the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program are required to obtain an electronic travel authorization prior to their trip. This system, known as the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA), must be completed online at least 72 hours prior to your travel date. Please click here for more information on the ESTA process.
DHS Traveler Redress Inquiry Program
On occasion, U.S. Embassies receive inquiries or complaints from foreign travelers about being delayed at the port of entry in the U.S. due to screening problems or being continuously sent to secondary screening.
Please note that U.S. Embassies do not have the authority to intervene on behalf of such travelers. However, DHS does have a redress process for reviewing the inquiry or complaint of an individual traveler. Travelers can request an audit of their case by completing and signing the redress request form located at http://www.dhs.gov/trip and following the website instructions for submitting it to DHS.
If you are travelling to the United States, you may want to review announcements regarding security threat levels in the U.S. This information may be obtained at the DHS internet website or at www.ready.gov .
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