In what is great news for up to 20,000 individuals in the U.S. seeking to renew their visas without having to make an international trip and risk being stuck outside of the U.S., the Department of State has finally announced the resumption of stateside visa renewal in a very limited fashion.
While the program itself is extremely limited, the hope is that this pilot program will jump start a larger stateside visa renewal program that will apply more broadly and massively increase efficiency from the Department of State, and massively reduce costs for individuals seeking to renew their visas.
As of now, the program is only going to be available for H-1B Visas, and will be limited to principals of those visas who are from India and Canada. Eligibility for the pilot program is limited to individuals who(s):
It certainly is not as comprehensive as we would have liked, but the hope is that this pilot program goes well, and spurs additional efforts from the Department of State to bring stateside visa renewal back in a much more fleshed out format. Until then, for the few that will qualify, congratulations!
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