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  • Complete the online form via  Visa services platform ​  and stamp it electronically and authenticate it from the Chamber of Commerce or from the employer.
  • Enter all the data in Arabic except if​ the visitors are not from Arab nationalities, in that case their names should match their passports.
  • For residents, they should have valid for residents.
  • The visitors should be of first degree relatives
  • Rresidents should have a work Iqamah not relative Iqamah.

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Expats with any Iqama profession can apply for a family visit visa and bring their family to KSA. In this article, we have explained the updated process to apply for a family visit visa in Saudi Arabia in 2024.

Who is eligible for a family visit visa?

The family visit visa can be applied for only the following people in Saudi Arabia. While relation 1-4 listed below is approved for everyone, relation 5-9 would be approved only if you have a good Iqama profession.

  • Wife/Husband.
  • Parents-in-Law.
  • Grand Parents.
  • Brother and his family (wife and children).
  • Sister and her family (husband and children).
  • Sister-in-Law (sister of the spouse). 
  • Brother-in-Law (brother of the spouse). 

Requirements for the visa

You need the following documents to apply for the family visit visa;

  • Applicant’s passport.
  • Saudi visa of the Iqama holder person applying for the visa.
  • 3 months of Iqama validity.
  • No need to be physically present in KSA to apply.
  • Activate Nafath app.

Now expatriates with any Iqama profession including labor and house drivers can also apply for a family visit visa.

Step 01: Log in to Nafath

In order to fill out the application for a family visit visa;

  • Open this website https://visa.mofa.gov.sa/Account/
  • Click on the “ Login ” button.
  • Enter your Iqama Number .
  • Approve the Nafath access .

Access Nafath App to apply for a family visit visa

Step 02: Fill out the application

On the next page, you will be given many options out of which you need to select;

  • Family Visit Visa Application for Residents .

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On the first page of the Saudi family visit visa application, the system will fetch your details while you need to enter;

  • Saudi Visa Number is written on the work visa stamped on your passport when entering Saudi Arabia. In case you were born in KSA, you can leave the field blank.
  • Click on the “ Add ” button.

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Personal Details

On the next page, you need to enter the personal details of the family visit visa applicant such as;

  • Name as per passport in ENGLISH ONLY .
  • Fill out the rest of the application in Arabic .
  • Enter Birth Date .
  • Enter Birth Place .
  • Select Gender .
  • Occupational Status: Unemployed .
  • Enter Mobile Number .
  • Select Religion.
  • Enter Relationship. Select Others if you want to apply for a family visit visa for someone else, such as a Brother or Sister.

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Recently, many family visit visa applications have been rejected with the message “ نأمل تعبئة طلب جديد مع تدوين المهنة بشكل دقيق في خانة ( المهنة)، أطيب تحياتنا .” which means that the profession selected is inaccurate.

However, there is no profession of housewife, child, or retired in the list of professions provided above. We believe that this is a short glitch and soon the Saudi government will start to accept “Unemployed” profession.

نأمل تعبئة طلب جديد مع تدوين المهنة بشكل دقيق في خانة ( المهنة)، أطيب تحياتنا.

Passport Details

Scroll down a little bit on the same page and enter the passport details of the applicant such as;

  • Passport Number.
  • Passport Type: Normal .
  • Passport Issue Date.
  • Passport Expiry Date.
  • Passport Issue Place: The country of the passport holder.

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Type of Visa

Now scroll down a little further and select the type of family visit visa you want to apply for in Saudi Arabia;

  • The single-entry visit visa is issued for a period of 30 days only with 8 possible extensions of 30 days each i.e. 270 days.
  • The multiple-entry visit visa is issued for a period of 90 days only which cannot be extended anymore.
  • How to check Visit Visa validity in KSA?
  • Coming from : The Embassy from where you want to stamp the visa.

Type of Family Visit Visa

If you want to apply for a family visit visa for more than one family member, click on the “ Add ” button again to enter the details of the second applicant who wants to come to KSA. Otherwise,

  • Check “ Agreement Approval “.
  • Click on the “ Save ” button.

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Once done, the MOFA system will generate an application number. 

  • Save the application number for future use.
  • Print the application for further processing.

Print the Family Visit Visa Application

Step 03: Submit the application

In the next step, you need to submit the application to your employer to sign and stamp it.

  • Private Employees: After this, the HR of your company will submit the application to the chamber of commerce of the same city mentioned in the address above.
  • Government Employees:  The government employees will submit the application to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • Domestic Workers:  The employer of the domestic workers will approve the visa through his Absher account. They don’t have to submit it anywhere.

Family Visit Visa Application Submitted to MOFA

Step 04: Check Visit Visa Application Status

Now keep on checking the family visit visa status from the MOFA website. As soon as the family visit visa is approved, send it to the country from where your family wants to enter KSA. https://visa.mofa.gov.sa/

In some cases, the MOFA requests some additional documents from the Iqama holder before approving the visa. If this is the case, you need to visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs along with the required documents.

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Step 05: Submit the application to the Saudi Embassy

Your family will contact an agent to submit the application to the Saudi Embassy or Saudi Consulate. In Pakistan, your family will have to book an appointment with Etimad.

At this point, you need to pay the fee for the family visit visa to your agent. Here is an approximate breakup of the fee;

  • Visa Fee: SR 300.
  • Insurance: SR 100.
  • Other Charges: SR 500.
  • Total Fee: SR 800 approx.

Make sure the application is submitted to the Saudi Embassy within the family visit visa validity .

Step 06: Check Saudi Visa Status

After submitting your passport to the embassy, you can check the Saudi Visa status with the passport number online.

If the visa is stamped, you need to book a return ticket for the family visit visa holder. Saudi authorities have the right to deport a visit visa holder if he does not have a return ticket.

Family Visit Visa through Istiqdam

In some cases, you might have to apply for a family visit visa through Istiqdam. Here is how you need to proceed;

Required Documents

  • Get the appointment from Istiqdam.
  • Download the family visit visa application form, fill it in Arabic, and get it attested by the Chamber of Commerce.
  • Introduction letter issued by the employer and stamped by the chamber of commerce.
  • Copy of marriage certificate if you are applying for in-laws.
  • Copy of Iqama and Passport.

Visit the Istiqdam office

  • Submit all the documents to the Istiqdam office and get Green and White paper from them.
  • After this fill the application online following the guidelines given above. Here is the link https://visa.mofa.gov.sa/Home/Services/citizens

Visit the MOFA

The last step is to visit the MOFA with a print of your online application along with the paper given to you by the Istiqdam. 

Once the documents are submitted, you can check the status of the approval of the application online.

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How to Fill Family Visit Visa Form Correctly | Complete Guide

November 15, 2019 by Ahmad Muhammad

We have discussed earlier how you can apply for a visit visa in Saudi Arabia. Now we are going to elaborate on how to fill out the Saudi family visit visa form correctly. The issuance of the visa depends upon providing the correct details and information. A little mistake can become a reason for the rejection of the family visit visa.

Here is a complete guide to filling out the form. The procedure to apply for a visit visa is in the Arabic language. Being an Expat, it becomes difficult to understand the language. So we are providing this guide for everyone who lives in Saudi Arabia and applying for a visit visa.

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Filling Family Visit Visa Form

As you are well aware that mofa issues the visit visa, moreover now the procedure is online, therefore the very first step is to visit mofa website. We are going to fill a real form for applying visit visa for wife. So let’s start

Visit Mofa (Ministry Of Foreign Site)

the first step is visiting the mofa site. https://visa.mofa.gov.sa

The site opens in the Arabic language by default. However, mofa offers an English version of the site also. You can change the language by clicking on ‘English’ available on the top left corner.

The language will change to English. Click on individual and then click on Resident. The menu under ‘resident’ will change. Select the first option, as shown in the picture below. It will lead us to the online visa form.

mofa website

Filling out the Form

The form will open, the very first window is about the undertaking. You confirm that you are providing true and correct information, and you are responsible for the housing and medical insurance of visitors.

الموافقة على التعهد Undertaking

From that screen to onward, all the details are in the Arabic language. We are providing the translation of it.

“أتعهد بتدوين جميع بياناتي بالشكل الصحيح من واقع هويتي الشخصية وتدوين بيانات المطلوب للزيارة من واقع جواز سفره وأتعهد بتوفير السكن العائلي المناسب والتأمين الطبي ومغادرة الشخص المطلوب للزيارة قبل إنتهاء مدة الإقامة المحددة في تأشيرة الدخول وان يكون طيلة مدة إقامته في المملكة خاضعاً للأنظمة والقوانين المرعية وأن الغرض من الطلب هو للزيارة للعائلية فقط وليس لأداء الحج أو العمرة وأتحمل كامل المسئولية إذا ثبت خلاف ذلك. كما أفوض وزارة الخارجية السعودية بالاطلاع على سجل بياناتي في المملكة.”

Translation: I pledge to record all my data correctly from my identity and to record the information required for a visit from the passport. The request is for family visits only and not for performing Hajj or Umrah, and I assume full responsibility if proven otherwise. I also authorize the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs to access my data record in the Kingdom.

Click on the button encircled in the rectangle to continue, as shown in the picture below.

اؑوافق means that ‘ I Agree’ and لا اؑوافق means ‘I don’t Agree.’

demo visit visa form 1

Filling the Second Form for Visit Visa

The second form is about your identity. Provide iqama number in the first box and expiry date in the 2nd tab. After filling in the details, click on ‘التالی’ encircled with a rectangle. It means next.

personal details for visit visa

Filling the Third Form

The third form will show your details. A few details are already available. However, You have to provide the remaining information.

In this form, you have to provide a valid mobile number, personal email id, city name, and visa number.

While writing the city name, there are two options. Either provide that city name where your company has a head office. But if you live in a small city like Makkah, then write Jeddah as a city name.

For Visa Number, you can find in your passport. It’s that visa on which you entered in Saudi Arabia. We are providing the image for the visa number.

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Here is the image to find the visa number.

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After completing the form, click on ‘التالی’ to move to the next form. The following questionnaire asks for the details of the visitors coming to Saudi Arabia.

Filling The Fourth Form

Upon landing on the next page, the very first information you have to provide is about the purpose of the visit.

Write ‘ زيارة عائلية ‘ in the first box, It means “family visit.” We have numbered it as 1. Then Enter the captcha code. Now click on No .2  to add the details of the visitors. Unless you add all the visitors, don’t click on No. 3

once you add all the visitors, then click on حفظ button, which is labeled as no. 3.

4TH FORM TO FILL

Adding Visitors Information

When you click on No. 2 , another form will open. Provide the asked information about the visitor here.

adding visitors

  •  Write the name of the visitor matching as written on the passport.
  •  Write the date of birth of the visitor.
  • Add passport number
  • Write the date of the issuance of the passport.
  • Mention the issuance place of the passport. We wrote Islamabad as the place of issuance.
  • Select the nationality from the drop-down menu. You can use any translator to find the name of your country in Arabic. how ever google can do the perfect job for you
  • Write the city name the visitor would like to fly from
  • Select whether you want a single entry visa or multiple entry visa. We selected ‘single’ for a one-time entry visa.
  • Next is the visa validity period. 90 is the only available option from the drop-down menu, which means that visa validity is 90 days. For multiple entry visas, the efficacy is 365 days.
  • In case selecting a single entry visa, the only option you get is 30. so choose it. If it is a multiple entry visa, then it is 90 by default. These number shows days. So 90 means 90 days.
  • Select the religion. The options are Muslim and non-muslim
  •  The following information is about the place of birth. We wrote Lahore لاھور
  • next required detail is about the type of passport of the visitor. In most cases, it is a regular passport. So select عادی from the drop-down menu.
  • Select the expiry date of the passport
  • for this detail. Choose لا تعمل
  • انثی means woman. If you are applying for ta wife, then chose this option from the drop-down menu. The last information that mofa needs are the relation with the visitor. for the wife select زوجة

Recheck The Family Visit Application For Mistakes

After filling the form, recheck it for any mistake. Once you are sure that there is no mistake, then click on اٖضافہ button encircled with the rectangle.

After adding the visitor, the form will take you back. if you have other visitors then again click on اضافہ and provide the details.

The form is filled. But there are a few more steps remaining to complete the application. We have covered that in the main post of the family visit visa. You can read the complete procedure to apply for a visit visa here .

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Documents Required for Visit Visa Application

Application form duly filled ( online VIDEX or manual) and signed by the applicant

In case of minors (below 18 years of age): Parental Authorization Both parents must sign the parental authorization and also have to sign the application form. From 16 years of age also the minor has to sign the application form. Passport copies of parents (with signatures!) have to be attached to the application.

Original passport: Copy of the passport data and signature page and previous Schengen visas including entry/exit stamps. The passport needs to be duly signed and valid for at least 3 months after the planned date of return.

Photograph: One recent biometric photograph (35mm X 45mm) not older than 6 months with white/bright background. (loose, not attached to application form). No headgear except hijab.

Travel Health Insurance Certificate with coverage of at least EUR 30.000 The insurance must cover the entire period of intended stay, be valid for all Schengen States and cover any expenses which may arise in connection with repatriation for medical reasons, urgent medical attention, emergency hospital treatment, not excluding COVID-19 infections or death during the stay .

Original invitation letter + ID/residence card copy: Invitation letter from a family member or friend in Germany mentioning the relationship, reason and period of visit. The letter must contain an issuing date, the full address and signature of the inviting person.

A formal invitation letter to be filled and signed by the inviting person at the competent municipality office/ aliens’ authority in Germany is recommended for non-Saudi applicants and compulsory for them if they do not have sufficient own funds. (to be provided in original and copy)

Flight reservation: Copy of the round trip airline reservation with passenger details and the complete travel itinerary. (stay should not exceed 90 days)

Declaration letter and family Iqama if relevant: Letter from one family member explaining the relationship with the applicant and declaring responsibility for all the expenses of all family members which may incur during the entire trip to the Schengen-area.

Employment letter/ Sponsor letter: Stating the purpose of the visit, date of joining the company, job position, further duration of the contract and whether it will be renewed, monthly salary and allowances of the applicant/ sponsor. The letter has to be attested by the Chamber of Commerce. Cost coverage by employer/ sponsor if relevant.

For self-employed individuals/ businessmen: Commercial Registration .

For holders of diplomatic or special passports: Letter from Ministry of Foreign Affairs or respective Embassy.

For private/domestic staff: a letter from the sponsor and a copy of the work contract.

Original Bank Statements: Recent bank statements of the past 6 months proving the monthly salary transfer and with sufficient funds available for the intended stay. The bank statements have to be stamped by the bank.

For Saudi nationals : Current bank statement balance proving sufficient funds available for the intended stay.

For Saudi nationals: Photocopy of Saudi National ID Card (with translation) if the place of birth is not indicated in the passport

Additional Documents for Non-Saudi Nationals

Exit & Re-Entry visa (in English and Gregorian calendar)

Official excerpt of the Electronic Exit Re-Entry Visa (Absher/Muqeem) with exact dates ( Exit before ….. /Return before …) and expiration date of the Iqama, which should be valid at least 3 months after the planned date of return.

Photocopy of Residence Permit (Iqama) with translation as well as Absher excerpt („family services“) for the applicant and Iqama copies of all family members residing in Saudi Arabia.

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Saudi Arabia Visa Application

Since 2019 , when the significant changes were introduced to the tourism policy in Saudi Arabia, applying for a tourist visa became possible and effortless. Travellers from 243 countries are now eligible to use online visa application for Saudi Arabia .

Saudi Arabia allows visitors to use e-Visa permits only for tourism purposes . There is one e-Visa type to distinguish, i.e. a multiple-entry visa , valid for one year from the issuing date. Numerous visits to KSA are now at your fingertips. You can visit your friends and family, explore the country as a tourist, or go on an Umrah pilgrimage if you're Muslim.

Fortunately, Saudi Arabia e-Visa application is exceptionally easy to make. The process is as undemanding as it can be. Completing the application process can be done entirely from home and will take you less than 15 minutes to finish.

How Can I Apply For The E-Visa For Saudi Arabia?

E-Visa application for Saudi Arabia comprises of three steps that can be completed fully from home in less than 15 minutes. The following guide will help you walk through the Saudi Arabia visa application process.

You can use any working device with a stable internet connection to file your application. Whether it would be your laptop, PC, phone, or tablet, everything works fine. Apply for the Saudi Arabia visa from anywhere you want at any time you want.

Saudi Arabia e-Visa applications' first step is filling an online form with your data, passport details, e-mail address and other essential information. Then, make an online payment using any convenient method available on our website. The handling visa fee is 220/270 USD for a multiple-entry visa.

Lastly, check your e-mail address for the confirmation number that you will receive immediately after your payment is registered. Within a next few days hours, an e-Visa permit will arrive at your e-mail box as well.

Filling out Saudi Arabia e-Visa Application Form

Saudi Arabia e-Visa application form is the first step to making your application. A few elements are part of the application form. Before applying online, please make sure that you have:

  • a valid passport for at least six months forth of the planned departure date
  • an active e-mail address to make sure that you will have access to your e-Visa permit once you receive it
  • a photograph of yourself

The following pieces of information need to be provided in the Saudi Arabia e-Visa application form:

  • A planned departure date (if you don't have a booked flight yet, put an approximate departure date. In case your flight would be in 4 days from applying, contact our team via phone to discuss your situation)
  • Your name and surname
  • Your birthdate
  • An active e-mail address
  • Phone number
  • The purpose of your travel (tourism)
  • Your nationality

Lastly, agree to the read Terms and Conditions and the processing of your data. Put your passport details and some additional information, make the payment and check your e-mail address to complete the process.

e-Visa Application Processing Time

Even though the application process takes just 15 minutes, the processing time takes a bit longer. Nonetheless, e-Visa arrives directly at your e-mail address; there are no queues, no waiting at the embassy.

Saudi Arabia e-Visa applications approval time may take a few days. However, if you choose to use our services to handle your visa permit, the average processing time is just 24 hours .

We advise applying in advance to avoid any stressful situations or not receiving your visa permit on time. To avoid delays or issues with the approval of your application, make sure that you put correct information on your application form.

Advantages of using Saudi Arabia e-Visa Application Form

There are many benefits of using the Saudi Arabia e-Visa application form. Let the professionalists handle your visa permit for you, while you relax and plan your trip!

We can guarantee:

  • a stress-free visa handling experience
  • a qualified team of experts double-checking the correctness of your application to avoid delays
  • reimbursement , in case your application would fail to be approved
  • a quick and straightforward application process
  • possibility of applying from home, office or from wherever you want
  • our support team availability 24/7 via e-mail and phone

Apply for the Saudi Arabia visa today and plan your journey to explore Saudi fully!

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(2024.5.12 updated) Tourist Visa(C-3-9) & Visit Visa(C-3-1)

Please prepare the following documents and visit the embassy to submit  in person  ▣

Processing period  :  5 working days (can be extended)   ▣

The Embassy can request additional documents (original, etc..) for visa  issuance   ▣

Please make an appointment  on the website  before visit the embassy   ▣

Visa application form  ▶

www.visa.go.kr   ->go to "Application" tab -> click " e-form(Visa) "  -> read and click "Fill out the e-Form" button ☞   ※

DO NOT use download form  and  DO NOT fill out "details of visa issuance confirmation"  on the application   ※

Fill out the application form on the website, please   print out and make a signature   on   t he  completed application  ※

Passport and passport copy  ▶

P assport should be valid for more than 6 months 

Id(Saudi)/ Iqama(non-Saudi) copy ▶

Company letter(=Sponsor letter)  ▶

It should be notarized by Saudi Chamber of commerce  ※

※ Documents issued by the company the visitor : 

n ame, nationality, passport number, purpose of visit, visit period, position,  salary, etc

If you are unemployed:

submit your family(spouse,  parents, children )'s company letter, family's passport copy, family card or family certificate translated into english  Financial capacity, such as bank balances, also should be guaranteed

※ Or, if you are working as a private worker (driver,  housekeeper, etc.), please submit the letter  written by the sponsor 

The letter should be notarized by ministry of foreign affairs : 

Sponsor information(name, passport number, id number), visitor information(name, nationality, passport number, purpose of visit : 

period of visit, salary, hire date, etc 

Company Registration  ▶

Original bank statement for last 3 month  ▶

※  There should be remained the balance over SAR 30,000 (per person) 

※  It should be included your payroll record and stamp:

If you receive the salary by cash, please submit salary slip issued by company

Flight E-ticket  ▶

Hotel reservation ▶

Visa fee : Usually 160 SR ~ 360 SR(cash only)  ▶

A dditional requirement for  Non- Saudi   ▶

Iqama Details (non-saudi) ▷

Absher Log-in >  Electronic Services > Services > General Services > ABSHER Reports >  Resident Report (29 SAR payme n t)

The period of stay in saudi arabia must be at least 2 years  from the date of issuance of iqama  continuously  ※

Exit & re-entry visa  with company stamp (non-saudi)   ▷

The period of stay in permit must be at least 1 months  ※

letter (for  Visit visa/C-3-1 )   ▶

※  If you attend the event(match, seminar, conference, exhibition) 

An invitation letter with attendee information(name, nationality, passport number) issued by the organizer and the Information an Invitation overview of the event  notarization from the  chamber of commerce in Korea can be requested

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Yotsuya Tower 13F, 1-6-1 Yotsuya, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 160-0004 Navi-Dial: 0570-011000 (For some IP phones and calls from overseas, please call +81-3-5369-6577) Monday to Friday, 09:00-17:00

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The new policy will give some 500,000 people a pathway to citizenship.

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By Hamed Aleaziz

President Biden’s new immigration policy protects some 500,000 people who are married to U.S. citizens from deportation and gives them a pathway to citizenship.

The election-year move comes just two weeks after Mr. Biden imposed a major crackdown at the U.S.-Mexico border, cutting off access to asylum for people who crossed into the United States illegally.

The policy announced on Tuesday is aimed at people who have been living in the United States for more than a decade and have built their lives and families here.

Here is how it works:

Why do the spouses of American citizens need protection?

Marrying an American citizen generally provides a pathway to U.S. citizenship. But people who crossed the southern border illegally — rather than arriving in the country with a visa — must return to their home countries to complete the process for a green card, something that can take years. The new program allows families to remain in the country while they pursue legal status.

Who is eligible?

There are roughly 1.1 million undocumented immigrants married to U.S. citizens in the United States, according to Fwd.us , an immigration advocacy group, but not all of them are eligible for the program.

The spouses must have lived in the United States for 10 years and have been married to an American citizen as of June 17. They cannot have a criminal record. Officials estimate that the policy will provide legal status and protections for about 500,000 people. The benefits would also extend to the roughly 50,000 children of undocumented spouses who became stepchildren to American citizens.

When will the program take effect?

Biden administration officials said they expected the program to start by the end of the summer. Those eligible will then be able to apply for the benefits.

Why is President Biden doing this now?

Mr. Biden is trying to strike a tricky balance on immigration, which is a serious political vulnerability for him. Polls show Americans want tougher policies. Just two weeks ago, Mr. Biden announced a crackdown on asylum at the southern border.

His new policy, giving hundreds of thousands of immigrants new legal protections, is a way for him to answer the calls from the progressive base of the Democratic Party, which has accused the White House of betraying campaign promises to enact a more humane approach to immigrants.

Hamed Aleaziz covers the Department of Homeland Security and immigration policy. More about Hamed Aleaziz

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Easing the Nonimmigrant Visa Process for U.S. College Graduates

On June 18, 2024, the Biden-Harris Administration announced actions to more efficiently facilitate employment-based nonimmigrant visas for those who have graduated from college in the United States and have a job offer.

This initiative will allow certain individuals to more quickly receive nonimmigrant work visas if they are deemed eligible. 

As part of this initiative, the Department will clarify existing guidance to consular officers related to when they should consider recommending that DHS grant a waiver of ineligibility, where applicable. 

Q: What will these process clarifications mean for current NIV ineligibility waiver processing steps?

These clarifications will describe when consular officers should consider recommending that the Department of Homeland Security waive ineligibility for these applicants on an expedited basis, in conjunction with visa applications overseas.  However, the processing steps will remain the same. 

Waiver requests are adjudicated by the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Admissibility Review Office. 

For additional information related to visa ineligibility waivers, please visit our website: Ineligibilities and Waivers: Laws (state.gov) .

Q: How can an individual apply for a petition-based nonimmigrant work visa?

Before an applicant can apply for an H-1B or other temporary worker visa, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) must generally first approve a Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Form I-129 .  For more information about the petition process, see Working in the U.S. and Temporary (Nonimmigrant) Workers on the USCIS website.  Once USCIS approves the petition, it will send the prospective employer a Notice of Action, Form I-797.  

Individuals may apply for a nonimmigrant visa after USCIS has approved the petition. There are several steps in the visa application process. The order of these steps and how applicants complete them may vary at the U.S. embassy or consulate where they apply. Please visit the embassy or consulate website for instructions on how to apply.

Individuals will need to complete the Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160 and schedule an appointment for their visa interview at any U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

Q: If an applicant needs a visa ineligibility waiver, how can they request one as part of a standard interview? 

Applicants who are denied a visa will generally be notified by the consular officer of the basis for the ineligibility, and whether they are eligible for a waiver of their ineligibility.  

If an applicant is ineligible for a visa based on certain grounds of inadmissibility in Section 212(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, they may be eligible for a waiver.

Waiver requests are adjudicated by the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Admissibility Review Office, based on a recommendation from the Department of State. 

For additional information related to visa ineligibility waivers, please visit our website: Ineligibilities and Waivers: Laws (state.gov)

For questions related to waiver approvals, we refer you to the Department of Homeland Security. 

Q:  How long are current interview appointment wait times for employment-based nonimmigrant visas at overseas posts?

Currently, interview wait times for H-1B visas are minimal at most of our overseas posts.

Please visit our website to check the current interview appointment wait times for employment-based visas at our overseas posts: U.S. Visas (state.gov)

Q: How will forthcoming edits to the Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM) clarify existing guidance to consular officers?

Upcoming FAM updates will clarify when consular officers should recommend that DHS grant a waiver of the applicant’s ineligibility, consistent with the waiver process that is already available under existing law to individuals seeking nonimmigrant visas, and consistent with Department regulations that describe the types of cases in which consular officers should consider recommending a waiver of ineligibility.  It is not conferring any new benefits and is not limited to DACA recipients.

These updates will also encourage consular officers to consider recommending expedited review of waiver requests in conjunction with certain nonimmigrant visa applications overseas, consistent with existing Department regulations and guidance.

This will result in certain individuals to potentially more quickly receive work visas if DHS approves a waiver of ineligibility.   

While leaving the United States to apply for a visa is not without risks, this policy will clarify when consular officers should consider recommending waivers, so that individuals and employers can make informed decisions and streamline the process so that those who qualify can get to work quickly.  

Q:  When will the guidance be issued?

Updated guidance for consular officers will be issued within the next 30 days.

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