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USCIS Announces Backlog Elimination Strategy
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is streamlining the way immigration benefits are delivered. By working smarter and eliminating redundancies, USCIS is bringing a business model to government. We will eliminate the backlog and, at the same time, enhance national security. USCIS will deliver the right benefit to the right person in the right amount of time, while ensuring that the wrong individual does not access immigration benefits...
29 Jun 2004 by pla

Discontinuation of Domestic Visa Revalidation Services
The Revalidation Division is discontinuing its domestic visa revalidation (or reissuance) service. Notification of the discontinuation of domestic visa revalidation services was published in the Federal Register on June 23, 2004. The Division will CLOSE TO NEW APPLICATIONS ON JULY 16, 2004. ALL APPLICATIONS FOR VISA REVALIDATIONS IN THE E, H, I, L, O, OR P CATEGORIES MUST BE RECEIVED IN THE ST. LOUIS PROCESSING OFFICE ON OR BEFORE JULY 16, 2004.

Applications and supporting documentation received after July 16 will be returned.

Applications for visa revalidation following a 221(g) refusal and requests for corrections must be submitted to the Revalidation Division in Washington no later than September 30, 2004.

New applications will continue to be processed in the order in which they are received. All information in the sections below on the revalidation process remains valid.

After many years of service, the Revalidation Division must discontinue its domestic revalidation service for E, H, I, L, O, and P visas. Section 303 of the Enhanced Border Security and Visa Entry Reform Act requires the Department of State to collect a biometric identifier (fingerprint) from all non-diplomatic visa applicants. It is not feasible for the Department of State to collect the biometric identifiers.

We encourage all applicants to apply for new visas in their home countries. If you are not traveling to your home country, you may apply at a U.S. visa processing post in Canada and Mexico provided you have made a visa interview appointment. You may also apply at a U.S. visa processing post in a third country provided you have made an interview appointment. You should understand that if there is a delay in visa issuance, you may need to spend more time overseas than you originally planned. Information on U.S. visa processing posts and their visa interview appointment systems is at http://usembassy.state.gov. A business associate, friend, or relative may need to make the visa interview appointment for you. We have directed our visa processing posts to give priority to applicants who would have benefited from our domestic visa revalidation service.
29 Jun 2004 by pla