Policy U-Turn: US Visas to be Issued in DC

On February 9th Bloomberg Law reported on an interview they conducted with Julie Stufft, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Visa Services at the Bureau of Consular Affairs, in which Ms. Stufft outlined a Department of State (DOS) plan to restore stateside visa renewals. Which means that eligible nonimmigrants would be able to renew their visa stamps without leaving the country.

This marks the turning point in the DOS policy on stateside visa renewals, which were largely discontinued in 2004 except for diplomats and international organization employees. It is great news for H and L visa holders who will be included in the trial program. Details are currently vague, but it will likely include a limited subset of those visa holders.