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Stateside Visa Renewal Pilot Program Gains Momentum Toward Rollout in the United States

The State Department’s Anticipated Stateside Visa Renewal Pilot Advances to Federal Review, Allowing Certain Nonimmigrants to Renew Expired Visas Without Traveling Abroad.

The State Department has initiated the federal review process for its long-awaited stateside visa renewal pilot, marking a crucial step toward the program’s implementation. This pilot aims to streamline the visa renewal process for certain nonimmigrants whose visas have expired or are expiring, eliminating the need to travel to a U.S. consulate abroad.

While specific details of the pilot are currently under wraps, the preliminary phase is expected to enable eligible H-1B nonimmigrants to renew their visas without the overseas consulate requirement. The program is anticipated to expand to include other nonimmigrant visa categories in subsequent phases.

The exact launch date for the pilot remains undisclosed, pending clearance from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), but it is slated to commence later this year.

What to Expect Next:
Following OMB clearance, the State Department will release a notice in the Federal Register outlining eligibility criteria, application procedures, and the commencement date for accepting applications.

Source: Fragomen