U.S. Diversity Immigrant Visa Program DV-2016
The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) is pleased to announce that the U.S. Diversity Immigrant Visa (DV) lottery 2016 will run from noon October 1, 2014, through noon November 3, 2014, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). The DV-2016 program will be conducted entirely electronically, including electronic entry. Paper entries are not accepted. The Department website established for the submission of E-DV entries is www.dvlottery.state.gov (posted 2014/9/24, IV) Complete information on eligibility requirements and application procedures is available exclusively at the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program website »
Changes on visa processing fees, effective September 12, 2014
Effective September 12, 2014, the Department of State will adjust the visa processing fees for K visa (fiancé/fiancée) and certain immigrant visas because of a reallocation of costs associated with visas. Applicants must pay the new fees effective September 12, 2014. For fees that are increasing, receipts for fees paid under the previous fee schedule will be valid for 90 days from the effective date of the new fees (through December 11, 2014). Receipts for Immigrant Visa application processing are not subject to the 90-day limit; they remain valid for the usual one year from the date of issuance. For visa categories in which fees are decreasing, no refunds will be available to persons who paid prior to the effective date of the new fees. (posted 2014/9/11, IV) Additional information on changes on visa fees may be found on the Department of State’s website »
"Abandon Permanent Resident Status”
Individuals seeking to abandon their permanent resident status should appear in person at the Immigrant Visa Unit on Thursdays only from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (except U.S. and local holidays). Form I-407 will not be accepted by mail. Appointment is not required. (posted 2014/9/24, IV) .
Effective May 1, 2014, the interview appointment procedure for K1 fiancé(e) and K3 visas will change. Applicants will need to make an appointment through http://www.ustraveldocs.com/tw/, a website maintained by our authorized partner, CGI Stanley. Please read the procedures carefully and make sure you have paid the correct K visa fee and bring your appointment letter to your interview with any other required documents. Please do not double book your appointment online. If you have any problem with the online appointment, please contact the Call Center at firstname.lastname@example.org (posted 2014/4/21, IV)
Important New Procedures for Passport and Visa Delivery
Notice for all immigrant (including K) visa applicants regarding AIT’s new processing system: After your visa interview, you must register at www.ustraveldocs.com/tw to select a delivery address for your passport's return. If your visa application is approved, your passport and visa will be delivered to the pick-up location you selected. There are no extra fees associated with this service. (Posted 2014/3/14, IV)
Boarding Foil and Returning Resident Visa (Appointment Needed)
Effective Jan. 14, 2013, applicants seeking a boarding foil and SB1 (Returning Resident) visa must make an appointment. Please contact the Immigrant Visa Unit via email email@example.com, or fax: 886-2-2162-2253. (Posted: 2013/01/11, IV)
Effective February 1, 2013, all individuals issued immigrant visas overseas must pay a $165.00 USCIS Immigrant Fee before traveling to the United States. Only prospective adoptive parents whose child(ren) is/are entering the United States under either the Orphan or Hague Process, Iraqi and Afghan special immigrants who were employed by the U.S. government, returning residents, and those issued K visas are exempt from the new fee. (Posted: 2013/01/11, IV) See More Details on USCIS website »
Important Information on the Legal Rights Available to Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence in the United States and Facts about Immigrating on a Marriage-Based Visa
The Department of Homeland Security - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' ("USCIS") has developed a pamphlet -- “Information on the Legal Rights Available to Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence in the United States and Facts about Immigrating on a Marriage-Based Visa” -- for visa applicants who are foreign fiancé(e)s and spouses of citizens and lawful permanent residents of the United States. The pamphlet is available on the Department of State’s website: http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/pamphlet/pamphlet_5725.html in English and 14 other languages, including Chinese.
Immigrant Visa Unit
2nd Floor, Consular Section
No. 7, Lane 134, Hsin Yi Road, Section 3
(Closest MRT Station is Daan on the Wenhu (Brown) Line)
Walk-in Information: Monday to Friday 8:00 AM - 11.am., 1:00PM -3:30 PM except for AIT Holidays and the Consular Section In-service day of the month. Click here for AIT Holidays/Consular Section Closures.
Immigrant visa applicants bringing in additional documentation do not need to make an appointment. Please come in on Mondays only, from 8 am - 11 am. If we are closed on a particular Monday, then you may return in person the next day, Tuesday from 1 pm - 3 pm.
PLEASE NOTE THAT WE CANNOT PROCESS YOUR VISA IF YOU DO NOT BRING ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION. Click here for List of Required and Supplemental Documents
Phone: 886-2-2162-2000, press 2, then press 2 for immigrant visa information.
Any questions about visas may be sent by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that we are unable to return your call if you are calling from overseas. You may send an e-mail to email@example.com or fax to 886-2-2162-2253 and we will reply as soon as we can.
Access to the AIT Immigrant Visa Unit is limited to the following:
- Immigrant visa petitioners;
- Parents or legal guardians of applicants;
- Aides of disabled applicant
Important Security Announcement:
Please do not bring mobile phones or any electronic devices, such as Blackberries, iPods, or PDAs, as they are not allowed within AIT. We also strongly advise that you do not bring large bags, such as suitcases or packages, to the interview on AIT grounds.
News Alerts from USCIS
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced that effective Aug. 15, 2011, petitioners residing in countries without USCIS offices will be able to file a Petition for an Alien Relative (Form I-130), with the USCIS Chicago Lockbox facility. Click here for complete text.