Visa Notices

Nonimmigrant Visas
  • Important Information for Visa Applicants (3/20/2020) - Important information for visa applicants regarding novel coronavirus: As of March 20, the American Institute in Taiwan is suspending routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments. AIT is also suspending applications for Interview Waiver.  We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time.
  • AIT/Taipei and AIT/Kaohsiung will be closed on Tuesday, December 24, 2019 (12/19/2019) - Due to a recent Executive Order issued by President Trump, the AIT Taipei office and Kaohsiung office will be closed on Tuesday, December 24, 2019. Please note that we will also be closed on December 25 for Christmas.
  • AIT Relocation to New Office Complex (NOC) in Neihu (5/6/2019) - AIT Relocation to New Office Complex (NOC) in Neihu. AIT Taipei will be open for business at Neihu beginning on May 6, 2019. | PR-1909E | April 3, 2019
  • Global Entry (11/1/2017) - On November 1, 2017, Taiwan became the 3rd location in East Asia and the 12th worldwide whose passport holders are eligible for Global Entry, a program administered by the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).  Global Entry allows expedited immigration and customs clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the ...
  • Implementation of Executive Order on Visas (6/30/2017) - Beginning June 29 at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), the United States began implementing certain travel restriction provisions in Executive Order 13780: Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States. The temporary suspension of entry applies, with limited exceptions, only to foreign nationals from Sudan, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen, ...
  • DHS Aviation Security Announcement (6/30/2017) - On June 28, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced enhanced security screening measures for all commercial flights to the United States. Please visit the Department of Homeland Security website for more details. (Posted: 6/30/2017, NIV)
  • New Visa Photo Requirements (9/26/2016) - Beginning November 1, 2016, you must remove your eyeglasses for U.S. visa photos. This policy change serves to enhance the security of the application process and verify your identify faster. (Posted: 2016/9/26, NIV)
  • United States Announces Updated Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA)- Additional Enhancements to the Visa Waiver Program (6/18/2016) - On June 17, 2016 the United States announced additional changes under the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015, including an updated ESTA application form. The new law does not ban travel to the United States, or admission into the United States, and the great majority of VWP travelers will not ...
  • AIT and TECRO Agree to Cooperate on an International Expedited Traveler Initiative (4/5/2016) - The American Institute in Taiwan and the Taiwan Economic and Cultural Representative Office signed a joint statement signaling our intent to expand the U.S.'s Global Entry program to include eligible Taiwan passport holders and Taiwan's E-Gate program to include eligible U.S. passport holders. | PR-1618E | Date: 04/05/2016

Immigrant Visas
  • Important Information for Visa Applicants (3/20/2020) - Important information for visa applicants regarding novel coronavirus: As of March 20, the American Institute in Taiwan is suspending routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments. AIT is also suspending applications for Interview Waiver.  We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time.
  • AIT/Taipei and AIT/Kaohsiung will be closed on Tuesday, December 24, 2019 (12/19/2019) - Due to a recent Executive Order issued by President Trump, the AIT Taipei office and Kaohsiung office will be closed on Tuesday, December 24, 2019. Please note that we will also be closed on December 25 for Christmas.
  • The DV-2021 Program Begins on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 … (10/7/2019) - The online system for submitting DV-2021 entries will be open beginning on October 2, 2019, and will close for entries on November 5, 2019. To find out more, please visit: usvisas.state.gov/dv/instructions. (Posted on 2019/10/07, IV)
  • AIT Relocation to New Office Complex (NOC) in Neihu (5/6/2019) - AIT Relocation to New Office Complex (NOC) in Neihu. AIT Taipei will be open for business at Neihu beginning on May 6, 2019. | PR-1909E | April 3, 2019
  • Implementation of Executive Order on Visas (6/30/2017) - Beginning June 29 at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), the United States began implementing certain travel restriction provisions in Executive Order 13780: Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States. The temporary suspension of entry applies, with limited exceptions, only to foreign nationals from Sudan, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen, ...
  • “USCIS Announces New Filing Location for Submitting Form I-407” (8/24/2016) - Beginning July 1, 2019, USCIS will no longer accept Form I-407, Record of Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Resident Status, at international field offices by mail or in person. If you wish to abandon your permanent resident status and relinquish your I-551 Permanent Resident Card (“Green card”), you should file Form I-407 by mail directly to ...
  • New Procedures for Passport and Visa Delivery (12/30/2015) - Before your visa interview please register at www.ustraveldocs.com/tw to select a delivery address for your passport's delivery. 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 2015/12/30, IV)