New Visa Procedures at U.S. Consulates and Embassies

Beginning January 10, 2011, the U.S. Embassy and Consulates will process visas differently. Under the new procedures, most applicants will go to Applicant Service Centers (ASCs) prior to their consular section interview. The ASC staff will collect the applicant’s biometric information that will be reviewed by the consular section prior to the applicant’s interview. ASCs will be located in buildings separate from the U.S. Embassy and Consulates. This may affect clients located in Columbus, Ohio who may wish to bring their loved ones to the U.S. on an immigrant visa (green card) or nonimmigrant visa (“temporary” or “tourist”).