• The U.S. Embassy in Tel-Aviv, Israel has announced that its Consular Section will be closed to the public due to renovations from February 21 through March 8, 2011. During that time, the only visa interviews being conducted will be for "life and death emergency" cases. Visa applicants with urgent, time-sensitive visa needs should contact the Consular Section as soon as possible.
  • DHS and DOS have announced implementation of a new annotated version of the B-1 business visitor visa for foreign maritime workers who need to apply for a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC). The TWIC is a biometric identification card which some U.S. and foreign maritime workers must obtain, after rigorous background checks, in order to access secure areas of maritime facilities. A foreign maritime worker who needs to acquire a TWIC must advise the consular officer at the time of B-1 visa application, and provide the officer with a letter from his employer confirming that the individual will be required to perform services in secure port areas. Employers should contact their business immigration counsel for assistance.