The Visa Bulletin for July2019 is here and that means it is time to start planning your trip. This month will have a lot of changes coming up, including some major changes for the better and some things you might not want to miss. There are also some great opportunities to take advantage and save money when traveling.
As always, the visa bulletin is published in two forms: The official Visa Bulletin or the unofficial Visa Bulletin. The official bulletin is released every year on July 1st, which means you do not have to wait until the second week of May to get your visa in. The unofficial bulletin is published every day, so you can receive your visa immediately after the first of the month, April 1st. These can be found on the United States Department of State's website.
The Visa Bulletin for July2019 shows all changes made in January and February. There is also a new format, which makes the Bulletin more user-friendly than previous years. If you were worried about the new format, you can rest assured the formatting has not changed. It still looks great, but it is easier to read and understand. You can also print the bulletin at home from the US Department of State website, if you need to.
If there are changes made to your current visa, the bulletin will inform you. You will not be able to apply for a new visa until after the date of the bulletin; the old visa cannot be renewed until it expires. In addition, there are some important changes for students that you need to know about in the Bulletin for July2019.
One change to the Visa Bulletin is the introduction of an accelerated study program. If you are taking classes that require special accommodations in order to be effective, you may be able to take the credits that you earned in the previous semester, apply them to this semester's credit limit, and use the higher credit amount to pay for your studies in the future. If you already have a high grade point average, this could be the ideal option for you.
Another change to the Visa Bulletin is the elimination of some fees that were previously in the program. Some of these fees are in place to help prevent abuse of the system. You should read over the current Visa Bulletin in detail before you apply, but know that some fees will be eliminated in July2019.