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The U.S. Embassy in Germany announces changes in the processing of nonimmigrant visas. Effective, December 14, the Consular Sections in Berlin, Frankfurt and Munich are introducing a new nonimmigrant visa processing system which is expected to be easier, quicker and cheaper for visa applicants. For more information on applying for a US visa in Germany, visit their website at
Nonimmigrant visas are intended for people with permanent residence outside the United States who wish to go to the United States temporarily for tourism, business, medical treatment, work, or study.
Do you travel to the US often and want to clear customs and immigration faster? Global Entry is a new "U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States" (www.globalentry.gov). For more information visit their website.