State Department plans pilot for domestic visa renewal.
The State Department is going to launch a pilot program which will offer visa renewal options in the U.S. for H-1B specialty occupation workers and other temporary visa holders who are currently required to travel abroad. The program is expected to launch later this year and would allow H-1B workers to renew their visas without leaving the United States and would reduce the workload of consular offices abroad. This stateside renewal option will be available to H and L visa holders and may be expanded in the future. Immigration lawyers and business groups have urged the State Department to add the domestic renewal option to address visa bottlenecks abroad.