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  • U.S. Secretary of State Meeting with DRC President

    On August 4, Secretary of State John Kerry met with DRC President Joseph Kabila to stress the urgency of lifting the suspension on the issuance of exit permits for Congolese adopted children.  Secretary Kerry strongly emphasized our humanitarian conce...

  • Visa Delay Updates from Department of State

    Progress has been made and most of the backlog of nonimmigrant visas have been processed. There are very few delays on immigrant visas, adoption cases, and emergency nonimmigrant visa cases. Department of State Officials are working diligently to close...

  • Partner Receives USAID Grant

    One of our Partners, Buckner International, just received a grant from USAID to help vulnerable kids stay in safe families through a two-year program called “Foster Hope Guatemala.”  The four key objectives of the program are: Get 103 institut...

  • Department of State Visa Update

    Joint Council has been in constant communication with the Department of State in order to keep track of their progress in resolving the computer glitch in processing Visa requests. We have been informed that no Visas will be processed by hand and the D...

  • Important Notice: Delay in Passport and Visa Processing Times

    “As of July 27, the Department of State has made continued progress on restoring our system to full functionality. As we restore our ability to print visas, we are prioritizing immigrant cases, including adoptions visas. System engineers are performi...

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