Immigration Law

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DOS on Pardons From Connecticut State Board of Pardons and Paroles
Posted on 16 Aug 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

State Department, Aug. 12, 2022 Treatment of Full and Unconditional Pardons From the Connecticut State Board of Pardons and Paroles under 22 C.F.R. § 40.21(a)(5) and 22 C.F.R. § 40.22(c) Last Updated: August 12, 2022 "The... Read More

DOS/AILA June 9, 2022 Meeting Notes
Posted on 28 Jul 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOS, posted June 21, 2022 "Department of State/AILA Liaison Committee Meeting June 9, 2022 The Department of State’s Office of the Assistant Legal Adviser for Consular Affairs (L/CA), in coordination with the Visa Office in the Bureau of... Read More

DOS Releases 2021 Country Reports
Posted on 15 Apr 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOS, Apr. 12, 2022 "The annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices – the Human Rights Reports – cover internationally recognized individual, civil, political, and worker rights, as set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human... Read More

DOS on EB-5 (Apr. 12, 2022)
Posted on 13 Apr 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOS, Apr. 12, 2022 "On March 15, 2022, President Biden signed a law that made changes to the EB-5 program, authorized a new EB-5 Immigrant Investor Regional Center Program, and directed that certain “grandfathered” immigration benefits... Read More

DOS: Limited Resumption of Immigrant Visa Processing in Havana
Posted on 12 Apr 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

State Department, Apr. 6, 2022 "Beginning in May 2022, U.S. Embassy Havana will resume immigrant visa services on a limited basis for applicants in the IR-5 category (Parent of a U.S. Citizen). This change is part of the broader expansion of the... Read More

DOS Notice: Visas for Ukrainian Children
Posted on 23 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOS, Mar. 22, 2022 " Visas for Ukrainian Children in the Process of Intercountry Adoption and/or Who Previously Traveled for Hosting Programs in the United States The Office of Children’s Issues and many U.S. Embassies in Europe, particularly... Read More

Announcement of Processing Posts for Visa Applicants from Ukraine
Posted on 1 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

State Department, Mar. 1, 2022 "The U.S. Mission to Ukraine is not currently offering visa services. Beginning immediately, Ukrainian immigrant visas (IVs) other than adoption cases will be processed at Consulate General Frankfurt, including Diversity... Read More

Notice of Proposed Class Action Settlement for Enrollees at the University of Northern New Jersey
Posted on 2 Feb 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOS, Jan. 28, 2022 " Dong, et al. v. Johnson, et al., No. 2:17-2092-ES-JSA (D.N.J. filed Mar. 30, 2017). Plaintiffs in this class action are current and former F-1 nonimmigrants who previously enrolled at the University of Northern New Jersey... Read More

DOS/AILA Meeting Notes (Jan. 20, 2022)
Posted on 2 Feb 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOS, Jan. 25, 2022 "The Department of State’s Office of the Assistant Legal Adviser for Consular Affairs (L/CA), in coordination with the Visa Office in the Bureau of Consular Affairs, appreciates the opportunity to discuss issues of concern... Read More

Announcement of F/M/J Processing Posts for Applicants Resident in Russia
Posted on 24 Jan 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOS, Jan. 21, 2022 "Due to the severely limited consular operations in Moscow, the U.S. Department of State has designated multiple posts for processing certain nonimmigrant visa applications from persons resident in Russia. Under this designation... Read More

Immigrant Visa Fee Exemption for Applicants Previously Refused under Presidential Proclamations 9645 and 9983
Posted on 24 Jan 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOS, Jan. 19, 2022 "On January 20, 2021, the President issued Presidential Proclamation 10141, titled “Ending Discriminatory Bans on Entry to the United States.” This Proclamation revoked Presidential Proclamations (P.P.) 9645 and 9983... Read More

Diversity Visa Reassignment Procedures for Kabul and Baghdad
Posted on 5 Jan 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOS, Jan. 5, 2022 "If you are a Diversity Visa (DV) selectee for the 2022 DV program year with a case assigned to U.S. Embassy Kabul or Baghdad, you should request reassignment of your DV case to another embassy or consulate that processes immigrant... Read More

Proposed DOS NIV Fee Changes
Posted on 28 Dec 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 12/29/2021 "The Department of State (Department) proposes adjustments to the Schedule of Fees for Consular Services (Schedule of Fees) of the Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA)... Read More

DOS: Important Announcement on Waivers of the Interview Requirement for Certain Nonimmigrant Visas
Posted on 23 Dec 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOS, Dec. 23, 2021 "The Secretary of State, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, has authorized consular officers through the end of 2022 to waive the in-person interview requirement for certain temporary employment nonimmigrant... Read More

DOS on Facilitating USCIS VTC Interviews of Refugee Applicants
Posted on 1 Dec 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 228 / Wednesday, December 1, 2021 "By virtue of the authority vested in the Secretary of State by the laws of the United States, including 22 U.S.C. 2651a, pursuant to authority delegated by the Secretary of the... Read More