Immigration Law

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Cyrus Mehta: Positive Changes, Especially for Foreign Students, to 90-Day Misrepresentation Guidance in the FAM
Posted on 29 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus Mehta, Apr. 27, 2019 "In September 2017, the State Department abruptly amended the Foreign Affairs Manual to provide consular officers with broader grounds to find that foreign nationals misrepresented their intentions when they came to the... Read More

In Today's Federal Register, 3 DHS Notices, 2 DOS Notices
Posted on 24 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

April 24, 2019 DHS on waiving laws to build border barriers, roads: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-04-24/pdf/2019-08289.pdf https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-04-24/pdf/2019-08290.pdf https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg... Read More

DOS Final Rule: Refusal Procedures for Visas
Posted on 22 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 77 / Monday, April 22, 2019 "This rule is largely technical in nature and conforms a narrow aspect of the Department’s visa regulations to the law. The current regulation requires consular officers either to... Read More

Advance Copy of DOS Final Rule: Refusal Procedures for Visas
Posted on 19 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 04/22/2019 "This rule is largely technical in nature and conforms a narrow aspect of the Department’s visa regulations to the law. The current regulation requires consular... Read More

Citizenship Victory: Dvash-Banks v. Pompeo
Posted on 2 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Immigration Equality, Feb. 22, 2019 "Immigration Equality and Sullivan & Cromwell LLP celebrate yesterday’s decision by a Federal Judge in Los Angeles recognizing the birthright citizenship of Ethan Dvash-Banks, the son of U.S.-citizen... Read More

DOS Notice: Registration for the Diversity Immigrant (DV–2020) Visa Program
Posted on 25 Sep 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 186 / Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - "The Department of State annually administers the statutorily-mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program. Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) provides for... Read More

Groups Protest 'Public Charge' FAM Change
Posted on 29 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

AILA, NILC and CLINIC, Aug. 28, 2018 - "The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., and the National Immigration Law Center write to express our concern over current policy relating to the assessment... Read More

State Department Final Rule: New T-6 Visa Category
Posted on 17 Nov 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Section 1221 of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (Pub. L. 113–4) amended Section 101(a)(15)(T)(ii)(III) of the Immigration and Nationality Act by adding a derivative ‘‘T’’ visa class. The T–6... Read More

DOS Seeks to Extend Use of DS-5535; NAFSA Opposes
Posted on 7 Aug 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Reuters, Aug. 4, 2017 - "The Trump administration moved on Thursday to make permanent a new questionnaire that asks some U.S. visa applicants to provide their social media handles and detailed biographical and travel history, according to a public... Read More

State Department Guidance Directive on Prudential NIV Visa Revocations (Sept. 2, 2016)
Posted on 30 Sep 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Private Sector Exchange, September 2, 2016 Guidance Directive 2016-03 - 9 FAM 403.11-3 – VISA REVOCATION "The Department would like to bring to your attention a policy... Read More

Advance Copy of DOS Final Rule: Intercountry Adoptions
Posted on 18 Aug 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Intercountry Adoptions: Regulatory Change to Prevent Accreditation and Approval Renewal Requests from Coming Due at the Same Time "This rule amends the Department of State (Department) regulation on the accreditation and approval of adoption service... Read More

DOS Final Rule: Classification of Immediate Family Members as G Nonimmigrants
Posted on 5 Jun 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"This rule permits qualified immediate family members of A–1 or A–2 nonimmigrants to be independently classified as G–1, G–2, G–3, or G–4 nonimmigrants. It also clarifies that immediate family members of G–1... Read More

State Department Withdraws Proposed Intercountry Adoption Rule
Posted on 4 Apr 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 63 / Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - "The Department of State (Department) published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on September 8, 2016, proposing to amend its regulations implementing the 1993 Hague Convention on... Read More

DOS Final Rule: Exchange Visitor Program - Fees and Charges
Posted on 14 May 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The U.S. Department of State (Department) is revising regulations to increase the Application Fee for Sponsor Designation or Redesignation and the Administrative Fee for Exchange Visitor (J–1 Visa Holder) Benefits assessed for providing Exchange... Read More