Immigration Law

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DOS: Important Announcement on F, M, and Academic J Visas (Sept. 14, 2021)
Posted on 15 Sep 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOS, Sept. 14, 2021 "International students are now and always have been among the Department of State’s highest priorities. The Department recognizes the important contributions these students make to our college and university campuses;... Read More

DOS IV Prioritization Update (Sept. 13, 2021)
Posted on 15 Sep 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOS, Sept. 13, 2021 "As noted in our recent visa services operating status update , the Department of State is committed to sharing the current status of our worldwide visa operations. As part of that effort, we would like to clarify how our embassies... Read More

DOS DV 2021 Update (Sept. 12, 2021)
Posted on 15 Sep 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOS, Sept. 12, 2021 "On September 9, 2021, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia preliminarily enjoined the Department of State from applying the November 2020 prioritization policy guidance to diversity visa (“DV”) 2021... Read More

DOS Seeks IV Input
Posted on 15 Sep 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 09/16/2021 "All interested parties are invited to respond to this Request for Public Input by submitting written views and comments on all aspects of the Department of State’s... Read More

DOS on Immigrant Visa Prioritization (Aug. 30, 2021)
Posted on 31 Aug 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

State Department, Aug. 30, 2021 "As noted in our recent visa services operating status update , the Department of State is committed to sharing the current status of our worldwide visa operations. As part of that effort, we would like to clarify... Read More

Chats With Charlie: Sept. 2021 Visa Bulletin
Posted on 22 Aug 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

In this 45-min. Aug. 19, 2021 YouTube video , Charlie Oppenheim discusses the September 2021 Visa Bulletin . Read More

DOS NIE Extensions (July 6, 2021)
Posted on 20 Jul 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

State Department, July 6, 2021 "Extension of validity for National Interest Exceptions (NIEs) for Travelers from China, Iran, Brazil, South Africa, the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and India Last Updated: July 6, 2021 On... Read More

CADC on Expatriation, APA: Farrell v. Blinken
Posted on 14 Jul 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Farrell v. Blinken "While United States citizenship is one of the most sought after in the world, American citizens sometimes choose to relinquish this privilege and place their allegiance elsewhere. Congress has specified the actions that will... Read More

CADC on Adoption: National Council for Adoption v. Blinken
Posted on 9 Jul 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

National Council for Adoption v. Blinken "Members of the National Council For Adoption help prospective parents adopt children. In 2018, the Department of State issued guidance barring adoption agencies from referring certain children to certain... Read More

Joint DHS/DOS Statement on Central American Minors Program
Posted on 16 Jun 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, DOS, June 15, 2021 - Joint Statement by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Department of State on the Expansion of Access to the Central American Minors Program "The following joint statement was released by Secretary Alejandro... Read More

DOS Fee Changes
Posted on 14 Jun 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

FR Notices to be published on June 15, 2021: Schedule of Fees for Consular Services – Fee Change for Certain Border Crossing Cards AGENCY: Department of State. ACTION: Final rule. SUMMARY: The Department of State amends the Schedule of Fees for... Read More

DOS / AILA Q&A (May 27, 2021)
Posted on 11 Jun 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOS, May 27, 2021 "The Department of State, Office of the Assistant Legal Adviser for Consular Affairs (L/CA), welcomes AILA’s Department of State Liaison Committee to discuss issues of interest to AILA’s membership. Below are responses... Read More

DOS: NIEs for Certain Travelers from China, Iran, India, Brazil, South Africa, Schengen Area, United Kingdom, and Ireland (May 27, 2021)
Posted on 2 Jun 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOS, May 27, 2021 "On May 27, 2021, the Secretary of State made a national interest determination regarding categories of travelers eligible for exceptions under Presidential Proclamations (PPs) 9984, 9992, 10143, 10199, and similar subsequent... Read More

DOS on U.S. Citizenship Transmission and Assisted Reproductive Technology
Posted on 19 May 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

State Department, May 18, 2021 "Recognizing the advances in assisted reproductive technology (ART), the State Department is updating our interpretation and application of Section 301 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), which establishes... Read More

DOS on India Pres. Proc. (Apr. 30, 2021)
Posted on 3 May 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

State Department, Apr. 30, 2021 "On April 30, 2021, President Biden signed a Proclamation suspending the entry of certain nonimmigrant travelers who have been physically present in India, which will go into effect at 12:01 AM EDT on Tuesday, May... Read More