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Revised NIV Reciprocity Schedule for China - Nov. 2014
Posted on 12 Nov 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Effective immediately, the reciprocity schedule for Chinese nationals is revised for the B-1, B-2, B-1/B-2, F-1, F-2, J-1, J-2, M-1, and M-2 nonimmigrant visa (NIV) categories. All other visa validities for nationals of China will remain unchanged... Read More

Tags: reciprocity , dos , visas , China

Advance Copy of DOS Final Rule: Procedures for Issuing Visas
Posted on 30 Oct 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 11/02/2015 - "The Department of State is updating its regulations regarding nonimmigrant visa format, and records retention procedures. These updates reflect changes in technology... Read More

Advance Copy of DHS, DOS Notice Seeking Public Input on Modernizing Visa System
Posted on 29 Dec 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"On November 21, 2014, the President issued a memorandum for the heads of executive departments and agencies on the subject of modernizing and streamlining the U.S. immigrant and nonimmigrant visa system for the 21st century. The Memorandum directs... Read More

DOS Proposed Rule: Exchange Visitor Program - Teachers
Posted on 2 May 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Department is amending existing regulations governing the teacher category of the Exchange Visitor Program. The proposed amendments clarify the duration of program participation; amend eligibility requirements with respect to verifying English... Read More

July 12, 2017 DOS Cable: Improving Information Sharing with Foreign Governments
Posted on 16 Aug 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

July 12, 2017 DOS Cable - "In response to Executive Order (EO) 13780, the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Director of National Intelligence, has produced a report outlining what information is needed... Read More

Advance Copy of DOS Final Rule: No Petition Needed for TN Visa for Mexicans
Posted on 7 Feb 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Department of State amends its regulation pertaining to The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), by removing the petition requirement for citizens of Mexico applying for nonimmigrant visa classification as NAFTA professionals. The rule... Read More

Advance Copy of DOS Final Rule: International Adoption Simplification Act
Posted on 31 May 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"This rule amends the Department of State’s regulations relating to adoptions in countries party to the Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption to include a new adoption provision... Read More

DOS Final Rule: Schedule of Fees for Consular Services
Posted on 2 Feb 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"This rule adopts as final the interim final rule published in the Federal Register on June 28, 2010 (Public Notice 7068). Specifically, the rule made changes to the Schedule of Fees for Consular Services (Schedule) for a number of different fees... Read More

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Narrow FOIA Victory Against DOS in D.C.
Posted on 25 Feb 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Section 1202(f) cannot be extended to cover materials unrelated to a visa issuance or denial simply because those documents are contained in a database among other documents that may pertain to visa issuances and denials. ... Here, the Department... Read More

Tags: dos , FOIA , visa , database

Advance Copy of DOS Final Rule: Changes to the Visa Waiver Program to Implement the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) Program
Posted on 5 Jun 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"This rule adopts as final, with one substantive change, interim amendments to DHS regulations published in the Federal Register on June 9, 2008 and August 9, 2010 regarding the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). ESTA is the online... Read More

Advance Copy of DOS Proposed Rule: Exchange Visitor Program - Teachers
Posted on 1 May 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Department is amending existing regulations governing the teacher category of the Exchange Visitor Program. The proposed amendments clarify the duration of program participation; amend eligibility requirements with respect to verifying English... Read More

DOS Cable on DV-2015 - May 2014
Posted on 9 May 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Beginning with DV-2015, all diversity visa (DV) applicants must submit the electronic DS-260 “Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration Application” accessible through the Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC). The DS-260 will be... Read More

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Advance Copy of DOS Interim Final Rule: Schedule of Fees for Consular Services, Department of State and Overseas Embassies and Consulates
Posted on 28 Mar 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"This rule amends the Schedule of Fees for consular services (Schedule) for nonimmigrant visa application processing fees, border crossing card application processing fees and immigrant visa application processing fees. The rule increases from $140... Read More

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Advance Copy of DOS Final Rule: Classification of Immediate Family Members as A, C-3, G, and NATO Nonimmigrants
Posted on 6 Dec 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 12/07/2016 - "This rule amends the definition of immediate family for purposes of A, C-3, G, and NATO visa classifications in two ways: it revises the eligibility requirements... Read More