Immigration Law

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NVC Correspondence Update
Posted on 5 May 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

State Department, May 4, 2020 "On June 1, 2020, National Visa Center will no longer accept or respond to inquiries through mail. National Visa Center has modernized the way we pre-process visa applications. This has allowed NVC to streamline services... Read More

DV-2021 Entrant Status Check Announcement
Posted on 27 Apr 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOS, Apr. 27, 2020 "The Department of State is postponing the opening of the Entrant Status Check for the DV-2021 applicants from May 5 to June 6, 2020. The Department’s resources are currently being used in our role in responding to the... Read More

Suspension of Routine Visa Services
Posted on 19 Mar 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Department of State, Mar. 18, 2020 In response to worldwide challenges related to the outbreak of COVID-19, the Department of State is suspending routine visa services in most countries worldwide. Embassies and consulates in these countries will cancel... Read More

Status of U.S. Consular Operations in Mexico in Light of COVID-19
Posted on 17 Mar 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

State Department, Mar. 16, 2020 "The health and safety of those who work at and visit our embassy and consulate facilities is our highest priority. In response to the global pandemic COVID-19, and in line with the Mexican government’s call... Read More

DOS Updates FAM re Affidavit of Support (Feb. 26, 2020)
Posted on 26 Feb 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

9 FAM 601.14-13 CHECKLIST FOR REVIEWING THE AFFIDAVIT OF SUPPORT (CT:VISA-1020; 02-26-2020) Documents Required for a Proper Affidavit of Support : (1) Proper Affidavit of Support: (a) Form I-864: All pages, completely filled out, in correct... Read More

Babies Threaten National Security: State Department Final Rule
Posted on 23 Jan 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 01/24/2020 "The Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs (“Department”), is amending its regulation governing the issuance of visas in the “B”... Read More

DOS on Intercountry Adoptions by Non-U.S. Citizens Living in the United States
Posted on 15 Jan 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOS, Jan. 14, 2020 "The Department has received a number of inquiries from adoption service providers (ASPs) to clarify whether non-U.S. citizen prospective adoptive parents (PAPs) living in the United States need an accredited or approved ASP... Read More

DOS Public Charge Update (Oct. 24, 2019)
Posted on 25 Oct 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Department of State, Oct. 24, 2019 "Public Charge Update Last Updated: October 24, 2019 Visas: Ineligibility Based on Public Charge Grounds On October 11, 2019, the Department published an interim final rule that amends 22 CFR 40.41,... Read More

State Department Requests Comments on DS-5540
Posted on 24 Oct 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 206 / Thursday, October 24, 2019 "The Department of State (‘‘Department’’) is seeking Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for the information collection described below. In accordance... Read More

State Department 'Public Charge' Interim Final Rule, Request for Comments
Posted on 11 Oct 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 198 / Friday, October 11, 2019 "This final rule amends Department of State (‘‘Department’’) regulations by prescribing how consular officers will determine whether an alien is ineligible for... Read More

Alert: DOS Inability to Issue F, M and J Visas
Posted on 19 Nov 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Department of State (DoS) has recently identified difficulties with its Consolidated Consular Database (CCD) communicating with the Student and Exchange Visitor Program’s (SEVP) Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).... Read More

DOS Final Rule: Waiver by Joint Action of Visa and Passport Requirements for Members of Armed Forces and Coast Guards of Foreign Countries
Posted on 8 Apr 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Department of State is amending its regulations regarding the waiver by joint action of consular and immigration officers of visa and passport requirements for members of foreign armed forces and coast guards. Specifically, the regulation, as... Read More