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DOS to Impose Visa Restrictions on Some Nigerians
Posted on 24 Jul 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOS, July 23, 2019 "Imposing Visa Restrictions on Nigerians Responsible for Undermining the Democratic Process PRESS STATEMENT MORGAN ORTAGUS, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON JULY 23, 2019 The United States is a steadfast supporter of Nigerian... Read More

Illogical Situation for F2A Spouses and Children under the July 2019 Visa Bulletin - Cyrus Mehta
Posted on 24 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus Mehta, June 23, 2019 "The Department of State Visa Bulletin is eagerly anticipated each month. It tells aspiring immigrants their place in the green card queue, and whether one has moved ahead, remained static or gone backwards. There are... Read More

DOS Quarterly Report on Travel Ban (Dec. 8, 2017 - Mar. 31, 2019)
Posted on 13 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Department of State Report: Implementation of Presidential Proclamation 9645, December 8, 2017 to March 31, 2019 "[T]he Department of State is providing statistical information related to visa applications made by nationals of the eight countries... Read More

Fallout from Trump’s Muslim Ban: Requiring Use of Social Media on Visa Application Forms - Cyrus Mehta
Posted on 10 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus Mehta, June 10, 2019 "On May 31, 2019, the State Department added new questions to visa application forms , DS-160/DS-156 Nonimmigrant Visa Application and Form DS-260, Immigrant Visa Application. Visa applicants now have to disclose the... Read More

State Department Interim Final Rule: Diversity Immigrants (June 5, 2019)
Posted on 5 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 108 / Wednesday, June 5, 2019 "This interim final rule is promulgated to require alien petitioners for the Diversity Visa Program to provide certain information from a valid, unexpired passport on the electronic... Read More

Collection of Social Media Identifiers from U.S. Visa Applicants
Posted on 4 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

State Department, June 4, 2019 "On May 31, 2019, the Department of State updated its immigrant and nonimmigrant visa application forms to request additional information, including social media identifiers, from most U.S. visa applicants worldwide... Read More

Social Media Monitoring, DHS, the State Department, and You
Posted on 23 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Faiza Patel, Rachel Levinson-Waldman, Sophia DenUyl, Raya Koreh, Brennan Center for Justice, May 22, 2019 "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is rapidly expanding its collection of social media information and using it to evaluate the security... Read More

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

ABA Blasts ICC Visa Restrictions
Posted on 11 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ABA President Bob Carlson, Apr. 9, 2019 "The American Bar Association is concerned over the policy announced last month by the United States government to restrict visas for certain officials of the International Criminal Court, a policy implemented... 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