Immigration Law

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DOS/AILA Liaison Committee Meeting, November 3, 2022, Q&A
Posted on 17 Nov 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

State Department, Nov. 14, 2022 "The Department of State’s Office of the Assistant Legal Adviser for Consular Affairs (L/CA), in coordination with the Visa Office in the Bureau of Consular Affairs, appreciates the opportunity to discuss issues... Read More

THE CLEARLY UNEVEN VETTING OF U.S. VISA APPLICANTS FROM IRAN
Posted on 11 Nov 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Roujin Mozaffarimehr and Ally Bolour, Nov 11, 2022 "More than 40 days have passed since the protests began in Iran in response to the murder of Mahsa Amini . Mahsa Amini was killed on September 16, 2022 by Iran’s morality police for allegedly... Read More

DOS on IV Processing in Havana (Nov. 10, 2022)
Posted on 10 Nov 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOS, Nov. 10, 2022 "The U.S. Embassy in Havana will resume full immigrant visa processing beginning on January 4, 2023, to include immediate relative, family preference, diversity visa, and K fiancé(e) visa categories. This increase is part... Read More

DOS Update on Worldwide Visa Operations (Oct. 21, 2022)
Posted on 4 Nov 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOS, Oct, 21, 2022 "Worldwide Visa Operations Are Recovering Faster than Expected from the COVID-19 Pandemic The Department of State is successfully lowering visa interview wait times worldwide, following closures during the pandemic. We’ve... Read More

DV-2024 News
Posted on 10 Oct 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

State Department "The online registration period for the DV-2024 Program begins on Wednesday, October 5, 2022, at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4) and concludes on Tuesday, November 8, 2022, at 12:00 noon, Eastern Standard Time ... Read More

IRAP Shares an Extensive Collection of Refugee Processing Documents Obtained Through FOIA
Posted on 24 Aug 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

IRAP, Aug. 2022 "Through the Freedom of Information Act, IRAP has obtained an extensive collection of documents related to the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program . Together, these documents shine a light on the generally opaque U.S. refugee processing... Read More

DOS on Pardons From Connecticut State Board of Pardons and Paroles
Posted on 16 Aug 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

State Department, Aug. 12, 2022 Treatment of Full and Unconditional Pardons From the Connecticut State Board of Pardons and Paroles under 22 C.F.R. § 40.21(a)(5) and 22 C.F.R. § 40.22(c) Last Updated: August 12, 2022 "The... Read More

DOS/AILA June 9, 2022 Meeting Notes
Posted on 28 Jul 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOS, posted June 21, 2022 "Department of State/AILA Liaison Committee Meeting June 9, 2022 The Department of State’s Office of the Assistant Legal Adviser for Consular Affairs (L/CA), in coordination with the Visa Office in the Bureau of... Read More

Visa Interview Wait Times Reach New Highs: 247 Days for Visitors/​Business Travelers
Posted on 19 Jul 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

David J. Bier, July 19, 2022 "As the State Department finally reopens U.S. consulates for non‐​emergency visa interviews, wait times have grown significantly. Interviews for both immigrant and nonimmigrant (i.e. temporary) applicants are extraordinarily... Read More

DOS Releases 2021 Country Reports
Posted on 15 Apr 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOS, Apr. 12, 2022 "The annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices – the Human Rights Reports – cover internationally recognized individual, civil, political, and worker rights, as set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human... Read More

DOS on EB-5 (Apr. 12, 2022)
Posted on 13 Apr 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOS, Apr. 12, 2022 "On March 15, 2022, President Biden signed a law that made changes to the EB-5 program, authorized a new EB-5 Immigrant Investor Regional Center Program, and directed that certain “grandfathered” immigration benefits... Read More

DOS: Limited Resumption of Immigrant Visa Processing in Havana
Posted on 12 Apr 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

State Department, Apr. 6, 2022 "Beginning in May 2022, U.S. Embassy Havana will resume immigrant visa services on a limited basis for applicants in the IR-5 category (Parent of a U.S. Citizen). This change is part of the broader expansion of the... Read More

DOS Notice: Visas for Ukrainian Children
Posted on 23 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOS, Mar. 22, 2022 " Visas for Ukrainian Children in the Process of Intercountry Adoption and/or Who Previously Traveled for Hosting Programs in the United States The Office of Children’s Issues and many U.S. Embassies in Europe, particularly... Read More

Announcement of Processing Posts for Visa Applicants from Ukraine
Posted on 1 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

State Department, Mar. 1, 2022 "The U.S. Mission to Ukraine is not currently offering visa services. Beginning immediately, Ukrainian immigrant visas (IVs) other than adoption cases will be processed at Consulate General Frankfurt, including Diversity... Read More

Notice of Proposed Class Action Settlement for Enrollees at the University of Northern New Jersey
Posted on 2 Feb 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOS, Jan. 28, 2022 " Dong, et al. v. Johnson, et al., No. 2:17-2092-ES-JSA (D.N.J. filed Mar. 30, 2017). Plaintiffs in this class action are current and former F-1 nonimmigrants who previously enrolled at the University of Northern New Jersey... Read More