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June 28, 2017 DOS Cable on Travel Ban After Supreme Court Order
Posted on 29 Jun 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

From Reuters : Date: June 28, 2017 at 7:57:39 PM EDT Subject: (SBU) IMPLEMENTING EXECUTIVE ORDER 13780 FOLLOWING SUPREME COURT RULING -- GUIDANCE TO VISA-ADJUDICATING POSTS From: SECSTATE WASHDC Action: ALL DIPLOMATIC AND CONSULAR POSTS COLLECTIVE... Read More

DOS Cable Revises FAM re A-3, C-3, G-5, NATO-7 Visa Applicants
Posted on 17 Jan 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOS, Jan. 12, 2018 - "The Visa Office has reorganized 9 FAM 402.3-9 to help guide consular officers through visa eligibility requirements for attendants, servants, and personal employees of foreign government officials and employees; officers and... Read More

DOS Cable on EU Laissez-Passer (Apr. 7, 2017)
Posted on 4 Oct 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

UNCLASSIFIED 17 STATE 33754, Apr 07, 2017 - "9 FAM 402.3-4(C) and 9 FAM 403.9-3 have been updated to reflect the Department’s acceptance of the European Union’s ("EU ") new laissez-passer travel document ("EULP") as... Read More

DOS Transitions to DS-160 for K Visa Applications
Posted on 10 Oct 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Effective immediately, all K visa applicants are required to complete the DS-160 Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application. The DS-160 replaces forms DS-156, DS-156K, and DS-230. For K visa cases already in process at a U.S. embassy or consulate, the... Read More

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DOS Cable on DNA Testing (Jan. 24, 2017)
Posted on 4 Oct 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

UNCLASSIFIED 17 STATE 6984, Jan 24, 2017 - "Consular Officers should be made aware that 9 FAM 601.11-1 (A)(3) and 9 FAM 601.11-1 (B) have been amended to allow for submission of direct sibling-to sibling and half-sibling DNA test results as one way... Read More

DOS Cable: USING DS-160 FOR K VISA APPLICATIONS
Posted on 10 Oct 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Effective immediately, the DS-160 Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application will replace the DS-156 Electronic Visa Application form (EVAF), the DS-156K (Nonimmigrant Fiance Visa Application), and the paper-based DS-230 Application for Immigrant... Read More

DOS Cable: Supplemental Guidance for Processing I - 601a Provisional Unlawful Presence Waivers
Posted on 26 Aug 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"As announced in Ref A, 9 FAM 40.92 has been updated with information and guidance to consular officers related to a new final rule permitting certain immediate relatives of U.S. citizens to apply to the United States Citizenship and Immigration... Read More

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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

DOS Cable on 90-Day Rule (Sept. 16, 2017)
Posted on 4 Oct 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

UNCLASSIFIED 17 STATE 95090, Sep 16, 2017 - "This cable advises posts on the application of INA section 212(a)(6)(C)(i) as it pertains to revised guidance at 9 FAM 302.9-4(B)(3)(g-h) regarding the 90 day rule, formerly known as the “30/60 day... 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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DOS Cable: POLICY CHANGE RELATED TO CHILDREN BORN ABROAD THROUGH ASSISTED REPRODUCTIVE TECHNOLOGY
Posted on 7 Feb 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"There has been a recent policy change related to children born abroad through assisted reproductive technology (ART). The previous policy required that a mother have a genetic connection to a child in order to qualify as a parent for the purpose... Read More

DOS Cable: 9 FAM Update – New I-20 and DS-2019 Forms
Posted on 25 Aug 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

UNCLASSIFIED 15 STATE 98754 AUG 20 2015 SUBJECT: 9 FAM Update – New I-20 and DS-2019 Forms Read More

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DOS Cable: DS-260 Worldwide Deployment
Posted on 5 Sep 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Effective September 1, 2013, the DS-260 Immigrant Visa Electronic Application and the DS-261 (Choice of Address and Agent) will replace the paper-based DS-230 Application for Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration (parts I and II) and the DS-3032... Read More

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DOS Cable: New Guidance on H-1B Adjudications Involving Changes in Place of Employment
Posted on 24 Dec 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Department of State, Nov. 30, 2015 - "On April 9, 2015, USCIS' Administrative Appeals Office issued the precedent decision, Matter of Simeio Solutions, LLC, (Simeio), which held that an H-1B petitioner must file an amended or new H-1B petition... Read More

DOS Cable on DV-2015
Posted on 19 Sep 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

UNCLASSIFIED STATE 00131870 SEP 13 SUBJECT: 2015 DIVERSITY IMMIGRANT VISA PROGRAM (DV-2015) Read More

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