Immigration Law

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Immigrant Rights Attorneys and Journalists Denied Entry into Mexico
Posted on 2 Feb 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

KATE LINTHICUM, CINDY CARCAMO and MOLLY O'TOOLE, Los Angeles Times, FEB 01, 2019 "Two U.S. immigrant rights attorneys and two journalists who have worked closely with members of a migrant caravan in Tijuana said they had been denied entry into... Read More

DOS Final Rule on Passports, CRBAs, Hearings (May 11, 2018)
Posted on 11 May 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 92 / Friday, May 11, 2018 - "This final rule provides various changes and updates to the Department of State passport rules. The final rule incorporates statutory passport denial and revocation requirements for certain... Read More

Our Tax Dollars Paid $10K Per Page for Rex Tillerson's 'Listening Tour' Report...But He Won't Let Us See It - Daniel M. Kowalski
Posted on 8 Jul 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Daniel M. Kowalski , July 8, 2017 - Visas and passports are near and dear to my professional heart. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson paid $1,086,250 to Insigniam Holding LLC to do a "listening tour" of DOS staffers. The 110-page report was distributed... Read More

State Department Updates Passport / Visa Glitch Report: June 19, 2015
Posted on 17 Jun 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Technological Systems Issue JUNE 19, 2015 Visa Systems Issues The Bureau of Consular Affairs is in the process of resolving technical problems with our visa systems. Biometric data is not yet processing properly to... Read More

State Department Taking Passports Away from Yemeni-Americans
Posted on 11 Aug 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Over the past year, dozens of Yemeni-Americans visiting their ancestral homeland have had their US passports summarily revoked or confiscated by the embassy in Sanaa without any clear legal basis, effectively stranding them outside the United States... Read More

Battle emerging inside Trump administration over who controls immigration and refugees
Posted on 10 Jul 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Josh Rogin, Washington Post, July 9, 2017 - "When President Trump spoke of the need to defend Western civilization in Poland last week, many saw an effort by him and some of his top White House advisers to redefine the mission of American foreign... Read More

June 12, 2015 State Department Bulletin re Passport, Visa Problems
Posted on 13 Jun 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Technological Systems Issue JUNE 12, 2015 Passport/Visa Systems Errors The Bureau of Consular Affairs is currently experiencing technical problems with our overseas passport and visa systems. This issue is not specific to any... Read More

Software Problems Stall Overseas Passport, Visa Issuance: State Department
Posted on 13 Jun 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"An unidentified glitch has hit the computer system used for issuing visas and passports at U.S. embassies worldwide, the State Department said Friday. The same system, the Consular Consolidated Database, was hit by a weeklong outage in July last... Read More

State Department Visa/Passport Computer Crash Update: July 31, 2014
Posted on 1 Aug 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Information Regarding Ongoing Consular Consolidated Database (CCD) Performance Issues and Steps Taken "The Consular Consolidated Database (CCD) is still performing below its normal operational capacity. However, to give you an idea of the progress... Read More