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DOS Interim Final Rule: Schedule of Fees for Consular Services, Department of State and Overseas Embassies and Consulates - Visa and Citizenship Services Fee Changes
Posted on 28 Aug 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Department of State amends the Schedule of Fees for Consular Services (Schedule) for certain nonimmigrant visa application processing fees, certain immigrant visa application processing and special visa services fees, and certain citizenship... Read More

Parallel Proposed Rules from DOS, CBP re Waiver of Passport, Visa Requirments
Posted on 8 Mar 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 45 / Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - "This rule proposes to reinstate a 1996 amendment to a regulation in title 8 of the Code of Federal Regulations regarding a discretionary waiver of certain documentary requirements for... Read More

Advance Copy of DOS Interim Final Rule: Visa and Citizenship Services Fee Changes
Posted on 27 Aug 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Department of State amends the Schedule of Fees for Consular Services (Schedule) for certain nonimmigrant visa application processing fees, certain immigrant visa application processing and special visa services fees, and certain citizenship... Read More

Family Members of Asylum Seekers – Beware!
Posted on 19 Apr 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The sister of my asylum-seeker client recently got an unpleasant surprise from the U.S. Embassy in her country. The sister is a prominent journalist who had come to the Embassy several times (at the Embassy’s request) to brief U.S. diplomats... Read More

Advance Copy of DOS Final Rule: Visa Interview Waiver Authority
Posted on 9 Nov 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 11/10/2015 - "This rule is promulgated to clarify the circumstances in which a consular officer and the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Visa Services may waive the requirement for... Read More

AACRAO Urges Resistance to DOS Data Collection from Visa Applicants
Posted on 17 May 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

[From an email dated May 16, 2017 from AACRAO ] "Colleagues, We would like to draw your attention to the Notice of Information Collection under OMB Emergency Review: Supplemental Questions for Visa Applicants (DS-5535), published at 82 Federal... Read More

Aug. 19, 2016 DOS Cable: New Gonorrhea Testing Requirements for Visa Applicants
Posted on 24 Aug 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

UNCLASSIFIED 16 STATE 93130 - AUG 19, 2016 - "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its Technical Instructions for Gonorrhea for Panel Physicians: http://www.cdc.gov/immigrantrefugeehealth/exams/ti/panel/technicalinstructions... Read More

Supreme Court to Hear Visa Case; State Department Asks for Secrecy, Rubber Stamp
Posted on 3 Oct 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"At the behest of the Solicitor General , the U.S. Supreme Court today granted certiorari in Din v. Kerry to decide whether immigrant families separated by U.S. government officials have any right to know the basis for their forced separation. The... Read More

Software Crash Halts U.S. Passport, Visa Operations
Posted on 24 Jul 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The State Department’s global database for issuing travel documents has crashed, resulting in major delays for potentially millions of people around the world waiting for U.S. passports and visas, officials said Wednesday. Unspecified glitches... Read More

Expert: New Visa Questionnaire May Be Travel Ban 'Lite'
Posted on 2 Jun 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Elizabeth Weise, USA Today, June 1, 2017 - "Travelers wishing to visit the United States can now be asked for their social media handles and email addresses going back five years, a new U.S. government request that's alarmed privacy advocates... Read More