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DOS Final Rule Will Eliminate 22 CFR 42.68

December 06, 2023 (1 min read)

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 12/07/2023

"The Department of State (“Department”) is amending its regulation governing immigrant visas by removing the section which allows a consular officer to conduct an informal evaluation of the family members of an immigrant visa applicant to identify potential grounds of ineligibility. The existing regulation was promulgated in 1952, at a time when a consular officer could more readily assess a family member’s potential qualification for a visa without a formal visa application. Assessing eligibility for an immigrant visa is now a more complex task and not one which can be accomplished accurately with an informal evaluation. DATES: This final rule is effective on [INSERT DATE 30 DAYS AFTER PUBLICATION IN THE FEDERAL REGISTER]."