"The sixteen volumes of the Foreign Affairs Manual ("FAM") set forth the responsibilities and authorities of each of the major components of the Department of State ("DOS" or "the Department"). Volume 9 of the FAM is dedicated to visa-related instructions and guidance for consular officers. All sixteen FAM volumes are accessible on the DOS website. Well over one hundred changes were made to 9 FAM’s visa-related provisions in 2013, including one that is historic: Introduction of the updated definitions of “marriage” and “spouse” for immigration purposes following the Supreme Court decision in United States v. Windsor. DOS made other substantial changes to 9 FAM throughout the year, many of which related to visa refusals and grounds of inadmissibility. We are pleased to present Consular Corner’s “Best of FAM” review, comprising the more significant changes made to 9 FAM over the past year." - Liam Schwartz, Dec. 2013.