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Advance Copy of DOS Interim Final Rule: Official Passports for Officials or Employees of State, Local, Tribal or Territorial Governments Traveling Abroad and Carrying Out Official Duties in Support of the U.S. Government

"This rule amends the passport rules for the Department of State to authorize issuing an official passport to an official or employee of a state, local, tribal, or territorial government traveling abroad to carry out official duties in support of the U.S. government." - FR Doc. 2015-11687 Filed...

State Department Notice: Establishment of a Private Sector U.S.-Mexico Exchange Visitor Intern Program

"The Department of State administers the Exchange Visitor Program pursuant to the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961 (Pub. L. 87–256) as amended, 22 U.S.C. 2451, et seq., also known as the Fulbright-Hays Act (the Act). The purpose of the Act is to increase mutual understanding...

News Excerpt From the June 1, 2015, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

USCIS Temporarily Suspends Premium Processing for H-1B Extensions | From May 26, 2015 until July 27, 2015, USCIS will suspend premium processing for all H-1B Extension of Stay petitions. During this period, petitioners will not be able to file Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service, for...

Advance Copy of DOS Final Rule: Changes to the Visa Waiver Program to Implement the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) Program

"This rule adopts as final, with one substantive change, interim amendments to DHS regulations published in the Federal Register on June 9, 2008 and August 9, 2010 regarding the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). ESTA is the online system through which nonimmigrant aliens intending...

Software Problems Stall Overseas Passport, Visa Issuance: State Department

"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 year, but the current problems are not the same,...

June 12, 2015 State Department Bulletin re Passport, Visa Problems

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 particular country, citizenship document, or visa...

State Department Updates Passport / Visa Glitch Report: June 19, 2015

"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 allow embassies and consulates to perform security...

Secretary Kerry To Release Annual Human Rights Reports

"Secretary of State John Kerry will present the 2014 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices at 10:15 a.m. on June 25, 2015, in the Press Briefing Room at the U.S. Department of State. The annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices , commonly known as the Human Rights Reports, cover the...

Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2014

"Secretary's Preface The fundamental struggle for dignity has been a driving force in human history worldwide, and what drives us toward it is a set of universal values and aspirations. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are ideals that cannot be contained by national boundaries...

Advance Copy of DOS Final Rule: Intercountry Adoptions

Intercountry Adoptions: Regulatory Change to Prevent Accreditation and Approval Renewal Requests from Coming Due at the Same Time "This rule amends the Department of State (Department) regulation on the accreditation and approval of adoption service providers in intercountry adoptions. Most agencies...

Advance Copy of DOS Final Rule: Schedule of Fees

"This rule adopts as final the interim final rule published in the Federal Register on August 28, 2014. Specifically, the rule implemented changes to the Schedule of Fees for Consular Services (“Schedule”) for a number of different fees. This rulemaking addresses public comments and...

DOS Consular Fee Schedule Final Rule

Schedule of Fees for Consular Services, Department of State and Overseas Embassies and Consulates "This rule adopts as final the interim final rule published in the Federal Register on August 28, 2014. Specifically, the rule implemented changes to the Schedule of Fees for Consular Services (‘‘Schedule’’...

DOS Fee Rule: Interim Final, Request for Comments

Schedule of Fees for Consular Services, Department of State and Overseas Embassies and Consulates — Passport and Citizenship Services Fee Changes The Department of State amends the Schedule of Fees for Consular Services (Schedule) for certain passport fees and citizenship services fees. ......

Advance Copy of DOS Final Rule: Procedures for Issuing Visas

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 11/02/2015 - "The Department of State is updating its regulations regarding nonimmigrant visa format, and records retention procedures. These updates reflect changes in technology, including the current practice of issuing machine...

DOS Final Rule: Procedures for Issuing Visas

Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 211 / Monday, November 2, 2015 - "The Department of State is updating its regulations regarding nonimmigrant visa format, and records retention procedures. These updates reflect changes in technology, including the current practice of issuing machinereadable visas...

Advance Copy of DOS Final Rule: Visa Interview Waiver Authority

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 a nonimmigrant visa interview."

DOS Final Rule: NIV Interview Waiver Authority

Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 217 / Tuesday, November 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 a nonimmigrant visa interview."

DOS Cable: New Guidance on H-1B Adjudications Involving Changes in Place of Employment

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 when a new labor condition application (LCA) is...

DOS Finalizes Official Passport Rule

Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 26 / Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - "The Department of State finalizes its amendment of the passport rules for issuance of an official passport to an official or employee of a state, local, tribal, or territorial government traveling abroad to carry out official duties...

Parallel Proposed Rules from DOS, CBP re Waiver of Passport, Visa Requirments

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 nonimmigrants seeking admission to the United States...

Advance Copy of DOS Final Rule re FOIA/PA

FR Doc. 2016-07900 Filed: 4/5/2016 8:45 am; Publication Date: 4/6/2016 - "The Department of State (the Department) finalizes its revisions to its regulations implementing the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Privacy Act. The final rule reflects changes in FOIA and other statutes and consequent...

Delays Dog Refugee Program; Applicants Turn to Smugglers

Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times, Apr. 21, 2016 - "[P]arents frustrated by delays in the Central American Minors program are turning to smugglers. State Department officials said it takes about eight months on average to vet families, but acknowledged that after more than a year, among the...

News Excerpts From the May 1, 2016, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

EB-4 Visa Limit Reached for Special Immigrants from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras A final action date of January 1, 2010 has been set for special immigrants from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras and is reflected in the State Department’s Visa Bulletin Employment-Based Preference Cases...

Q&A from April 7, 2016 AILA / Department of State Liaison Meeting

Q&A from April 7, 2016 AILA / Department of State Liaison Meeting Topics include: Communicating with Posts Right to an Attorney at Renunciation Interviews [NIV] Revocation Policy B-1 in Lieu of H-1 Visa Issuance Following I-601 Approval Interpretation of 9 FAM 301.9-7; Alien...

$100K Penalty in AECA, ITAR Violation Settlement: In re Microwave Engineering Corp.

Law360, June 22, 2016 - "The U.S. State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls has posted a settlement with a Massachusetts-based microwave components company, which agreed to pay a $100,000 penalty after a self-disclosed export violation of allowing a Chinese employee with an...