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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...

Aug. 19, 2016 DOS Cable: New Gonorrhea Testing Requirements for Visa Applicants

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/panel-physicians/gonorrhea.html. Panel physicians...

Advance Copy of State Department Intercountry Adoptions Proposed Rule

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 09/08/2016 - "The Department of State (the Department) proposes to amend requirements for accreditation of agencies and approval of persons to provide adoption services in intercountry adoption cases. The proposed rule includes...

State Department Proposed Rule: Intercountry Adoptions

Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 174 / Thursday, September 8, 2016 - "The Department of State (the Department) proposes to amend requirements for accreditation of agencies and approval of persons to provide adoption services in intercountry adoption cases. ... DATES: The Department will accept comments...

DOS Posts DV-2018 'Visa Lottery' Notice

Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 180 / Friday, September 16, 2016 - "This public notice provides information on how to apply for the DV–2018 Program."

State Department Proposed Rule: Passport Services Fee Changes

Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 181 / Monday, September 19, 2016 - "The Department of State proposes an adjustment to the Schedule of Fees for Consular Services of the Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs (‘‘Schedule of Fees’’ or ‘‘Schedule’’...

State Department Guidance Directive on Prudential NIV Visa Revocations (Sept. 2, 2016)

U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Private Sector Exchange, September 2, 2016 Guidance Directive 2016-03 - 9 FAM 403.11-3 – VISA REVOCATION "The Department would like to bring to your attention a policy implemented on November 5, 2015, which requires...

No Eyeglasses Policy for Visa and Passport Photographs - DOS Cable (Sept. 23, 2016)

UNCLASSIFIED 16 STATE 106142 - SEPT 23, 2016 - "The "No Eyeglasses Policy" will go into effect November 1, 2016. Under this policy, Consular Affairs (CA) will no longer accept photographs of visa and passport applicants wearing eyeglasses, except in rare, medically-documented circumstances...

Expansion of the Central American Minors (CAM) Program

State Department, Nov. 15, 2016 - "In July, the United States announced plans to expand the Central American Minors (CAM) program to allow additional categories of applicants to apply for admission to the United States as a refugee, when accompanied by a qualifying child. This expansion builds on...

Advance Copy of DOS Final Rule: Classification of Immediate Family Members as A, C-3, G, and NATO Nonimmigrants

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 12/07/2016 - "This rule amends the definition of immediate family for purposes of A, C-3, G, and NATO visa classifications in two ways: it revises the eligibility requirements for unmarried adult sons and daughters age 21 or older...

State Department Final Rule: Classification of Immediate Family Members as A, C–3, G, and NATO Nonimmigrants

Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 235 / Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - "This rule amends the definition of immediate family for purposes of A, C–3, G, and NATO visa classifications in two ways: It revises the eligibility requirements for unmarried adult sons and daughters age 21 or older for...

DOS Proposed Rule: Summer Work Travel - Exchange Visitor Program

Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 8 / Thursday, January 12, 2017 - "The U.S. Department of State (Department) proposes to amend existing regulations to provide new program requirements for the Summer Work Travel category of the Exchange Visitor Program. This rulemaking strategy is informed by the...

Diplomats Break With Trump Over Refugee Ban

Benjamin Wittes, Susan Hennessey, Quinta Jurecic, January 30, 2017 - " Consider this a major bureaucratic uprising on the part of career foreign service officers against the President on his executive order on refugees. Numerous Foreign Service officers and other diplomats...

State Department Posts 2016 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2016

Flurry of State Department Cables Highlights Visa Screening - Reuters Exclusive

Reuters, Mar. 23, 2017 - "U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has directed U.S. diplomatic missions to identify "populations warranting increased scrutiny" and toughen screening for visa applicants in those groups, according to diplomatic cables seen by Reuters. He has also ordered...

State Department Withdraws Proposed Intercountry Adoption Rule

Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 63 / Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - "The Department of State (Department) published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on September 8, 2016, proposing to amend its regulations implementing the 1993 Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect...

State Dept. May Ask 65,000 Foreigners with 'Threat Profiles' for Extra Info

Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 85 / Thursday, May 4, 2017 - "The Department proposes requesting the following information, if not already included in an application, from a subset of visa applicants worldwide, in order to more rigorously evaluate applicants for terrorism or other national security...

AACRAO Urges Resistance to DOS Data Collection from Visa Applicants

[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 Register 20956 on May 4, 2017. The notice,...

U.S. Quietly Lifts Limit on Number of Refugees Allowed In

Gardiner Harris, New York Times, May 26, 2017 - "Despite repeated efforts by President Trump to curtail refugee resettlements, the State Department this week quietly lifted the department’s restriction on the number of refugees allowed to enter the United States. The result could be a near...