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DOS Final Rule: Issuance of Full Validity L Visas to Qualified Applicants

"This rule permits the issuance of L visas with validity periods based on the visa reciprocity schedule; whereas the current rule limits L visas to the petition validity period, which is determined by the Department of Homeland Security. DATES: This rule is effective February 14, 2012." - Federal...

Advance Copy of DOS Final Rule: Exchange Visitor Program – Fees and Charges

"The U.S. Department of State (Department) is revising regulations to increase the Application Fee for Sponsor Designation or Redesignation and the Administrative Fee for Exchange Visitor (J-1 Visa Holder) Benefits assessed for providing Exchange Visitor Program services, in order to recoup the...

DOS Final Rule: Exchange Visitor Program - Fees and Charges

"The U.S. Department of State (Department) is revising regulations to increase the Application Fee for Sponsor Designation or Redesignation and the Administrative Fee for Exchange Visitor (J–1 Visa Holder) Benefits assessed for providing Exchange Visitor Program services, in order to recoup...

Advance Copy of DOS Final Rule: International Adoption Simplification Act

"This rule amends the Department of State’s regulations relating to adoptions in countries party to the Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption to include a new adoption provision from the International Adoption Simplification Act...

DOS Final Rule: International Adoption Simplification Act

"This rule amends the Department of State’s regulations relating to adoptions in countries party to the Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption to include a new adoption provision from the International Adoption Simplification Act...

DOS Final Rule: Classification of Immediate Family Members as G Nonimmigrants

"This rule permits qualified immediate family members of A–1 or A–2 nonimmigrants to be independently classified as G–1, G–2, G–3, or G–4 nonimmigrants. It also clarifies that immediate family members of G–1, G–2, G–3, and G–4 nonimmigrants...

Advance Copy of State Department Final Rule

"This final rule creates a regulatory exception to visa restrictions under applicable laws providing for such an exception, in order to permit compliance with the Agreement between the United States and the United Nations Regarding the Headquarters of the United Nations (UNHQA), signed at Lake Success...

State Department Final Rule: Regulatory Exception

Regulatory Exception to Permit Compliance With the United Nations Headquarters Agreement and Other International Obligations and Clarification of the Definition of ‘‘Immediate Family’’ for Certain Nonimmigrant Visa Classifications - Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 215 / Wednesday...

Advance Copy of DOS Final Rule: New T-6 Visa Classification

"This rule is being promulgated to add a new visa classification symbol to the nonimmigrant classification table in our regulations. This amendment is necessary to implement legislation that created an additional nonimmigrant classification as described herein. ... Section 1221 of the Violence Against...

State Department Final Rule: New T-6 Visa Category

"Section 1221 of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (Pub. L. 113–4) amended Section 101(a)(15)(T)(ii)(III) of the Immigration and Nationality Act by adding a derivative ‘‘T’’ visa class. The T–6 visa would be available to eligible adult and...

Advance Copy of DOS Final Rule: Exchange Visitor Program Changes

"With this rulemaking, the Department of State is amending the general rules covering the Exchange Visitor Program that govern the designation of sponsors and the overall administration of the Program. This final rule encompasses technical changes to the general provisions and addresses public diplomacy...

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...

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’’...

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 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...

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...

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...