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Diversity Visa Lottery Re-run: Was This the End?

By Molly J. Liskow, J.D., Legal Editor, Practice Area Content (Immigration) The State Department "botched" the 2012 Diversity Visa Lottery. That was the term used by a federal judge who allowed the Department to re-do the selection process, despite a lawsuit by many very upset applicants...

White House touting tourism for jobs

"To boost international tourism, the Obama administration will focus on drawing more visitors from developing countries with fast-growing middle-class travelers, notably Brazil, China and India, White House officials said. Obama directed the State Department to speed up the processing of ...

We Can’t Wait: President Obama Takes Actions to Increase Travel and Tourism in the United States

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release January 19, 2012 We Can’t Wait: President Obama Takes Actions to Increase Travel and Tourism in the United States This morning, President Obama will sign an Executive Order and announce new initiatives...

New DOS 'Wait Time' Online Service

Visa Wait Times - for Interview Appointments and Processing : " Advance travel planning and early visa application are important. If you plan to apply for a nonimmigrant visa to come to the United States as a temporary visitor, please review the information provided below. Then select the U.S. Embassy...

Afghan Interpreters Denied Visas; DOS Says They Face No 'Serious Threat'

"A growing number of Afghan interpreters who worked alongside American troops are being denied U.S. visas allotted by Congress because the State Department says there is no serious threat against their lives. But the interpreters, many of whom served in Taliban havens for years, say U.S. officials...

State Department Visa/Passport Computer Crash Update: July 31, 2014

Information Regarding Ongoing Consular Consolidated Database (CCD) Performance Issues and Steps Taken "The Consular Consolidated Database (CCD) is still performing below its normal operational capacity. However, to give you an idea of the progress we have made, from the start of the operational...

China EB-3 EW Priority Date Victory: Xie v. Kerry

[ Xie v. Kerry , 21 F. Supp. 3d 89 (D.D.C. 2014) reversed.] "The D.C. Circuit axed a win for the U.S. Department of State on Monday in a suit accusing it of illegally slowing down reviews of certain Chinese individuals' visa applications, saying the plaintiff deserved to have her claim examined...

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...

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...

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 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...

Our Tax Dollars Paid $10K Per Page for Rex Tillerson's 'Listening Tour' Report...But He Won't Let Us See It - Daniel M. Kowalski

Daniel M. Kowalski , July 8, 2017 - Visas and passports are near and dear to my professional heart. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson paid $1,086,250 to Insigniam Holding LLC to do a "listening tour" of DOS staffers. The 110-page report was distributed internally on Wednesday, July 5, 2017....

Battle emerging inside Trump administration over who controls immigration and refugees

Josh Rogin, Washington Post, July 9, 2017 - "When President Trump spoke of the need to defend Western civilization in Poland last week, many saw an effort by him and some of his top White House advisers to redefine the mission of American foreign policy away from building relationships and spreading...

U.S. to Suspend Non-Immigrant Visa Operations Across Russia - State Department

State Department, Aug. 21, 2017 - "Due to the Russian government-imposed cap on U.S. diplomatic personnel in Russia, all nonimmigrant visa operations across Russia will be suspended on August 23. Operations will resume in Moscow on September 1; visa operations at the U.S. consulates will remain...

DOS, DHS Impose Visa Sanctions on Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea, and Sierra Leone

DHS, Sept. 13, 2017 - "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced, in coordination with the State Department, the implementation of visa sanctions on Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea, and Sierra Leone due to lack of cooperation in accepting their nationals ordered removed from the United...

State Department Announces Limited Resumption of Visa Services in Turkey

State Department, Nov. 6, 2017 - "As announced by our Embassy in Ankara this morning, the United States has received initial high-level assurances from the Government of Turkey that there are no additional local employees of our Mission in Turkey under investigation. We have also received initial...

Is The State Department Demanding Social Media Info From Visa Seekers? Not Yet.

Daniel M. Kowalski, Mar. 30, 2018 - There is a bit of a panic in some quarters about two notices published today in the Federal Register. The first, linked here , is about immigrant visa ("green card") applications. The second, linked here , is about non-immigrant (such as student or visitor...

Expert: Social Media Vetting of Visa Applicants Could Limit Immigration

Ana Campoy, Quartz, Apr. 2, 2018 - "Would-be-travelers to the U.S. beware: The line for a U.S. visa could soon be getting a lot longer. The State Department on Friday proposed to include extra questions about social-media use in visa applications. It wants applicants for immigrant and non-immigrant...