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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...