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From the Archives: 2002 DOS Cable on Expunged State Drug Convictions

A December 2002 cable from DOS discussing Lujan-Armendariz, Salazar-Regino, etc. For historical reference only! [For more up-to-date (and depressing) news click here and here .]

DOS Cable: T and U Visa Changes

"1. Summary: In March 2013 Congress enacted several changes to the William Wilberforce Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) & Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008(TVPRA) that affect T and U visa eligibility. T visas are designed for victims of trafficking in persons, which...

DOS Cable on DOMA

"UNCLASSIFIED STATE 00112850 AUG 13 SUBJECT: NEXT STEPS ON DOMA - GUIDANCE FOR POSTS 1. On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court held Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional. That decision has many immigration-related implications for same sex couples. 2. Beginning...

DOS Cable: Supplemental Guidance for Processing I - 601a Provisional Unlawful Presence Waivers

"As announced in Ref A, 9 FAM 40.92 has been updated with information and guidance to consular officers related to a new final rule permitting certain immediate relatives of U.S. citizens to apply to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) for an I-601A provisional waiver of...

DOS Cable: DS-260 Worldwide Deployment

"Effective September 1, 2013, the DS-260 Immigrant Visa Electronic Application and the DS-261 (Choice of Address and Agent) will replace the paper-based DS-230 Application for Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration (parts I and II) and the DS-3032 (Choice of Address and Agent). This message describes...

DOS Cable on DV-2015

UNCLASSIFIED STATE 00131870 SEP 13 SUBJECT: 2015 DIVERSITY IMMIGRANT VISA PROGRAM (DV-2015)

DOS Cable: USING DS-160 FOR K VISA APPLICATIONS

"Effective immediately, the DS-160 Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application will replace the DS-156 Electronic Visa Application form (EVAF), the DS-156K (Nonimmigrant Fiance Visa Application), and the paper-based DS-230 Application for Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration (parts I and II) for processing...

DOS Transitions to DS-160 for K Visa Applications

"Effective immediately, all K visa applicants are required to complete the DS-160 Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application. The DS-160 replaces forms DS-156, DS-156K, and DS-230. For K visa cases already in process at a U.S. embassy or consulate, the DS-160 is not required when, prior to October 7,...

DOS Cable: POLICY CHANGE RELATED TO CHILDREN BORN ABROAD THROUGH ASSISTED REPRODUCTIVE TECHNOLOGY

"There has been a recent policy change related to children born abroad through assisted reproductive technology (ART). The previous policy required that a mother have a genetic connection to a child in order to qualify as a parent for the purpose of obtaining immigration benefits. Under the new...

DOS Cable on DV-2015 - May 2014

"Beginning with DV-2015, all diversity visa (DV) applicants must submit the electronic DS-260 “Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration Application” accessible through the Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC). The DS-260 will be ready for applicants to use on May 19. The Kentucky...

DOS Cable: 9 FAM Update – New I-20 and DS-2019 Forms

UNCLASSIFIED 15 STATE 98754 AUG 20 2015 SUBJECT: 9 FAM Update – New I-20 and DS-2019 Forms

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...

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...

June 28, 2017 DOS Cable on Travel Ban After Supreme Court Order

From Reuters : Date: June 28, 2017 at 7:57:39 PM EDT Subject: (SBU) IMPLEMENTING EXECUTIVE ORDER 13780 FOLLOWING SUPREME COURT RULING -- GUIDANCE TO VISA-ADJUDICATING POSTS From: SECSTATE WASHDC Action: ALL DIPLOMATIC AND CONSULAR POSTS COLLECTIVE IMMEDIATE 1. (SBU) Summary: On June 26...

July 12, 2017 DOS Cable: Improving Information Sharing with Foreign Governments

July 12, 2017 DOS Cable - "In response to Executive Order (EO) 13780, the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Director of National Intelligence, has produced a report outlining what information is needed from every country in order to sufficiently...

Cyrus D. Mehta: State Department Toughens Standard For Assessing a Foreign Student’s Ties With Home Country

Cyrus D. Mehta and Sophia Genovese-Halvorson, Sept. 12, 2017 - "Similar to many other nonimmigrant admission requirements, under INA § 101(a)(15)(F), a foreign national must show that they have a foreign residence which they do not intend on abandoning in order to be admitted in F-1 nonimmigrant...

DOS Cable on 90-Day Rule (Sept. 16, 2017)

UNCLASSIFIED 17 STATE 95090, Sep 16, 2017 - "This cable advises posts on the application of INA section 212(a)(6)(C)(i) as it pertains to revised guidance at 9 FAM 302.9-4(B)(3)(g-h) regarding the 90 day rule, formerly known as the “30/60 day rule.” Interagency working groups agreed...

DOS Cable on EU Laissez-Passer (Apr. 7, 2017)

UNCLASSIFIED 17 STATE 33754, Apr 07, 2017 - "9 FAM 402.3-4(C) and 9 FAM 403.9-3 have been updated to reflect the Department’s acceptance of the European Union’s ("EU ") new laissez-passer travel document ("EULP") as a "passport" for visa issuance and travel...

DOS Cable on DNA Testing (Jan. 24, 2017)

UNCLASSIFIED 17 STATE 6984, Jan 24, 2017 - "Consular Officers should be made aware that 9 FAM 601.11-1 (A)(3) and 9 FAM 601.11-1 (B) have been amended to allow for submission of direct sibling-to sibling and half-sibling DNA test results as one way of establishing sibling relationships. Consular...

DOS Cable Revises FAM re A-3, C-3, G-5, NATO-7 Visa Applicants

DOS, Jan. 12, 2018 - "The Visa Office has reorganized 9 FAM 402.3-9 to help guide consular officers through visa eligibility requirements for attendants, servants, and personal employees of foreign government officials and employees; officers and employees of international organizations; and NATO...