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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 Releases Asylum Country Profiles to Settle FOIA Lawsuit

CATHOLIC CHARITIES OF WASHINGTON DC IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE RELEASES 15 “ASYLUM COUNTRY PROFILES” TO SETTLE A FOIA LAWSUIT On June 16, 2014 David L. Cleveland wrote: "The Department of State recently released 15 “Asylum Country Profiles” to...

News Excerpts From the Aug. 15, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

New USCIS Director Testifies Before Congress | On July 29, Leon Rodriguez, the new director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, testified at an oversight hearing before the House Judiciary Committee. Rodriguez became USCIS director on July 9. In his written testimony, available at http...

Advance Copy of DOS Interim Final Rule: Visa and Citizenship Services Fee Changes

"The Department of State amends the Schedule of Fees for Consular Services (Schedule) for certain nonimmigrant visa application processing fees, certain immigrant visa application processing and special visa services fees, and certain citizenship services fees. More specifically, the rule amends...

DOS Interim Final Rule: Schedule of Fees for Consular Services, Department of State and Overseas Embassies and Consulates - Visa and Citizenship Services Fee Changes

"The Department of State amends the Schedule of Fees for Consular Services (Schedule) for certain nonimmigrant visa application processing fees, certain immigrant visa application processing and special visa services fees, and certain citizenship services fees. More specifically, the rule amends...

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...

DOS Afghan SIV Program Update: Oct. 27, 2014

Afghan SIV Program Update OCTOBER 27, 2014 "The Department of State’s authority to issue Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs) to Afghan nationals under section 602(b) of the Afghan Allies Protection Act of 2009, as amended, was extended. 1,000 SIVs, in addition to the 3,000 visas for Afghan...

DOS OIG Visa Services Inspection Report

"Key Findings - - The Bureau of Consular Affairs’ Visa Services Directorate is accomplishing its complex, challenging, and critical mission. It has demonstrated that it can successfully realize the President’s goal of facilitating travel to the United States while maintaining border...

Revised NIV Reciprocity Schedule for China - Nov. 2014

"Effective immediately, the reciprocity schedule for Chinese nationals is revised for the B-1, B-2, B-1/B-2, F-1, F-2, J-1, J-2, M-1, and M-2 nonimmigrant visa (NIV) categories. All other visa validities for nationals of China will remain unchanged. Please note the changes (old figures in parenthesis...

Advance Copy of DHS, DOS Notice Seeking Public Input on Modernizing Visa System

"On November 21, 2014, the President issued a memorandum for the heads of executive departments and agencies on the subject of modernizing and streamlining the U.S. immigrant and nonimmigrant visa system for the 21st century. The Memorandum directs the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security...

Advance Copy of DOS Final Rule: Visa Services Fee Changes

"The Department of State amends the Schedule of Fees for Consular Services (Schedule) for visa fees. More specifically, the rule amends the Border Crossing Card fee paid by a Mexican citizen under age 15 whose parent or guardian has applied or is applying for a border crossing card (the “reduced...

DOS Final Rule: Visa Fee Change

"The Department of State amends the Schedule of Fees for Consular Services (Schedule) for visa fees. More specifically, the rule amends the Border Crossing Card fee paid by a Mexican citizen under age 15 whose parent or guardian has applied or is applying for a border crossing card (the ‘‘reduced...

Mid-Litigation, DOS Changes the FAM: Convenient Facts Redux, by Nancy Morawetz

Convenient Facts Redux by Nancy Morawetz , NYU School of Law "Two years ago, I wrote about how the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) manipulates facts about government policies and practices to advance its arguments in the Supreme Court. In essence, if the OSG does not like the policies it...

State Department on EB-5 Cutoff Date, CSPA

Visa Office Attendance at IIUSA 2015 EB-5 Regional Economic Advocacy Conference April 13, 2015 "With respect to the implementation of a visa cutoff date for the EB5 visa category, how may a visa applicant whose employment based immigrant visa petition or whose parent’s employment based...

Advance Copy of DOS Interim Final Rule: Official Passports for Officials or Employees of State, Local, Tribal or Territorial Governments Traveling Abroad and Carrying Out Official Duties in Support of the U.S. Government

"This rule amends the passport rules for the Department of State to authorize issuing an official passport to an official or employee of a state, local, tribal, or territorial government traveling abroad to carry out official duties in support of the U.S. government." - FR Doc. 2015-11687 Filed...

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...

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 Fee Rule: Interim Final, Request for Comments

Schedule of Fees for Consular Services, Department of State and Overseas Embassies and Consulates — Passport and Citizenship Services Fee Changes The Department of State amends the Schedule of Fees for Consular Services (Schedule) for certain passport fees and citizenship services fees. ......

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: 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 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...

Advance Copy of DOS Final Rule: Exchange Visitor Program – Teachers

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 01/29/2016 - "This rule makes final the Department’s proposed rule published on May 2, 2013. The Department, with this rule, amends its existing regulations governing the Teacher category of the Exchange Visitor Program...

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...