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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...

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...

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...

DOS Issues Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2013

"I hereby transmit the Department of State’s Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2013 to the United States Congress." John F. Kerry Secretary of State, Feb. 2014 .

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...

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 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...

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...

Aug. 19, 2016 DOS Cable: New Gonorrhea Testing Requirements for Visa Applicants

UNCLASSIFIED 16 STATE 93130 - AUG 19, 2016 - "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its Technical Instructions for Gonorrhea for Panel Physicians: http://www.cdc.gov/immigrantrefugeehealth/exams/ti/panel/technicalinstructions/panel-physicians/gonorrhea.html. Panel physicians...

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...