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FAM Update: Adoption Case Processing Guide in Non-Hague Countries

7 FAM 1700 APPENDIX A, ADOPTION CASE PROCESSING GUIDANCE IN NON-HAGUE COUNTRIES - ( CT:CON-426; 11-26-2012 ) (Office of Origin: CA/OCS/L) [Thanks to Eugene J. Flynn, Esq ., for spotting this.]

FAM Update: Acquisition of U.S. Citizenship by Children Born Abroad to Two U.S. Citizen Parents

See changes in purple, page 35. CT:CON-421; 10-05-2012 .

Changes to FAM Notes: False Claims to U.S. Citizenship

In Change Transmittal CT:VISA-1977 dated March 12, 2013 the Department of State made substantial additions to the FAM Notes for 9 FAM 40.63. The PDF is 22 pages ; changes are in purple italics.

The Disappearing FAM

On March 12, 2013 the State Department posted CT:VISA-1977 to the FAM, a 22-page update to 9 FAM 40.63 on INA Sec. 212(a)(6)(C)(i) (false claim to U.S. citizenship). On May 1, 2013 the State Department ' unassigned ' CT:VISA-1977. Will Sec. Kerry tell us why? (The answer, my friend, is blowin'...

Clarification on L Fees and Reciprocity Fees: FAM Update

"9 FAM 41.54 N14 has been updated to provide clarification regarding how reciprocity fees are affected when consular officers collect anti-fraud fees and border security fees. While this policy was formally laid out in reftel, CA/VO/F/P noticed that the policy was never formally enshrined in the...

DHS, DOS to Amend Policies re False Claims by Minors

By letters to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, DHS and DOS state they will amend the AFM and the FAM to reflect the following position: (1) Only a knowingly false claim can support a charge that an individual is inadmissible under section 212(a)(6)(C)(ii) of the Immigration and Nationality Act....

9 FAM 41.102 Notes Amended Regarding NIV Interview Waiver

"... Generally, all applicants must be interviewed in person. There are certain circumstances in which you, the chief of mission (COM), or the Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) for Visa Services may waive the personal interview for a visa applicant. ..." - 9 FAM 41.102 NOTES (CT:VISA-2061; 01...

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...

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

Coming Nov. 18, 2015: New 9 FAM-e

From the Dec. 2015 Visa Bulletin - "On November 18, 2015, the legacy Volume 9 of the Foreign Affairs Manual (9 FAM) will be replaced by the 9 FAM-e. As of this date the 9 FAM-e will become the authoritative source for visa guidance. The new 9 FAM-e represents the revision and reorganization of...

FAM on the Web...Sort of...

https://fam.state.gov/default.aspx - "The Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM) and associated Handbooks (FAHs) are a single, comprehensive, and authoritative source for the Department's organization structures, policies, and procedures that govern the operations of the State Department, the Foreign...

FAM Update: Change in Wage Requirement in Contracts for A-3, G-5, and NATO-7 Domestic Workers

DOS, Mar. 8, 2016 - "The 9 FAM 402.3-9(B)(4) notes have been updated to reflect a change in wage requirements for A-3, G-5, and NATO-7 domestic workers. Effective immediately, all contracts for domestic workers must state an hourly wage to be paid to the domestic worker, and the rate must be the...

FAM Update re H-2B Returning Worker Exemption (Mar. 7, 2016)

UNCLASSIFED 16 STATE 23732 Mar 7, 2016 SUBJECT: Updates to 9 FAM 402.10-4(E) - Guidance on Implementing the H-2B Returning Worker Program SUMMARY. On December 22, 2015, Congress included in the Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2016 the reinstatement of the H-2B Returning Worker...

State Department Guidance Directive on Prudential NIV Visa Revocations (Sept. 2, 2016)

U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Private Sector Exchange, September 2, 2016 Guidance Directive 2016-03 - 9 FAM 403.11-3 – VISA REVOCATION "The Department would like to bring to your attention a policy implemented on November 5, 2015, which requires...

New 9 FAM 601.12(U) - Discontinuation of Visa Issuance Under INA 243(d)

DOS, Jan. 3, 2017 - "INA 243(d) provides that upon being notified by the Secretary of Homeland Security that a government of a foreign country denies or unreasonably delays accepting an alien who is a citizen, subject, national, or resident of that country, the Secretary of State shall order consular...