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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...

U.S. to Suspend Non-Immigrant Visa Operations Across Russia - State Department

State Department, Aug. 21, 2017 - "Due to the Russian government-imposed cap on U.S. diplomatic personnel in Russia, all nonimmigrant visa operations across Russia will be suspended on August 23. Operations will resume in Moscow on September 1; visa operations at the U.S. consulates will remain...

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, DHS Impose Visa Sanctions on Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea, and Sierra Leone

DHS, Sept. 13, 2017 - "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced, in coordination with the State Department, the implementation of visa sanctions on Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea, and Sierra Leone due to lack of cooperation in accepting their nationals ordered removed from the United...

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 Resets DV-2019 Application Window Due to 'Technical Issue'

DOS - "Due to a technical issue, the DV-2019 entry period that began on October 3 has been closed. Entries submitted during October 3-10 are not valid and have been excluded from the system; they will not count as a duplicate entry. The technical issue has been resolved and a new full entry period...

Official DOS Notes from Oct. 19, 2017 AILA/DOS Meeting

Meeting between the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Department of State Liaison Committee and the Visa Office of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, October 19, 2017

DOS News Memo: Court Order on Presidential Proclamation on Visas (October 17, 2017)

DOS, Oct. 17, 2017 - "On October 17, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii ordered that the government not enforce or implement Sections 2(a), (b), (c), (e), (g), and (h) of Presidential Proclamation 9645 (P.P.) titled “Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting...

Status of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program

State Department, Oct. 24, 2017 - "Based on Section 6(a) of Executive Order 13780, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” the U.S. government undertook a 120-day review of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) to identify and implement additional...

State Department Announces Limited Resumption of Visa Services in Turkey

State Department, Nov. 6, 2017 - "As announced by our Embassy in Ankara this morning, the United States has received initial high-level assurances from the Government of Turkey that there are no additional local employees of our Mission in Turkey under investigation. We have also received initial...

Ambassador: 'Decapitation' of State Department 'Forfeits the Game' to Our Enemies

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian, Foreign Policy, Nov. 8, 2017 - "Two former ambassadors have rebuked the White House in an increasingly vocal backlash against its efforts to sideline the State Department. “Our leadership ranks are being depleted at a dizzying speed,” Barbara Stephenson,...

Visa Bulletin For December 2017

Visa Bulletin For December 2017 - See Note F., SCHEDULED EXPIRATION OF TWO EMPLOYMENT VISA CATEGORIES Employment Fourth Preference Certain Religious Workers (SR): Pursuant to the continuing resolution, signed on September 8, 2017, the non-minister special immigrant program expires on December 8, 2017...

State Dept. Revolt: Tillerson Accused of Violating U.S. Law on Child Soldiers (Reuters Exclusive)

Jason Szep, Matt Spetalnick, Reuters, Nov. 21, 2017 - "A group of about a dozen U.S. State Department officials have taken the unusual step of formally accusing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson of violating a federal law designed to stop foreign militaries from enlisting child soldiers, according...

State Department on Travel Ban (Nov. 13, 2017)

State Department, Nov. 13, 2017 - "... Nationals of the eight countries are subject to various travel restrictions contained in the Proclamation, as outlined in the following table, subject to exceptions and waivers set forth in the Proclamation. In addition, under applicable court orders, applicants...

DOS Posts Guidance, FAQ on Travel Ban (Dec. 8, 2017)

State Department - "On December 4, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court granted the government’s motions for emergency stays of preliminary injunctions issued by U.S. District Courts in the Districts of Hawaii and Maryland. The preliminary injunctions had prohibited the government from fully enforcing...

Advance Copy of DOS Proposed Rule on Passports, CRBAs

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 12/14/2017 - "This proposed rule provides various changes and updates to the Department of State passport rules. The proposed rule incorporates statutory passport denial and revocation requirements for certain convicted sex offenders...

State Department Proposed Rule on Passports, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad

Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 239 / Thursday, December 14, 2017 - "This proposed rule provides various changes and updates to the Department of State passport rules. The proposed rule incorporates statutory passport denial and revocation requirements for certain convicted sex offenders. It notes...

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...

'Public Charge' Update to 9 FAM 302.8 (Jan. 4, 2018)

DOS, Jan. 4, 2018 - "UNCLASSIFIED 18 STATE 942 January 4, 2018 From: SECSTATE WASHDC Subject: Update to 9 FAM 302.8 Public Charge - INA 212(A)(4) 2. Guidance at 9 FAM 302.8 has been updated and reorganized. 3. INA 212(a)(4)(B) continues to provide that officers must take into account...

Is The State Department Demanding Social Media Info From Visa Seekers? Not Yet.

Daniel M. Kowalski, Mar. 30, 2018 - There is a bit of a panic in some quarters about two notices published today in the Federal Register. The first, linked here , is about immigrant visa ("green card") applications. The second, linked here , is about non-immigrant (such as student or visitor...

Expert: Social Media Vetting of Visa Applicants Could Limit Immigration

Ana Campoy, Quartz, Apr. 2, 2018 - "Would-be-travelers to the U.S. beware: The line for a U.S. visa could soon be getting a lot longer. The State Department on Friday proposed to include extra questions about social-media use in visa applications. It wants applicants for immigrant and non-immigrant...

DOS on Revisions to Travel Ban (Presidential Proclamation 9645, Apr. 10, 2018)

State Department, Apr. 10, 2018 - Revisions to Presidential Proclamation 9645 "On April 10, a new Presidential Proclamation (P.P.) was issued which amended P.P. 9645 of September 24, 2017. The new P.P. removes the visa restrictions imposed on nationals of Chad by the earlier P.P. This change...

DOS Final Rule on Passports, CRBAs, Hearings (May 11, 2018)

Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 92 / Friday, May 11, 2018 - "This final rule provides various changes and updates to the Department of State passport rules. The final rule incorporates statutory passport denial and revocation requirements for certain convicted sex offenders. It notes that, notwithstanding...