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Expansion of the Central American Minors (CAM) Program

State Department, Nov. 15, 2016 - "In July, the United States announced plans to expand the Central American Minors (CAM) program to allow additional categories of applicants to apply for admission to the United States as a refugee, when accompanied by a qualifying child. This expansion builds on...

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...

State Department Final Rule: Classification of Immediate Family Members as A, C–3, G, and NATO Nonimmigrants

Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 235 / Wednesday, December 7, 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 for...

DOS Proposed Rule: Summer Work Travel - Exchange Visitor Program

Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 8 / Thursday, January 12, 2017 - "The U.S. Department of State (Department) proposes to amend existing regulations to provide new program requirements for the Summer Work Travel category of the Exchange Visitor Program. This rulemaking strategy is informed by the...

Diplomats Break With Trump Over Refugee Ban

Benjamin Wittes, Susan Hennessey, Quinta Jurecic, January 30, 2017 - " Consider this a major bureaucratic uprising on the part of career foreign service officers against the President on his executive order on refugees. Numerous Foreign Service officers and other diplomats...

State Department Posts 2016 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2016

Flurry of State Department Cables Highlights Visa Screening - Reuters Exclusive

Reuters, Mar. 23, 2017 - "U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has directed U.S. diplomatic missions to identify "populations warranting increased scrutiny" and toughen screening for visa applicants in those groups, according to diplomatic cables seen by Reuters. He has also ordered...

State Department Withdraws Proposed Intercountry Adoption Rule

Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 63 / Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - "The Department of State (Department) published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on September 8, 2016, proposing to amend its regulations implementing the 1993 Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect...

State Dept. May Ask 65,000 Foreigners with 'Threat Profiles' for Extra Info

Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 85 / Thursday, May 4, 2017 - "The Department proposes requesting the following information, if not already included in an application, from a subset of visa applicants worldwide, in order to more rigorously evaluate applicants for terrorism or other national security...

AACRAO Urges Resistance to DOS Data Collection from Visa Applicants

[From an email dated May 16, 2017 from AACRAO ] "Colleagues, We would like to draw your attention to the Notice of Information Collection under OMB Emergency Review: Supplemental Questions for Visa Applicants (DS-5535), published at 82 Federal Register 20956 on May 4, 2017. The notice,...

U.S. Quietly Lifts Limit on Number of Refugees Allowed In

Gardiner Harris, New York Times, May 26, 2017 - "Despite repeated efforts by President Trump to curtail refugee resettlements, the State Department this week quietly lifted the department’s restriction on the number of refugees allowed to enter the United States. The result could be a near...

Expert: New Visa Questionnaire May Be Travel Ban 'Lite'

Elizabeth Weise, USA Today, June 1, 2017 - "Travelers wishing to visit the United States can now be asked for their social media handles and email addresses going back five years, a new U.S. government request that's alarmed privacy advocates but which the Trump Administration says could help...

National Academies: Extra Visa Questions Pose "Significant Negative Unintended Consequences"

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, letter to State Department, May 16, 2017 - "The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine believe that the approach contained in the Notice of Information Collection Under OMB Emergency Review: Supplemental Questions for...

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...

State Department, DHS Answer Questions on Travel Ban 2.0

State Department Background Briefing, June 29, 2017 DHS FAQ, June 29, 2017

Our Tax Dollars Paid $10K Per Page for Rex Tillerson's 'Listening Tour' Report...But He Won't Let Us See It - Daniel M. Kowalski

Daniel M. Kowalski , July 8, 2017 - Visas and passports are near and dear to my professional heart. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson paid $1,086,250 to Insigniam Holding LLC to do a "listening tour" of DOS staffers. The 110-page report was distributed internally on Wednesday, July 5, 2017....

Battle emerging inside Trump administration over who controls immigration and refugees

Josh Rogin, Washington Post, July 9, 2017 - "When President Trump spoke of the need to defend Western civilization in Poland last week, many saw an effort by him and some of his top White House advisers to redefine the mission of American foreign policy away from building relationships and spreading...

DOS Seeks to Extend Use of DS-5535; NAFSA Opposes

Reuters, Aug. 4, 2017 - "The Trump administration moved on Thursday to make permanent a new questionnaire that asks some U.S. visa applicants to provide their social media handles and detailed biographical and travel history, according to a public notice. The questionnaire was rolled out in May...

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...