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  • AILA/DOS Liaision Practice Pointer: Immigrant Visa Retrogression (12/27/2010)
    The DOS Liaison Committee reminds members that despite visa retrogression for various immigrant visa categories, posts should issue immigrant visas with a full six-month validity, even if the applicant's immigrant visa category will retrogress. AILA Doc. No. 10122749.
    AILA Doc. No. 10122749.
  • DOS Practice Alert: January 2011 Family-Based Visa Retrogression (12/20/2010)
    The DOS Liaison Committee reminds members that in order to benefit from the December 2010 visa numbers and avoid the January 2011 family-based visa retrogression, applicants must complete the immigrant visa process and receive a visa by December 31, 2010. AILA Doc. No. 10122033.
    AILA Doc. No. 10122033.
  • DOS Practice Alert: Visa Services Suspended at Embassy Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (12/20/2010)
    The Rome District Chapter informs practitioners of the authorized departure of non-emergency personnel at the U.S. Embassy Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. AILA Doc. No. 10122030.
    AILA Doc. No. 10122030.
  • DOS Offers Chart of NIV Issuances for FY2004–FY2010(214 KB - 12/15/2010)
    A chart from the DOS Visa Office listing the number of nonimmigrant visas (NIV) by visa category from FY2004 to FY2010 received by the AILA/DOS Liaison committee. AILA Doc. No. 10121560.
    AILA Doc. No. 10121560.
  • January 2011 Visa Bulletin: Family-Sponsored Visa Categories Massively Retrogress (12/14/2010)
    The AILA/DOS liaison committee alerts members that, according to the January 2011 Visa Bulletin, significant retrogressions will occur for family-sponsored preference categories. AILA Doc. No. 10121449.
    AILA Doc. No. 10121449.
  • Update on Ciudad Juarez Consulate and USCIS Office from CLINIC Conference(41 KB - 12/6/2010)
    Update on Ciudad Juarez provided by DOS and USCIS officials at the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) family immigration conference in El Paso, TX, Nov. 3-4, 2010. Courtesy of Charles Wheeler and Susan Schreiber of CLINIC. AILA Doc. No. 10120672.
    AILA Doc. No. 10120672.
  • AILA Liaison Questions for US Embassy, London(427 KB - 11/9/2010)
    The RDC offers Q&As of a meeting with the US Embassy, London, where topics included staffing changes, NIV appointments, fingerprints, 3rd country processing, G-28s, DS-160s, Visas (B, J, E, H-1B, O, P), PIMS, Advisory Opinions, I-601s, I-824s, fraud, and more. AILA Doc. No. 10110960.
    AILA Doc. No. 10110960.
  • DOS Practice Alert: Relocation of Consular Services in Jerusalem (10/6/2010)
    The Rome District Chapter informs practitioners of the relocation of the U.S. Consulate, Jerusalem, Israel. Until the new facility is opened on 10/12/10, only emergency consular services will be available. AILA Doc. No. 10100662.
    AILA Doc. No. 10100662.
  • DOS Practice Alert: Limited Consular Services at Embassy Helsinki (10/4/2010)
    The Rome District Chapter informs practitioners regarding changes at U.S. Embassy Helsinki. During renovations of the embassy, NIV and IV interviews will be offered one or two days a week only. AILA Doc. No. 10100460.
    AILA Doc. No. 10100460.
  • Notes of AILA DC Chapter Meeting with Charles Oppenheim(114 KB - 10/1/2010)
    Notes taken during the AILA DC Chapter meeting with Charles Oppenheim, Visa Services Office, DOS, where he discussed the Visa Bulletin, family and employment based priority dates, and more. Courtesy of the firm Maggio Kattar and Palma Yanni. AILA Doc. No. 10100165.
    AILA Doc. No. 10100165.
  • DOS Confirms FY2010 DV Quota Limit Reached (9/30/2010)
    DOS confirmed with AILA Liaison that the Diversity Visa quota limit and the limits for other quota-limited immigrant categories for this fiscal year have been reached. AILA Doc. No. 10093070.
    AILA Doc. No. 10093070.
  • Letter to Chief of the DOS Legal Advisory Opinion Section on K Visas(95 KB - 9/10/2010)
    A letter from AILA member Paul Parsons to Jeff Gorsky, Chief of the DOS Legal Advisory Opinion Section, citing concerns regarding the administrative closure of K-1/K-3 cases by consular officers, without providing a meaningful opportunity to substantiate the relationship. AILA Doc. No. 10091064.
    AILA Doc. No. 10091064.
  • U.S. Embassy, Mexico City to Begin Processing Certain Immigrant Visas (9/23/2010)
    U.S. Embassy, Mexico City will begin processing immigrant visas in the F4 and adoption categories on 10/01/10. AILA received a copy of the following press release from the Department of State; however, the press release has not been posted on the U.S. Embassy website. AILA Doc. No. 10092340.
    AILA Doc. No. 10092340.
  • DOS Technical Software Problem on Webpage (9/9/2010)
    The Department of State (DOS) webpage on Visa Policy Updates is currently unavailable for new postings. Previous postings submitted to that page are still available. AILA Doc. No. 10090973.
    AILA Doc. No. 10090973.
  • DOS Practice Pointer: Medical Grounds of Inadmissibility (9/1/2010)
    The Rome District Chapter informs practitioners regarding updates to the FAM on medical grounds of inadmissibility, which discusses mental health, alcohol abuse or dependence, the role of the panel physician, class "A" or "B" medical conditions, and IV & NIV waivers. AILA Doc. No. 10090162.
    AILA Doc. No. 10090162.
  • AILA/DOS Liaison Committee: Request for Advisory Opinions and VO Guidance (8/26/2010)
    The AILA/DOS Liaison Committee requests examples from AILA members of DOS Advisory Opinions and Visa Office guidance received. The committee hopes to collect such responses for the benefit of the AILA membership and to have a pulse on the positions of the Visa Office. AILA Doc. No. 10082635.
    AILA Doc. No. 10082635.
  • AILA/DOS Liaison Practice Pointer: Kentucky Consular Center Audit of Nonimmigrant Visa Petitions, Including Unannounced Telephonic Contact of Employers (8/26/2010)
    The AILA/DOS Liaison Committee offers background information and concrete examples of questions the KCC may ask when auditing nonimmigrant visa petitions. AILA Doc. No. 10082634.
    AILA Doc. No. 10082634.
  • AILA/DOS Practice Pointer: U.S., Denmark, and the E Visa (8/3/2010)
    The AILA/DOS liaison committee reminds practitioners that as a result of a treaty between the U.S. and Denmark, E-1 treaty trader visas and E-2 investor visas are available, despite a misprint in the DOS Reciprocity Schedule. AILA Doc. No. 10080365.
    AILA Doc. No. 10080365.
  • AILA Liaison/DOS Meeting Minutes (3/24/2010)(383 KB - 7/28/2010)
    The AILA/DOS liaison minutes address I-824s, FAM, DS-160, Visas (L, H, K, B, U), ESTA, HIV ban, NIV waivers, visa annotations, medical conditions, SAOs, NVC, posts, waiver review, and more. AILA Doc. No. 10072868.
    AILA Doc. No. 10072868.
  • AILA/RDC Q & As with the Abu Dhabi Post(1683 KB - 6/29/2010)
    The Rome District Chapter (RDC) offers approved questions and answers between the Rome District Chapter and the U.S. Abu Dhabi Post. Topics covered are a post overview, NIV issues, E Visas, K Visas, F Visas, contact information, general issues, and more. AILA Doc. No. 10062961.
    AILA Doc. No. 10062961.
  • AILA/RDC Q & As with the Paris Post(72 KB - 6/29/2010)
    The Rome District Chapter (RDC) offers approved questions and answers between the Rome District Chapter and the U.S. Paris Post. Topics covered are a post overview, NIV issues, E Visas, I-130s, Student issues, general issues, and more. AILA Doc. No. 10062960.
    AILA Doc. No. 10062960.
  • AILA/RDC Qs & As with the Moscow Post(365 KB - 6/17/2010)
    The Rome District Chapter (RDC) offers approved questions and answers between the Rome District Chapter and the U.S. Moscow Post. Topics covered are post management, NIV issues, IV issues, general issues, and more. AILA Doc. No. 10061730.
    AILA Doc. No. 10061730.
  • AILA/RDC Qs and As with the Dubai Post(483 KB - 6/17/2010)
    The Rome District Chapter (RDC) offers approved questions and answers between the Rome District Chapter and the U.S. Dubai Post. Topics covered are a post overview, NIV issues, preferred contact details, general issues, and more. AILA Doc. No. 10061773.
    AILA Doc. No. 10061773.
  • AILA/NVC Tour Handout Details Visa Processing(262 KB - 6/9/2010)
    The National Visa Center (NVC) offered a handout to AILA during the 5/20/10 tour, which includes information regarding NVC contact information, case processing, document collection and review, scheduling appointments, inquiries, and the fraud prevention unit. AILA Doc. No. 10060965.
    AILA Doc. No. 10060965.
  • DOS Practice Pointer: New Consular Fees Start June 4, 2010 (5/26/2010)
    The Rome District Chapter informs practitioners of the published DOS regulation, which indicates an increase in consular fees beginning June 4, 2010, and offers various tidbits and clarifications on the regulation. AILA Doc. No. 10052639.
    AILA Doc. No. 10052639.
  • DOS Practice Pointer: Consular Processing Following the End of the HIV Ban (4/15/2010)
    The Rome District Chapter informs practitioners of DOS guidance published for consular officers on processing immigrant visa applications submitted by HIV-positive foreign nationals. USCIS removed HIV-infection as a ground of inadmissibility under INA 212(a)(1) on 01/04/2010. AILA Doc. No. 10041569.
    AILA Doc. No. 10041569.
  • Practice Pointer: TCNs Should Use Caution When Processing Non-Immigrant Visa Applications in Canada(233 KB - 4/1/2010)
    The AILA-DOS Liaison Committee offers a practice pointer on third-country national (TCN) H-1B visa processing at U.S. consulates in Canada. AILA Doc. No. 10040135.
    AILA Doc. No. 10040135.
  • DOS Practice Pointer: Final Days of the HIV Ban (4/15/2010)
    The Rome District Chapter informs practitioners of the removal of HIV infection as a ground of inadmissibility under INA 212(a)(1) on 01/04/2010. AILA Doc. No. 10041568.
    AILA Doc. No. 10041568.
  • U.S. Consulate, Ciudad Juarez is Closed (3/16/2010)
    AILA Liaison informs members that the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez is closed on March 16, 2010. AILA Doc. No. 10031662.
    AILA Doc. No. 10031662.
  • AILA Liaison Questions for US Embassy, Rome(332 KB - 3/10/2010)
    The Rome District Chapter offers its Q&As of a meeting with the US Embassy, Rome, where topics discussed included staffing changes, NIV appointments, G-28s, Form DS-160, B Visas, F Visas, E Visas, PIMS, preferred contact for Rome, Form I-824, and more. AILA Doc. No. 10031064.
    AILA Doc. No. 10031064.
  • AILA Informs DOS of DS-160 Problems (Updated 3/4/10) (3/4/2010)
    The AILA/DOS Liaison Committee has contacted the Department of State regarding problems in properly submitting the DS-160. AILA will keep members updated on responses from DOS. AILA Doc. No. 10030366.
    AILA Doc. No. 10030366.
  • DOS Practice Pointer: London DS-160 (2/23/2010)
    The Rome District Chapter informs practitioners of two situations where applicants have been turned away at the U.S. Embassy London. Being turned away could affect the applicant from future use of the Visa Waiver Program. AILA Doc. No. 10222330.
    AILA Doc. No. 10022330.
  • AILA Liaison/DOS Meeting Minutes (10/22/2009)(332 KB - 2/2/2010)
    The minutes address fingerprints, DS-260, FAM, Waivers, Document lists, Skills List, Visas (E, F, H, L, U), I-130, FTJ, SAO, NVC, Labor Cert, Visa numbers, CSPA, Complaints, BITs, Bone Age, I-864, panel physician, lack capacity, recapture, HIV, posts, follow ups, and more. AILA Doc. No. 10020230.
    AILA Doc. No. 10020230.
 
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