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  • DOS Issues Cable on B-1 in Lieu of H-1B and H-3(635 KB - 10/22/2012)
    An October 2012 DOS cable notes that guidance on B-1 in lieu of H-1B and H-3 is currently under review but remains in effect until further notice. The October 2012 cable supersedes a 6/21/12 DOS cable.
    AILA Doc. No. 12102246.
  • DOS OIG Memo on Improving Leadership at Posts and Bureaus(2053 KB - 10/3/2012)
    DOS Office of Inspector General (OIG) 9/19/12 memorandum report from Harold Geisel to Patrick Kennedy on implementing a feedback system to assess post and bureau managers and take appropriate measures to address and correct post and bureau leadership and management deficiencies.
    AILA Doc. No. 12100345.
  • U.S. Embassy in Paris Announces NIV Appointment System Change(479 KB - 7/27/2012)
    7/16/12 email transmission from U.S. Embassy in Paris announcing that as of 7/29/12, all non-immigrant visa applicants must fill in the DS 160 application form and pay the MRV fee through purchase of a mandat compte before scheduling an appointment.
    AILA Doc. No. 12072746.
  • DOS Issues Cable on B-1 in Lieu of H-1B and H-3(513 KB - 6/25/2012)
    A 6/21/12 DOS cable notes that guidance on B-1 in lieu of H is currently under review bur remains in effect until further notice. In order to avoid delays at the port of entry, consular officers are to annotate the B-1 visa with “B in lieu of H, 9 FAM 41.31 N11.” AILA Doc. No. 12062554.
    AILA Doc. No. 12062554.
  • DOS Cable: Parole of Removed Aliens(489 KB - 4/26/2012)
    A 4/24/12 DOS cable outlining the procedures that apply when a noncitizen who was previously removed from the United States, but successfully prevails on judicial review, requests assistance in returning to the United States.
    AILA Doc. No. 12042662.
  • DOS FAM Listing of DHS Offices Abroad(562 KB - 4/11/2012)
    DOS Foreign Affairs Manual exhibit list, dated 4/5/12, which includes a list of DHS overseas offices, sorted by district office. List includes contact information as well as the countries under each office’s jurisdiction.
    AILA Doc. No. 12041146.
  • Visa Reciprocity Changes for Jamaica and Colombia(577 KB - 4/5/2012)
    Department of State updates the visa reciprocity tables, including updated information on Jamaica and Colombia.
    AILA Doc. No. 12040541.
  • Visa Reciprocity Changes for Russia and Sierra Leone(564 KB - 4/4/2012)
    Department of State updates the visa reciprocity tables, including updated information on Russia and Sierra Leone.
    AILA Doc. No. 12040442.
  • Visa Reciprocity Changes for Latvia (Updated 4/3/12)(544 KB - 4/3/2012)
    Department of State updates the visa reciprocity tables, including updated information on Latvia.
    AILA Doc. No. 12011869.
  • DOS OIG Publishes Review of the DV 2012 Program(2132 KB - 10/31/2011)
    DOS OIG memorandum report, dated 10/13/11, providing a review of the factors that led to the flawed FY2012 diversity visa (DV) program selection and notification process, and making recommendations for the implementation of the DV 2013 program.
    AILA Doc. No. 11103169.
  • DOS Notifies USCIS of Exhaustion of Employment-Based Visa Numbers for FY2011(46 KB - 9/15/2011)
    A 9/15/11 memorandum from the Department of State Immigrant Visa Control Office notifying USCIS of the exhaustion of all employment-based visa numbers for FY2011.
    AILA Doc. No. 11091562.
  • DOS Cable: India Biannual Fraud Update(64 KB - 7/21/2011)
    DOS cable, dated 10/13/09, provides details on the level and type of immigrant and nonimmigrant visa fraud in India-wide consular operations and concludes that fraudulent applications, particularly in the regions of Gujarat and Punjab, are still significant.
    AILA Doc. No. 11072161.
  • DOS Responds to Grassley’s Concerns over B-1 in Lieu of H-1B(930 KB - 5/26/2011)
    A 5/13/11 letter from DOS to Senator Grassley in response to the Senator’s concerns over alleged misuse of the B-1 visa program. DOS states that it is working with DHS to “consider removing or substantially amending” the B-1 in lieu of H-1B provision in the FAM.
    AILA Doc. No. 11052660.
  • DOS Visa Policy Update: Guidance on L Visas and Specialized Knowledge(95 KB - 1/24/2011)
    DOS January 2011 guidance for L visa adjudications, particularly in regard to evaluating claims of “specialized knowledge.”
    AILA Doc. No. 11012433.
 
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