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  • Update: New PIMS System (12/10/2007)
    AILA’s Department of State Liaison Committee provides an update about the implementation of the New PIMS system. AILA Doc. No. 07121072.
    AILA Doc. No. 07121072.
  • New PIMS System: Give Us Your Feedback (Updated on 2/1/08) (12/10/2007)
    Please contact AILA about good and bad experiences with the new PIMS system. AILA Doc No. 07121070.
    AILA Doc. No. 07121070.
  • DOS Fees to Increase 1/1/08 (12/7/2007)
    AILA has learned that DOS is in the process of publishing in the Federal Register, probably early the week of 12/10/07, an increase of nonimmigrant and immigrant visa fees. AILA Doc. No. 07120730.
    AILA Doc. No. 07120730.
  • Change in Communication with Immigrant Visa Section of Cd. Juarez Consulate (11/30/2007)
    The U.S. consulate in Cd. Juarez has advised AILA that it is temporarily deactivating the e-mail query option for the IV section while it is working on its backlog. Instead, they are using the 1-900 number call center as a triage. AILA Doc. NO. 07113060.
    AILA Doc. No. 07113060.
  • DOS Answers AILA Questions on PIMS (11/29/2007)
    State Department answers initial questions from AILA liaison on processing of nonimmigrant visa applications under PIMS. AILA Doc. No. 07112960.
    AILA Doc. No. 07112960.
  • AILA Liaison/DOS Q & As (10/24/07)(68 KB - 11/27/2007)
    Recently approved for release, the Q & As address staff and policy updates, working with attorneys, Ls and E-2s, IV processing, NVC fees and file transfers to posts, I-824s, consular returns, CSPA, post-specific issues, ICE liaison at posts, citizenship, J visa and WRD issues, and biometrics. AILA Doc. No. 07112732.
    AILA Doc. No. 07112732.
  • AILA DOS Liaison Committee DUI/DWI Practice Alert (10/9/2007)
    The DOS recently issued a cable requiring consular officers to refer NIV applicants with prior drunk driving issues to panel physicians for medical exams in certain circumstances. Consular officers must now also refer applicants to panel physicians if there is any other evidence to suggest an alcohol problem (emphasis added). AILA Doc. No. 07100961.
    AILA Doc. No. 07100961.
  • U.S. Consulates in Australia Temporarily Reduce Visa Processing (9/4/2007)
    Consular posts in Australia have reduced visa services through 9/14/07 in light of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum. AILA Doc. No. 07090474.
    AILA Doc. No. 07090474.
  • October 2007 Employment-based Immigrant Visa Cutoff Dates Projected (8/22/2007)
    State Department discusses with AILA liaison employment-based immigrant visa availability. AILA Doc. No. 07082261.
    AILA Doc. No. 07082261.
  • Practice Tip: Highlights From the September 2007 Visa Bulletin (8/15/2007)
    Practice tip highlights news from the September 2007 Visa Bulletin. AILA Doc. No. 07081531.
    AILA Doc. No. 07081531.
  • Top 10 Visa Wait Times at U.S. Consular Posts (6/6/2007)
    Can you guess which U.S. consular posts have the longest visa wait times? Give it a shot! To find out if you're right, compare your answers to the list provided by AILA's DOS Liaison. AILA Doc. No. 07060660.
    AILA Doc. No. 07060660.
  • Practice Pointer: Obtaining a New Immigrant Visa Interview at CDJ after a USCIS Waiver Denial (5/3/2007)
    The DOS Immigrant Visa Chief and the USCIS Overseas Officer in Charge in Ciudad Juarez clarify the process for obtaining a new immigrant visa interview after a USCIS waiver denial. AILA Doc. No. 07050360.
    AILA Doc. No. 07050360.
  • AILA and the Consular Affairs Section at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City (CAS) Announce New Initiative (4/19/2007)
    A new avenue to address visa processing concerns at U.S. consulates in Mexico is opened. AILA Doc. No. 07041916.
    AILA Doc. No. 07041916.
  • Q & As from March 2007 AILA Liaison/DOS Meeting(64 KB - 4/16/2007)
    The Q & As from a March 2007 AILA Liaison meeting with DOS address security checks and fingerprints, E visas, J visas, I-130s, Schedule A visas, the National Visa Center, retrogression and post specific questions. AILA Doc. No. 07041668.
    AILA Doc. No. 07041668.
  • Consulate in Casablanca Closed Indefinitely (4/16/2007)
    AILA's DOS Liaison Committee reports that the U.S. Consulate in Casablanca closed on 4/16/07 for a security review. AILA Doc. No. 07041666.
    AILA Doc. No. 07041666.
  • Update From DOS On IV And NIV Processing Delay (4/12/2007)
    DOS Updates AILA on IV and NIV Processing Delays Worldwide. AILA Doc. No. 07041266.
    AILA Doc. No. 07041266.
  • Updated National Visa Center (NVC) List of “NVC Appointment” Posts (4/2/2007)
    NVC provides AILA liaison with lists of consular posts for which NVC schedules IV appointments and posts which schedule IV appointments on their own. AILA Doc. No. 07040263.
    AILA Doc. No. 07040263.
  • Practice Update: B-1 Visa Applications in Mexico (3/23/2007)
    In e-mail correspondence with AILA's DOS Liaison Committee, David Donahue, the Minister Counselor for Consular Affairs in Mexico City confirms that in the adjudication of B-1 visa applications there can be no bright-line rules based on the length of the applicant's service with his or her current employer. AILA Doc. No. 07032317.
    AILA Doc. No. 07032317.
  • USCIS Ciudad Juarez Office Revises Waiver Application Procedures (3/5/2007)
    USCIS Ciudad Juarez Officer in Charge Warren Janssen pilots a new IV waiver application process in a streamlining effort. Report contributed by AILA President-Elect Kathleen Campbell Walker. AILA Doc. No. 07030565.
    AILA Doc. No. 07030565.
  • DOS Liaison Update on NVC and Consular Processing (2/15/2007)
    A DOS Liaison update clarifies processing procedures in light of the unannounced change of some standard review consular posts to appointment review posts, for which the NVC schedules appointments. Guidance is provided on the submission of Form DS-230 Parts I and II. A related link lists posts under the standard v. appointment designations. AILA Doc. No. 07021560.
    AILA Doc. No. 07021560.
  • Report from the AILA Tour of the National Visa Center(171 KB - 2/14/2007)
    The report from the fall 2006 AILA tour of the NVC provides an overview of case processing, document collection and review, scheduling and appointments, a list of consular posts and appointment posts, and information about submitting inquiries. AILA Doc. No. 07021466.
    AILA Doc. No. 07021466.
  • NVC Tour Q & As - October 2006(16 KB - 1/9/2007)
    Q & As from the 10/2006 AILA Tour of the NVC address fees, affidavits of support, appointments, original signatures on Form DS-230, the Agent of Choice Letter, name checks, Guangzhou, cases returned to the NVC for revocation and other matters. NVC contact information for attorneys only is also provided. AILA Doc. No. 07010860.
    AILA Doc. No. 07010960.
 
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