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  • 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.
  • 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 12/31/10.
    AILA Doc. No. 10122033.
  • 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.
  • DOS Chart of NIV Issuances for FY2004 through 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.
  • January Visa Bulletin: Family 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.
  • 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, between 11/3/10 and 11/4/10. Courtesy of Charles Wheeler and Susan Schreiber of CLINIC.
    AILA Doc. No. 10120672.
  • AILA Liaison Questions for U.S. Embassy, London (10/13/10)(427 KB - 11/9/2010)
    The RDC offers Q&As from a meeting with the U.S. Embassy, London, where topics included staffing changes, NIV appointments, fingerprints, 3rd country processing, G-28s, DS-160s, PIMS, advisory opinions, I-601s, I-824s, and fraud.
    AILA Doc. No. 10110960.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Notes of AILA D.C. Chapter Meeting with Charles Oppenheim(114 KB - 10/1/2010)
    Notes taken during the AILA D.C. 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 Maggio Kattar and Palma Yanni.
    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 FY2010 have been reached.
    AILA Doc. No. 10093070.
  • Letter to 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.
  • 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 F-4 and adoption categories on 10/1/10.
    AILA Doc. No. 10092340.
  • DOS Technical Software Problem on Webpage (9/9/2010)
    The 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.
  • DOS Practice Pointer on 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 and NIV waivers.
    AILA Doc. No. 10090162.
  • DOS 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.
  • KCC Audit of Nonimmigrant Visa Petitions (8/26/2010)
    The AILA DOS Liaison Committee offers background information on the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC) audit of nonimmigrant visa petitions including unannounced telephonic contact with employers and concrete examples of questions the KCC may ask.
    AILA Doc. No. 10082634.
  • 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 Liaison/DOS Meeting Minutes (3/24/10)(383 KB - 7/28/2010)
    The AILA DOS Liaison Committee minutes address I-824s, FAM, DS-160, ESTA, HIV ban, NIV waivers, visa annotations, medical conditions, SAOs, NVC, posts, and waiver review.
    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 Q&As between the RDC and the U.S. Abu Dhabi post. Topics covered are a post overview, NIV issues, E visas, K visas, F visas, contact information, and general issues.
    AILA Doc. No. 10062961.
  • AILA/RDC Q&As with the Paris Post(72 KB - 6/29/2010)
    The Rome District Chapter (RDC) offers approved Q&As between the RDC and the U.S. Paris post. Topics covered are a post overview, NIV issues, E visas, I-130s, and student issues.
    AILA Doc. No. 10062960.
  • AILA/RDC Q&As with the Moscow Post(365 KB - 6/17/2010)
    The Rome District Chapter (RDC) offers approved Q&As between the RDC and the U.S. Moscow Post. Topics covered are post management, as well as NIV and IV issues.
    AILA Doc. No. 10061730.
  • AILA/RDC Q&As with the Dubai Post(483 KB - 6/17/2010)
    The Rome District Chapter (RDC) offers approved Q&As between the RDC and the U.S. Dubai Post. Topics covered are a post overview, NIV issues, preferred contact details, and general issues.
    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.
  • New Increased Consular Fees Start 6/4/10 (5/26/2010)
    The Rome District Chapter provides a practice pointer on the interim final rule published on 5/20/10, which indicates an increase in consular fees beginning 6/4/10 and offers various tidbits and clarifications on the regulation.
    AILA Doc. No. 10052639.
  • Consular Processing Following the End of the HIV Ban (4/15/2010)
    The Rome District Chapter provides a practice pointer on 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 1/4/10.
    AILA Doc. No. 10041569.
  • TCNs Should Use Caution When Processing Nonimmigrant Visas 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.
  • 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 1/4/10.
    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 3/16/10.
    AILA Doc. No. 10031662.
  • AILA Liaison Questions for U.S. Embassy, Rome(332 KB - 3/10/2010)
    The Rome District Chapter offers its Q&As of a meeting with the U.S. 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, and Form I-824.
    AILA Doc. No. 10031064.
  • AILA Informs DOS of DS-160 Problems (3/4/2010)
    The AILA DOS Liaison Committee has contacted the DOS regarding problems in properly submitting the DS-160.
    AILA Doc. No. 10030366.
  • DOS Practice Pointer: London DS-160 (2/23/2010)
    The Rome District Chapter provides a practice pointer on 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. 10022330.
  • AILA Liaison/DOS Meeting Minutes (10/22/09)(332 KB - 2/2/2010)
    Minutes from the AILA/DOS Liaison meeting addressing fingerprints, DS-260, FAM, waivers, Skills List, following-to-join, SAO, NVC, CSPA, complaints, BITs, bone age, I-864, panel physician, HIV ban, and waivers.
    AILA Doc. No. 10020230.
 
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