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  • Practice Pointer: Submitting a Public Inquiry with Mission Mexico (1/7/2013)
    AILA Liaison and the Mexico City District Chapter advises AILA members on best practices for contacting the Public Liaison Unit (PLU) for Mission Mexico, including the type of information that is necessary in order for the PLU to respond.
    AILA Doc. No. 13010760.
  • Notes from AILA/AIC Meetings with DOS Mission India(722 KB - 12/27/2013)
    Notes from AILA/AIC meetings with U.S. consular officers that took place during the AILA/AIC India Tour in New Delhi (11/13/13), Chennai (11/15/13), and Mumbai (11/19/13).
    AILA Doc. No. 13122744.
  • Practice Alert: Change in NVC Procedures Regarding I-601A Provisional Waivers (12/26/2013)
    DOS Liaison Committee practice alert advising members of the change in procedures for notifying the NVC of an applicant’s intent to file an I-601A provisional unlawful presence waiver.
    AILA Doc. No. 13122604.
  • DOS Alert: Visa Office Update on F2A Priority Dates (12/19/2013)
    AILA Liaison practice alert informs members on State Department predictions for the F2A visa category for FY2014.
    AILA Doc. No. 13121951.
  • Visa Office Update on Priority Dates and Demand (Updated 4/28/14) (4/28/2014)
    Notes from a recent conversation with Charlie Oppenheim of the Department of State Visa Office on immigrant visa demand and upcoming Visa Bulletin projections. Special thanks to Michael Nowlan and Roberta Freedman.
    AILA Doc. No. 12012349.
  • Practice Pointer: Protocol for Contacting Consular Posts(642 KB - 10/30/2013)
    The AILA DOS Liaison Committee offers a practice pointer on the recommended procedures for contacting consular posts.
    AILA Doc. No. 13103047.
  • Call for Examples: §214(b) Visa Refusals (10/28/2013)
    The AILA DOS Liaison Committee is seeking examples of nonimmigrant visa denials, citing INA §214(b) (intending immigrant), even though the facts of the case do not support the application of §214(b). Please send your case examples by November 15, 2013.
    AILA Doc. No. 13102860.
  • AILA DOS Liaison Q&As (10/11/13)(798 KB - 10/11/2013)
    DOS responses to AILA Liaison Q&As. Please note that the liaison meeting scheduled for October 11, 2013 was cancelled due to the federal government shutdown. As a result, the AILA DOS Liaison Committee has not had the opportunity to discuss the answers with DOS.
    AILA Doc. No. 13101140.
  • DOS LegalNet Inquiry Tips (Updated 10/10/13)(615 KB - 10/10/2013)
    Tips for LegalNet inquiries offered to the AILA DOS Liaison Committee by the Department of State Visa Office.
    AILA Doc. No. 07041065.
  • Employment-Based Quota Limit Reached for FY2013 (9/25/2013)
    The State Department has confirmed to AILA Liaison that the annual limit on employment-based immigrants has been reached, as is often the case at the end of a fiscal year.
    AILA Doc. No. 13092553.
  • Registration Open for the November NVC Tour and Q&A (9/13/2013)
    The AILA DOS Liaison Committee has arranged for a tour and Q&A session with the National Visa Center on Friday, November 1, 2013. Submit your non-case specific questions by September 23, 2013. Register by October 1, 2013. First come, first served; maximum 40 participants.
    AILA Doc. No. 13091347.
  • New Information on DOS Transition to Electronic DS-260 (9/3/2013)
    The AILA DOS Liaison Committee provides new information on the Department of State’s transition to the electronic Form DS-260, Application for Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration, from the current paper DS-230.
    AILA Doc. No. 13082951.
  • Problems with Panel Physicians at Consular Posts Abroad? AILA Wants to Know! (8/28/2013)
    The AILA DOS Liaison Committee would like to know of any problems members' clients have had with panel physicians who work in conjunction with U.S. consular posts abroad.
    AILA Doc. No. 13082844.
  • DOS Visa Office Move Planned for September 6, 2013 (8/19/2013)
    The State Department has informed AILA Liaison that the Visa Office will be moving to new offices on September 6, 2013.
    AILA Doc. No. 13081943.
  • Was Your Client's H-1B Refused by a Consul for the "Wrong" Wage Level? (8/14/2013)
    The AILA DOS Liaison Committee is collecting examples of cases where clients were denied H-1B visas on the ground that the certified LCA referenced the “wrong” wage level for the position.
    AILA Doc. No. 13081452.
  • Practice Pointer: DOS J-1 Waiver Processing Times (8/9/2013)
    AILA members report that processing of J-1 waiver applications for clinical physicians through the DOS’s Waiver Review Division is currently taking approximately six weeks—about two to three weeks longer than normal.
    AILA Doc. No. 13080901.
  • Practice Alert: Will Your F-2A or India EB-2 Petitions Be Current in August? (7/29/2013)
    AILA Liaison reminds members that the August 2013 Visa Bulletin contained significant changes for the family-based 2A and India employment-based second preference categories. F-2A is current for all chargeability areas and EB-2 India has advanced to January 1, 2008.
    AILA Doc. No. 13072940.
  • Has U.S. Embassy London Returned Your O-1 to USCIS for Revocation? (7/18/2013)
    The ACES and DOS Liaison Committees have learned that the U.S. Embassy in London is returning approved O-1 petitions to USCIS for revocation after “further administrative review” pursuant to 9 FAM 41.55 N4 subsequent to post London conducting an “audit” of O-1 processes.
    AILA Doc. No. 13071851.
  • DOS Alert: NVC Problems Printing Barcode Cover Sheet (7/18/2013)
    AILA Liaison has learned that the NVC is experiencing issues with printing the barcode cover sheet after paying the immigrant visa fees online. The NVC is aware of the issue and will advise AILA when it has been resolved.
    AILA Doc. No. 13071846.
  • Practice Alert: Diversity Visa 2013 Recipients and the End of DOMA(541 KB - 7/17/2013)
    AILA Liaison practice alert on the impact of U.S. v. Windsor and the end of Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) on gay or lesbian winners of the 2013 Diversity Visa lottery.
    AILA Doc. No. 13071749.
  • NVC Now Accepting Forms in Blue or Black Ink (7/5/2013)
    AILA Liaison has learned that the DOS National Visa Center is now accepting Forms I-864, Affidavit of Support and other forms that have been completed and/or signed in either blue or black ink.
    AILA Doc. No. 13070544.
  • AILA BDC Q&As with U.S. Consulate, Ho Chi Minh City (3/29/13)(647 KB - 6/17/2013)
    The AILA Bangkok District Chapter (BDC) offers approved Q&As with the U.S. Consulate, Ho Chi Minh City. Topics include communication, ACS, ART, DNA, fraud unit, general operations, LGBT issues, TCNs, FTJs, I-130s, Ks, Bs, Ls, H-1Bs, Fs, waivers, and UPL.
    AILA Doc. No. 13061745.
  • U.S. Mission Italy Transitions to New Appointment System(493 KB - 6/14/2013)
    DOS announcement that U.S. Mission Italy is transitioning to a new appointment, payment, and passport return system for visa applicants on July 15, 2013. New appointment requests will not be processed between June 29-July 14.
    AILA Doc. No. 13061442.
  • DOS Alert: Ongoing Technical Issues with DS-160 (Updated 6/14/13) (6/14/2013)
    DOS notified AILA Liaison that the technical issues with the DS-160 should now be resolved.
    AILA Doc. No. 13061342.
  • Practice Alert: DOS Explains Removal of Updated 9 FAM 40.63 (5/21/2013)
    DOS informed AILA that the update to 9 FAM 40.63 on 3/12/13, which stated that a minor who makes a false claim to citizenship is not inadmissible under INA 212(a)(6)(C)(ii) if he or she lacked the legal capacity to make the claim, was removed as it was published prematurely.
    AILA Doc. No. 13052161.
  • Practice Alert: Closures at U.S. Consulate, Guangzhou, China (5/15/2013)
    AILA Liaison has learned from DOS that due to an OSHA-type problem at the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou, China, the consulate will remain closed through Friday, May, 17, 2013.
    AILA Doc. No. 13051553.
  • Practice Pointer: The Role of Consular Officers in U Visa Adjudications(495 KB - 5/15/2013)
    The AILA VAWA, U & T Committee reminds members of FAM updates for U visa applicants and offers guidance for U visa clients wishing to travel.
    AILA Doc. No. 13051540.
  • AILA DOS Liaison Q&As (4/10/13)(737 KB - 5/9/2013)
    AILA DOS Liaison Q&As addressing questions related to online resources, various NIVs, consular returns, FAM updates, interview waiver program, DS-160, administrative processing, reciprocity, LNU/FNU, waivers, IVs, and ART.
    AILA Doc. No. 13050948.
  • Practice Alert: Update on the E-2 Visa for Israeli Nationals(469 KB - 5/2/2013)
    The AILA DOS Liaison Committee provides background information and an update on the availability of the E-2 visa for Israeli nationals.
    AILA Doc. No. 13050240.
  • AILA RDC Q&As with U.S. Embassy, Paris (March 2013)(929 KB - 4/22/2013)
    The Rome District Chapter (RDC) offers approved Q&As with the U.S. Embassy, Paris. Topics include general operations, communication, advisory opinions, administrative processing, Es, Bs, Ks, PIMS, nonimmigrant waivers, medicals, I-824s, and revocations.
    AILA Doc. No. 13042248.
  • AILA RDC Q&As with U.S. Embassy, Warsaw (March 2013)(592 KB - 4/22/2013)
    The Rome District Chapter (RDC) offers approved Q&As with the U.S. Embassy, Warsaw. Topics include general operations, Es, various B issues, Ks, DS-160, PIMS, nonimmigrant waivers, IVs, medicals, I-824s, revocations, and communication.
    AILA Doc. No. 13042246.
  • AILA RDC Q&As with U.S. Embassy, London (10/4/12)(932 KB - 4/22/2013)
    The AILA Rome District Chapter (RDC) provides approved Q&As with the U.S. Embassy, London. Topics include general operations, communication, IVs, NIVs, administrative processing, advisory opinions, third country nationals, DS-160, various B issues, and PIMS.
    AILA Doc. No. 13042243.
  • Practice Update: “March Madness” at the Consulates (3/8/2013)
    The AILA DOS Liaison Committee alerts members to the impact of the March transition of five U.S. overseas missions to the new Global Support System (GSS) as part of their visa application procedures.
    AILA Doc. No. 13030841.
  • Practice Alert: Sequestration and Visa Adjudications (3/1/2013)
    According to DOS, the federal government sequestration will reduce the number of officers processing visa applications, which will negatively impact wait times at U.S. consulates.
    AILA Doc. No. 13030141.
  • Practice Pointer: Waivers and Court Documents for U Visa Applicants (2/22/2013)
    AILA Liaison and the Mexico City District Chapter remind members to identify the specific ineligibilities that apply to the U visa applicant and seek a waiver for each ineligibility, and to instruct the applicant to bring all court documents to the visa interview.
    AILA Doc. No. 13011847.
  • Practice Pointer: Advising U Nonimmigrants and Applicants on Travel (2/22/2013)
    The AILA VAWA, U & T Committee reminds members of the risks involved when U visa applicants or U nonimmigrants who are in the U.S. travel abroad before adjudication of the adjustment of status application.
    AILA Doc. No. 13022258.
  • Practice Alert: NVC Closed Due to Inclement Weather (2/8/2013)
    The National Visa Center will be closed on Friday February 8, 2013 due to severe blizzard conditions.
    AILA Doc. No. 13020847.
  • Practice Pointer: Tips for U Visa Interviews Abroad (1/28/2013)
    AILA Liaison and the Mexico City District Chapter remind members that U visa clients must bring original documents to visa interviews and should alert the consular officer that he or she is applying for a U visa.
    AILA Doc. No. 13012860.
  • Practice Pointer: ASC Appointments--Mission Mexico (1/14/2013)
    AILA Liaison and the Mexico City District Chapter outline the common problems that visa applicants experience when attending an ASC appointment in Mexico and how to avoid such problems.
    AILA Doc. No. 13011460.
  • Practice Pointer: Changing the DS-160 after Submission (1/11/2013)
    The AILA DOS Liaison Committee advises on the process for updating a DS-160, Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application, after the application has been submitted.
    AILA Doc. No. 13011146.
 
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