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2011

  • Update on Payment Process at Germany Posts (12/12/2011)
    The U.S. Consulate in Frankfurt, Germany informed AILA of the current payment process at all visa processing posts in Germany. As of 12/1/11, payments are only possible through Roskos & Meier. As of 1/1/12, applicants must make individual payments. Courtesy of Kenneth Rinzler.
    AILA Doc. No. 11121245.
  • AILA RDC Q&As with USCIS Guangzhou(299 KB - 11/1/2011)
    The AILA Rome District Chapter provides unofficial Q&As with the USCIS Guangzhou, China Field Office. Topics include general operations, communications, I-130s, I-600s, I-407s, N-400s, I-131s, biometrics, I-601s, refugee, and adoption.
    AILA Doc. No. 11110130.
  • AILA DOS Liaison Q&As with Waiver Review Division (10/18/11)(211 KB - 10/24/2011)
    Approved Q&As from 10/18/11 AILA Liaison meeting with the DOS WRD address general J-1 issues, waiver withdrawals, physician cases, advisory opinions, no-objection waivers, DOS WRD contact information, and more.
    AILA Doc. No. 11102423.
  • AILA DOS Liaison Q&As (10/18/11)(382 KB - 10/24/2011)
    Approved Q&As from the 10/18/11 AILA Liaison meeting with DOS address communication issues, LegalNet, PIMS, administrative processing, technological improvements, Es, B-1 in lieu of H, TN, NVC issues, 204(l), EB cases, FB cases, India, Ls, Blanket Ls, and more.
    AILA Doc. No. 11102420.
  • DOS Practice Alert: Change in I-130 and I-360 Filing Location (8/11/2011)
    The AILA DOS Liaison Committee reminds members that as of August 15, 2011, I-130 and I-360 petitions will no longer be accepted at U.S. consulates or embassies if there is no USCIS office onsite. In those cases, petitions should be filed with the USCIS Lockbox.
    AILA Doc. No. 11081130.
  • DOS Practice Tip: H-1B1 Singapore/Chile Issues with DS-160 (8/10/2011)
    The DOS Liaison Committee has informed the Visa Office of the issues regarding the H-1B1 Singapore/Chile classification and the DS-160.
    AILA Doc. No. 11081023.
  • AILA DOS Liaison Q&As (4/6/2011)(114 KB - 8/5/2011)
    Approved Q&As from the 4/6/11 AILA Liaison meeting with DOS address communication issues, administrative processing delays, H-1Bs, L-1s, Blanket Ls, I-130 consular returns, I-824s, DS-260, NVC processing, Sao Paulo appointments, and more.
    AILA Doc. No. 11080565.
  • DOS Practice Alert: E-Mail Communications with U.S. Embassy, New Delhi (Updated 7/6/11) (7/6/2011)
    The AILA DOS Liaison Committee has received clarification from the State Department on the reported e-mail communications from an intern at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi.
    AILA Doc. No. 11062966.
  • DOS Launches New DS-160 Form (6/27/2011)
    The AILA DOS Liaison Committee alerts members that the Department of State has launched the new version of Form DS-160, Nonimmigrant Visa Application.
    AILA Doc. No. 11062763.
  • Report from AILA Chapters Tour of U.S. Consulate in Vancouver(60 KB - 6/15/2011)
    The AILA Washington, Canada, and Oregon Chapters provide Q&As from a meeting with the U.S. Consulate in Vancouver on 4/28/11. Topics include B-1/B-2s for Canadians, H-1Bs, E-1/E-2s, K-1s, I-130s, TCNs, and F-1s.
    AILA Doc. No. 11061531.
  • DOS Practice Pointer: PIMS(97 KB - 6/10/2011)
    The AILA DOS Liaison Committee provides information on PIMS that was relayed during a tour of the KCC, including when and how an application is entered into PIMS, target completion times, what happens if an approval is not in PIMS, and whether a visa delay is due to PIMS.
    AILA Doc. No. 11061060.
  • Temporary Changes in State Department Exchange Visitor Program (6/9/2011)
    The State Department has informed Exchange Visitor Program sponsors of temporary changes in the office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Private Sector Affairs.
    AILA Doc. No. 11060966.
  • AILA Q&As with U.S. Embassy, London(69 KB - 5/17/2011)
    The AILA Rome District Chapter provides approved Q&As with the U.S. Embassy, London. Topics include the new online portal for group bookings, visa reissuance, renunciations, and consular officer review of supporting documentation.
    AILA Doc. No. 11051764.
  • AILA Q&As with USCIS Athens Field Office(234 KB - 4/15/2011)
    The Rome District Chapter (RDC) provides approved Q&As with the USCIS Athens Field Office. Topics covered include general operations, communications, I-130s, I-601s, I-407s, N-400s, biometrics, refugee, and adoption.
    AILA Doc. No. 11041564.
  • EB-2: India, China, and the “Otherwise Unused” Employment Visa Numbers (Updated 4/7/11)(19 KB - 4/7/2011)
    This practice advisory discusses the projected movement of the EB-2 visa numbers in the coming months, and the non-discriminatory policy of allocating the “otherwise unused” employment visa numbers according to priority date. Courtesy of Jay Solomon.
    AILA Doc. No. 11040634.
  • J Visa Waiver Status Online Restored (Updated 4/6/11) (4/6/2011)
    AILA Liaison has been informed that the online J visa waiver status system has been restored.
    AILA Doc. No. 11040536.
  • Possible EB-2 Priority Date Movement in the Coming Months (4/5/2011)
    Charlie Oppenheim, Chief, Immigrant Visa Control and Reporting Division, U.S. Department of State, outlines possible EB-2 priority date movement in the coming months.
    AILA Doc. No. 11040563.
  • Update on EB-2 Visa Availability (3/29/2011)
    Charlie Oppenheim, Chief, Immigrant Visa Control and Reporting Division, U.S. Department of State, provided AILA with an update on EB-1 demand and its impact on EB-2 availability.
    AILA Doc. No. 11032960.
  • AILA DOS Liaison Q&As with the KCC (11/16/10)(268 KB - 3/16/2011)
    Minutes from the 11/16/10 meeting with the Kentucky Consular Center address the petition approval and PIMS process, missing information in PIMS, security/background checks, change in petitioner information, U petition approvals, DV lottery fees, I-129 target completion time, and more.
    AILA Doc. No. 11031661.
  • AILA Liaison Q&As with U.S. Embassy, Athens(98 KB - 3/7/2011)
    The AILA Rome District Chapter provides Q&As from a meeting with the U.S. Embassy, Athens. Topics include staffing changes, NIV appointments, 3rd country processing, DS-160, NIVs, PIMS, Advisory Opinions, IVs, panel physicians, communication, revocation, inadmissibility, and fraud.
    AILA Doc. No. 11030728.
  • Problems with On-Line Appointment System for Posts in Mexico (1/27/2011)
    AILA Liaison has contacted DOS after receiving reports that the new on-line appointment system for consulates in Mexico is not working.
    AILA Doc. No. 11012730.
  • DOS Practice Alert: Temporary Closure of Tel-Aviv Consular Section (1/26/2011)
    The AILA Rome District Chapter alerts members that the U.S. Embassy in Tel-Aviv will be closed between February 17 and March 18, 2011.
    AILA Doc. No. 11012663.
  • DOS Practice Pointer: Scheduling Expatriation Interviews at U.S. Embassy, London (1/25/2011)
    The AILA Rome District Chapter informs members that effective 2/1/11, expatriation interviews at the U.S. Embassy, London will be scheduled electronically.
    AILA Doc. No. 11012531.
  • More Information on the Erroneous Mumbai Visa Bulletin Posting (1/12/2011)
    AILA Liaison has received additional information from Charlie Oppenheim regarding the erroneous report that the India EB-2 category will become current.
    AILA Doc. No. 11011270.
  • Mumbai Erroneously Reports Availability of India EB-2 (1/12/2011)
    AILA Liaison has confirmed with the DOS Visa Office that reports of EB-2 India becoming current in the February 2011 Visa Bulletin are erroneous.
    AILA Doc. No. 11011268.
  • DOS Practice Pointer: Who Can Electronically Sign the DS-160? (1/6/2011)
    The AILA DOS Liaison Committee reminds members that the DS-160 form must be electronically signed and submitted by the visa applicant.
    AILA Doc. No. 11010630.
  • AILA/DOS Liaison Meeting Minutes (10/28/10)(374 KB - 1/7/2011)
    Minutes from the 10/28/10 AILA Liaison meeting with DOS address I-824s, 221(g), fraud prevention, Mexico reciprocity, NVC, Visa Bulletin, Haiti, DS-260, electronic signatures, NIV dependents, NIV waivers, SAOs, bonds, KCC, Legalnet, surviving beneficiaries, H-1Bs, Es, waiver review, and more.
    AILA Doc. No. 11010669.
  • Reminder to Blanket L Applicants to Pay the Border Security Fee (1/6/2011)
    AILA Liaison reminds members of the Border Security Fee now in effect for certain H-1B and L-1 cases. Although the fee is usually paid to USCIS when the petition is filed, blanket L-1 fees are collected at the embassy or consulate.
    AILA Doc. No. 11010668.
 
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