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  • DOS Final Rule on Increased Security Measures (12/31/2007)
    DOS final rule addressing increased security measures requiring fingerprinting and name checks of all visa applicants. The rule also includes the cost of such checks in fees for non-immigrant and immigrant visas and border crossing cards. Rule is effective 1/1/08. (72 FR 74174, 12/31/07)
    AILA Doc. No. 07123164.
  • DOS Final Rule on Passport Card Format (12/31/2007)
    DOS final rule addresses the new passport card with IRTPA restrictions for travel between the U.S., Mexico, Canada, and Caribbean and Bermuda and also includes a schedule of fees for the new card. Rule is effective 2/1/08. (72 FR 74169, 12/31/07)
    AILA Doc. No. 07123162.
  • DOS Final Rule on Sanctions for J Visa Program Sponsors (12/21/2007)
    DOS published a final rule on sanctions and terminations for Exchange Visitor Program sponsors. A previously issued final rule was withdrawn in late November 2007. (72 FR 72245, 12/20/07)
    AILA Doc. No. 07122134.
  • DOS Interim Final Rule on Visa Fee Increase (12/20/2007)
    DOS interim final rule raising the fee charged for processing of immigrant and nonimmigrant visa applications, as well as Border Crossing Cards at consulates. The rule is effective 1/1/08. Comments are due 2/29/08. (72 FR 72243, 12/20/07)
    AILA Doc. No. 07121960.
  • DOS Notice of Deposit of Instrument of Ratification for the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption (12/18/2007)
    DOS published notice that the U.S. deposited its instrument of ratification for the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation with Respect to Intercountry Adoption, thus the Convention will enter into force with respect on April 1, 2008. (72 FR 71730, 12/18/07)
    AILA Doc. No. 07121830.
  • DOS Comment Request on Exchange Visitor Program Au Pair Requirements (12/10/2007)
    DOS published a request for comments on proposals to amend Exchange Visitor Program au pair requirements regarding age eligibility and allowing foreign nationals to repeat program participation. Comments are due in 60 days. (72 FR 69725, 12/10/07)
    AILA Doc. No. 07121061.
  • DOS Final Rule Reorganizing Passport Regulations (11/21/2007)
    DOS final passport rule which reorganizes, restructures, and updates passport regulations to bring greater clarity to current passport policy and practice and to present it in a less cumbersome way. The rule becomes effective February 1, 2008. (72 FR 64930, 11/19/07)
    AILA Doc. No. 07112162.
  • DOS Withdraws Rule on Sanctions for J Visa Program Sponsors (11/29/2007)
    DOS withdrew a final rule published on 11/2/07 regarding sanctions for Exchange Visitor Program sponsors because it was published prior to the OMB determination. (72 FR 67576, 11/29/07)
    AILA Doc. No. 07112962.
  • DOS Final Rule on EVP Sanctions and Terminations (11/2/2007)
    DOS final rule modifying and adding to the actions that DOS may sanction an Exchange Visitor Program sponsor and eliminates summary suspension and modifies program suspension to halt activities of sponsors who violate the program. The rule is effective 30 days from 11/2/07. (72 FR 62112, 11/2/07)
    AILA Doc. No. 07110260.
  • DOS Final Rule on Exchange Visitor Program Fees (11/1/2007)
    DOS final rule revises regulations regarding fees and charges for Exchange Visitor Program Services. The rule is effective 12/3/07. (72 FR 61800, 11/1/07)
    AILA Doc. No. 07103163.
  • DOS Final Rule on Intercountry Adoptions (10/30/2007)
    DOS final rule on intercountry adoptions pursuant to Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Convention) and Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000 (IAA), on consular processing of adoption cases. Rule is effective 10/30/07. (72 FR 61301, 10/30/07)
    AILA Doc. No. 07103060.
  • DOS Registration for the 2009 DV Lottery (10/9/2007)
    The Department of State published a notice on registration instructions for the 2009 Diversity Visa Immigrant Program lottery. (72 FR 57089, 10/5/07)
    AILA Doc. No. 07100930.
  • DOS Requests Comments on Refugee Biographic Data Sheet (9/5/2007)
    DOS issued a proposed information collection on the Refugee Biographic Data Sheet. Biographic information is collected in a face-to face interview of the applicant overseas. Comments are due 60 days from 9/4/07. (72 FR 50710, 9/4/07)
    AILA Doc. No. 07090561.
  • DOS Interim Final Rule Regarding “Expedited Passport Processing” (8/16/2007)
    DOS published an Interim Final Rule changing the definition of “expedited passport processing” due to increases in demand for the service. Effective 8/16/07. Comments are due 10/15/07. (72 FR 45888, 8/16/07)
    AILA Doc. No. 07081661.
  • DOS Comment Request on Phase II of the U.S. Passport Demand Study (7/3/2007)
    DOS notice of information collection for Phase II of U.S. Passport Demand Study, a telephone survey on the number of U.S. citizens applying for a new passport for land travel between the U.S. and Mexico and Canada within the next six to 12 months. Comments are due in 60 days. (72 FR 36542, 7/3/07)
    AILA Doc. No. 07070364.
  • DHS and DOS Proposed Rule on WHTI Land and Sea Ports-of-Entry Travel Document Requirements (6/26/2007)
    DHS/DOS proposed rule on the second phase of WHTI. The new travel document requirements at land and sea ports-of-entry are expected to take effect as early as 01/08, but no sooner than 60 days from publication of the final rule. Comments due 8/27/07. (72 FR 35087, 6/26/07)
    AILA Doc. No. 07062664.
  • DOS Requests Comments on EVP Forms (6/25/2007)
    DOS requests comments on Form DS-3036, Exchange Visitor Program Application; DS-3037, Update of Information on Exchange Visitor Program Sponsor and DS-7000, Recording, Reporting and Data Collection Requirements Under 22 CFR Part 62. (72 FR 34735, 6/25/07)
    AILA Doc. No. 07062561.
  • DOS Requests Comments on Medical Examination Forms for Immigrant or Refugee Applicants (6/25/2007)
    DOS requests comments on Medical Examination for Immigrant or Refugee Applicant Forms DS-2053, DS-3024, DS-3025, and DS-3026. Comments are due in 30 days. (72 FR 34734, 6/25/07)
    AILA Doc. No. 07062560.
  • DOS Interim Final Rule on Fees and Charges for EVP Services (6/22/2007)
    DOS requests comments on a proposed rule to revise its regulations regarding fees and charges for Exchange Visitor Program (EVP) services. Comments are due 8/21/07. (72 FR 34419, 6/22/07)
    AILA Doc. No. 07062263.
  • DOS Interim Final Rule on EVP Trainees and Interns (6/22/2007)
    DOS requests comments on an interim final rule regarding Exchange Visitor Program (EVP) Trainees and Interns, establishing a new internship program and requiring sponsors to have written agreements with third parties. Rule is effective 7/19/07. (72 FR 33669, 6/19/07)
    AILA Doc. No. 07062262.
  • DOS Proposed Rule Creates "Search Fees" for FOIA Requests (6/20/2007)
    DOS proposed a rule to charge "search fees" for Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Requests. Comments are due 9/18/07. (72 FR 33932, 6/20/07)
    AILA Doc. No. 07062060.
  • DOS Proposed Rule Creating "Student Interns" Subcategory of the Exchange Visitor Program (6/5/2007)
    DOS proposed a rule to add “Student Interns” as a subcategory under the College and University Student category of the Exchange Visitor Program. Comments are due 8/6/07. (72 FR 31008, 6/5/07)
    AILA Doc. No. 07060566.
  • DOS Comment Request on Proposed Changes to Exchange Visitor Program Sanctions and Terminations (5/31/2007)
    DOS proposed rule with request for comment to revise its regulations at 22 CFR Part 62, Subpart D (Sanctions) and 22 CFR Part 62, Subpart E (Termination and Revocation of Programs). Comments are due 60 days from 5/31/07. (72 FR 30302, 5/31/07)
    AILA Doc. No. 07053163.
  • DOS Extends Comment Period on Form DS-156 (5/21/2007)
    The Department of State extended the deadline for comments on Form DS-156, Nonimmigrant Visa Application. Comments are due 60 days from 5/21/07. (72 FR 28544, 5/21/07)
    AILA Doc. No. 07052161.
  • DOS Notice of Transitionion to Ten Fingerscan Standard (5/4/2007)
    DOS announced a change in the fingerprint standard of the Biometric Visa Program from two fingerscans to ten. Deployment of the ten fingerscan systems to consular posts abroad began in April 2007. (72 FR 25351, 5/4/07)
    AILA Doc. No. 07050465.
  • DOS Spring Semiannual Regulatory Agenda(111 KB - 5/1/2007)
    The DOS published its spring semiannual regulatory agenda. The agenda outlines current and projected rulemaking efforts by the agency and provides an estimated timetable for each item. (72 FR 22873, 4/30/07)
    AILA Doc. No. 07050171.
  • DOS Requests Comments on Electronic Visa Entry Form (4/6/2007)
    The Department of State published a request for comments in the Federal Register on DS-5501, Electronic Visa Entry Form. Comments are due in 30 days. (72 FR 17216, 4/6/07)
    AILA Doc. No. 07040611.
  • DOS Requests Comments on Medical Examination Forms for Immigrants or Refugees (3/9/2007)
    DOS issued a notice of information collection on Form DS-2053, Medical Examination for Immigrant or Refugee Applicant; DS-3025, Vaccination Documentation Worksheet; and DS-3026, Medical History and Physical Examination Worksheet. Comments due 60 days from 3/9/07. (72 FR 10810, 3/9/07)
    AILA Doc. No. 07030962.
  • DOS Requests Comments on Proposed Rule to Update Passport Regulations (3/7/2007)
    DOS proposed rule to update passport regulations at 22 CFR part 51 in order to make access to the information easier, to better reflect current practices and changes in statutory authority, and to remove outdated provisions. The deadline for comments is 5/7/07. (72 FR 10095, 3/7/07)
    AILA Doc. No. 07030766.
  • DOS Final Rule Amends Regulations on Students and Exchange Visitors (3/7/2007)
    DOS final rule amending regulations for students and exchange visitors to reflect changes due to Public Law 108-441 including statutory amendments regarding waivers for the exchange visitor physicians and the proposed reconstitution of the Exchange Visitor Waiver Review Board. (72 FR 10060, 3/7/07)
    AILA Doc. No. 07030765.
  • DOS Requests Comments on Application to Determine Returning Resident Status (2/9/2007)
    DOS published a request for comments on Form DS-117, Application to Determine Returning Resident Status. Comments are due within 60 days of the notice. (72 FR 6311, 2/9/07)
    AILA Doc. No. 07020961.
  • DOS Final Rule on Effective Date for Five-Year Professor and Researcher Exchange Program (1/11/2007)
    DOS announced a final rule regarding the effective date for implementation of the five-year professor and researcher exchange visitor program. The effective date is 11/18/06. (72 FR 1283, 1/11/07)
    AILA Doc. No. 07011164.