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  • Update from U.S. Consulate at Ciudad Juarez: Delivery of Visas (12/24/2008)
    The U.S. Consulate at Ciudad Juarez has posted new information on delivery of visas to the consulate's website. AILA Doc. No. 08122420.
    AILA Doc. No. 08122420.
  • U.S. and Mexico Sign Agreement to Allow for Wireless Service Along Border(286 KB - 12/22/2008)
    On 12/19/08 DOS announced that the U.S. and Mexico have signed a bilateral agreement to allow for the compatible operation of Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) throughout the entire U.S.-Mexico common border area. AILA Doc. No. 08122236.
    AILA Doc. No. 08122236.
  • DOS Issues Reminder of Approaching WHTI Deadline(93 KB - 12/15/2008)
    On 12/11/08 DOS issued a reminder of the travel document requirements at all land or sea border entry points as of 6/1/09. AILA Doc. No. 08121561.
    AILA Doc. No. 08121561.
  • DOS Announces the Expansion of Visa Services at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad(90 KB - 12/9/2008)
    On 12/8/08 DOS announced that the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad will soon begin processing immigrant visas. AILA Doc. No. 08120970.
    AILA Doc. No. 08120970.
  • DOS Launches Social Networking Site to Promote International Exchange (12/2/2008)
    DOS launched Exchanges Connect, a social networking site to promote international exchanges. The site is administered by Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and includes blog postings, photos and videos from users across the world interested in trading information on culture, language and global education programs. AILA Doc. No. 08120261.
    AILA Doc. No. 08120261.
  • DOS Reports Increase in Student and Exchange Visitor Visa Issuance(110 KB - 11/19/2008)
    DOS reported that it issued a record high of student and exchange visitor visas in FY 2008. AILA Doc. No. 08111961.
    AILA Doc. No. 08111961.
  • DOS Fact Sheet on Fraud in Africa Priority Three Program(547 KB - 11/18/2008)
    DOS fact sheet on fraud within the “Priority Three” program, which grants U.S. Refugee Admissions Program access to certain individuals claimed as a parent, spouse, or minor child by certain legal residents in the U.S. The fact sheet specifically addresses fraud from Africa. AILA Doc. No. 08111866.
    AILA Doc. No. 08111866.
  • DOS Launches Website Devoted to Intercountry Adoption(91 KB - 11/18/2008)
    On 11/17/08 DOS announced the launch of a website devoted exclusively to intercountry adoption, with information such as who is eligible to adopt, from which countries Americans adopt children, what protections the Hague Adoption Convention provides families and more. AILA Doc. No. 08111863.
    AILA Doc. No. 08111863.
  • Consular Section of U.S. Embassy in Asmara, Eritrea Temporarily Closed(212 KB - 11/17/2008)
    On 11/15/08 DOS announced that the consular section of the U.S. Embassy in Asmara, Eritrea is temporarily closed because of interference with the delivery of the U.S. Embassy's diplomatic pouches. AILA Doc. No. 08111770.
    AILA Doc. No. 08111770.
  • DOS DS-160 Online Instructions Sent to OMB(6823 KB - 10/31/2008)
    DOS submitted the following DS-160 non immigrant visa form online instructions to OMB for review. AILA Doc. No. 08103167.
    AILA Doc. No. 08103167.
  • U.S. Consular Sections in India Adjust Consular Exchange Rate (10/24/2008)
    Effective 10/24/08 U.S. Consular Sections in India will adjust the consular exchange rate. The rate change is effective for all rupee-denominated costs of applying for visas and passports, including the nonimmigrant visa application fee paid at HDFC bank branches prior to the scheduling of visa appointments. Notice courtesy of Michael Phulwani. AILA Doc. No. 08102464.
    AILA Doc. No. 08102464.
  • State Department Advises Visa Applicants at CDJ Not to Bring Cash (10/15/2008)
    On 10/14/08 DOS issued a travel alert to visa applicants and others visiting the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico in light of recent muggings near the consulate that have targeted applicants for U.S. visas. Those seeking consular services are encouraged to make provisions to pay fees with something other than cash. AILA Doc. No. 08101572.
    AILA Doc. No. 08101572.
  • DOS Press Release on DV-2010 Registration(283 KB - 10/1/2008)
    A 9/30/08 DOS press release announces that applications for the 2010 Diversity Visa Lottery Program will be accepted from 10/2/08 to 12/1/08. AILA Doc. No. 08100165.
    AILA Doc. No. 08100165.
  • DOS Signs MOU with Ireland on an Intern Work and Travel Pilot Program(89 KB - 9/25/2008)
    On 9/24/08 DOS announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Ireland on a Twelve-Month Intern Work and Travel Pilot Program for post-secondary students within twelve months of graduation. AILA Doc. No. 08092562.
    AILA Doc. No. 08092562.
  • DOS Announced Creation of New J-1 Program for Korean Students and Recent Graduates(472 KB - 9/23/2008)
    DOS press release announcing an agreement with Korea on the WEST (Work, English Study, Travel) Program, which will allow up to 5,000 university students and recent graduates from the Republic of Korea to enter the U.S. for a period of 18 months on J-1 exchange visitor visas. AILA Doc. No. 08092360.
    AILA Doc. No. 08092360.
  • DOS Condemns Attacks on Human Rights Activists in Syria(86 KB - 8/29/2008)
    A DOS press release expresses concern over the recently arrested Syrian Kurdish human rights activist, Mashaal Tammo, and condemns the detention of prisoners of conscience in Syria. AILA Doc. No. 08082973.
    AILA Doc. No. 08082973.
  • DOS Briefing on an Inspector General Report Regarding Access to Passport Records(127 KB - 7/7/2008)
    On 7/3/08 DOS held a briefing following the release of a State Department Inspector General's report that found weaknesses in systems for preventing improper access to passport files. AILA Doc. No. 08070761
    AILA Doc. No. 08070761.
  • New Passport Center Opened in Tucson, Arizona (7/2/2008)
    The Tucson Passport Center opened on June 30, 2008, and will produce passports and Border Crossing Cards. AILA Doc. No. 08070264.
    AILA Doc. No. 08070264.
  • U.S. Co-Sponsors Prisoners of Conscience Statement(86 KB - 6/18/2008)
    On 6/17/08, DOS announced that the U.S. joined the 27 European Union countries, and 36 other nations, in co-sponsoring a declaration at the United Nations on the plight of prisoners of conscience. AILA Doc. No. 08061874.
    AILA Doc. No. 08061874.
  • Ambassador Foley Gives Briefing on the Iraqi Refugee Admissions Program(128 KB - 6/4/2008)
    On 6/3/08 Ambassador James Foley, Senior Coordinator for Iraqi Refugee Issues, gave a briefing on the latest developments in the Iraqi Refugee Admissions Program. AILA Doc. No. 08060470.
    AILA Doc. No. 08060470.
  • DOS Spokesman on Europe's Reaction to VWP's ESTA(86 KB - 6/4/2008)
    On 6/3/08 State Department spokesman Sean McCormack addressed a question regarding whether European nations are considering a reciprocal action to the electronic pre-travel authorization requirement for Visa Waiver Program country nationals, which will go into effect next year. AILA Doc. NO. 08060463.
    AILA Doc. No. 08060463.
  • DOS Holds Briefing on Developments in the Iraqi Refugee Admissions Program(145 KB - 4/11/2008)
    On 4/9/08 DOS held a briefing on the status of the Iraqi Refugee Admissions Program. Ambassador James Foley, Senior Coordinator for Iraqi Refugee Issues, discussed the number of Iraqis resettled in the U.S. in 2007-08, and the number of interviews that will be carried out by the end of the year. AILA Doc. No. 08041165.
    AILA Doc. No. 08041165.
  • DOS Announces that Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption Enters into Force(98 KB - 4/4/2008)
    On 4/1/08, DHS announced that the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption entered into force. AILA Doc. No. 08040431.
    AILA Doc. No. 08040431.
  • DOS Warning on Initiating Adoptions of Guatemalan Children(13 KB - 4/1/2008)
    DOS advises potential adoptive parents not to initiate new adoptions from Guatemala. AILA Doc. No. 08040137.
    AILA Doc. No. 08040137.
  • Visa Processing at U.S. Embassy in Minsk Temporarily Suspended (3/25/2008)
    Visa processing at the U.S. Embassy in Minsk, Belarus has been temporarily suspended. According to the Department of State, this suspension results from the demand by the Government of Belarus that the number of diplomats at the U.S. Embassy be reduced. Services for American citizens continue as usual. AILA Doc. No. 08032531.
    AILA Doc. No. 08032531.
  • DOS Announces Visa Section Closed at U.S. Embassy in Belgrade (2/27/2008)
    On 2/26/08 DOS announced that the consular section of the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade, Serbia will be closed for visa services for an indeterminate time. AILA Doc. No. 08022771.
    AILA Doc. No. 08022771.
  • DOS Briefing on Iraqi Refugee and Special Immigrant Visa Admissions(152 KB - 2/5/2008)
    Senior Coordinator on Iraqi Refugee Issues, Ambassador James Foley; Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs, Tony Edson; and the DHS’s Senior Advisor to the Secretary on Iraqi Refugee Issues, Lori Scialabba held a briefing on 2/5/08 on developments in the Iraqi Refugee and Special Immigrant Visa admissions programs. AILA Doc. No. 08020572.
    AILA Doc. No. 08020572.
  • Brothers Plead Guilty to Filing Fraudulent Labor Certification Applications(91 KB - 2/5/2008)
    The owner of a Lorton, VA, construction company, and one of his brothers, pleaded guilty to charges arising from immigration fraud. The brothers submitted labor certification applications for foreign nationals, fraudulently claiming that the foreign nationals had and would continue to work for the construction company. AILA Doc. No. 08020565.
    AILA Doc. No. 08020565.
  • DOS Press Release Compares Old and New Passport Fee Schedule(89 KB - 1/30/2008)
    A 1/29/08 DOS press release compares the old passport fee schedule to the new one that will take effect on 2/1/08. AILA Doc. No. 08013063.
    AILA Doc. No. 08013063.
  • DOS Announces U.S. Citizens May Apply for New U.S. Passport Card Beginning 2/1/08(146 KB - 1/11/2008)
    U.S. citizens may begin applying in advance for the new U.S. Passport Card beginning February 1, 2008, in anticipation of land border travel document requirements. The passport card will facilitate entry and expedite document processing at U.S. land and sea ports-of-entry when arriving from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda. AILA Doc. No. 08011131.
    AILA Doc. No. 08011131.
 
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