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Increased U.S. Visa Demand in Brazil and China
(66 KB - 12/22/2011)
DOS deploys temporary employees in an effort to decrease wait times for visa applicants in Brazil. Mission Brazil processed 820,000 visas, and Mission China processed over one million visas in FY2011.
AILA Doc. No. 11122222.
DOS Dedicates New Consular Compound in Mumbai, India
(38 KB - 12/19/2011)
DOS press release announcing the dedication of the new Consulate facility, located in the Bandra-Kurla Complex of Mumbai. The $111 million project generated jobs in the U.S. and India and was completed in October 2011.
AILA Doc. No. 11121963.
DOS Annual Immigrant Visa Waiting List Report
(638 KB - 12/9/2011)
DOS annual report of immigrant visa applicants in the family and employment-based preferences registered at the National Visa Center as of 11/1/11.
AILA Doc. No. 11120967.
Secretary of State Clinton’s Remarks on LGBT Rights in Recognition of International Human Rights Day (Updated 12/8/11)
DOS Secretary Clinton’s remarks on International Human Rights Day and transcript of DOS background briefing on international LGBT rights. A White House Presidential Memo on the same issue is also included.
AILA Doc. No. 11120774.
DOS Launches Virtual U.S. Embassy Tehran
(233 KB - 12/7/2011)
DOS announcing Virtual Embassy Tehran, which is not a formal diplomatic mission but can work as a bridge between the American and Iranian people in the absence of direct contact.
AILA Doc. No. 11120772.
New E Visa Processing for Mission Italy
(229 KB - 11/30/2011)
Effective 12/1/11, all E visa applications will be processed in Rome. All new E visa applications submitted after 12/1/11, should be sent to the E Visa Section in Rome by following the directions available on the web. Cases will be processed in the order received.
AILA Doc. No. 11113066.
U.S. Dedicates Consulate Compound in Dubai, U.A.E.
(38 KB - 11/22/2011)
U.S. dedicating the new consulate compound in Dubai, UAE. The new facility creates a secure and sustainable workplace for approximately 280 people. DOS hopes that the Consulate Office Building with multimedia center increases U.S. interaction with the Emirati people.
AILA Doc. No. 11112261.
U.S. Embassy, Tel-Aviv Joins Global Support System
(76 KB - 11/22/2011)
U.S. Embassy Tel-Aviv transitioning to the DOS Global Support System (GSS) on 12/12/11. In preparation of the change, no visa appointments may be scheduled for any date after 12/9/11 until the new system is ready on 12/12/11, and the first appointments will be on 12/14/11.
AILA Doc. No. 11112260.
DOS Announced Release of 2011 Annual Adoption Report to Congress
(37 KB - 11/21/2011)
DOS press release announcing the release of the 2011 Annual Adoption Report to Congress. In FY2011, DOS issued more than 9,300 immigrant visas to children adopted by U.S. citizen parents.
AILA Doc. No. 11112166.
DOS Announces Update on Visa Issuance Agreement Between the U.S. and Russia
(34 KB - 11/21/2011)
DOS press release announcing that on 11/19/11, the U.S. and Russia continued to work on a visa issuance agreement that would allow tourists and business travelers from both the U.S. and Russia to receive visas with validity periods of 36 months, valid for multiple entries.
AILA Doc. No. 11112165.
DOS Announces Expedited Student Visa Processing
(36 KB - 11/15/2011)
DOS press release announcing that worldwide, the maximum wait for a student visa appointment should be fewer than 15 days.
AILA Doc. No. 11111561.
DOS Addresses the Growing Demand for U.S. Visas in China and Brazil
(86 KB - 11/9/2011)
DOS transcript from a special briefing with Managing Director for Visa Services Ed Ramotowski and Minister Counselors for Consular Affairs Chuck Bennett and Donald Jacobson, on the unprecedented rise in visa demand in China and Brazil, and DOS initiatives to meet the demand.
AILA Doc. No. 11110932.
DOS Releases Fact Sheet on the Growing Demand for U.S. Visas
(73 KB - 11/9/2011)
DOS fact sheet on visas and supporting global travel growth, which addresses the growing demand for U.S. visas, how DOS is meeting the demand, facilitating student visas, and business visas.
AILA Doc. No. 11110931.
U.S. Consulate, Mumbai Moves to New Location and Temporary Office Closure
(478 KB - 11/3/2011)
Consulate General Mumbai opening for business at its new location in the Bandra Kurla Complex on 11/21/11. The new location offers a total of 44 consular interview windows. Due to the move, there will be no visa services in Mumbai between 11/15/11 and 11/21/11.
AILA Doc. No. 11110349.
Blanket L Processing Moves to Chennai
(24 KB - 11/1/2011)
Mission India designating Consul General Chennai as the only post in India authorized to adjudicate Blanket L visa applications, effective 12/01/11. Spouse and children visas (L-2) and individual L visas (L-1B and L-1A individuals) may be processed at all posts in India.
AILA Doc. No. 11110163.
E Visa Unit Closure at U.S. Embassy, London
(23 KB - 10/24/2011)
U.S. Embassy, London, announcing the holiday schedule for the E Visa Unit, which includes complete closure between 12/23/11 and 1/3/12. Normal service will resume on 1/9/12.
AILA Doc. No. 11102463.
DOS to Open DV-2013 Registration on 10/4/11
(39 KB - 9/28/2011)
DOS press release announcing that the 2013 Diversity Visa Program (DV-2013) will open at noon (EDT) on Oct. 4, 2011, and will close at noon (EDT) on Nov. 5, 2011. Applicants must submit their entries electronically. Additional information on DV-2013 is provided.
AILA Doc. No. 11092865.
2013 Diversity Visa Lottery Instructions
(220 KB - 9/13/2011)
DOS instructions for the 2013 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2013). This year, natives from South Sudan and Poland are eligible, while Bangladesh natives are ineligible. Entries for the DV-2013 program must be submitted electronically between 10/4/11 and 11/5/11.
AILA Doc. No. 11091331.
U.S. Consulate in Mumbai Resumes H and L Visa Processing (Updated 9/9/11)
(214 KB - 9/9/2011)
DOS statement that the U.S. Consulate in Mumbai resumed issuing H and L interviews on 8/26/11, with the first appointments available on 9/6/11. The consulate stopped issuing H and L interview appointments in March 2011 due to aging infrastructure.
AILA Doc. No. 11030432.
DOS Announces Embassies in Copenhagen and Oslo Will No Longer Process IV or DV Applicants After 10/1/11
Official notice from the U.S. Embassy in Olso on the change in immigrant visa processing for residents of Denmark and Sweden.
AILA Doc. No. 11090261.
Changes to Reciprocity Tables for Columbia, South Sudan, Moldova, and Liberia
(208 KB - 8/24/2011)
DOS changes to the Country Reciprocity Tables for July 2011 include an updated police records section for Columbia, a page now available with limited information for South Sudan, updated visa services for Moldova and Liberia, and more.
AILA Doc. No. 11082480.
DOS Suspends Consular Services in Nassau, The Bahamas
(240 KB - 8/24/2011)
With Hurricane Irene expected to hit land on 8/25/11, the U.S. Embassy in Nassau, The Bahamas has suspended all regular consular services, including visa interviews, until further notice. DOS has also approved the authorized departure of dependents of U.S. Embassy personnel.
AILA Doc. No. 11082469.
DOS Warns of Fraudulent Notices Sent to Diversity Visa Applicants
(36 KB - 8/8/2011)
DOS announcement on the notable increase in fraudulent e-mails and letters sent to Diversity Visa (DV) applicants from scammers posing as the U.S. officials in an attempt to extract payment from DV applicants. Notice includes where and how to report fraudulent e-mails.
AILA Doc. No. 11080866.
U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez Issues Emergency Message
(20 KB - 7/18/2011)
A 7/15/11 emergency message from U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez warning U.S. citizens of threats of violence against U.S. government interests in Chihuahua.
AILA Doc. No. 11071866.
DOS Announces Suspension of Visa Services at U.S. Embassy in Damascus
(43 KB - 7/15/2011)
DOS press release announcing that as of July 12, 2011, visa services at the U.S. Embassy in Damascus have been suspended until further notice. The Embassy will continue to process visa applications for individuals interviewed prior to the suspension of visa services.
AILA Doc. No. 11071565.
DOS Announces U.S.-Russian Agreement on Visa Issuance
(62 KB - 7/13/2011)
DOS press release announcing an agreement between the U.S. and Russia on the issuance of visas between the two countries, which streamlines the visa issuance process by reducing the documentation required, and grants multiple-entry visas valid for 36-months.
AILA Doc. No. 11071332.
USCIS Q&As on the U.S.-Russian Bilateral Adoptions Agreement
(79 KB - 7/13/2011)
USCIS fact sheet and Q&As on the agreement between the U.S. and Russia regarding cooperation in the adoption of children. Q&As address the significance of the agreement, adoption service providers, proceedings that start before the agreement becomes effective, and more.
AILA Doc. No. 11071331.
DOS Responds to Question Regarding Notification of Visa Restrictions
(32 KB - 7/11/2011)
DOS response to a question from the 7/8/11 press briefing about notification to individuals who are subject to U.S. visa restrictions, stating that while the law does not require notification to such individuals, DOS attempts to notify the visa holder visa of the revocation.
AILA Doc. No. 11071161.
DOS Announces Visa Restrictions on Iranian Officials for Human Rights Abuses
(37 KB - 7/11/2011)
DOS press release announcing that on 7/8/11, the U.S. and the U.K. imposed new U.S. visa restrictions on more than 50 Iranian officials who have participated in the commission of human rights abuses related to political repression in Iran.
AILA Doc. No. 11071160.
DOS Practice Alert: IV Services Resumed at U.S. Embassy, Sana'a
(166 KB - 9/16/2011)
U.S. Embassy in Sana'a, Yemen began rescheduling IV interviews for immediate relatives of USCs. NIV processing continues to be suspended until further notice. U.S. Department of State hopes to resume normal processes soon. An e-mail and website announcement are included.
AILA Doc. No. 11070568.
DOS Report on Mission to Iraq, Israel, and the West Bank
(45 KB - 7/5/2011)
Report from Eric Schwartz, Asst. Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration on his May 2011 trip to Iraq, Israel, and the West Bank, detailing U.S. efforts to support displaced Iraqis, African migration to Israel, and U.N. humanitarian work in the West Bank.
AILA Doc. No. 11070564.
DOS Q&A Regarding New Safeguards for the J-1 Summer Work Travel Program
(69 KB - 6/22/2011)
DOS response to a J-1 visa question taken during the 6/20/11 daily briefing addresses new procedures for the Summer Work Travel program which are aimed at providing stronger protections and making it a more viable program.
AILA Doc. No. 11062239.
DOS Announces the Completion of its U.S. Passport Agency Expansion Project
(36 KB - 6/2/2011)
DOS press release announcing that the agency has completed its passport agency expansion project, which consisted of opening new passport agencies in GA, NY, TX, CA, and VT, and opening public windows at existing agencies in AR and NH.
AILA Doc. No. 11060269.
U.S. Embassy in Kabul Returns to Full Visa Service on 6/1/11
(212 KB - 6/1/2011)
U.S. Embassy Kabul announcement of the return to full visa services for the first time in 20 years, beginning on 6/1/11. As a result of the return to full service, applicants for immigrant visas as well as nonimmigrant visas will be able to have scheduled interviews in Kabul.
AILA Doc. No. 11060161.
DOS Announces New J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program Website
(38 KB - 5/31/2011)
DOS press release announcing that the State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs will launch a new J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program website on 6/1/11.
AILA Doc. No. 11053163.
DOS Announces Changes to Iranian Student Visa Validity
(35 KB - 5/23/2011)
DOS press release announcing that as of 5/20/11, certain qualified Iranian applicants for visas in the F, J, and M categories are eligible for two-year, multiple entry visas. This is an increase in the current visa validity of three months, single entry.
AILA Doc. No. 11052360.
DOS Voids 2012 Diversity Lottery Results
(160 KB - 5/13/2011)
DOS press release announcing that, due to a computer programming problem, the results of the 2012 Diversity Lottery that were previously posted on the DOS website have been voided.
AILA Doc. No. 11051371.
Suspension of Routine Visa Services at U.S. Embassy, Sana'a
(68 KB - 4/18/2011)
U.S. Embassy in Sana'a, Yemen announced the suspension of routine visa services until further notice. U.S. Department of State hopes to resume normal processes soon.
AILA Doc. No. 11041820.
U.S. Embassy in Cairo Resumes Full Visa Services on 4/10/11
(213 KB - 4/6/2011)
U.S. Embassy in Cairo announced resumption of full visa and consular operations beginning 4/10/11. Embassy will contact individuals with cancelled appointments due to the previous suspension of visa services. Announcement includes instructions for rescheduling appointments.
AILA Doc. No. 11040661.
DOS Announces Ribbon-Cutting for New El Paso Passport Agency
(37 KB - 4/5/2011)
DOS press release announcing the 4/8/11 ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the official opening of the El Paso Passport Agency. The press release includes the address and additional information about the new facility.
AILA Doc. No. 11040562.
USCIS and DOS Launch Pilot Program for Overseas I-730 Processing
(76 KB - 4/1/2011)
USCIS alert announcing the launch of a USCIS/DOS pilot program to test new processing procedures for Form I-730, Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition, follow-to-join cases in five locations. All other posts will continue to follow existing procedures for these cases.
AILA Doc. No. 11040130.
DOS Announces Ribbon-Cutting for New San Diego Passport Agency
(36 KB - 3/31/2011)
DOS press release announcing the 4/4/11 ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the official opening of the San Diego Passport Agency. The announcement also provides the address and additional information about the new facility.
AILA Doc. No. 11033167.
Temporary Closure of U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Pakistan
(216 KB - 3/18/2011)
The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad and the U.S. Consulates General in Lahore, Karachi and Peshawar have been closed until further notice except for emergency U.S. Citizen services. Closures were ordered due to possible violent demonstrations.
AILA Doc. No. 11031862.
Temporary Suspension of Visa Services at AIT
(241 KB - 3/18/2011)
The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) has suspended routine visa services as of March 18, 2011, until further notice, in order to provide support in assisting American citizens evacuating from Japan to Taiwan. Emergency visa services remain available.
AILA Doc. No. 11031860.
Limited Emergency NIV Appointments at U.S. Embassy, Tokyo
(51 KB - 3/14/2011)
U.S. Embassy in Tokyo advises that NIV applicants with appointments this week should reschedule. Emergency NIV appointments will be available under very limited circumstances.
AILA Doc. No. 11031461.
Suspension of All Visa Services at U.S. Embassy, Cairo
(57 KB - 3/3/2011)
U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt announced the suspension of all visa services until further notice. NIV applicants may apply at any other U.S. consular post. A limited resumption of IV services is planned "soon."
AILA Doc. No. 11030331.
DOS Announces Ribbon-Cutting for New Vermont Passport Agency
(230 KB - 3/2/2011)
DOS press release announcing a 3/4/11 ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the official opening of the Vermont Passport Agency in St. Albans. The announcement also contains the address and additional details about the new agency.
AILA Doc. No. 11030260.
DOS Announces Suspension of U.S. Embassy Operations in Libya
(35 KB - 3/1/2011)
DOS press release announcing that it has temporarily withdrawn U.S. Embassy personnel from Tripoli, and suspended all embassy operations effective 2/5/11.
AILA Doc. No. 11030169.
Texas Attorney General Takes Action against Six Rio Grande Valley “Notarios”
(31 KB - 2/24/2011)
Announcement that Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott took action against six “notarios,” obtaining a restraining order and injunction against them for charges related to unlawfully offering immigration-related services despite the fact they were not licensed to do so.
AILA Doc. No. 11022468.
U.S. Embassy, Mexico Reports Problems with Visa Call Center
(62 KB - 2/8/2011)
U.S. Embassy, Mexico reports problems for applicants in reaching the Visa Call Center. Additionally, the Embassy reports confusion during the transition to new ASCs. DOS is aware of these problems, and they are working to correct them.
AILA Doc. No. 11020830.
DOS Announces Status of U.S. Citizen Evacuations from Egypt
(37 KB - 2/3/2011)
DOS press release announcing that more than 1,900 U.S. citizens and their family members have been evacuated from Egypt in an operation that began on 1/31/11. DOS will proceed with evacuation efforts on 2/3/11 and assess the need to continue flights beyond that.
AILA Doc. No. 11020366.
U.S. Travel Warning Issued for Travel to Egypt
(33 KB - 1/31/2011)
DOS authorized the voluntary departure of dependents and non-emergency employees of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo. The Embassy is open for emergency services for U.S. citizens only until further notice. No arrangements have been announced for rescheduling IV or NIV appointments.
AILA Doc. No. 11013167.
U.S. Embassy, London I-601 Waiver Applications and Checklist
(307 KB - 1/26/2011)
I-601 waiver applications will now be accepted at U.S. Embassy, London for applicants within the U.K. The embassy also now adjudicates waiver applications submitted at other embassies in the region. Additionally, DOS offers a waiver checklist for assistance.
AILA Doc. No. 11012669.
U.S. Consulate General in Karachi, Pakistan Announces Expansion of Visa Services
(23 KB - 1/20/2011)
U.S. Consulate General in Karachi, Pakistan, announced the significant expansion of visa services. Beginning on 2/1/11, all residents of Sindh and Balochistan should apply in Karachi for various NIV visas.
AILA Doc. No. 11012062.
Change in IV Waiver Appointment Scheduling in Mexico
AILA Liaison received information sent by the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez, which indicated changes in the request of an immigrant visa waiver appointment. The procedural changes became effective on 1/10/11.
AILA Doc. No. 11011871.
US Embassy in Mexico City Issued FAQs on New NIV Procedures
(78 KB - 1/11/2011)
FAQs from the US Embassy in Mexico City on the new nonimmigrant visa procedures which took effect on 1/10/11. Please note that DOS website erroneously listed the start date of these new procedures as 1/10/10.
AILA Doc. No. 11011121.
DOS Announces a Redesigned Birth Abroad Certificate
(37 KB - 1/4/2011)
DOS redesigned the Consular Report of Birth Abroad, which became effective 1/3/11. Changes include centralizing production to U.S. passport centers within the U.S., rather than abroad and using the gender neutral "parent," rather than "mother" or "father" on the form.
AILA Doc. No. 11010460.
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