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  • U.S. Embassy Mexico Announces New Visa Procedures(256 KB - 12/7/2010)
    U.S. Embassy Mexico announcement that beginning 1/10/11, most applicants at the embassy will go to Applicant Service Centers prior to their consular interview. Applicants also will pay only one application fee covering the appointment, application, and courier fees.
    AILA Doc. No. 10120749.
  • U.S. Embassy Manila Announces Changes for Immigrant Visa Services(53 KB - 12/3/2010)
    U.S. Embassy Manila implemented various changes for immigrant visa (IV) services effective 12/1/10. Such changes include visa appointment scheduling, visa appointment inquiries, registering the delivery address for IV cases, and payment of the K visa fees.
    AILA Doc. No. 10120362.
  • DOS Reciprocity Table Changes for November 2010(213 KB - 11/24/2010)
    DOS updates on Country Reciprocity Table changes for the month of November, including changes for Iraq, Cameroon, Timor-Leste, and Mauritius.
    AILA Doc. No. 10112434.
  • Visa Applications Accepted Throughout India Regardless of Residence(20 KB - 11/22/2010)
    Mission India moved to a single consular district for visa purposes. The U.S. Embassy in New Delhi and the Consulates General in Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Hyderabad will now accept visa applications from across India regardless of the applicant's city of residence.
    AILA Doc. No. 10112262.
  • DOS Employee Pleads Guilty to Making False Statements about Accessing Passport Files(62 KB - 11/8/2010)
    DOJ press release announcing that a State Department employee pleaded guilty today to lying to State Department officials in connection with an investigation into her alleged illegal access of hundreds of confidential passport application files.
    AILA Doc. No. 10110863.
  • DOS Briefing and Q&As on International Adoption Issues(66 KB - 11/2/2010)
    DOS briefing by Special Advisor for Children’s Issues Ambassador Susan Jacobs and Q&As on international adoption in honor of November being National Adoption Month.
    AILA Doc. No. 10110262.
  • DOS Passport Changes for Puerto Rican Birth Certificates Becomes Effective 10/30/10(37 KB - 11/1/2010)
    DOS press release that as of 10/30/10, Puerto Rican birth certificates issued prior to 7/1/10 will no longer be accepted as primary proof of U.S. citizenship for a U.S. passport book or passport card.
    AILA Doc. No. 10110162.
  • Changes to Consular Procedures for F2A Visa Applicants from Cuba(128 KB - 10/29/2010)
    Due to a decrease in worldwide demand in the F2A visa category, all Cuban Family Reunification Program applicants in this category will be eligible to be processed as regular immigrant visa applicants beginning 1/1/11.
    AILA Doc. No. 10102963.
  • U.S. Embassy in London Announcement on E visa Appointments(207 KB - 10/27/2010)
    Letter from the U.S. Embassy in London on the nonimmigrant E visa appointment schedule for Christmas 2010 and New Year 2011. The E visa unit will be closed and unable to offer any service from 12/23/10 – 1/4/11.
    AILA Doc. No. 10102763.
  • DOS Announces Expanded Passport Facility in Hot Springs, Arkansas(39 KB - 10/25/2010)
    DOS press release on the opening of the public area at the Arkansas Passport Center. The Arkansas Passport Center has produced 30 million passports since its opening in 2007, and American citizens with urgent travel plans can now apply for passports in person at the center.
    AILA Doc. No. 10102564.
  • DOS Reciprocity Table Changes for October 2010(25 KB - 10/25/2010)
    DOS updates on Country Reciprocity Table changes for the month of October 2010 including changes for Moldova, Montenegro, Iraq, Slovakia, Cote d’Ivoire and El Salvador.
    AILA Doc. No. 10100862.
  • DOS Addresses Filing DV Lottery Applications in Areas with Limited Internet Access(35 KB - 10/6/2010)
    DOS issued statement that diversity visa lottery applicants may prepare and submit their own entries, or have others, who have internet access, submit them on their behalf. But only one application may be submitted for that individual.
    AILA Doc. No. 10100667.
  • Transcript of DOS Briefing on 2012 Diversity Visa Lottery(125 KB - 10/1/2010)
    DOS information from John Wilcock, Diversity Visa Program Officer on the 2012 Diversity Visa Lottery program and registration. Q&As include information on fraud prevention, e-mail notification, excluded countries, and ineligibility.
    AILA Doc. No. 10100164.
  • 2012 Diversity Visa Lottery Instructions(371 KB - 9/23/2010)
    DOS instructions for the 2012 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, updated 9/22/10.
    AILA Doc. No. 10092341.
  • DOS Warning on Traveling to and Living in Mexico(259 KB - 9/22/2010)
    DOS Travel Warning informed U.S. citizens traveling to and living in Mexico about security concerns in Mexico.
    AILA Doc. No. 10092236.
  • DOS Releases New Edition of “The Consular Notification and Access Manual”(37 KB - 9/14/2010)
    DOS announcement that the third edition of “The Consular Notification and Access Manual” has been published and is available free of charge.
    AILA Doc. No. 10091465.
  • DOS Reciprocity Schedule for China Allows for 12 Month, Multiple Entry H Visas(92 KB - 9/9/2010)
    The Department of State's reciprocity schedule for China has been amended to allow for a 12 month multiple entry visa for H visa applicants. Also includes information on documents, birth and adoption certificates, adoption laws, police records, and travel documents.
    AILA Doc. No. 10090974.
  • New Appointment Service for All Visa Applicants in Canada(83 KB - 8/31/2010)
    Alert from the U.S. Embassy in Canada notifying the public that they will be transitioning to a new appointment service for applicants applying for visas to come into the United States. The new service begins on September 1, 2010.
    AILA Doc. No. 10083174.
  • NVC Immigrant Visa Electronic Processing(224 KB - 8/26/2010)
    The National Visa Center (NVC) offers information on the pilot project Immigrant Visa Electronic Processing Program which uses elctronic communication and documentation methods to simplify and accelerate the immigrant visa application process.
    AILA Doc. No. 10082638.
  • U.S. Suspends Processing New Nepal Adoption Cases Based on Abandonment(72 KB - 8/9/2010)
    DOS and USCIS joint statement announcing the decision to suspend adjudication of new adoption petitions and related visa issuance for children who are described as having been abandoned in Nepal. A list of Q&As follows the statement.
    AILA Doc. No. 10080962.
  • San Diego Passport Agency to Open in 2011(228 KB - 8/4/2010)
    DOS press release announcing an 8/10/10 site tour of the San Diego Passport Agency scheduled to open in spring 2011. The agency will be capable of issuing U.S. passport books and passport cards onsite for U.S. citizens who plan to travel within 14 days.
    AILA Doc. No. 10080470.
  • U.S. Consulate at Ciudad Juarez to Reopen on 8/3/10 (8/2/2010)
    The State Department has announced that the U.S. Consulate at Ciudad Juarez will reopen on Tuesday, August 3, 2010.
    AILA Doc. No. 10080267.
  • NIV Appointment Availability Link on U.S. Consulate Beijing Website (7/21/2010)
    U.S. Embassy Beijing currently allows visa applicants to "forum shop" around China's consular districts. The Embassy has posted estimates of the next available tourist and student visa interview appointment dates at various offices throughout China.
    AILA Doc. No. 10072169.
  • DOS Addresses Requirement of U.S. Tribal Members to Carry U.S. Passport(226 KB - 7/14/2010)
    DOS states that the requirement of U.S. citizen tribal members to carry U.S. passports for air travel into and out of the United States is not a violation of treaty obligations.
    AILA Doc. No. 10071465.
  • U.S. Embassy and Consulates in China Liberalize Interview Appointment Policy(116 KB - 7/9/2010)
    Effective immediately, nonimmigrant visa applicants may book interview appointments at any U.S. Consular Section in China, regardless of the province or city where they live.
    AILA Doc. No. 10070961.
  • New Schedule of Consular Fees to Take Effect on July 13, 2010(36 KB - 6/29/2010)
    On 6/28/10, DOS published its Schedule of Fees for Consular Services in the Federal Register. The schedule of 27 adjusted fees includes fees for passports, immigrant visas and other consular services. The changes will take effect on 7/13/10.
    AILA Doc. No. 10062983.
  • China: Super Saturday Visa Program(37 KB - 6/22/2010)
    The U.S. Embassy in Beijing, along with four U.S. consulates general across China, is opening on Saturdays over the next few weeks to accommodate thousands of Chinese travelers seeking visas to visit the United States.
    AILA Doc. No. 10062260.
  • New Policy on Gender Change in Passports Announced(37 KB - 6/10/2010)
    DOS announced that beginning 6/10/10, when a passport applicant presents a certification from an attending medical physician that the applicant has undergone appropriate clinical treatment for gender transition, the passport will reflect the new gender.
    AILA Doc. No. 10061062.
  • DOS South Africa Travel Alert Related to World Cup(234 KB - 5/28/2010)
    DOS alerted U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in South Africa to safety and security issues related to the FIFA World Cup from 6/11/10 to 7/11/10. This travel alert includes a section on immigration and expires 7/31/10.
    AILA Doc. No. 10052835.
  • Warden Notice on Limited Consular Services in Peshawar, Pakistan(212 KB - 4/7/2010)
    The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan issued a Warden Notice to remind U.S. citizens that routine consular services at the U.S. Consulate in Peshawar remain suspended until further notice.
    AILA Doc. No. 10040763.
  • DOS Issues Travel Warning for Eritrea(227 KB - 3/5/2010)
    DOS announced in a travel warning that the consular section of the Embassy in Asmara, Eritrea is open only for emergency American citizen services.
    AILA Doc. No. 10030533.
  • U.S. Embassy Asmara Resumes Limited Visa Services (2/25/2010)
    The U.S. Embassy Asmara resumes limited visa services after having suspended consular operations, due to Eritrea's violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.
    AILA Doc. No. 10022564.
  • DOS Changes to Procedures for Certain I-129F Petitions(48 KB - 2/19/2010)
    DOS issued a notice that effective 2/1/10, when both the I-129F petition for a K visa and the I-130 petition for an IR-1 (or CR-1) spouse of a U.S. citizen visa have been approved by USCIS and sent to the NVC, the availability as well as the need for a K-3 visa ends.
    AILA Doc. No. 10021965.
  • Departure of Haitian Orphans Covered By Humanitarian Parole(225 KB - 1/27/2010)
    U.S. and Haitian government officials have met to establish a procedure for securing departure approval for children already in the adoption process before the 1/12/10 earthquake. As of 1/26/10, humanitarian parole has been granted to almost 500 Haitian orphans.
    AILA Doc. No. 10012765.
 
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