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  • DOS Advisory on LGBT Travel Information(509 KB - 2/22/2013)
    DOS international travel information for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons including information on travel documents, HIV entry requirements, Smart Traveler Enrollment Program and more.
    AILA Doc. No. 13022241.
  • DOS Organizational Directory Telephone List (Updated 12/20/13)(1680 KB - 12/20/2013)
    Unclassified Organizational Telephone Directory of the Department of State current as of 12/19/13.
    AILA Doc. No. 11091467.
  • DOS Notice that E Treaty Visa Office in London Will Be Closed 12/23/13 Through 1/6/14(481 KB - 11/22/2013)
    Alert from the E Visa Team at the American Embassy in London, England, that the nonimmigrant E treaty visa office will be closed on 12/23/13 through 1/6/14.
    AILA Doc. No. 13112243.
  • Invitation to Joint USCIS/DOS Meeting on Visa Processing (Updated 11/21/13)(997 KB - 11/21/2013)
    Invitation to a joint USCIS and DOS meeting on visa processing on 12/4/13 in Cleveland, OH. Non-case specific questions accepted until 11/25/13. Registration information included.
    AILA Doc. No. 13112041.
  • U.S. Reaches Refugee Admission Target for First Time Since 1980(539 KB - 10/22/2013)
    DOS press release that the U.S. brought 69,930 refugees to live in the U.S. in FY2013, which is the closest to the authorized refugee admissions ceiling of 70,000 than in any year since 1980.
    AILA Doc. No. 13102244.
  • DOS Alert That All K Visa Applicants Must Complete DS-160(511 KB - 10/9/2013)
    DOS alert that effective 10/7/13, all K visa applicants are required to complete the DS-160 Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application.
    AILA Doc. No. 13100901.
  • DOS Contact Information(505 KB - 9/12/2013)
    DOS “How to Contact Us” page with contact information, including important telephone numbers and e-mail addresses. There are new phone numbers for both the Public Inquiries Division and the Business Visa Center, effective 9/9/13.
    AILA Doc. No. 13091240.
  • DOS Transitioning Immigrant Visa Applications Online on 9/3/13(89 KB - 8/28/2013)
    DOS alert on the transition to an online immigrant visa application (DS-260) on Tuesday, 9/3/13, replacing the paper DS-230. DOS will also replace the paper DS-3032 with the online form DS-261. Only Diversity Visa and Cuban Family Reunification Parole applicants may continue using the paper forms.
    AILA Doc. No. 13082840.
  • PowerPoint from USCIS/DOS 8/15/13 Teleconference on Form I-730 (Updated 8/20/13)(590 KB - 8/20/2013)
    PowerPoint from joint USCIS and DOS 8/15/13 teleconference discussing Form I-730, Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition, including an overview of the form, filing requirements, and an explanation of the consular process for beneficiaries located abroad.
    AILA Doc. No. 13072347.
  • DOS Statement that 18 Embassies and Consulates Reopened on 8/11/13(100 KB - 8/12/2013)
    DOS update that 18 of the 19 embassies and consulates that were closed recently were reopened on Sunday, 8/11/13. The embassy in Sanaa, Yemen remains closed due to ongoing security concerns. The consulate in Lahore, Pakistan was closed on 8/8/13 due to a separate threat and also remains closed.
    AILA Doc. No. 13081240.
  • DOS Webcast on Visa Processing for Same-sex Couples(626 KB - 8/8/2013)
    DOS invitation to an 8/8/13 Google+ Hangout to discuss new guidelines for immigrant and nonimmigrant same-sex visa applicants. The “hangout” will be broadcast live on DOS’s YouTube channel and Google+ page.
    AILA Doc. No. 13080860.
  • DOS Statement on Embassy and Consulate Closures(623 KB - 8/5/2013)
    DOS statement from 8/4/13 with an updated statement on embassy and consulate closures, listing the posts that were normally open on Sunday but were closed on 8/4/13 as well as a list of posts closed between 8/5/13 and 8/10/13.
    AILA Doc. No. 13080546.
  • DOS List of Posts Closed Between 8/5 and 8/10(494 KB - 8/5/2013)
    DOS list of posts that will be closed Monday, August 5, 2013 through Saturday, August 10, 2013, due to security concerns.
    AILA Doc. No. 13080246.
  • DOS Secretary of State Announcement on Visa Changes for Same-Sex Couples(554 KB - 8/2/2013)
    DOS Secretary of State John Kerry statement from the U.S. Embassy in London that effective immediately, when same-sex spouses apply for a visa, DOS will consider that application in the same manner that it will consider the application of opposite-sex spouses.
    AILA Doc. No. 13080245.
  • DOS Alert that Certain U.S. Embassies and Consulates Will Be Closed on 8/4/13(515 KB - 8/2/2013)
    DOS emergency message that certain U.S. Embassies and Consulates will remain closed or suspend operations on Sunday, 8/4/13, due to security concerns. Please check with your specific Embassy or Consulate to see if it will be open on Sunday.
    AILA Doc. No. 13080243.
  • U.S. Embassy in Egypt Reopens for Limited Visa Services(501 KB - 7/15/2013)
    U.S. Embassy in Egypt reopened on Monday, 7/15/13 with limited visa services. The Consular Section’s capacity to respond to inquiries is limited due to the volume and consular services may experience unusual delays due to the current security environment.
    AILA Doc. No. 13071546.
  • DOS Secretary Kerry Statement on Consular Services & DOMA(513 KB - 7/3/2013)
    DOS Secretary John Kerry statement applauding the Supreme Court’s decision holding that DOMA is unconstitutional and announcing that DOS will work with the DOJ and other agencies to review all relevant federal statutes and regulations that affect visa processing and immigration benefits.
    AILA Doc. No. 13070344.
  • U.S. Consulate Guangzhou Temporarily Suspends Operations(588 KB - 6/12/2013)
    Consular operations at the U.S. Consulate General in Guangzhou will be suspended on July 15, 2013, as part of the Consulate's move to a new facility. ACS services will be unavailable until July 22, 2013, and IVs for adoption cases will resume on July 24, 2013.
    AILA Doc. No. 13061240.
  • Possible Disruption of Visa Services at U.S. Embassy in Turkey(542 KB - 6/4/2013)
    U.S. Embassy in Turkey public statement stating that because of protests and riots throughout the country, that visa services for non-U.S. citizens may be disrupted with little to no notice in the coming days.
    AILA Doc. No. 13060440.
  • U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou, China Cancels Interviews for May 14 & 15(1081 KB - 5/14/2013)
    DOS public statement stating that the U.S. Consulate Genera in Guangzhou, China will not be able to interview applicants on May 14-15, 2013 due to emergency reasons and people should check their website for latest schedule information and updates. AILA Doc. No. 13051441.
    AILA Doc. No. 13051441.
  • U.S. Embassy in Libya Temporarily Suspending Immigrant Visa Services(526 KB - 5/13/2013)
    DOS press release stating that the Immigrant Visa Unit in Tripoli, Libya will be temporarily suspending immigrant visa services and all immigrant visa services for Libyans residing in Libya are currently being processed by the U.S. Consulate in Casablanca, Morocco. AILA Doc. No. 13051345.
    AILA Doc. No. 13051345.
  • U.S. State Department Issues Travel Warning for Libya(547 KB - 5/13/2013)
    DOS press release warning U.S. citizens of the risks of traveling to Libya and strongly advises against all but essential travel to Tripoli and all travel to Benghazi, Bani Walid, and southern Libya, including border areas and the regions of Sabha and Kufra. AILA Doc. No. 13051344.
    AILA Doc. No. 13051344.
  • Immigrant Visa Unit in Manila No Longer Accepting Walk-In Applicants Without Appointments(534 KB - 5/6/2013)
    DOS public statement stating that beginning May 8, 2013, the Immigrant Visa Unit at the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines will no longer accept walk-in applicants without visa appointments, but applicants with emergency needs will be allowed on a case-by-case basis. AILA Doc. No. 13050643.
    AILA Doc. No. 13050643.
  • 2014 Diversity Visa Lottery Results Are Now Available(517 KB - 5/2/2013)
    DOS statement announcing that the results of the 2014 Diversity Visa lottery are now available online at the DV Entrant Status Check page on the DOS website. AILA Doc. No. 13050244.
    AILA Doc. No. 13050244.
  • 2014 Diversity Visa Lottery Results Are Now Available(628 KB - 5/1/2013)
    Public statement announcing that the results of the 2014 Diversity Visa lottery are now available online at the DV Entrant Status Check page on the DOS website and warning applicants on how to spot and report Diversity Visa lottery scams online. AILA Doc. No. 13050142.
    AILA Doc. No. 13050142.
  • U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines Closings for May 2013(557 KB - 4/30/2013)
    DOS press release stating that the Immigrant Visa Unit in Manila, Philippines will be temporarily closed to the public on Monday, May 13, 2013 and the American Citizens Services (ACS) unit in Manila will be closed on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 for a regular training day. AILA Doc. No. 13043042.
    AILA Doc. No. 13043042.
  • DOS Announces Release of Magnitsky List(687 KB - 4/12/2013)
    DOS press release announcing a list of people responsible for detention, abuse or death of Sergei Magnitsky or involvement in certain other human rights violations in Russia, as defined by law. Persons on this list are banned from receiving or holding visas to enter the U.S. AILA Doc. No. 13041270.
    AILA Doc. No. 13041270.
  • DOS Visa Status Check (4/5/2013)
    DOS has introduced the online "Visa Status Check," which allows both immigrant and nonimmigrant applicants to check the status of their cases at the Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC). AILA Doc. No. 13010850.
    AILA Doc. No. 13010850.
  • U.S. Embassy in Khartoum, Sudan Resumes Consular Services(535 KB - 3/25/2013)
    DOS press release stating that as of Monday, March 25th, 2013, the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum, Sudan will resume full consular services including non-immigrant visa (NIV) processing, follow-to-join refugee/asylee processing (visas 92/93), DNA testing and more. AILA Doc. No. 13032540.
    AILA Doc. No. 13032540.
  • E Visa Processing Now Available at U.S. Consulate in Calgary(457 KB - 3/11/2013)
    DOS press release announcing the availability of E visa services for treaty traders and investors from Alberta, Saskatchewan, and the Northwest Territories. Streamlined processing will generally allow applicants to receive a visa in 3 to 5 business days after the interview. AILA Doc. No. 13031141.
    AILA Doc. No. 13031141.
  • DOS Remarks on Reducing U.S. Visa Processing Times(644 KB - 2/28/2013)
    DOS public statement from 2/27/13 daily press briefing on steps government has taken to reduce visa wait times & increase visa processing capacity, including keeping interview wait times low, increasing processing capacity, streamlining visa process and expanding facilities. AILA Doc. No. 13022842.
    AILA Doc. No. 13022842.
  • DOS Remarks at UN Roundtable on Protection of Migrant Rights(714 KB - 2/22/2013)
    DOS public statement on Assistant Secretary of State for Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration Anne C. Richard at 2/20/13 United Nations roundtable on migrant rights where she discussed T visas, comprehensive immigration reform and more. AILA Doc. No. 13022253.
    AILA Doc. No. 13022253.
  • DOS Remarks on World Refugee Crisis(623 KB - 2/12/2013)
    DOS readout of Assistant Secretary of State Anne Richard’s speech to Young Leaders of the World Affairs Council where she highlighted that refugee women and children are particularly in danger of sexual violence, physical abuse and exploitation & separation from families. AILA Doc. No. 13021251.
    AILA Doc. No. 13021251.
  • DOS Online Resource to Calculate Visa & Interview Wait Times (2/1/2013)
    Department of State online resource where people can select a U.S. embassy or consulate by city or country for specific wait time information, which includes typical wait times for interview appointments and visa processing. AILA Doc. No. 12072643.
    AILA Doc. No. 12072643.
  • USCIS Manila Office Will Now Require Appointments Starting February 19(440 KB - 2/1/2013)
    DOS press release stating that beginning February 19, 2013, the USCIS Manila Field Office will no longer accept walk-in customers & effective February 1, 2013, all individuals issued immigrant visas overseas must pay a $165.00 USCIS Immigrant Fee before traveling to the U.S. AILA Doc. No. 13020150.
    AILA Doc. No. 13020150.
  • Interview Requirement Changes for B-1 Employers in Manila, Philippines(428 KB - 2/1/2013)
    DOS press release stating that any B-1 employer is required to accompany his/her domestic employee to interviews at the embassy, but the employer need not book a separate appointment to accompany the domestic employee to the interview. AILA Doc. No. 13020149.
    AILA Doc. No. 13020149.
  • U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia Closed February 1-4(472 KB - 1/30/2013)
    U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia press release stating that the U.S. Embassy will be closed from Friday, February 1, 2013 to Monday, February 4, 2013 for the King Father’s cremation and associated activities. AILA Doc. No. 13013061.
    AILA Doc. No. 13013061.
  • U.S. Embassy in Mexico Increases Corporate Eligibility for Business Facilitation Program(481 KB - 1/15/2013)
    U.S. Embassy in Mexico press release announcing the expansion of the Business Facilitation Program (BFP) which allows access to expedited visa processing for employees of qualifying firms traveling to the U.S. on company business. AILA Doc. No. 13011540.
    AILA Doc. No. 13011540.
  • U.S. Visa Fee Receipts in China Will Expire in March 2013(578 KB - 1/4/2013)
    U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China press release advising visa applicants that visa fee receipts purchased from select CITIC Bank branches will not be valid after 3/14/13 and strongly advising visa applicants to use all current CITIC fee receipts before they expire on 3/14/13. AILA Doc. No. 13010440.
    AILA Doc. No. 13010440.
  • DOS Instructions for Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver Applicants(522 KB - 1/3/2013)
    DOS public statement outlining instructions and steps that applicants can take in order to apply for a provisional unlawful presence waiver, beginning on March 4, 2013. AILA Doc. No. 13010340.
    AILA Doc. No. 13010340.
  • U.S. Embassy in United Arab Emirates Announces New Visa Appointment System(535 KB - 1/2/2013)
    U.S. Embassy in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) announcing a new appointment service system which will allow applicants to schedule a visa interview with more flexibility and up to six months in advance of travel plans, beginning on January 6, 2013. AILA Doc. No. 13010260.
    AILA Doc. No. 13010260.
 
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