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  • Ciudad Juarez Requires Electronic DS-160 For All NIVs (12/23/2008)
    Beginning 1/20/09, all nonimmigrant visa (NIV) applicants, regardless of visa class, with an appointment at the U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico will be required to use the DS-160 electronic NIV application form.
    AILA Doc. No. 08122338.
  • Various U.S. Consulates Now Require Use of DS-160 (11/21/2008)
    DOS now requires the use of the online form DS-160 for various U.S. consulates abroad.
    AILA Doc. No. 08112174.
  • DOS Describes Immigrant Visa “Pending Demand” Authorization Process (11/13/2008)
    DOS describes the USCIS authorization process and the “Pending Demand” program for adjustment of status cases.
    AILA Doc. No. 08111366.
  • Hotels in Close Proximity the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez’ New Location(16 KB - 11/13/2008)
    The U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez provides information on hotels in close proximity to the Consulate’s new location.
    AILA Doc. No. 08111360.
  • New Third Country National NIV Policies at U.S. Consulates in Mexico (11/4/2008)
    Third Country Nationals (TCNs) living in the U.S. may apply for nonimmigrant visas in Mexico under limited circumstances.
    AILA Doc. No. 08110462.
  • U.S. Consulate at Ciudad Juarez Advises on Upcoming Move (10/22/2008)
    The U.S. Consulate at Ciudad Juarez advises AILA Liaison on its upcoming move and preparations in anticipation of the move and new facility opening.
    AILA Doc. No. 08102262.
  • Ciudad Juarez Announces Online Inquiry System (9/29/2008)
    The Communications Unit of the United States Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez announces an online inquiry system for legal representatives.
    AILA Doc. No. 08092962.
  • New Procedures for TN and E Visas at Matamoros (9/22/2008)
    Information from the U.S. Consulate General, Matamoros, Non-Immigrant Visa Section Visa Clerk, regarding the new procedures in effect for obtaining TN and E visas, beginning 9/10/08.
    AILA Doc. No. 08092264.
  • Visa Unit in La Paz Resumes Full Visa Operations (9/22/2008)
    The visa unit at the U.S. Embassy in La Paz will resume full visa operations beginning on Monday, 9/22/08. Information for persons who had visa appointments canceled the week of 9/15/08 is provided.
    AILA Doc. No. 08092260.
  • Practice Alert on Unlawful Presence Applied to Minors(21 KB - 8/18/2008)
    AILA provides a practice alert regarding unlawful presence under INA section 212(a)(9)(C) as applied to minors. AILA has learned that the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico has made a significant change in the interpretation of unlawful presence as it relates to minors.
    AILA Doc. No. 08081872.
  • National Visa Center Initiates Online Payment System (8/15/2008)
    The National Visa Center has informed AILA liaison, that, beginning with fee letters dated on or after 8/11/08, the NVC will accept online payments in connection with NVC processing.
    AILA Doc. No. 08081565.
  • Update on Current State of Affairs of PIMS (8/15/2008)
    The DOS Liaison Committee provides an update on the current state of affairs of PIMS and an advisory as to what visa applicants can expect in the upcoming months.
    AILA Doc. No. 08081564.
  • DOS Requests for FAM Improvements (8/13/2008)
    In an effort to improve and update the Foreign Affairs Manual, the State Department Visa Office (VO) has requested that AILA provide notice of errors, omissions, out-datedness or other need for the FAM's improvement.
    AILA Doc. No. 08081368.
  • AILA Liaison/DOS Q&As (4/3/08)(137 KB - 8/8/2008)
    These Q&As from the 4/3/08 AILA/DOS Liaison meeting include discussion of NIV, SEVIS, H-2Bs, DUIs, PIMS, IV and NVC, document requirements, I-824s, consular returns, CSPA, following-to-join issues, waivers, and information on individual posts.
    AILA Doc. No. 08080840.
  • NVC Privacy Letter Update (7/15/2008)
    Recently, members report receiving letters from the National Visa Center (NVC) asking for additional information prior to the NVC sending correspondence like IV fee bills. DOS Liaison has confirmed with the NVC that privacy letters are not supposed to be sent to an attorney with a G-28 on file.
    AILA Doc. No. 08071561.
  • U.S. Consul in Yemen Outlines Procedures to Overcome Khat Use Ineligibility (6/16/2008)
    In response to an inquiry from AILA member Jan H. Brown, Terrence West from the U.S. Consul, Sana'a, Yemen, provided information on overcoming khat use ineligibility under INA section 212(a)(1)(A)(iv).
    AILA Doc. No. 08061670.
  • AILA/NVC Liaison Q&As from Spring 2008 Meeting(63 KB - 5/9/2008)
    Q&As from spring 2008 meeting with the AILA/NVC Liaison Committee covering access to records from TIVPC, inquiries using NVCattorney e-mail, process of forwarding files from NVC to consulates, 203(g) termination, following to join, translations, CSPA, and adjustment in lieu of consular processing.
    AILA Doc. No. 08050963.
  • DOS Liaison Update on New DS-160 (5/2/2008)
    AILA’s DOS Liaison Committee provides information about the new DS-160 electronic nonimmigrant visa form, including screenshots of the sample form.
    AILA Doc. No. 08050267.
  • PIMS Processing Update to Facilitate Data Entry (3/21/2008)
    USCIS and DOS informed AILA Liaison of a new PIMS data entry process for nonimmigrant employment-based visas.
    AILA Doc. No. 08032132.
  • DOS Guidance on Qualification as a “Scientific Technician/Technologist” under NAFTA (2/27/2008)
    The Advisory Opinions Division in the Visa Office at the State Department has provided AILA liaison with the text of a 1/4/08, e-mail reminder to Posts regarding qualification as a “Scientific Technician/Technologist” under NAFTA.
    AILA Doc. No. 08022774.
  • Observations from DOS on India EB-2 Unavailability (1/14/2008)
    Update on the announcement of India EB-2 visa unavailability in the February 2008 Visa Bulletin.
    AILA Doc. No. 08011461.
 
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