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  • Payment Process Update from U.S. Consulate, Germany (12/12/2011)
    U.S. Consulate in Frankfurt, Germany informing AILA of the current payment process at all visa processing posts in Germany. As of 12/1/11, payments are only possible through Roskos & Meier. As of 1/1/12, applicants must make individual payments. Courtesy of Kenneth Rinzler.
    AILA Doc. No. 11121245.
  • DOS Advises AILA that Online DS-160 is Down (12/9/2011)
    DOS alert that CEAC required to complete Form DS-160 is currently down. AILA Doc. NO. 11120968.
    AILA Doc. No. 11120968.
  • Call for Cases: Restrictions on Access to Counsel in Consular Proceedings (Updated 11/2/11) (11/2/2011)
    The AILA Access to Counsel Task Force seeks examples of press-worthy cases where access to counsel was restricted or prevented in consular proceedings and where participation of counsel would have made a difference, even if the visa was issued. AILA Doc. No. 11092734.
    AILA Doc. No. 11092734.
  • AILA/RDC Q&As with USCIS Guangzhou(299 KB - 11/1/2011)
    The Rome District Chapter (RDC) offers unapproved Q&As between the RDC and the USCIS Guangzhou, China Field Office. Topics covered include general operations, communications, I-130s, I-600s, I-407s, N-400s, I-131s, biometrics, I-601s, refugee, adoption, and more. AILA Doc. No. 11110130.
    AILA Doc. No. 11110130.
  • AILA/DOS Liaison Q&As on WRD (10/18/2011)(211 KB - 10/24/2011)
    DOS Waiver Review Division (WRD) approved the AILA/DOS Liaison Committee Q&As, which address questions relating to general J-1 issues, waiver withdrawals, physician cases, advisory opinions, no-objection waivers, DOS WRD contact information, and more. AILA Doc. No. 11102423.
    AILA Doc. No. 11102423.
  • AILA/DOS Liaison Q&As (10/18/2011)(382 KB - 10/24/2011)
    DOS approved the AILA/DOS Liaison Committee Q&As, which address questions relating to communication, LegalNet, PIMS, administrative processing, technological improvements, Es, B-1 in lieu of H, TN, NVC issues, 204(l), EB cases, FB cases, India, Ls, Blanket Ls, and more. AILA Doc. No. 11102420.
    AILA Doc. No. 11102420.
  • AILA/DOS Liaison Practice Alert: Form I-130 and I-360 Filing Location to Change (8/11/2011)
    The DOS Liaison Committee reminds members that as of August 15, 2011, I-130 and I-360 petitions will no longer be accepted at U.S. Consulates or Embassies if there is no USCIS office onsite. In those cases, petitions should be filed with the USCIS Chicago Lockbox. AILA Doc. No. 11081130.
    AILA Doc. No. 11081130.
  • DOS Practice Tip: H-1B1 Singapore/Chile Issues with DS-160 (8/10/2011)
    The DOS Liaison Committee is in communication with the Visa Office regarding the H-1B1 Singapore/Chile issues with the DS-160. The Visa Office is working to fix this issue and hope to have it resolved as soon as possible. AILA Doc. No. 11081023.
    AILA Doc. No. 11081023.
  • AILA/DOS Liaison Q&A (4/6/2011)(114 KB - 8/5/2011)
    DOS approved the AILA/DOS liaison committee Q&As, which address DOS policy, communication with Post and the Visa Office, administrative processing delays, H-1Bs, L-1s, Blanket Ls, I-130 consular returns, I-824s, DS-260, NVC processing, Sao Paulo appointments, and more. AILA Doc. No. 11080565.
    AILA Doc. No. 11080565.
  • AILA/DOS Liaison Practice Alert: E-Mail Communications with U.S. Embassy, New Delhi (Updated 7/6/11) (7/6/2011)
    DOS Liaison committee alerts AILA members of e-mail communications from an "intern" at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi and has received clarification from the State Department on this issue. AILA Doc. No. 11062966.
    AILA Doc. No. 11062966.
  • DOS Launches New DS-160 Form (6/27/2011)
    The DOS Liaison Committee alerts members that the Department of State (DOS) has launched the anticipated new version of the Form DS-160 Nonimmigrant Visa Application. AILA Doc. No. 11062763.
    AILA Doc. No. 11062763.
  • Report from AILA Chapters Tour of U.S. Consulate in Vancouver(60 KB - 6/15/2011)
    AILA Washington, Canada, and Oregon Chapters questions and answers from a tour of and meeting with the U.S. Consulate in Vancouver, BC, on 04/28/11. Topics include B-1/B-2s for Canadians, H-1Bs, E-1/E-2s, K-1s, I-130s, TCNs, F-1s and more. AILA Doc. No. 11061531.
    AILA Doc. No. 11061531.
  • AILA/DOS Liaison Practice Pointer: PIMS(97 KB - 6/10/2011)
    The DOS Liaison Committee offers information on PIMS provided during a tour of the KCC. The pointer discusses when and how an application is entered into PIMS, target completion times, what happens if an approval is not in PIMS, whether a visa delay is due to PIMS, and more. AILA Doc. No. 11061060.
    AILA Doc. No. 11061060.
  • Temporary Changes in State Department Exchange Visitor Program (6/9/2011)
    The State Department has informed Exchange Visitor Program sponsors of temporary changes in the office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Private Sector Affairs. AILA Doc. No. 11060966.
    AILA Doc. No. 11060966.
  • AILA/RDC Q&As with U.S. Embassy, London(69 KB - 5/17/2011)
    The Rome District Chapter (RDC) offers approved questions and answers between the RDC and the U.S. Embassy, London. Topics include the new online portal for group bookings, visa reissuance, renunciations, consular officer review of supporting documentation, and more. AILA Doc. No. 11051764.
    AILA Doc. No. 11051764.
  • AILA/RDC Q&As with USCIS Athens Field Office(234 KB - 4/15/2011)
    The Rome District Chapter (RDC) offers approved questions and answers between the Rome District Chapter and the USCIS Athens Field Office. Topics covered include general operations, communications, I-130s, I-601s, I-407s, N-400s, biometrics, refugee, adoption, and more. AILA Doc. No. 11041564.
    AILA Doc. No. 11041564.
  • EB-2: India, China, and the “Otherwise Unused” Employment Visa Numbers (Updated 4/7/11)(19 KB - 4/7/2011)
    Practice advisory discussing the projected movement of the EB-2 visa numbers in the coming months, and the non-discriminatory policy of allocating the “otherwise unused” employment visa numbers according to priority date. Courtesy of Jay Solomon. AILA Doc. No. 11040634.
    AILA Doc. No. 11040634.
  • J Visa Waiver Status Online Restored (Updated 4/6/11) (4/6/2011)
    AILA liaison has been informed that the J visa waiver status online has been restored. Stay tuned to InfoNet for further details. AILA Doc. No. 11040536.
    AILA Doc. No. 11040536.
  • Possible EB-2 Priority Date Movement in the Coming Months (4/5/2011)
    Charlie Oppenheim, Chief, Immigrant Visa Control and Reporting Division, U.S. Department of State, outlines possible EB-2 priority date movement in the coming months. AILA Doc. No. 11040563.
    AILA Doc. No. 11040563.
  • Update on EB-2 Visa Availability (3/29/2011)
    Charlie Oppenheim, Chief, Immigrant Visa Control and Reporting Division, U.S. Department of State, provided AILA with an update on EB-1 demand an its impact on EB-2 availability. AILA Doc. No. 11032960.
    AILA Doc. No. 11032960.
  • AILA/DOS Liaison Q&A with the KCC (11/16/2010)(268 KB - 3/16/2011)
    KCC approved AILA/DOS liaison Q&As address an overview of the KCC, petition approval and PIMS process, missing information in PIMS, security/background checks, change in petitioner information, U petition approvals, DV lottery fees, I-129 target completion time, and more. AILA Doc. No. 11031661.
    AILA Doc. No. 11031661.
  • AILA Liaison Questions for U.S. Embassy, Athens(98 KB - 3/7/2011)
    The RDC offers Q&As of a meeting with the U.S. Embassy, Athens. Topics include staffing changes, NIV appointments, 3rd country processing, DS-160, Visas (B, E, H-1B), PIMS, Advisory Opinions, IVs, panel physicians, communication, revocation, inadmissibility, fraud, and more. AILA Doc. No. 11030728.
    AILA Doc. No. 11030728.
  • Problems with On-Line Appointment System for Posts in Mexico (1/27/2011)
    AILA liaison has contacted DOS after receiving reports that the new on-line appointment system for consulates in Mexico is not working. AILA Doc. No. 11012730.
    AILA Doc. No. 11012730.
  • DOS Practice Alert: Temporary Closure of Tel-Aviv Consular Section (1/26/2011)
    The Rome District Chapter alerts AILA members that the U.S. Embassy in Tel-Aviv will be closed to the public between February 17 and March 18, 2011. As such, the Embassy strongly encourages those intending to travel to the U.S. to apply for visas well in advance. AILA Doc. No. 11012661
    AILA Doc. No. 11012663.
  • DOS Practice Pointer: Changes in Scheduling of Expatriation Interviews at U.S. Embassy, London (1/25/2011)
    The Rome District Chapter informs practitioners of changes at U.S. Embassy, London regarding expatriation interviews. In an effort to reduce the current backlog, expatriation interviews will be scheduled electronically, effective 2/1/11. AILA Doc. No. 11012531.
    AILA Doc. No. 11012531.
  • DOS Discusses Erroneous Mumbai Visa Bulletin Posting (1/12/2011)
    AILA Liaison has received information from Charlie Oppenheim of the DOS Visa Office explaining the erroneous report of current availability for the India EB-2 category. AILA Doc. No. 11011270.
    AILA Doc. No. 11011270.
  • Mumbai Erroneously Reports Availability of India EB-2 (1/12/2011)
    AILA Liaison has confirmed with the DOS Visa Office that reports of EB-2 India becoming current in the February 2011 Visa Bulletin are erroneous. AILA Doc. No. 11011268
    AILA Doc. No. 11011268.
  • AILA/DOS Liaison Practice Pointer: Who Can Electronically Sign the DS-160? (1/6/2011)
    AILA/DOS Liaison committee reminds practitioners that the DS-160 form must be electronically signed and submitted by the visa applicant him or her self. AILA Doc. No. 11010630.
    AILA Doc. No. 11010630.
  • AILA/DOS Liaison Meeting Minutes (10/28/10)(374 KB - 1/7/2011)
    The AILA/DOS liaison minutes address I-824s, denials, 221(g), fraud prevention, Mexico reciprocity, NVC, Visa Bulletin, Haiti, DS-260, electronic signatures, NIV dependents, NIV waivers, SAOs, bonds, KCC, Legalnet, surviving beneficiaries, H-1Bs, Es, waiver review, and more. AILA Doc. No. 11010669.
    AILA Doc. No. 11010669.
  • U.S. Embassy London Reminds Blanket L Visa Applicants of the Need to Pay the Border Security Fee (1/6/2011)
    U.S. Embassy London asked AILA Liaison to remind members of the Border Security Fee now in effect for certain H-1B and L-1 cases. Although the fee in most cases is usually paid to USCIS when the petition is filed, blanket L-1 fees are collected at the Embassy or Consulate. AILA Doc. No. 11010668.
    AILA Doc. No. 11010668.
 
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