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2009

  • Practice Pointer: How To Contest A “Class A” Determination From A Panel Physician (12/30/2009)
    The AILA DOS Liaison Committee advises members on how they can contest a "Class A" determination from a panel physician through either seeking an advisory opinion from the CDC or asking the CDC to re-examine the medical condition.
    AILA Doc. No. 09123063.
  • Practice Pointer: Comprehensive New Policy on DNA Testing (11/6/2009)
    The Rome District Chapter informs members of the DOS's new comprehensive policy on DNA testing, which states that DNA technology is the only acceptable non-documentary method for proving a biological relationship.
    AILA Doc. No. 09110668.
  • DOS Provides Background on Visa Allocation Process (9/24/2009)
    As all employment-based visas have been allocated for FY2009, Charles Oppenheim, Chief, Immigrant Control and Reporting Division Visa Services Office, provides an explanation on how the DOS allocates visas through its Immigrant Visa Allocation Management System (IVAMS).
    AILA Doc. No. 09240920.
  • DOS on Employment-Based Visa Availability Before 10/1/09 (9/24/2009)
    DOS has advised AILA Liaison that employment-based visa numbers are no longer available for this fiscal year that concludes on September 30, 2009.
    AILA Doc. No. 09092466.
  • U.S. Embassy Vienna Revises E Visa Processing Policy for Renewals (9/18/2009)
    The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy Vienna revised their E visa processing policy for E renewals, by allowing E visa renewals to be submitted by mail, messenger, or in person without an appointment during the consular section’s VIP hours.
    AILA Doc. No. 09091867.
  • Notice Regarding Application of New Skills List (7/7/2009)
    The AILA DOS Liaison Committee has confirmed that citizens of countries removed from the Skills List are no longer subject to the two-year foreign residence requirement, if they were subject based on the skills list.
    AILA Doc. No. 09070767.
  • Practice Pointer on 9 FAM Updates(72 KB - 7/2/2009)
    Member Liam Schwartz remarks on the new administration's efforts to make the visa application process more transparent. This article offers a detailed summary of the 9 FAM updates to assist members with day-to-day consular practice.
    AILA Doc. No. 09070265.
  • DOS Advises of Dire State of Affairs on Visa Number Availability (6/10/2009)
    DOS recently provided an update to AILA Liaison regarding estimated visa availability for employment-based visas for individuals from India and China.
    AILA Doc. No. 09061032.
  • Ciudad Juarez Operations During H1N1 Flu Outbreak (5/7/2009)
    The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City and the U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez indicate consular services will re-open consular operations on a rolling basis starting 5/7/09.
    AILA Doc. No. 09042970.
  • Update on Visa Processing at the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez (4/24/2009)
    AILA offers a practical update on the changes in procedure at Ciudad Juarez stating that it started requiring applicants to be officially refused for an immigrant visa before they could make an appointment for a USCIS waiver a few months ago.
    AILA Doc. No. 09042431.
  • DOS Implements Procedural Changes at Ciudad Juarez (4/23/2009)
    The U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, offers information on several changes affecting clients applying for immigrant visas, non-immigrant visas or American Citizen Services at the Consulate General.
    AILA Doc. No. 09042339.
  • Practice Tip Regarding EB-3 Retrogression in April Visa Bulletin (3/18/2009)
    Practice tip from AILA member Jill Bussey regarding the impact of the retrogression of EB-3 in the April 2009 Visa Bulletin.
    AILA Doc. No. 09031866.
  • New Nonimmigrant Visa Procedures in Ciudad Juarez (4/9/2009)
    On Monday, 4/6/09, DOS implemented a new requirement, where each nonimmigrant visa applicant must obtain an Application Support Center appointment before attending their nonimmigrant visa interview appointment at the Post.
    AILA Doc. No. 09040962.
  • AILA Liaison/DOS Meeting Minutes (11/5/08)(627 KB - 2/26/2009)
    The 11/5/08 meeting minutes address consular returns, ALDACs, communication with posts, SAOs, E visas, fingerprint reuse, DS-160 pilot, PIMS, NAFTA NIV appointments, immigrant visa issues, 2010 diversity visa, adoption, post-specific issues, and waiver review division questions.
    AILA Doc. No. 09022660.
  • DOS/AILA Liaison Index of Topics(396 KB - 2/25/2009)
    AILA Member Ingrid Brey, former member of the DOS AILA Liaison Committee, provides an Index of Topics, which summarizes liaison minutes from March 2003 through April 2008.
    AILA Doc. No. 09022570.
  • DOS Liaison Committee Update on CSPA for F-2A Visa Applicants (2/25/2009)
    The AILA DOS Liaison Committee offers an update on CSPA for F-2A visa applicants, where the naturalization of the petitioner occurred after the child was over the age of 21. In such cases, the NVC sends a change of classification letter from F-2A to F-1.
    AILA Doc. No. 09022562.
  • Communication with the U.S. Consulate in London (2/3/2009)
    AILA Liaison provides information on proper communication with the U.S. Consulate in London regarding the status of a visa application. Courtesy of Kehrela M. Hodkinson, Chair, AILA Rome District.
    AILA Doc. No. 09020373.
  • DOS Waiver Office Advice on Completing the Online DS-3035 (1/29/2009)
    As of 2/1/09, the DOS Waiver Review Division will only accept a DS-3035 Form that has been filed online. The DOS Liaison Committee offers tips on completing the online form properly.
    AILA Doc. No. 09012964.
  • Waiver Appointments Added to Schedule at Ciudad Juarez (1/14/2009)
    Over 1500 new waiver appointments from January through March 2009 have been added to the schedule at Ciudad Juarez.
    AILA Doc. No. 09011467.
 
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