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  • DOS Statement on Passage of Russia's Law Ending Inter-Country Adoptions(667 KB - 12/28/2012)
    DOS press statement expressing regret over Russia’s passage of the Yakovlev Act, which is a law ending inter-country adoptions between the United States and Russia, noting that American families have adopted over 60,000 Russian children over the past 20 years.
    AILA Doc. No. 12122861.
  • Temporary Suspension of U.S. Embassy Operations in Central African Republic(667 KB - 12/28/2012)
    DOS press release announcing that the U.S. Embassy in Bangui, Central African Republic (CAR) temporarily suspended its operations on December 28, 2012 as a result of the present security situation in the Central African Republic (CAR).
    AILA Doc. No. 12122860.
  • U.S. & Canada Announce Visa and Immigration Information-Sharing Agreement(745 KB - 12/17/2012)
    DOS press release announcing the signing of U.S.-Canada Visa and Immigration Information-Sharing Agreement, which will enable Canada and the United States to share information from third country nationals who apply for a visa or permit to travel to either country.
    AILA Doc. No. 12121741.
  • DOS Terrorist Designation of Al-Qaeda in Iraq Group Aliases(676 KB - 12/11/2012)
    DOS press release amending the Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) & Executive Order 13224 designations of Al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) to include these new aliases: al-Nusrah Front, Jabhat al-Nusrah, Jabhet al-Nusra, The Victory Front & Al-Nusrah Front for People of the Levant.
    AILA Doc. No. 12121161.
  • DOS Terrorist Designation of Movement for Unity & Jihad in West Africa(1127 KB - 12/7/2012)
    DOS press release designating the Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa (MUJWA, also known by MUJAO), Hamad el Khairy, and Ahmed el Tilemsi, two of the organization’s leaders, as Specially Designated Global Terrorists under Executive Order 13224.
    AILA Doc. No. 12120766.
  • New Appointment System at U.S. Embassy Baku, Azerbaijan(475 KB - 12/5/2012)
    U.S. Embassy Baku, Azerbaijan announces the new appointment system and application procedures for visa applicants, which will be implemented on 12/27/12. As a result, applicants will pay the application fee before scheduling an appointment for a visa interview.
    AILA Doc. No. 12120570.
  • Protests Block U.S. Embassy Cairo (11/29/2012)
    U.S. Embassy Cairo alert to the public that due to protests blocking the Embassy, no departures or arrivals from the Embassy are permitted until further notice. Additionally, all afternoon consular appointments for 11/29/12 are cancelled.
    AILA Doc. No. 12112944.
  • U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt Closed on November 27(542 KB - 11/26/2012)
    U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt press release stating that the U.S. Embassy will be operating at reduced staffing levels on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 and routine visa and consular services for American citizens are being suspended for that same day.
    AILA Doc. No. 12112640.
  • U.S. Visa Interview Waiver Program Expands to Mission India(471 KB - 11/21/2012)
    U.S. Embassy in India expands the visa interview waiver program, allowing certain NIV applicants seeking to renew a visa that expired within the last 47 months to apply without an interview. The program streamlines processing for certain H-1Bs, L-1s, students, and children.
    AILA Doc. No. 12112160.
  • Consular Services Suspended at U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel on November 21(568 KB - 11/21/2012)
    U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel press release stating that the U.S. Embassy will be operating at reduced staffing levels on Wednesday, November 21, 2012 and routine consular services are being suspended for that same day.
    AILA Doc. No. 12111553.
  • Registration for 2014 Diversity Visa (DV-2014) Program is Now Closed(520 KB - 11/5/2012)
    DOS press release announcing that online registration for 2014 Diversity Visa Program (DV-2014) was closed on Saturday, November 3, 2012. DV-2014 entrants will be able to check the status of their entries as of 5/1/13 through Entrant Status Check (ESC) on the E-DV website.
    AILA Doc. No. 12110543.
  • DOS Announces Passing of NVC Operations Manager Andrew Hayden(514 KB - 10/29/2012)
    DOS notice announcing the passing of NVC Operations Manager Andrew Hayden on October 17, 2012. Andrew worked at the NVC since 1996 and participated in numerous liaison engagements and activities with AILA over the years. Andrew will be missed deeply by all who knew him.
    AILA Doc. No. 12102944.
  • DOS Delists Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) as Foreign Terrorist Organization(671 KB - 9/28/2012)
    DOS press release revoking the designation of the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) and its aliases as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) under the Immigration and Nationality Act and to delist the MEK as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist under Executive Order 13224.
    AILA Doc. No. 12092851.
  • DOS Press Release on 2014 Diversity Visa Program Registration(708 KB - 9/21/2012)
    DOS press release announcing that the 2014 Diversity Visa Program (DV-2014) will open on October 2, 2012, and will close on Saturday, November 3, 2012. Applicants must submit entries electronically during this registration period using the electronic DV entry form.
    AILA Doc. No. 12092153.
  • Diversity Visa Program Scammers Sending Fraudulent Emails & Letters(618 KB - 9/19/2012)
    DOS press release advising the public of a notable increase in fraudulent emails and letters sent to Diversity Visa (DV) program (Visa Lottery) applicants, including frequently asked questions on the topic.
    AILA Doc. No. 12091941.
  • 2014 Diversity Visa Lottery Instructions(727 KB - 9/18/2012)
    DOS instructions for the 2014 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2014). This year, natives from Guatemala are eligible, while several other countries are ineligible. Entries for the DV-2014 program must be submitted electronically between 10/2/12 and 11/3/12.
    AILA Doc. No. 12091843.
  • U.S. Embassy Tunis, Tunisia Closed(480 KB - 9/17/2012)
    DOS announcement that the U.S. Embassy in Tunis, Tunisia is closed to the public on 9/17/2012. Only U.S. citizens with life-or-death emergencies should call the Embassy.
    AILA Doc. No. 12091742.
  • U.S. Embassy Khartoum, Sudan Closed(490 KB - 9/17/2012)
    DOS announcement that the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum, Sudan was closed on 9/15/2012 and will remain closed until further notice. Additionally, all NIV and V92/93 appointments are currently suspended.
    AILA Doc. No. 12091741.
  • Relocation of Connecticut Passport Agency(711 KB - 9/13/2012)
    DOS press release announcing that the U.S. Department of State’s Connecticut Passport Agency will open to the public in its new location at 850 Canal Street, Stamford, Connecticut on 9/17/12. The agency’s last day in its current location in Norwalk, CT will be 9/14/12.
    AILA Doc. No. 12091354.
  • No Visa Services at U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt(621 KB - 9/13/2012)
    U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt press release stating that all visa appointments will be cancelled on 9/13/12 and that emergency services will only be offered to American citizens.
    AILA Doc. No. 12091349.
  • NIV Bank Payment Process Change at U.S. Embassy Manila(68 KB - 9/10/2012)
    U.S. Embassy, Manila announced a change in the NIV payment process as of 9/3/12. NIV applicants must present a U.S. visa application deposit slip in order to pay the MRV fee. The deposit slip lists an expiration date, which must be valid for bank agents to accept payment.
    AILA Doc. No. 12091040.
  • DOS Historic New U.S.-Russia Visa Agreement Effective September 9(705 KB - 9/7/2012)
    DOS press release on new U.S.-Russia visa agreement which goes into force on 9/9/12 & facilitates travel between the countries & strengthens ties between the countries by benefitting the largest segments of travelers in both our countries – business travelers & tourists.
    AILA Doc. No. 12090744.
  • U.S. Embassy in India Announces New Visa Processing System(539 KB - 9/6/2012)
    U.S. Embassy in India press release announcing that it is implementing a new visa processing system throughout India that will further standardize procedures and will simplify fee payment and appointment scheduling through a new website.
    AILA Doc. No. 12090640.
  • DOS Announces Historic New U.S.-Russia Visa Agreement(509 KB - 8/30/2012)
    DOS press release on new visa agreement starting 9/9/12 where Russian & U.S. travelers for business or tourism will be eligible to receive visas valid for multiple entries for 36 months & reducing the business or tourism visa fees from $100 to $20.
    AILA Doc. No. 12083063.
  • New E Visa Processing Instructions for U.S. Mission Italy (Updated 8/29/12)(479 KB - 8/29/2012)
    U.S. Mission Italy announces the new E visa processing instructions as of 8/15/12, which include an explanation of E visa procedures, specify that the maximum visa packet size for E visas is 40 pages, and update the process for scheduling an interview.
    AILA Doc. No. 12081568.
  • U.S. Consulate Chengdu, China Reopens(475 KB - 8/23/2012)
    DOS announcement that the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu, China will reopen on 8/23/2012, after closing due to a fire on 8/21/2012. The Consulate will contact visa applicants and U.S. citizens in order to reschedule interviews that were scheduled during the brief closure.
    AILA Doc. No. 12082362.
  • NIV Interview Waiver Eligibility Checklist(485 KB - 8/23/2012)
    Nonimmigrant visa interview waiver checklist provided by Mission India to determine if an applicant is eligible for nonimmigrant visa renewal without appearing for an interview.
    AILA Doc. No. 12082361.
  • New Appointment System for Non-immigrant Visas for Residents of Iran(540 KB - 8/22/2012)
    DOS public announcement stating that Iranian nationals applying for nonimmigrant visas in Dubai are now able to schedule their own interviews through the Visa Information Service (VIS) call center.
    AILA Doc. No. 12082254.
  • New Appointment System at U.S. Embassy Bucharest(498 KB - 8/17/2012)
    U.S. Embassy Bucharest announces the new appointment system and application procedures for visa applicants starting 9/13/12. Visa applicants should begin the application process now, if they want to have their appointment scheduled between 9/10/12 and 9/20/12.
    AILA Doc. No. 12081751.
  • U.S. Visa Applications for July 2012 Up 24% in Brazil(470 KB - 8/17/2012)
    U.S. Embassy in Brazil press release announcing that it has processed 81,737 visa applications in July 2012, a 24% increase over the same month in 2011.
    AILA Doc. No. 12081747.
  • U.S. Embassy Libya Consular Section Reopens(485 KB - 8/17/2012)
    DOS announcement that the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy, Libya will reopen on 8/27/2012, and will offer both nonimmigrant visa services and U.S. citizen services. As of 8/9/2012, scheduling began for visa interviews, which will take place once the section reopens.
    AILA Doc. No. 12081760.
  • DOS to Open 2014 Diversity Visa Program Registration on 10/2/12(675 KB - 8/9/2012)
    DOS press release announcing that online registration for the DV-2014 Program will begin on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 12:00 noon EDT, and conclude on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 12:00 noon, EDT. Instructions for the DV-2014 Program are not yet available.
    AILA Doc. No. 12080940.
  • U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines to Reopen on August 10(482 KB - 8/9/2012)
    DOS press release stating that the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines will reopen on 8/10/12 after being closed on 8/7/12 and 8/8/12 due to severe weather conditions.
    AILA Doc. No. 12080740.
  • Advance Submission of Documents Discontinued at U.S. Consulate Hyderabad(523 KB - 8/6/2012)
    As of 8/6/2012, U.S. Consulate Hyderabad will no longer accept advance submission of documents for all Business Executive Program (BEP) and regular H & L petition cases. Instead, all documentation must be delivered to the consulate on the day of the interview.
    AILA Doc. No. 12080644.
  • U.S. Embassy London Announces Extended Hours of Service(938 KB - 7/27/2012)
    U.S. Embassy in London announced extended hours of service of 7:30AM to 7:00PM, Monday through Friday, between 7/27/12 and 8/14/12 due to increased activity in central London and congestion on public transportation during the Olympic Games.
    AILA Doc. No. 12072743.
  • U.S. Consulate in Guadalajara Opens New Visa Appointments to Reduce Wait Times(517 KB - 7/26/2012)
    Press release from the U.S. consulate in Guadalajara, Mexico announcing that it will be reducing wait times for non-immigrant visa applicants by opening tens of thousands of new appointments over the next two months.
    AILA Doc. No. 12072642.
  • DOS Press Statement on Confidentiality of Visa Records under INA(680 KB - 7/26/2012)
    DOS press statement on the question of whether the issuance of a waiver during the visa process is protected under visa confidentiality as part of the visa process, pursuant to the confidentiality provisions of Section 222(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).
    AILA Doc. No. 12072640.
  • DOS Travel Information on Puerto Rico(480 KB - 7/20/2012)
    DOS press release stating that there is no passport requirement for U.S. citizens for direct travel between the mainland U.S. & territories, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. These reports stem from a 7/16/12 article misquoting a State Department official.
    AILA Doc. No. 12072042.
  • DOS Terrorism Designations FAQ Fact Sheet(1265 KB - 7/13/2012)
    Department of State frequently asked questions fact sheet from 7/10/12 on the terrorism designation process, including answers to key questions relating to who can actually designate an FTO, the criteria and consequences for designations and other related issues.
    AILA Doc. No. 12071345.
  • Demand Data Used in Determining Employment Preference Cut-Off Dates(585 KB - 7/9/2012)
    DOS chart offering the estimated total number of visas available for each employment preference category for FY2012, as well as the data used in determining the cut-off dates for August 2012.
    AILA Doc. No. 12070946.
  • U.S. Visa Interview Waiver Program Expands to Mission Mexico(474 KB - 7/5/2012)
    Consulate General of the U.S. in CDJ announced the expansion of the visa interview waiver program. Under the program, certain NIV applicants in Mexico seeking to renew a visa that expired within the last 47 months are eligible to apply for a new visa without an interview.
    AILA Doc. No. 12070562.
  • DOS Press Release on Guatemala Adoptions Cases(694 KB - 7/2/2012)
    Department of State press release announcing Special Advisor for Children’s Issues Ambassador Susan Jacobs is visiting Guatemala with USCIS to meet with Guatemalan officials to discuss progress in resolving the remaining inter-country adoption transition cases.
    AILA Doc. No. 12070242.
  • DOS Nominates Director of International Organization for Migration(675 KB - 6/28/2012)
    DOS press release announcing that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has formally nominated William Lacy Swing for a second five-year term as Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
    AILA Doc. No. 12062846.
  • DOS Changes in U.S. Treaty Trader & Investor Visas (E Visas) Processing(581 KB - 6/21/2012)
    DOS press release announcing that U.S. Mission in Mexico has implemented two changes in procedures for applying for & renewing Treaty Trader (E-1) & Treaty Investor (E-2) visas. Beginning 7/1/12, the U.S. Mission in Mexico will centralize all E-visas adjudications in Mexico.
    AILA Doc. No. 12062145.
  • Demand Data Used in Determining Employment Preference Cut-Off Dates(586 KB - 6/8/2012)
    DOS chart offering the estimated total number of visas available for each employment preference category for FY2012, as well as the data used in determining the cut-off dates for July 2012.
    AILA Doc. No. 12060840.
  • DOS Releases 2011 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices(487 KB - 5/24/2012)
    DOS press release announcing on 5/24/12 that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton submitted the “2011 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices” to Congress. The annual Human Rights Reports provide facts underlying U.S. efforts to promote respect for human rights worldwide.
    AILA Doc. No. 12052446.
  • U.S. Embassy, Asmara Suspends Visa Services(465 KB - 5/14/2012)
    DOS announcement from 5/7/12 that visa services at U.S. Embassy Asmara, Eritrea have been suspended due to limited staffing. Additionally, the embassy can only provide emergency services to U.S. citizens at this time.
    AILA Doc. No. 12051448.
  • Demand Data Used in Determining Employment Preference Cut-Off Dates(586 KB - 5/9/2012)
    DOS chart offering the estimated total number of visas available for each employment preference category for FY2012, as well as the data used in determining the cut-off dates for June 2012.
    AILA Doc. No. 12050940.
  • U.S. Dedicates New Consulate General Compound in Indonesia(845 KB - 5/3/2012)
    DOS press release on the new American consulate general facility in Surabaya, Indonesia which will provide improved facilities to serve both U.S. and Indonesian citizens, such as a more comfortable consular area for visa services and American citizen services.
    AILA Doc. No. 12050344.
  • DOS Processing Visas from China and Brazil at Record Pace(849 KB - 4/18/2012)
    DOS press release announcing that the agency is on pace to meet the President’s goals of increasing visitor visa processing capacity in China & Brazil by 40 percent in 2012, with 555,000 visas issued from Brazil in the first half of FY2012 & 453,000 visas from China.
    AILA Doc. No. 12041845.
  • DOS Reminder on New Visa Application Fees(481 KB - 4/16/2012)
    DOS reminder that nonimmigrant and immigrant visa application fees changed on 4/13/12. If the visa fee was paid before 4/13/12, the difference between the new fee and the old fee does not need to be paid as long as the visa interview is on or before 7/12/12.
    AILA Doc. No. 12041642.
  • DOS Announces Ten-Year Visa Validity for Colombians(39 KB - 4/16/2012)
    DOS fact sheet announcing an increase in the validity of visas for Colombians traveling on a temporary basis to the U.S. Most Colombian applicants who qualify for a B nonimmigrant visa may be issued a ten year, multiple-entry visa.
    AILA Doc. No. 12041660.
  • U.S. Visa Applications Up 62% in Brazil(466 KB - 4/10/2012)
    U.S. Embassy in Brazil announced that it has processed 115,269 visa applications in March 2012, a 62% increase over the same month in 2011.
    AILA Doc. No. 12041044.
  • Visa Processing Fees to Change on April 13, 2012(821 KB - 4/2/2012)
    DOS press release announcing that effective April 13, 2012, the Department of State will adjust visa processing fees. The fees for most nonimmigrant visa applications and Border Crossing Cards will increase, while all immigrant visa processing fees will decrease.
    AILA Doc. No. 12040249.
  • Expedited Visa Renewal Pilot Program Expanded to Bucharest(476 KB - 4/2/2012)
    U.S. Embassy Bucharest announced the expansion of the visa interview waiver program. Under the program, certain applicants seeking to renew a B1/B2, C1/D, or F/J/M visa that expired within the last 47 months are now also eligible to apply for a new visa without an interview.
    AILA Doc. No. 12040246.
  • U.S. Dedicates New Embassy Compound in Bucharest, Romania(376 KB - 3/22/2012)
    DOS press release on the new American embassy compound in Bucharest, Romania. The new facility is located in the Baneasa commercial district and consolidates Embassy staff to improve coordination and communication among the various embassy sections.
    AILA Doc. No. 12032263.
  • U.S. Visa Interview Waiver Program Expands to New Delhi(26 KB - 3/22/2012)
    U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India announced the immediate expansion of the visa interview waiver program. Under the expansion, applicants seeking to renew a B1/B2 visa that has expired within the last 47 months are now eligible to apply for a new visa without an interview.
    AILA Doc. No. 12032261.
  • U.S. Visa Interview Waiver Program Expands in Russia(28 KB - 3/12/2012)
    U.S. Mission in Russia announced the expansion of the visa interview waiver program. Under the expansion, applicants seeking to renew a B1/B2 or C1/D visa that has expired within the last 47 months are now also eligible to apply for a new visa without an interview.
    AILA Doc. No. 12031262.
  • Demand Data Used in Determining Employment Preference Cut-Off Dates(130 KB - 3/8/2012)
    DOS chart offering the estimated total number of visas available for each employment preference category for FY2012, as well as the data used in determining the cut-off dates for April 2012.
    AILA Doc. No. 12030865.
  • U.S. Embassy Lisbon No Longer Processing Immigrant or Diversity Visas As of 3/1/12(468 KB - 2/27/2012)
    DOS announcement that the U.S. Embassy in Lisbon and the U.S. Consulate General in Ponta Delgada will no longer process immigrant visas or diversity visa applications as of 3/1/12.
    AILA Doc. No. 12022747.
  • U.S. Embassy, Beijing Announces Interview Waiver Pilot Program(71 KB - 2/14/2012)
    Announcement by U.S. Ambassador to Beijing, Gary Locke, on the Interview Waiver Pilot Program, which will allow for the renewal of B, C1, D, F, J, M, and O visas in Beijing. An additional U.S. visa processing location is also set to open in Beijing.
    AILA Doc. No. 12021462.
  • Suspension of Visa Services at U.S. Embassy, Damascus(107 KB - 2/9/2012)
    U.S. Embassy in Damascus, Syria announced the suspension of visa services until further notice. Certain visa cases will be handled in Amman, Jordan.
    AILA Doc. No. 12020920.
  • Demand Data Used in Determining Employment Preference Cut-Off Dates(137 KB - 2/8/2012)
    DOS chart offering the estimated total number of visas available for each employment preference category for FY2012, as well as the data used in determining the cut-off dates for March 2012.
    AILA Doc. No. 12020864.
  • Suspension of US Embassy Operations in Syria(43 KB - 2/6/2012)
    U.S. Embassy in Damascus, Syria press release announcing suspended operations of the US Embassy in Damascus as of February 6. Ambassador Ford and all American personnel have now departed the country.
    AILA Doc. No. 12020664.
  • DOS Press Release on Visa Demand to Spur Economic Growth(30 KB - 1/31/2012)
    Department of State press release on new initiatives to promote the U.S. as a premier destination for international travelers by making processes for moving people and goods more secure and more efficient.
    AILA Doc. No. 12013167.
  • DOS Fact Sheet on Visa Pilot Program(31 KB - 1/31/2012)
    Department of State fact sheet press release from 1/19/12 stating that DOS and DHS are working together to improve and speed up the visa process for certain categories of travelers.
    AILA Doc. No. 12013165.
  • DOS Press Release on US Passport Card Online Application(480 KB - 1/23/2012)
    Department of State press release announcing a 90-day pilot program allowing adult U.S. citizens living in the United States and Canada to apply for a passport card online.
    AILA Doc. No. 12012339.
  • Demand Data Used in Determining Employment Preference Cut-Off Dates(235 KB - 1/11/2012)
    DOS chart offering the estimated total number of visas available for each employment preference category for FY2012, as well as the data used in determining the cut-off dates for February 2012.
    AILA Doc. No. 12011166.
  • U.S. Consulate Chennai Stops Processing IV Petitions(40 KB - 1/5/2012)
    DOS release announcing that U.S. Consulate Chennai will no longer process immigrant visa (IV) petitions, effective 1/1/12. U.S. Embassy New Delhi and U.S. Consulate Mumbai will be on the only acceptance centers for IVs in India.
    AILA Doc. No. 12010568.
 
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