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  • DOS Guidance on Establishing Effective Business Referral Programs(4989 KB - 9/18/2006)
    DOS August 2006 cable with guidance to consular posts on reaching out to local business communities in order to establish effective business referral programs to ensure that DOS is responsive to the needs of the U.S. business community while maintaining the highest visa security standards possible.
    AILA Doc. No. 06091861.
  • DOS Guidance on Visa Processing for Lebanese Citizens(1673 KB - 8/1/2006)
    DOS 8/1/06 Visa Policy Telegram with guidance on immigrant and nonimmigrant visa processing for Lebanese citizens. The U.S. Embassy in Beirut is not processing visas and the Embassy Athens has been designated effective 8/1/06 to process IV visas for Lebanese nationals.
    AILA Doc. No. 06080162.
  • DOS Issues Guidance on Material Support Inadmissibility Provisions (7/31/2006)
    DOS cable, issued May 23, 2006, provides guidance on the material support inadmissibility provisions of the INA, as amended by the REAL ID Act of 2005. A security advisory opinion is required where the consular officer believes that the visa applicant may be ineligible under INA 212(a)(3)(B).
    AILA Doc. No. 06073170.
  • DOS Cable on K-1 Fiance I-129F Petitions Recalled by DHS(488 KB - 5/23/2006)
    DOS cable stating that DHS did not meet the 3/5/06 deadline to begin asking K-1 fiancé petitioners for criminal background information and some petitions were approved in error. DHS has requested that posts return to NVC all K-1 I-129F petitions with priority dates on or after 3/6/06.
    AILA Doc. No. 06052364.
  • Visa Office Clarifies E-3 Visa Eligibility of Aliens Subject to INA § 212(e) (5/18/2006)
    The AILA DOS Liaison Committee has obtained a recent Visa Office advisory opinion on E-3 visa eligibility for aliens subject to the two-year home residency requirement of INA §212(e).
    AILA Doc. No. 06051861.
  • DOS Cable on Guidance for 2006 Student Visa Season(494 KB - 5/17/2006)
    DOS cable on student visa processing including that student visas may be issued 120 days before the program start date. In instances where students anticipate delays in issuance, posts may accept applications before the 120-day period but may not issue the visa until 120 days before the start date.
    AILA Doc. No. 06051761.
  • DOS Cable on Revised Requirements for Form I-864 (4/4/2006)
    DOS cable stating that effective immediately, sponsors filing an I-864 are required to submit only their most recent Federal Tax Return. The I-864 is valid indefinitely absent other evidence and should be evaluated by the poverty guidelines in effect on the date of filing with NVC or with post.
    AILA Doc. No. 06040469.
  • DOS Cable on Changes in Issuance of F, M, and J Visas (3/13/2006)
    DOS cable stating that students applying for initial entry F-1/F-2 and M-1/M-2 visas may now be issued their visas up to 120 days before the program start date as listed on their I-20s. J visas may be issued at any time before the beginning of their program.
    AILA Doc. No. 06031360.
  • DOS Cable on CBP Additional Data Collection Regarding Air Passengers (1/31/2006)
    DOS cable on the CBP Advance Passenger Information System Final Rule requirement (70 FR 17819) issued on 6/6/05, stating that DHS will require all air carriers traveling to or from the U.S. to submit additional data fields for each passenger starting 10/4/05.
    AILA Doc. No. 06013160.
  • DOS Cable on Updated Form DS-36 (1/27/2006)
    DOS has advised embassies of the new Form DS-36, which replaces Form FS-36 for the certification of extradition documents.
    AILA Doc. No. 06012761.
  • DOS Cable on the Validity of Student Visas Subsequent to a Break in Studies (1/18/2006)
    DOS cable discusses the issue of whether a F-1 or M-1 visa remains valid after a student has a break in studies longer than five months.
    AILA Doc. No. 06011873.
  • DOS Cable on Waivers of Fingerprinting Under the Biometric Visa Program (1/18/2006)
    DOS cable stating that Biometric Visa Program fingerprinting may only be waived when the person traveling to the U.S. for medical treatment is physically unable to appear at post due to the medical condition. There are no other individual waivers, although there are limited class exemptions.
    AILA Doc. No. 06011870.
  • DOS Cable on Revision to FAM on Horse Racing Employees (1/18/2006)
    DOS cable discusses a revision to 9 FAM 41.31 N6.8 as applied to a horse race-related employee's nationality when determining eligibility for B-1 NIV classification.
    AILA Doc. No. 06011869.
  • DOS Cable on Expiration of "Indefinite" Burroughs Visas (1/18/2006)
    DOS cable reminds consular officers that the duration of "indefinite" validity Burroughs visas was reduced to ten-year validity in 1994 by regulation at 22 CFR 21.112(b)(2) and all indefinite-validity Burroughs visas became invalid on 3/31/04.
    AILA Doc. No. 06011868.
  • DOS Cable on Determining Prevailing Wage Requirement for Visas of Domestic Employees(463 KB - 1/18/2006)
    DOS cable on the 2005 Department of Labor's prevailing wage statistics for alien labor certification requirements as they pertain to domestic employees, e.g., servants, housekeepers and personal employees.
    AILA Doc. No. 06011867.
 
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