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  • DOS Advises on 90-day Waiting Period for LPR (12/15/1995)
    A 11/28/95 letter from H. Edward Odom, Chief, Advisory Opinions Division (DOS), to Paul Parsons regarding whether a legal permanent resident would be subject to a 90 day waiting period while applying for another immigrant visa. Courtesy of Paul Parsons.
    AILA Doc. No. 95121559.
  • DOS Cable on Definition of Orphan (12/6/1995)
    A 12/6/95 DOS cable regarding the amendment to INA on the definition of orphan after Congress passed and on 11/15/95 the President signed into law legislation which amends the definition of orphan for visa purposes.
    AILA Doc. No. 95120691.
  • DOS Letter on I Visa Holders (12/4/1995)
    A 11/27/95 letter from H. Edward Odom, Advisory Opinions Divisions, regarding whether a bonafide representative of a foreign information media having its home office in a foreign country may be employed by a wholly-owned subsidiary of the foreign company in the U.S., or the U.S. branch office.
    AILA Doc. No. 95120459.
  • DOS Cable on Post Inquiries for DV Lottery Assistance (12/4/1995)
    A 11/26/95 Department of State (DOS) cable concerning inquiries regarding diversity visa lottery assistance, as a number of posts have expressed concern about advertisements or solicitations offering visa lottery assistance, and sometimes impossible assurances, for a fee.
    AILA Doc. No. 95120458.
  • DOS Letter on Section 154 of the INA (11/30/1995)
    Correspondence between Jeffrey J. Rummel and Edward Odom of the State Department, regarding section 154 of the INA and whether an individual's visa can be extended to a spouse if married after issuance but before immigrating.
    AILA Doc. No. 95113059.
  • DOS Cable on Consular Reinvention/Loss of Nationality (11/27/1995)
    A 2/10/95 DOS cable on consular reinvention and loss of nationality.
    AILA Doc. No. 95112758.
  • DOS Cable on Possible Government Shutdown (11/14/1995)
    A 11/14/95 DOS cable regarding consular operations in the event of a lapse in appropriation and if the OMB determines that the government will cease non-except functions. If this occurs, consular sections should cease the provision of routine consular services.
    AILA Doc. No. 95111557.
  • DOS Cable on L-1 Visa Specialized Knowledge (10/4/1995)
    A DOS cable on the adjudication of L-1 visas, in particular those cases where applicants are beneficiaries of petitions based on specialized knowledge.
    AILA Doc. No. 95100490.
  • DOS Cable on Processing H-1A Visa Applications (8/23/1995)
    A DOS cable on processing H-1A visa applications after the expiration on 9/1/95. Due to applicable sunset provisions, Consular Officers may continue to issue visas.
    AILA Doc. No. 95082359.
  • DOS Cable on Visa Implications of Iran Economic Sanctions (6/21/1995)
    A 5/25/95 DOS cable regarding visa implications of Iran economic sanctions.
    AILA Doc. No. 95062156.
  • DOS Cable on Issuing Visas to VWPP Beneficiaires (6/21/1995)
    A 5/23/95 DOS cable regarding issuance of visas to visa waiver pilot program (VWPP) beneficiaries.
    AILA Doc. No. 95062159.
  • DOS Cable on Sending Packet 4 to U.S. Addresses (6/21/1995)
    A 5/23/95 DOS cable regarding posts declining to send Packet 4 to U.S. addresses, stating that prior instructions have been superseded by NVC's practice, effective 1/11/95, of only sending filings where the beneficiary has notified NVC of their intent to apply overseas.
    AILA Doc. No. 95062158.
  • DOS Cable on Processing Diversity Visa Following-to-Join Applicants (6/21/1995)
    A 5/22/95 DOS cable regarding processing following-to-join applicants for beneficiaries of Diversity Visa applicants stating that revised procedures state that posts no longer need to wait for receipt of the files to begin processing.
    AILA Doc. No. 95062157.
  • DOS Cable on Self-Petitioning for Battered Spouses (4/7/1995)
    A 3/28/95 DOS cable regarding the Violent Crimes and Control Act that allows certain spouses and children of citizens or lawful permanent resident aliens to self-petition for immediate relative and preference classification.
    AILA Doc. No. 95040757.
  • DOS Cable on Employment-Based Priority Dates (4/7/1995)
    A 3/22/95 DOS cable regarding the Technical Correction Act of 1994, which sets the priority date for employment-based preference cases requiring labor certifications to be the filing date of the labor certification, changing in rule used during the transition period created by IMMACT 90.
    AILA Doc. No. 95040759.
  • DOS Cable on Petitions Returned to INS by Post (4/7/1995)
    A 4/1/95 DOS cable issued due to recent inquiries from several posts with the visa office believing it might be useful to reiterate the procedures for challenging an INS reaffirmation of a petition previously returned to INS by post.
    AILA Doc. No. 95040758.
  • DOS Cable on Procedures for Taking/Submitting Fingerprints (4/5/1995)
    A DOS cable with instructions for taking and submitting fingerprints clearances on IV applicants, with procedures for fingerprints needed for obtaining criminal histories from NCIC hits and routine fingerprints of applicants in the ten fingerprint pilot program countries.
    AILA Doc. No. 95040558.
  • DOS Cable on Fingerprinting of IV Applicants (4/5/1995)
    A DOS cable regarding legislative changes instituting a pilot program for fingerprinting IV applicants in the top ten IV-issuing countries.
    AILA Doc. No. 95040559.
  • DOS Letter on Transfer of I-730 Petitions to NVC (3/16/1995)
    A 2/24/95 letter from Matthew C. Victor, Post Liaison Officer, Visa Service Directorate to Estelle F. Strizhak, InterAction Technical Working Group regarding the I-730 Refugee/Asylee petitions being transfer to the National Visa Center (NVC) for processing.
    AILA Doc. No. 95031658.
  • DOS Cable on Transfer of I-730 Processing to NVC (3/16/1995)
    A DOS cable regarding the transfer of I-730 processing to National Visa Center (NVC), stating that as of March 1, NVC has taken over from CA/VO/F/P the forwarding of approved I-730 refugee/asylee petitions to foreign service posts.
    AILA Doc. No. 95031659.
  • DOS Cable on NCIC Namechecks (2/28/1995)
    DOS cable discussing the immigrant visa clearances through the National Crime Information Center (NCIC), and the procedures IV issuing posts should establish for handling them. On February 17, 1995, NVC will initiate name checking of IV applicants on the NCIC system.
    AILA Doc. No. 95022858.
  • DOS Cable on the Fingerprint Pilot Program (2/28/1995)
    DOS cable informing posts in the fingerprint pilot countries to begin notifying prospective April immigrant visa appointments of the need to obtain fingerprint clearances before visas can be issued.
    AILA Doc. No. 95022859.
  • DOS Letter Advises on Pilot Programs for IV Processing (2/22/1995)
    A 2/15/95 letter from Diane Dillard, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Visa Services (DOS) to Warren R. Leiden regarding the implementation of two Congressionally-mandated pilot programs (namecheck/fingerprint) for immigrant visa processing.
    AILA Doc. No. 95022259.
  • DOS Cable on Revocation of the Burroughs Indefinite Visas (1/26/1995)
    A DOS cable on the revocation of the Burroughs Indefinite Visas and what actions INS ports-of-entry officials and posts' consular officers should take upon the revocation of the visas on 2/1/95.
    AILA Doc. No. 95012659.
  • DOS Cable on Post-Furlough Visa Processing (1/6/1995)
    A 1/6/96 DOS cable regarding the post-furlough visa processing including an update on diversity visa lottery cases and processing of priority cases, including rescheduling fingerprints, diversity visa and immigrant visa appointments, and NIV interviewing.
    AILA Doc. No. 95010659.
  • DOS Cable on Technical Correction of Orphan Definition (1/6/1995)
    A 1/6/96 DOS cable regarding the technical correction on the definition of an orphan, explaining the effect of the changes to the definition of children born out of wedlock from Public Law 104-51 and the adjudication of pending and new I-600 orphan petitions.
    AILA Doc. No. 95010658.
  • DOS Memo on Resumption of SR Allocations (10/26/1994)
    A 10/25/94 memo from DOS Immigrant Visa Control to INS Adjudications/Examinations regarding the resumption of SR immigrant visa classification for "certain religious workers" until 9/30/97.
    AILA Doc. No. 94102659.
  • DOS Cable on Creation of S Visa (10/3/1994)
    A 9/27/94 DOS cable regarding a new nonimmigrant visa classification, the S visa, providing for the admission into the U.S. of certain witnesses and other aliens supplying critical information relating to acts of terrorism and criminal behavior.
    AILA Doc. No. 94100359.
  • DOS Cable on Sunset of Special Immigrant Religious Workers (10/1/1994)
    A DOS cable regarding the 10/1/94 sunset for Special Immigrant Religious Workers, with the reminder that all aliens, principals, and their spouses and children qualifying under the provisions must be admitted to the U.S. by 10/1/94.
    AILA Doc. No. 94100100.
  • DOS Cable on SR Religious Worker Immigrant Visa Availability (9/27/1994)
    A DOS cable regarding the SR religious worker immigrant visa availability, stating that the immigrant visa allocations in the SR religious worker category reached the annual limit in early September and that the House approved a bill that extends the SR program.
    AILA Doc. No. 94092701.
  • DOS Cable with Q&As on Adjustment of Status Changes (9/23/1994)
    A DOS cable with Q&As on the recent immigration law changes under INA 245(C) affecting adjustment of status and immigrant visa issuance, including who can apply for adjustment, identifying Family Unity applicants, and demonstrating proof the applicants have remained outside the U.S. for the 90 days.
    AILA Doc. No. 94092359.
  • DOS Cable on Blood/Genetic Testing for Immigrant Visas (9/12/1994)
    A DOS cable regarding blood and genetic testing to determine the validity of relationship for immigrant visa and acquisition of citizenship cases.
    AILA Doc. No. 94091259.
  • DOS Cable on Unavailability of Rwandan Documents (9/7/1994)
    A 8/24/94 DOS cable regarding the State Department determination that civil records are not available in Rwanda, stating that CA/VO advises Consular Officers and INS adjudications officials to waive civil records from Rwanda for aliens seeking immigrant petitions or adjustment of status.
    AILA Doc. No. 94090759.
  • DOS Cable on Immigration Law Changes Affecting Adjustments and IV Issuance (8/31/1994)
    A DOS cable that out-of-status aliens will be permitted to apply for adjustment of status in the U.S. effective 10/1/94. Posts are asked to take immediate step to notify immigrant visa beneficiaries who may be affected.
    AILA Doc. No. 94083159.
  • Consul Advises on E-2 Visa for Physician(76 KB - 8/4/1994)
    A 1/25/93 letter from John K. Schlosser, U.S. Consul (Toronto) to James A. Porter regarding whether a Canadian physician can invest in a medical practice in the U.S. and whether he can qualify as a nonimmigrant investor.
    AILA Doc. No. 94080490.
  • Letter on Foreign Nationals Being Allowed to Register to Vote (7/28/1994)
    A 5/11/94 letter from James R. Wilson, Director, Texas Department of Public Safety to Paul D. Parsons regarding foreign nationals being registered to vote.
    AILA Doc. No. 94072859.
  • DOS on Special Immigrant Religious Workers (5/25/1994)
    A DOS cable on the special immigrant religious worker provisions, stating that it is possible Congress may take the legislative action to remove the sunset clause, but that it is imperative that DOS make its best effort to process these cases within the time limit.
    AILA Doc. No. 94052559.
  • Ciudad Juarez Advises on Document Requirements (4/7/1994)
    A 3/9/94 letter from Edward M. Milburn, Consul, Ciudad Juarez to Paul Parsons regarding the requirement of applicants to present official documents at the consulate in Ciudad Juarez, in addition to attorney certified copies. Courtesy of Paul Parsons.
    AILA Doc. No. 94040759.
  • DOS Cable on New I-797 Form Series/Notice of Action (4/1/1994)
    A 2/15/94 DOS cable on the INS replacement of the blue I-797 Notice of Action with three new INS forms: I-797A, I797B and I-797C.
    AILA Doc. No. 94040159.
  • DOS Cable on China Third Preference Employment Category Retrogression (3/21/1994)
    A DOS cable indicates that the third employment category visa availability date for China-mainland born is likely going to retrogress and that Posts should anticipate the Chinese E3 visa cut-off date to retrogress for May.
    AILA Doc. No. 94032159.
  • DOS Cable on NAFTA Implementation (3/11/1994)
    A 2/14/94 DOS cable on North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) implementation.
    AILA Doc. No. 94031180.
  • DOS Cable on Visas 92 and 93 Procedures (2/24/1994)
    A 11/6/93 DOS cable stating that effective immediately the Department will no longer be transmitting visas 92 and 93 cables, except in extremely time sensitive cases.
    AILA Doc. No. 94022459.
 
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