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2009

  • AILA/DOS 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.
    AILA Doc. No. 09123063.
  • Practice Pointer: Comprehensive New Policy on DNA Testing (11/6/2009)
    The Rome District Chapter informs members of the Department of State'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.
    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 Department of State allocates visas through its Immigrant Visa Allocation Management System (IVAMS). AILA Doc. No. 09240920.
    AILA Doc. No. 09240920.
  • DOS on Employment-Based Visa Availability Before October 1, 2009 (9/24/2009)
    The State Department 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.
    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 renewals to be submitted by mail, messenger, or in person without an appointment during the consular section’s VIP hours. AILA Doc. No. 09091867.
    AILA Doc. No. 09091867.
  • Questions Sought For Upcoming Meeting With DOS (8/20/2009)
    AILA's Department of State Liaison Committee requests agenda items for an upcoming meeting with the DOS. AILA Doc. No. 09082073.
    AILA Doc. No. 09082073.
  • 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 2-year foreign residence requirement, if they were subject based on the skills list. AILA Doc. No. 09070767.
    AILA Doc. No. 09070767.
  • Practice Advisory 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.
    AILA Doc. No. 09070265.
  • Department of State Advises of Dire State of Affairs on Visa Number Availability for Those Born in India or China! (6/10/2009)
    The Department of State 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.
    AILA Doc. No. 09061032.
  • Ciudad Juarez Operations During H1N1 Flu Outbreak (Updated 5/7/09) (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 May 7, 2009. AILA Doc. No. 09042970.
    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 regarding immigrant and nonimmigrant visa processing. AILA Doc. No. 09042431.
    AILA Doc. No. 09042431.
  • DOS Implements Procedural Changes at Ciudad Juarez (4/23/2009)
    The United States Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, offers several changes affecting clients applying for immigrant visas, non-immigrant visas or American Citizen Services at the Consulate General. AILA Doc. No. 09042339.
    AILA Doc. No. 09042339.
  • Practice Tip Regarding EB-3 Retrogression in April Visa Bulletin (Updated 4/17/09) (3/18/2009)
    Practice tip from AILA member Jill Bussey regarding the impact of the retrogression of EB3 in the April Visa Bulletin. AILA Doc. No. 09031866.
    AILA Doc. No. 09031866.
  • New Nonimmigrant Visa Procedures in Ciudad Juarez (4/9/2009)
    On Monday, April 6, 2009, the Department of State 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 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, DV 2010, adoption, Post-specific issues, Waiver review division questions, and more. AILA Doc. No. 09022660.
    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 27, 2003, to April 3, 2008. AILA Doc. No. 09022570.
    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.
    AILA Doc. No. 09022562.
  • How to Communicate With the U.S. Consulate in London Regarding the Status of a Visa Application (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.
    AILA Doc. No. 09020373.
  • DOS Waiver Office Advice on Completing the Online DS-3035 (1/29/2009)
    As of February 1, 2009, 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.
    AILA Doc. No. 09012964.
  • Waiver Appointments Added to Schedule at Ciudad Juarez (1/14/2009)
    Over 1500 new waiver appointments from January 26, 2009 to March 20, 2009 have been added to the schedule at Ciudad Juarez. AILA Doc. No. 090114567.
    AILA Doc. No. 09011467.