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  • IAWG Announces Release of FY 2004 Annual Report (1/11/2005)
    The Interagency Working Group on U.S. Government-Sponsored International Exchanges and Training (IAWG) issues its annual report for fiscal 2004.
    AILA Doc. No. 05011160.
  • U.S. Consulate in Mumbai (Bombay) Closed on 11/23/04 (11/23/2004)
    Numerous media sources are reporting that the U.S. Consulate in Mumbai (Bombay) and the Information Resource Center at the American Center were closed on 11/23/04 due to suspected terrorist threats. No information was provided regarding when the Consulate will reopen.
    AILA Doc. No. 04112360.
  • Condoleezza Rice Nominated as Secretary of State (11/16/2004)
    President Bush announced on 11/16/04 that he is nominating Condaleezza Rice, currently National Security Advisor, to be Secretary of State. The appointment is subject to Senate confirmation.
    AILA Doc. No. 04111640.
  • List of J-1 Program Sponsors (11/12/2004)
    Link to list, on State Department website, of J-1 program sponsors. AILA. Doc. No. 04111211.
    AILA Doc. No. 04111211.
  • DOS Press Release on Commencement of FY2006 Diversity Visa Lottery(532 KB - 11/5/2004)
    DOS press release announcing that registration for the FY2006 Diversity Visa Lottery will be available from noon 11/5/04 through noon 1/7/05. AILA Doc. No. 04110511.
    AILA Doc. No. 04110511.
  • DOS Press Release on Improvements to Visa Processing(537 KB - 10/21/2004)
    DOS update on investments in technology and staff in order to improve visa processing, offering statistics to show progress, and emphasizing its prioritization of expediting student visas. AILA Doc. No. 04102116.
    AILA Doc. No. 04102116.
  • DOS Spokesperson on Efforts to Expedite Visa Processing (10/20/2004)
    DOS Press Briefing response to questions on U.S. efforts to expedite visa processing, and, in particular, processing of Muslim applications.
    AILA Doc. No. 04102060.
  • DOS Press Briefing Exchange on Visas for Cuban Scholars (10/12/2004)
    A lengthy exchange on 10/7/04 between reporters and DOS spokesman Richard Boucher addresses the denials of nonimmigrant visas for some 60 Cuban academics who were trying to attend a conference in Las Vegas.
    AILA Doc. No. 04101260.
  • DOS Press Release on U.S. Assistance to Sudanese Refugees in Chad(542 KB - 10/5/2004)
    DOS press release on U.S. humanitarian assistance to Sudanese refugees in Chad. AILA Doc. No. 04100567.
    AILA Doc. No. 04100567.
  • DOS Press Statement on Refugee Admissions for Fiscal Year 2004 (10/5/2004)
    DOS press statement on refugee admissions during FY2004 provides that 52,875 refugees representing more than 40 nationalities were admitted during FY04, an 85% increase in admissions over FY03. AILA Doc. No. 04100566
    AILA Doc. No. 04100566.
  • DOS Spokesman Addresses On-Line Filing for DV Lottery (10/1/2004)
    State Dept. spokesman Richard Boucher responds to a reporter's questions about the fairness of allowing only on-line registration for the DV lottery, focusing specifically on the ability of North Koreans to file.
    AILA Doc. No. 04100160.
  • DV2006 Lottery Registration To Begin November 5 (9/30/2004)
    State Dept. announces that the registration period for the DV2006 visa lottery will run from 11/5/04 to 1/7/05. Registration will be exclusively on-line. AILA Doc. NO. 04093061.
    AILA Doc. No. 04093061.
  • DOS Expects Little Forward Movement in Family-Based Classifications; Cut-offs in Third Preference Employment-Based as Early as January 2005 (9/15/2004)
    Expected in the October Visa Bulletin (which should become available on-line in the next couple of days) is a notice from the Department of State that "little if any movement of cut-off dates is expected during FY-2005" and that cut-off dates in the Employment Third preference category may appear as early as January.
    AILA Doc. No. 04091568.
  • DOS Reminds VWP Travelers of Upcoming Machine Readable Passport/ US-VISIT Requirements(94 KB - 9/13/2004)
    The State Dept. reminds persons traveling under the Visa Waiver Program that, as of 10/26/04, they will need to present either a machine-readable passport or a U.S. visa. It also indicates that, as of 9/30/04, all Visa Waiver travelers arriving at U.S. ports will be enrolled in US-VISIT. AILA Doc. No. 04091363.
    AILA Doc. No. 04091363.
  • DOS Expands Visa Restrictions on Transnistrian Authorities (8/31/2004)
    An 8/26/04 State Dept. press statement indicates that the U.S., together with the EU, is restricting visa issuance for 10 additional officials of the Transnistria separatist regime in Moldova. Restrictions had previously been imposed on 17 such officials.
    AILA Doc. No. 04090160.
  • U.S. Embassy in Sri Lanka Reopens (8/16/2004)
    The U.S. Embassy in Sri Lanka has reopened, after confirming that the white powder scare was a hoax. The post indicates that it will reschedule interviews as soon as possible, and notify applicants by fax of new interview dates. AILA Doc. No. 04081665.
    AILA Doc. No. 04081665.
  • DOS Addresses Question on Bangladesh Tier 3 Trafficking in Persons Ranking (8/11/2004)
    In an excerpt from the 8/10/04 Daily Press Briefing, State Department Deputy Spokesman Adam Ereli responds to press questions regarding the Tier 3 ranking of Bangladesh in the Trafficking in Persons report. The President has until 9/30/04 to make a decision on whether to impose or waive sanctions.
    AILA Doc. No. 04081163.
  • U.S. Embassy Temporarily Closed in Colombo, Sri Lanka (8/11/2004)
    In an excerpt from the 8/11/04 Daily Press Briefing, State Department Deputy Spokesman Adam Ereli responds to press questions regarding the discovery of an envelope with white powder at the U.S. Embassy in Colombo, and the subsequent temporary closing of the Embassy. AILA will post additional information to InfoNet as it becomes available.
    AILA Doc. No. 04081162.
  • President Signs One Year Extension of Biometric Requirements for VWP (8/10/2004)
    The President signed into law H.R. 4417 (P.L. 108-299) authorizing a one year extension, until 10/26/05, of the requirement that Visa Waiver Program (VWP) travelers to the U.S. must present a biometric passport. DHS will begin enrolling VWP visitors in US-VISIT on 9/30/04, and VWP visitors must present machine-readable passports as of 10/26/04. AILA Doc. No. 04081065.
    AILA Doc. No. 04081065.
  • DOS Fact Sheet on Recognizing Trafficking in Persons Victims(558 KB - 7/28/2004)
    DOS Fact Sheet providing factors that may identify situations involving trafficking in persons, instructs on ways to report violations, and offers guidance on services to victims. AILA Doc. No. 04072867.
    AILA Doc. No. 04072867.
  • DOS Announces DV-2005 Results(566 KB - 7/23/2004)
    DOS provides the results of the Diversity Visa Lottery (DV-2005) showing that there were more than 9.5 million applicants and provides a statistical breakdown of the winners per geographic region. AILA Doc. No. 04072367.
    AILA Doc. No. 04072367.
  • Final Bid Solicitation Issued for U.S. Biometric Passports (7/16/2004)
    State Dept. announces that the GPO has released the final Request for Proposals to procure the technology to produce U.S. biometric passports. Issuance of biometric passports to the general public is expected to begin in the first quarter of calendar 2005.
    AILA Doc. No. 04071662.
  • DOS Announces Upgraded Website (7/16/2004)
    The Dept. of State announces "new and improved consular internet services", including an upgraded website and an internet-based system for U.S. citizens and residents to register their travel abroad.
    AILA Doc. No. 04071661.
  • DOS Deputy Spokesman Answers Questions on New Restrictions on Travel to Cuba (6/29/2004)
    In an excerpt from the 6/29/04 Daily Press Briefing, State Department Deputy Spokesman Adam Ereli responds to press questions regarding the new regulations on travel to Cuba and the extension to 7/31/04 for family travelers to Cuba to return to the United States.
    AILA Doc. No. 04062917.
  • India Posts To Discontinue NIV Drop Box Processing/Require Interviews for All NIV Applicants (6/22/2004)
    A notice from the consulate in Chennai indicates that the posts in India will soon end the drop box procedure for nonimmigrant visa applications. As of 7/16, all nonimmigrant visa applicants in Chennai will require an appointment for an interview.
    AILA Doc. No. 04062264.
  • DOS Announces Signing of U.S. & Canada Cooperation Agreement(536 KB - 6/1/2004)
    DOS news release announcing that on 6/1/04, the U.S. and Canada signed the "Agreement for Cooperation in Science and Technology for Critical Infrastructure Protection and Border Security" as part of the “Smart Borders Initiative.” AILA Doc. No. 04060111.
    AILA Doc. No. 04060111.
  • State Dept. Spokesman Addresses EU Countries' Eligibility for Visa Waiver Program; Continuation of Belgium in Program (5/18/2004)
    In an excerpt from a 5/13/04 press briefing, State Dept. spokesman Richard Boucher describes the steps necessary for remaining EU countries to participate in the visa waiver program, and answers questions regarding Belgium's continued eligibility for participation.
    AILA Doc. No. 04051812.
  • DOS Announces Assistance to Sudanese Refugees in Chad(470 KB - 5/12/2004)
    DOS Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (BPRM) announcement of a grant in the amount of $432,552 to the International Rescue Committee for assistance to Sudanese refugees crossing into Chad. AILA Doc. No. 04051269.
    AILA Doc. No. 04051269.
  • U.S. and Philippines Reach Agreement On Status of Vietnamese Asylum Seekers (4/30/2004)
    The U.S. and the Phlippines announce an agreement whereby the U.S. will conduct resettlement interviews for the majority of a group of some 1,855 Vietnamese asylum seekers currently residing in the Philippines, using a "generous refugee-screening standard." AILA Doc. No. 04043064.
    AILA Doc. No. 04043064.
  • Secretary Powell Advocates Extension of Biometric Passport Deadline (4/21/2004)
    In a 4/21/04 Wall Street Journal op-ed piece distributed by the State Dept., Secretary Powell explains the important balance between openness and security, and advocates for the extension of the biometric passport deadline for Visa Waiver Program countries.
    AILA Doc. No. 04042161.
  • DOS/DHS Asks Congress to Extend Deadline for VWP Passport Biometrics (4/5/2004)
    The Departments of State and Homeland Security have asked Congress to extend for two years the requirement for visa waiver program countries to incorporate biometrics on passports issued on or after 10/26/04, according to a press notice from State Department.
    AILA Doc. No. 04040563.
  • DHS to Extend US-VISIT to VWP Travelers by September 30, 2004 (4/2/2004)
    DHS will process VWP travelers in US-VISIT, beginning 09/30/04, at all air and sea ports. This expansion of US-VISIT is related to the joint DHS and DOS request to Congress to extend for two years, the 10/26/04 deadline for VWP machine readable passports that include biometrics, and for DHS biometric passport readers to be at all ports of entry.
    AILA Doc. No. 04040262.
  • U.S. Makes Additional Contribution of $58.9 Million to UNHCR (3/19/2004)
    This brings the U.S.'s support up to nearly $150 million for 2004 United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) programs. Of these additional funds, $55 million will go to annual programs worldwide; the remaining $3.9 million is specifically for the legal and physical protection of refugees, especially for refugee women and children. AILA Doc. No. 04031919.
    AILA Doc. No. 04031919.
  • DOS Spokesman Addresses Saudi NIVs (2/10/2004)
    State Dept. spokesman answers press question on interviews of nonimmigrant visa applicants in Saudi Arabia.
    AILA Doc. No. 04021061.
  • DOS Requires All Minors to Appear in Person When Applying for Passport(533 KB - 2/5/2004)
    DOS now requires personal appearances for all regular, official, and diplomatic passports for children under the age of 14, even if the child has previously been issued a passport. AILA Doc. No. 04020514. AILA Doc. No. 04020514.
    AILA Doc. No. 04020514.
  • DOS Fact Sheet on FY2003 Refugee Women(534 KB - 1/22/2004)
    DOS's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration's fact sheet on FY2003 Refugee Admissions Program for Women Refugees, providing a summary of program funding, summarizes a brief history of refugee admissions, and more. AILA Doc. No. 04012945.
    AILA Doc. No. 04012945.
  • DOS Fact Sheet on FY2004 Refugee Admissions Program for East Asia(541 KB - 1/22/2004)
    The DOS's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration's fact sheet on Refugee Admissions Program for East Asia, provides plans and projections for the FY2004 admissions program, and states that the FY2004 ceiling for this region is 6,500. AILA Doc. No. 04012246.
    AILA Doc. No. 04012246.
  • DOS Fact Sheet on FY2004 Refugee Admissions Program for Africa(536 KB - 1/22/2004)
    The DOS's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration's fact sheet on Refugee Admissions Program for Africa states that the FY2004 ceiling for this region is 25,000, an increase over last year ceiling. AILA Doc. No. 04012245.
    AILA Doc. No. 04012245.
  • DOS Fact Sheet on FY2004 Refugee Admissions Program for Latin America and the Caribbean(540 KB - 1/22/2004)
    DOS's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration's fact sheet on Refugee Admissions Program for Latin America and the Caribbean, which summarizes a brief history of refugee admissions from this region, and states that the FY2004 ceiling for this region is 3,500. AILA Doc. No. 04012244.
    AILA Doc. No. 04012244.
  • DOS Fact Sheet on FY2004 Refugee Admissions Program for Near East and South Asia(540 KB - 1/22/2004)
    The DOS's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration's fact sheet on Refugee Admissions Program for Near East and South Asia, which summarizes a brief history of refugee admissions from this region, and states that the FY 2004 ceiling for this region is 2,000. AILA Doc. No. 04012243.
    AILA Doc. No. 04012243.
  • DOS Fact Sheet on FY2004 Refugee Admissions Program for Europe and Central Asia(539 KB - 1/22/2004)
    The DOS's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration's fact sheet on the Refugee Admissions Program for Europe and Central Asia, which summarizes a brief history of refugee admissions from this region, and states that the FY2004 ceiling for this region is 13,000. AILA Doc. No. 04012242.
    AILA Doc. No. 04012242.
  • Seoul Consular Officer Pleads Guilty to Making False Statements (1/20/2004)
    A public affairs officer formerly stationed in Seoul, South Korea, pled guilty to making false statements in a visa referral, admitting to submitting referrals during a 1999-2001 period in which the applicants had listed false employment.
    AILA Doc. No. 04012042.
  • New IV Unit Phone Number for Ciudad Juarez (1/5/2004)
    As of 1/1/04, Ciudad Juarez has a new telephone number for calls from the U.S. for cases involving immigrant visas, Ks and Vs. The number for calls from Mexico remains unchanged.
    AILA Doc. No. 04010512.
  • DOS Advises on Timing of Commencement of Termination Procedures for Immigrant Visa Applications (1/8/2004)
    Correspondence from the Department of State's Legal Net to AILA member Alan Lee confirms that there is a 12 month response period between each stage in the consular processing system before the DOS will commence termination procedures in an immigrant visa case.
    AILA Doc. No. 04010840.
 
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