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  • Call for Examples: LGBT Clients Experiencing Prejudice from U.S. Interests Section in Havana (1/15/2015)
    The AILA DOS Liaison Committee has become aware of possible issues with LGBT applicants at the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, Cuba. If you have a client that has experienced homophobia or prejudice based on sexual orientation when applying for a U.S. visa in Cuba, please fill out the survey.
    AILA Doc. No. 15011544.
  • Call for Examples: National Visa Center Issues (Updated 1/21/15) (1/21/2015)
    On 11/4/14, AILA members and members of the AILA DOS Liaison Committee attended a meeting at the NVC to discuss ongoing issues of concern regarding NVC processing. If you have experienced problems with the NVC since 11/4/14, please send us your case examples by February 13, 2015.
    AILA Doc. No. 14062646.
  • Check-in with DOS’s Charlie Oppenheim (1/13/15) (1/13/2015)
    DOS Liaison Committee series of monthly “check-ins” with Charlie Oppenheim, designed to keep members informed of Visa Bulletin progress and to obtain his analysis of current trends and future projections, beyond the basic visa availability updates provided in the monthly Visa Bulletin.
    AILA Doc. No. 14071401.
  • Practice Alert: NVC to Handle Nonimmigrant Visa Inquiries Effective 01/12/15 (1/8/2015)
    The AILA DOS Liaison Committee alerts members that the National Visa Center (NVC) will now be the single point of contact for all domestic inquiries regarding nonimmigrant and immigrant visa cases, effective Monday, January 12, 2015.
    AILA Doc. No. 15010840.
  • Practice Alert: CSPA and Aging Out EB-5 China Derivatives(523 KB - 1/7/2015)
    In anticipation of a predicted backlog for China-born EB-5 investors, AILA's EB-5 Liaison Committee provides a practice alert reviewing USCIS’s interpretation of the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA) as it applies to employment-based immigration cases involving derivatives of EB-5 China investors.
    AILA Doc. No. 15010744.
  • Practice Alert: Avoiding EB-5 Investment Scams(562 KB - 12/23/2014)
    The AILA EB-5 Liaison Committee practice alert reviews the SEC and USCIS joint fraud alert and provides tips for avoiding EB-5 investment scams.
    AILA Doc. No. 14122350.
  • DOS Alert: Online Immigrant Visa Fee Processing Errors (Updated12/18/14) (12/18/2014)
    AILA has alerted the NVC about the problems members are experiencing when attempting to pay the online Immigrant Visa Application Processing Fee. AILA will be posting updates as more information becomes available.
    AILA Doc. No. 14121601.
  • Practice Pointer: Dealing with U.K. Cautions at the U.S. Embassy (Updated 12/16/14)(610 KB - 12/16/2014)
    DOS Liaison Committee practice pointer outlining new guidance regarding the treatment of UK “cautions” – issued for certain minor offenses as an alternative to prosecution – at the U.S. Embassy in London, which may affect an applicant’s inadmissibility and whether a waiver is required.
    AILA Doc. No. 14021952.
  • Practice Pointer: Changing Venue in LGBT K Visa Processing(511 KB - 12/12/2014)
    The AILA DOS Liaison Committee alerts members to new procedures for requesting a change of venue for K visa processing in cases where the safety of the LGBT applicant may be at issue if he or she is made to return “home” to appear for an interview.
    AILA Doc. No. 14121208.
  • NVC Now Accepting Forms in Blue or Black Ink (12/11/2014)
    AILA Liaison has learned that the DOS National Visa Center is now accepting Forms I-864, Affidavit of Support and other forms that have been completed and/or signed in either blue or black ink.
    AILA Doc. No. 13070544.
  • DOS External E-Mail System Operating (Updated 11/19/14) (11/19/2014)
    AILA Liaison has been informed by DOS that their external e-mail systems are operating again.
    AILA Doc. No. 14111741.
  • AILA DOS Liaison Q&As with the NVC (12/3/14)(637 KB - 12/3/2014)
    AILA’s revised notes from the 11/4/14 National Visa Center (NVC) meeting. Topics include: staffing and statistics, processing times, erroneous termination of immigrant visa applications, Affidavits of Support, communication, visa processing for same-sex fiancé(e)s, and visa retrogression issues.
    AILA Doc. No. 14111420.
  • AILA DOS Liaison Q&As (10/9/14)(911 KB - 10/10/2014)
    DOS responses to AILA/DOS liaison Q&As, which address questions relating to administrative processing, PIMS, renunciation of U.S. citizenship or LPR status, Mission Australia, J-1 issues, visa revocations, B-2 visas, CCD delay, LGBT I-129Fs, and endorsement of the I-129S for blanket L cases.
    AILA Doc. No. 14101042.
  • Registration Open for the November NVC Tour and Q&A (9/19/2014)
    The AILA DOS Liaison Committee has arranged for a tour and Q&A session with the National Visa Center on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. Submit your non-case specific questions by September 26, 2014. Register by October 1, 2014. First come, first served; maximum 35 participants.
    AILA Doc. No. 14091962.
  • Survey of Security Advisory Opinions (SAOs) in India, Philippines, and PRC (9/4/2014)
    The AILA DOS Liaison Committee requests feedback from AILA members about Security Advisory Opinions (SAOs) in India, Philippines, and the People's Republic of China (PRC). Complete the survey today!
    AILA Doc. No. 14040902.
  • AILA Comments on Proposed Changes to SEVIS Form DS-2019(572 KB - 8/28/2014)
    AILA comments in response to proposed revisions to SEVIS Form DS-2019, Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor Status (J-Nonimmigrant), recommending that the modifications to the insurance requirements be stricken from the proposed changes to Form DS-2019.
    AILA Doc. No. 14082840.
  • China EB-5 “Unavailable” for Remainder of FY2014: What Does This Mean?(797 KB - 8/26/2014)
    The AILA EB-5 Liaison Committee provides a practice alert examining the practical implications of Charles Oppenheim’s announcement that the maximum number of visas that may be made available for use by China EB-5 applicants during FY2014 had been reached, effective 8/23/2014.
    AILA Doc. No. 14082641.
  • DOS Alert: China EB-5 “Unavailable” for Remainder of FY2014 (8/23/2014)
    Charles Oppenheim, Chief of the DOS Immigrant Visa Control and Reporting Division announced at the AILA EB-5 conference that effective Saturday, August 23, 2014, the maximum number of visas that may be made available for use by China EB-5 applicants during FY2014 has been reached.
    AILA Doc. No. 14082360.
  • Department of State Releases 15 Asylum Country Profiles To Settle FOIA Lawsuit (8/6/2014)
    Asylum country profiles released by the Department of State in response to a FOIA lawsuit. Special thanks to David Cleveland.
    AILA Doc. No. 14080660.
  • DOS Alert: Approved H-1Bs with a 10/1/14 Start Date May File Visa Applications Now (7/7/2014)
    AILA practice alert reminds members that beneficiaries of approved H-1B petitions with a 10/1/14 start date may now begin filing their visa applications at U.S. consular posts.
    AILA Doc. No. 14070740.
  • DOS Alert: TCN Processing in Canada "Extremely Limited" This Summer (6/4/2014)
    AILA practice alert informs members that the availability of TCN processing at U.S. Consulates in Canada is extremely limited from 06/14 to 08/14. TCN applicants with appointments already scheduled at a post in Canada during these months will not be affected.
    AILA Doc. No. 14060447.
  • DOS Alert: Overall Movement of Cut-off Dates for Diversity Visas (FY2014) (6/2/2014)
    AILA Liaison practice alert informs members that many more applicants registered for DV-2014 are pursuing their cases for visa issuance than in years past. This increased response is resulting in greater visa number use by those with lower rank numbers and slower forward movement of the cut-offs.
    AILA Doc. No. 14060241.
  • DOS Alert: Availability of Visa Numbers for EB-3 China (5/28/2014)
    DOS has confirmed that as of 5/9/14 it stopped authorizing visa numbers for EB-3 China cases that will be impacted by the June 2014 retrogression. Cases in which a visa number has been requested by USCIS but not authorized by DOS will be placed in a “pending” file until the priority date is current.
    AILA Doc. No. 14052849.
  • Practice Alert: NVC Experiencing High Call Volume (4/22/2014)
    DOS Liaison Committee alert that NVC’s phone system is experiencing high call volume and many callers have been unable to contact NVC by phone. AILA advises members to call NVC during off-peak times, 7am to 10am (ET) and 8pm to 12am (ET).
    AILA Doc. No. 14042231.
  • AILA DOS Liaison Q&As (4/22/14)(719 KB - 4/22/2014)
    DOS responses to AILA/DOS liaison Q&As, which address questions relating to visa wait times, administrative processing, Forms DS-160 and DS-260, NVC fee bills, U.K. cautions, ART, H-1B end-client letters, J-1 waivers, endorsement of the I-129S for blanket L cases, and E-2 for Israelis.
    AILA Doc. No. 14041600.
  • AILA Q&As with U.S. Consulate, Ciudad Juarez (12/10/13)(645 KB - 4/17/2014)
    AILA provides Q&As and supplemental notes from their meeting with the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez. Topics include general procedures, communication, medical exams, Application Support Center, administrative processing, G-28s, I-601s, I-212s, provisional waiver processing, and inadmissibility.
    AILA Doc. No. 14041702.
  • Practice Pointer: Consular Processing Follow-to-Join Cases(766 KB - 3/12/2014)
    DOS Liaison Committee practice pointer on the most effective way to initiate a follow-to-join case at a consular post when the principal’s immigrant visa was also issued by a consular post. AILA is continuing to engage with the Visa Office on the issue of adopting an automated process.
    AILA Doc. No. 14031204.
  • Practice Alert: EB-5 Visa Availability Update (3/6/2014)
    The State Department’s visa availability projections in Item E of the March 2014 Visa Bulletin indicate that the EB-5 category will be “current” for the foreseeable future, and there is no mention of “retrogression.” Special thanks to Bernie Wolfsdorf.
    AILA Doc. No. 14030645.
  • Practice Pointer: DOS Policy Change Regarding Children Born Abroad Through ART (3/6/2014)
    DOS Liaison Committee practice pointer on the 01/14/14 DOS policy update on the transmission of U.S. citizenship at birth to a child born abroad through assisted reproductive technology (ART). This policy applies retroactively, however DOS will not reopen previously denied applications.
    AILA Doc. No. 14030644.
  • Practice Pointer: Changing Venue in LGBT IV Processing Cases(727 KB - 2/7/2014)
    The AILA DOS Liaison Committee alerts members to new procedures for requesting a change of venue for immigrant visa processing in cases where the safety of the LGBT applicant may be at issue if he or she is made to return “home” to appear for an interview.
    AILA Doc. No. 14020741.
  • Practice Alert: Updated Contact Information for DOS Waiver Review Division (2/3/2014)
    September 2013, the Department of State’s Visa Office moved to a new office location. As a result, phone, fax and e-mail addresses have changed for the J-1 Waiver Review Division. Special thanks to Jennifer Minear.
    AILA Doc. No. 14020303.
  • Practice Alert: NIV Interview Waiver Program Now Permanent (1/14/2014)
    AILA DOS Liaison Committee practice alert advising members that the DOS NIV interview waiver pilot program is now permanent. DOS introduced the two-year pilot program in January 2012 to improve and speed up the visa process for certain categories of travelers to the U.S.
    AILA Doc. No. 14011444.
  • Practice Alert: Impact of Projected EB-5 Quota Retrogression for China(612 KB - 1/10/2014)
    The AILA EB-5 and DOS Committees alert members to the possibility that a cut-off date will be established for the EB-5 immigrant investor visa category for China this coming summer or early fall, and offer practice tips for handling cases that may be impacted by the potential retrogression.
    AILA Doc. No. 14011048.
 
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