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  • DOS Issues Q & A on Removal of HIV Infection from the CDC List of Communicable Diseases of Public Health Significance(46 KB - 12/18/2009)
    DOS issued a list of questions and answers on the removal of HIV infection from the CDC list of communicable diseases of public health significance. Issues addressed include the background of the rule change, visa application process, HIV-positive applicants who have previously been refused a visa, and information dissemination about the rule. AILA Doc. No. 09121866.
    AILA Doc. No. 09121866.
  • DOS Issues Press Release on Proposal for Increase of Non-Immigrant Visa Application Fees(26 KB - 12/14/2009)
    On 12/14/09 DOS issued a press release on the a proposed rule published in the Federal Register to increase the nonimmigrant visa application processing fees. The proposed rule also establishes a tiered structure with separate fees for different visa categories. AILA Doc. No. 09121465.
    AILA Doc. No. 09121465.
  • DOS Briefing on National Adoption Day(147 KB - 11/23/2009)
    On 11/20/09, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Michele Bond provided an update on activities of U.S. embassies regarding adoption services. Issues addressed included inter-country adoptions from China, Ethiopia, India, Mexico, and Vietnam. AILA Doc. No. 09112364.
    AILA Doc. No. 09112364.
  • Protecting Stateless Persons: the Role of the U.S. Government(126 KB - 11/10/2009)
    On 10/30/09, DOS Assistant Secretary Eric P. Schwartz of the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration outlined the US government’s four broad foreign policy objectives regarding statelessness in his remarks on “Protecting Stateless Persons: the Role of the U.S. Government” at the Conference on Statelessness sponsored by Refugee Council USA. AILA Doc. No. 09111060.
    AILA Doc. No. 09111060.
  • DOS Imposes Travel Restrictions to U.S. by Certain Members of Guinean Government and Military Junta(295 KB - 10/29/2009)
    On 10/23/09, the U.S. imposed restrictions on travel to the U.S. by certain members of the government and military junta in Guinea, as well as other individuals who support policies or actions that "undermine the restoration of democracy and the rule of law in Guinea." AILA Doc. No. 09102964.
    AILA Doc. No. 09102964.
  • DOS Information Regarding Registration as a Castelano Class Member(113 KB - 10/27/2009)
    On 08/14/09, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas approved the Settlement Agreement in Castelano, et al. v. Clinton, et al. This settlement may affect persons whose births were registered by a midwife or birth attendant in TX and who applied for a passport in the U.S. between 4/8/03 and 8/12/09, and did not receive a passport. AILA Doc. No. 09102764.
    AILA Doc. No. 09102764.
  • Annual Diversity Immigrant Visa Program Entries Up(115 KB - 10/13/2009)
    DOS issued a Consular Affairs Update stating that in first week of the 2011 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2011), applicants submitted over 900,000 entries, a 63 percent increase over the same period last year. DOS expects over 13,000,000 entries before the registration period ends. AILA Doc. No. 09101363.
    AILA Doc. No. 09101363.
  • U.S. Embassy in Guinea Open Only for Emergency Services (10/5/2009)
    Due to civil unrest in Guinea, effective 10/01/09, the U.S. Embassy is open only for emergency American Citizens Services. Citizens should be aware that depending on the security situation, the Embassy may be forced to suspend operations without advance notice. AILA Doc. No. 09100569.
    AILA Doc. No. 09100569.
  • 2011 Diversity Visa Lottery Program Registration Starts October 2nd(112 KB - 9/29/2009)
    DOS announces that the opening of the registration period for the DV-2011 Diversity Visa lottery. Entries for the DV-2011 Diversity Visa lottery must be submitted electronically between noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), Friday, October 2, 2009, and noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST), Monday, November 30, 2009. AILA Doc. No. 09092967.
    AILA Doc. No. 09092967.
  • DOS Temporarily Suspends Non-Immigrant Visa Services in Honduras (8/26/2009)
    Due to political problems in Honduras DOS is suspending non-emergency, non-immigrant visa services in the consular section of their embassy in Honduras, effective August 26, 2009. AILA Doc. No. 09082660.
    AILA Doc. No. 09082660.
  • DOS Announces New Passport Office in Dallas, TX(108 KB - 7/21/2009)
    DOS announced that the Dallas Passport Agency was opened on July 13, 2009. The street address is provided in the announcement. AILA Doc. No. 09072165.
    AILA Doc. No. 09072165.
  • DV Lottery 2010 Status Check on the DOS Website (7/13/2009)
    This is a link to the Electronic Diversity Visa Entrant Status Check on the DOS website for DV-2010. AILA Doc. No. 09071363.
    AILA Doc. No. 09071363.
  • Former DOS Employee Sentenced to Probation and Fined for Illegally Accessing Passport Files(35 KB - 7/9/2009)
    On 7/8/09 DOJ announced that a State Department Employee was sentenced today to one year of probation and ordered to pay a $5,000 fine for illegally accessing more than 50 confidential passport application files. AILA Doc. No. 09070965.
    AILA Doc. No. 09070965.
  • DOS Creates Educational Pamphlet for Nonimmigrant Visa Applicants to Combat Trafficking and Exploitation(84 KB - 6/29/2009)
    The DOS Bureau of Consular Affairs and the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons released a pamphlet conveying the legal rights, protections, and available resources for individuals applying for certain nonimmigrant visas. The pamphlet is being distributed to all U.S. Embassies and Consulates. AILA Doc. No. 09062966.
    AILA Doc. No. 09062966.
  • DOS to Open New Passport Offices(305 KB - 6/15/2009)
    On 6/12/09 DOS announced that it will open new passport offices in Vermont, and in Buffalo, New York; El Paso, Texas; Atlanta, Georgia and San Diego, California. AILA Doc. No. 09061530.
    AILA Doc. No. 09061530.
  • DOS Announces New Passport Agency in Minneapolis(108 KB - 5/22/2009)
    DOS announced the opening of a new passport issuance facility in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 18, 2009. The address for the facility is provided. AILA Doc. No. 09052263.
    AILA Doc. No. 09052263.
  • DOS Announcement on Designations of Greek Foreign Terrorist Organizations(109 KB - 5/19/2009)
    On 5/18/09 DOS made an announcement regarding the Foreign Terrorist Organization designation for three Greek groups: the Revolutionary Struggle, the Revolutionary Nuclei, and the Revolutionary Organization 17 November. AILA Doc. No. 09051960.
    AILA Doc. No. 09051960.
  • DOS Announces Inauguration of Detroit Passport Agency(110 KB - 5/14/2009)
    DOS announces the inauguration of the Detroit Passport Agency, which opened its doors on March 16, 2009. The announcement provides the street address, as well as the hours of operation. AILA Doc. No. 09051467.
    AILA Doc. No. 09051467.
  • U.S. Embassy and All U.S. Consulates in Mexico Have Suspended Non-Essential Services Until May 6th(60 KB - 4/28/2009)
    As a precautionary measure in connection with the outbreak of H1N1 “swine” influenza, the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City and all U.S. Consulates throughout the country have suspended all non-essential services to the public until May 6. Consular services for U.S. citizens will be limited to emergency assistance and to citizenship applications. AILA Doc. No. 09042860.
    AILA Doc. No. 09042860.
  • The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City Has Suspended Processing of Non-Immigrant Visa Appointments Scheduled 4/27/09 Through 4/29/09(46 KB - 4/27/2009)
    The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City has suspended processing of the approximately 5100 non-immigrant visa appointments scheduled Monday, April 27 through Wednesday, April 29. AILA Doc. No. 09042760.
    AILA Doc. No. 09042760.
  • DOS Responds to Question About Resettlement Benefits for Iraqi Refugees(235 KB - 3/6/2009)
    On 3/4/09 DOS responded to a question regarding the support/assistance provided to Iraqi refugees resettled in the U.S. AILA Doc. No. 09030632.
    AILA Doc. No. 09030632.
  • U.S. Consulates in India Adjust Exchange Rate(209 KB - 3/4/2009)
    On 3/3/09 the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India announced an adjustment of the consular exchange rate for rupee to dollar conversions at all U.S. consulates in India. AILA Doc. No. 09030466.
    AILA Doc. No. 09030466.
  • DOS Updates Travel Alert For Mexico(30 KB - 2/23/2009)
    The Department of State issues a Travel Alert which updates security information for U.S. citizens traveling and living in Mexico. AILA Doc. No. 09022362.
    AILA Doc. No. 09022362.
  • DOS Fact Sheet on Fraud in the Refugee Family Reunification Program(45 KB - 2/3/2009)
    On 2/3/09 DOS released a fact sheet on fraud within Priority Three (P-3 program) tier of applicants to the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. The fact sheet addresses DNA testing, the rate of fraud discovered, and suspension of the program. AILA Doc. No. 09020371.
    AILA Doc. No. 09020371.
 
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