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U.S. Embassy Mexico Announces New Visa Procedures
(256 KB - 12/7/2010)
U.S. Embassy Mexico announcement that beginning 01/10/11, most applicants at the embassy will go to Applicant Service Centers prior to their consular interview. Applicants also will pay only one application fee covering the appointment, application, and courier fees. AILA Doc. No. 10120749.
AILA Doc. No. 10120749.
U.S. Embassy Manila Announces Changes for Immigrant Visa Services
(53 KB - 12/3/2010)
U.S. Embassy Manila implemented various changes for immigrant visa (IV) services effective 12/1/10. Such changes include visa appointment scheduling, visa appointment inquiries, registering the delivery address for IV cases, and payment of the K visa fees. AILA Doc. No. 10120362.
AILA Doc. No. 10120362.
DOS Reciprocity Table Changes for November 2010
(213 KB - 11/24/2010)
DOS updates on Country Reciprocity Table changes for the month of November, including changes for Iraq, Cameroon, Timor-Leste, and Mauritius. AILA Doc. No. 10112434.
AILA Doc. No. 10112434.
Visa Applications Accepted Throughout India Regardless of Residence
(20 KB - 11/22/2010)
Mission India moved to a single consular district for visa purposes. The U.S. Embassy in New Delhi and the Consulates General in Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Hyderabad will now accept visa applications from across India regardless of the applicant's city of residence. AILA Doc. No. 10112262.
AILA Doc. No. 10112262.
DOS Announces Increase in International Student Enrollment
(34 KB - 11/16/2010)
DOS press release announcing a three percent increase of international students in the U.S. to a record high of 690,923 students during the 2009-2010 academic year. This growth was due in part to a 30 percent rise in Chinese student enrollment to 128,000 students. AILA Doc. No. 10111666.
AILA Doc. No. 10111666.
DOS Employee Pleads Guilty to Making False Statements about Accessing Passport Files
(62 KB - 11/8/2010)
DOJ press release announcing that a State Department employee pleaded guilty today to lying to State Department officials in connection with an investigation into her alleged illegal access of hundreds of confidential passport application files. AILA Doc. No. 10110863.
AILA Doc. No. 10110863.
DOS Issues Briefing and Q&As on International Adoption Issues
(66 KB - 11/2/2010)
DOS briefing by Special Advisor for Children’s Issues Ambassador Susan Jacobs and Q&As on international adoption in honor of November being National Adoption Month. AILA Doc. No. 10110262.
AILA Doc. No. 10110262.
DOS Passport Changes for Puerto Rican Birth Certificates Becomes Effective 10/30/10
(37 KB - 11/1/2010)
DOS press release that as of 10/30/10, Puerto Rican birth certificates issued prior to 7/1/10 will no longer be accepted as primary proof of U.S. citizenship for a U.S. passport book or passport card. AILA Doc. No. 10110162.
AILA Doc. No. 10110162.
DOS and USCIS Announce Changes to Consular Procedures for F2A Visa Applicants from Cuba
(128 KB - 10/29/2010)
Due to a decrease in worldwide demand in the F2A visa category, all Cuban Family Reunification Program applicants in this category will be eligible to be processed as regular immigrant visa applicants beginning 1/1/11. AILA Doc. No. 10102963.
AILA Doc. No. 10102963.
US Embassy in London Announcement on E visa Appointments
(207 KB - 10/27/2010)
Letter from the US Embassy in London on the nonimmigrant E visa appointment schedule for Christmas 2010 and New Year 2011. The E visa unit will be closed and unable to offer any service from 12/23/10 – 1/4/11. AILA Doc. No. 10102763.
AILA Doc. No. 10102763.
DOS Announces Expanded Passport Facility in Hot Springs, Arkansas
(39 KB - 10/25/2010)
DOS press release on the opening of the public area at the Arkansas Passport Center. The Arkansas Passport Center has produced 30 million passports since its opening in 2007, and American citizens with urgent travel plans can now apply for passports in person at the center. AILA Doc. No. 10102564.
AILA Doc. No. 10102564.
DOS Reciprocity Table Changes for October 2010 (Updated 10/25/10)
(25 KB - 10/25/2010)
DOS updates on Country Reciprocity Table changes for the month of October 2010 including changes for Moldova, Montenegro, Iraq, Slovakia, Cote d’Ivoire and El Salvador. AILA Doc. No. 10100862.
AILA Doc. No. 10100862.
U.S. Embassy in London O and P Visa Reissuance Program
U.S. Embassy in London webpage on the Visa Reissuance Program, which allows certain eligible applicants to apply for a new O or P visa without having to attend an interview with a U.S. consular officer. The page links to the Visa Reissuance Wizard with more information. AILA Doc. No. 10101472.
AILA Doc. No. 10101472.
DOS List of Worldwide Cut-Off Dates from FY1992 - FY2010
(100 KB - 10/7/2010)
DOS Visa Bulletin list of worldwide cut-off dates for FY1992 – FY2010. The list offered by DOS accounts for non-oversubscribed countries only. AILA Doc. No. 10100761.
AILA Doc. No. 10100761.
DOS Addresses Filing DV Lottery Applications in Areas with Limited Internet Access
(35 KB - 10/6/2010)
DOS issued statement that diversity visa lottery applicants may prepare and submit their own entries, or have others, who have internet access, submit them on their behalf. But only one application may be submitted for that individual. AILA Doc. No. 10100667.
AILA Doc. No. 10100667.
Assistant Secretary Schwartz to Lead U.S. Delegation to UNHCR
(38 KB - 10/4/2010)
DOS press release on the U.S. delegation to the 61st session of the Executive Committee of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. Assistant Secretary Schwartz will also hold high-level bilateral meetings with governments at the meeting on issues relating to refugees. AILA Doc. No. 10100464.
AILA Doc. No. 10100464.
Transcript of DOS Briefing on 2012 Diversity Visa Lottery
(125 KB - 10/1/2010)
DOS blog post of the transcript from the briefing with John Wilcock, Diversity Visa Program Officer on the 2012 Diversity Visa Lottery program and registration. Q&As include information on fraud prevention, e-mail notification, excluded countries, and ineligibility. AILA Doc. No. 10100164.
AILA Doc. No. 10100164.
DOS Update on Refugee Resettlement in Salt Lake City and Portland
(88 KB - 9/28/2010)
Update by Eric Schwartz, DOS Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration, on a September 2010 visit to Salt Lake City and Portland, to meet with resettled refugees, state and local officials engaged in refugee resettlement, and resettlement agencies. AILA Doc. No. 10092862.
AILA Doc. No. 10092862.
2012 Diversity Visa Lottery Instructions
(371 KB - 9/23/2010)
DOS instructions for the 2012 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2012), updated 9/22/10. The English language version of the DV-2012 Lottery Instructions is the only official version. AILA Doc. No. 10092341.
AILA Doc. No. 10092341.
2012 Diversity Visa Lottery Program Registration Period
(68 KB - 9/23/2010)
DOS announcement that the 2012 Diversity Visa lottery program registration period will open on 10/5/10. Entries for the lottery must be submitted electronically between noon on 10/5/10 and noon on 11/3/10 eastern time. AILA Doc. No. 10092332.
AILA Doc. No. 10092332.
DOS Warns U.S. Citizens of Traveling to and Living in Mexico
(259 KB - 9/22/2010)
DOS Travel Warning informed U.S. citizens traveling to and living in Mexico about security concerns in Mexico. DOS states that the security situation poses serious risks to U.S. citizens. AILA Doc. No. 10092236.
AILA Doc. No. 10092236.
DOS Releases New Edition of “The Consular Notification and Access Manual”
(37 KB - 9/14/2010)
DOS announcement that the third edition of “The Consular Notification and Access Manual” has been published and is available free of charge. AILA Doc. No. 10091465.
AILA Doc. No. 10091465.
DOS Reciprocity Schedule for China Allows for 12 Month, Multiple Entry H Visas
(92 KB - 9/9/2010)
Effective 7/9/10, the Department of State's reciprocity schedule for China has been amended to allow for a 12 month multiple entry visa for H visa applicants. An unreleased Cable related to this change has been forwarded to diplomatic and consular posts. AILA Doc. No. 10090974.
AILA Doc. No. 10090974.
New Appointment Service for All Visa Applicants in Canada
(83 KB - 8/31/2010)
Alert from the U.S. Embassy in Canada notifying the public that they will be transitioning to a new appointment service for applicants applying for visas to come into the United States. The new service begins on September 1, 2010. AILA Doc. No. 10083174.
AILA Doc. No. 10083174.
DOS Links on Pakistan Flood Relief
DOS provides links to humanitarian organizations that are accepting cash donations for flood response efforts in Pakistan. AILA Doc. No. 10083037.
AILA Doc. No. 10083037.
NVC Immigrant Visa Electronic Processing
(224 KB - 8/26/2010)
The National Visa Center (NVC) offers information on the pilot project Immigrant Visa Electronic Processing Program which uses elctronic communication and documentation methods to simplify and accelerate the immigrant visa application process. AILA Doc. No. 10082638.
AILA Doc. No. 10082638.
U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez Video on the Visa Application Process
Video from the U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez on what to expect when going to the Consulate for a visa interview. AILA Doc. No. 10081882.
AILA Doc. No. 10081882.
U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez Video on Avoiding Scams outside Consulate
Video from the U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez on how to avoid people who engage in unlawful practices outside the consulate, such as people who sell false documents. AILA Doc. No. 10081881.
AILA Doc. No. 10081881.
U.S. Suspends Processing New Nepal Adoption Cases Based on Abandonment
(72 KB - 8/9/2010)
DOS and USCIS joint statement announcing the decision to suspend adjudication of new adoption petitions and related visa issuance for children who are described as having been abandoned in Nepal. A list of Q&As follows the statement. AILA Doc. No. 10080962.
AILA Doc. No. 10080962.
DOS Issues Permit for Construction of U.S.-Mexico Pedestrian Bridge
(228 KB - 8/4/2010)
DOS press release on a Presidential permit issued under Executive Order 11423, allowing the construction of an enclosed pedestrian bridge across the U.S.-Mexico border that will link a passenger facility in San Diego with the Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico airport. AILA Doc. No. 10080471.
AILA Doc. No. 10080471.
San Diego Passport Agency to Open in 2011
(228 KB - 8/4/2010)
DOS press release announcing an 8/10/10 site tour of the San Diego Passport Agency scheduled to open in spring 2011. The agency will be capable of issuing U.S. passport books and passport cards onsite for U.S. citizens who plan to travel within 14 days. AILA Doc. No. 10080470.
AILA Doc. No. 10080470.
U.S. Consulate at Ciudad Juarez to Reopen on August 3rd (Updated 8/2/10)
The State Department has announced that the U.S. Consulate at Ciudad Juarez will reopen on Tuesday, August 3, 2010. AILA Doc. No. 10080267.
AILA Doc. No. 10080267.
NIV Appointment Availability Link on U.S. Consulate Beijing Website
U.S. Embassy Beijing currently allows visa applicants to "forum shop" around China's consular districts. The Embassy has posted estimates of the next available tourist and student visa interview appointment dates at various offices throughout China. AILA Doc. No. 10072169.
AILA Doc. No. 10072169.
DOS Addresses Requirement of U.S. Tribal Members to Carry U.S. Passport
(226 KB - 7/14/2010)
DOS states that the requirement of U.S. citizen tribal members to carry U.S. passports for air travel into and out of the United States is not a violation of treaty obligations. AILA Doc. No. 10071465.
AILA Doc. No. 10071465.
U.S. Embassy and Consulates in China Liberalize Interview Appointment Policy
(116 KB - 7/9/2010)
Effective immediately, nonimmigrant visa applicants may book interview appointments at any U.S. Consular Section in China, regardless of the province or city where they live. AILA Doc. No. 10070961.
AILA Doc. No. 10070961.
New Schedule of Consular Fees to Take Effect on July 13, 2010
(36 KB - 6/29/2010)
On 6/28/10, DOS published its Schedule of Fees for Consular Services in the Federal Register. The schedule includes fees for passports, immigrant visas and other consular services. The changes will take effect on July 13, 2010. AILA Doc. No. 10062983.
AILA Doc. No. 10062983.
Cuba Migration Talks Continue
(37 KB - 6/22/2010)
The U.S. and Cuba met in the third meeting on U.S.-Cuba Migration Accords implementation. The agenda reflected U.S. priorities on Cuba migration issues including gaining Cuban Government acceptance for repatriation of Cuban nationals subject to removal on criminal grounds. AILA Doc. No. 10062264.
AILA Doc. No. 10062264.
China: Super Saturday Visa Program
(37 KB - 6/22/2010)
The U.S. Embassy in Beijing, along with four U.S. consulates general across China, is opening on Saturdays over the next few weeks to accommodate thousands of Chinese travelers seeking visas to visit the United States. AILA Doc. No. 10062260.
AILA Doc. No. 10062260.
DOS Press Release on the Role of the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration
(130 KB - 6/14/2010)
Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration, Eric Schwartz issued a press release explaining the role of the DOS Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. He stated that nearly 75,000 refugees resettled in the U.S. in fiscal year 2009. AILA Doc. No. 10061461.
AILA Doc. No. 10061461.
New Policy on Gender Change in Passports Announced
(37 KB - 6/10/2010)
DOS announced new policy guidelines regarding gender change in passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad beginning 06/10/10. AILA Doc. No. 10061062.
AILA Doc. No. 10061062.
DOS Press Briefing in Advance of World Refugee Day
(48 KB - 6/3/2010)
DOS and USCIS are co-hosting a background press briefing on 06/03/10 on U.S. refugee and asylum-seeker resettlement programs. This discussion will provide reporters with information in advance of World Refugee Day, June 20. AILA Doc. No. 10060361.
AILA Doc. No. 10060361.
DOS Issues South Africa Travel Alert Related to World Cup
(234 KB - 5/28/2010)
DOS alerted U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in South Africa to safety and security issues related to the FIFA World Cup from 06/11/10 to 7/11/10. This travel alert includes a section on immigration and expires 07/31/10. AILA Doc. No. 10052835.
AILA Doc. No. 10052835.
Travel.State.Gov Launches New Design
(65 KB - 5/27/2010)
The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs launched a new design of www.travel.state.gov aimed at making the site easier for users to navigate. AILA Doc. No. 10052730.
AILA Doc. No. 10052730.
DOS Announces Nonimmigrant Visa Application Fees to Increase June 4
(38 KB - 5/25/2010)
On 05/20/10, DOS published an interim final rule that increases nonimmigrant visa application processing fees and establishes a tiered structure with separate fees for different nonimmigrant visa categories. The new fees are scheduled to go into effect on 06/04/10. AILA Doc. No. 10052575.
AILA Doc. No. 10052575.
Warden Notice on Limited Consular Services in Peshawar, Pakistan
(212 KB - 4/7/2010)
The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan issued a Warden Notice to remind U.S. citizens that routine consular services at the U.S. Consulate in Peshawar remain suspended until further notice. AILA Doc. No. 10040763.
AILA Doc. No. 10040763.
DOS Issues Travel Warning for Eritrea
(227 KB - 3/5/2010)
DOS announced in a travel warning that the consular section of the Embassy in Asmara, Eritrea is open only for emergency American citizen services. AILA Doc. No. 10030533.
AILA Doc. No. 10030533.
DOS Briefing on Proposed Passport Fee Increases and Passport Day
(51 KB - 3/4/2010)
DOS briefed the public on the proposed passport fee increases and the expansion of its domestic passport network. On 3/27/10, designated as Passport Day, all regional DOS passport agencies will open to the public for extended Saturday hours. AILA Doc. No. 10030460.
AILA Doc. No. 10030460.
US Embassy Asmara Resumes Limited Visa Services (Updated 4/9/10)
US Embassy Asmara resumes limited visa services after having suspended consular operations, due to Eritrea's violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. AILA Doc. No. 10022564.
AILA Doc. No. 10022564.
DOS Meets with Cuba for Migration Talks
(37 KB - 2/22/2010)
United States and Cuba met in Havana to discuss implementation of the U.S.-Cuba Migration Accords. This was the second such meeting since the decision to renew the Talks in 2009. AILA Doc. No. 10022263.
AILA Doc. No. 10022263.
DOS Notice on Changes to Procedures for Certain I-129F Petitions
(48 KB - 2/19/2010)
DOS issued a notice that effective 2/1/10, when both the I-129F petition for a K visa and the I-130 petition for an IR-1 (or CR-1) spouse of a U.S. citizen visa have been approved by USCIS and sent to the NVC, the availability as well as the need for a K-3 visa ends. AILA Doc. No. 10021965.
AILA Doc. No. 10021965.
DOS Update on Newly Arriving Refugees
(81 KB - 2/18/2010)
On 1/22/10, DOS Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration Eric Schwartz released an update on the Reception and Placement Program for newly arriving refugees. AILA Doc. No. 10021869.
AILA Doc. No. 10021869.
Preview to Annual Meeting of the President's Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
(252 KB - 2/5/2010)
Ambassador-at-Large Luis CdeBaca, the Director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, answered questions to provide a preview of the annual meeting of the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. AILA Doc. No. 10020578.
AILA Doc. No. 10020578.
President's Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons Issues Statement of Commitment
(227 KB - 2/5/2010)
The members of the President’s Interagency Task Force, which includes DOS, DOJ, DHS, HHS, and other departments, issued a statement on their commitment to prevention of human trafficking, the protection of victims and the prosecution of their traffickers. AILA Doc. No. 10020577.
AILA Doc. No. 10020577.
DOS Anti-Trafficking Efforts in Haiti
(38 KB - 1/29/2010)
DOS and its partners are intensifying efforts addressing the potential for trafficking in persons, particularly children, in post-earthquake Haiti including registration of unaccompanied and separated children, tracing, and family reunification. AILA Doc. No. 10012969.
AILA Doc. No. 10012969.
Departure of Haitian Orphans Covered By Humanitarian Parole
(225 KB - 1/27/2010)
U.S. and Haitian government officials have met to establish a procedure for securing departure approval for children already in the adoption process before the 1/12/10 earthquake. As of 1/26/10, humanitarian parole has been granted to almost 500 Haitian orphans. AILA Doc. No. 10012765.
AILA Doc. No. 10012765.
State Department 2010 Earthquake in Haiti Webpage
The Department of State created a 2010 Earthquake in Haiti webpage. The page includes a Person Finder, that can be used by anyone looking for or having information about anyone in Haiti. AILA Doc. No. 10012562.
AILA Doc. No. 10012562.
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