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2007

  • Update: New PIMS System Rollout (12/10/2007)
    AILA’s DOS Liaison Committee provides an update about the implementation of the new PIMS system.
    AILA Doc. No. 07121072.
  • DOS Fees to Increase 1/1/08 (12/7/2007)
    AILA has learned that DOS is in the process of publishing in the Federal Register, probably early the week of 12/10/07, an increase of nonimmigrant and immigrant visa fees.
    AILA Doc. No. 07120730.
  • Change in Communication with IV Section of Ciudad Juarez Consulate (11/30/2007)
    The U.S. consulate in Ciudad Juarez has advised AILA that it is temporarily deactivating the e-mail query option for the IV section while it is working on its backlog. Instead, they are using the 1-900 number call center as a triage.
    AILA Doc. No. 07113060.
  • DOS Answers AILA Questions on PIMS (11/29/2007)
    State Department answers initial questions from AILA Liaison on processing of nonimmigrant visa applications under PIMS.
    AILA Doc. No. 07112960.
  • AILA Liaison/DOS Q&As (10/24/07)(68 KB - 11/27/2007)
    DOS Q&As approved by DOS that address staff and policy updates, working with attorneys, Ls and E-2s, IV processing, NVC fees and file transfers to posts, I-824s, consular returns, CSPA, post-specific issues, ICE liaison at posts, citizenship, J visa and WRD issues, and biometrics.
    AILA Doc. No. 07112732.
  • AILA DOS Liaison Committee DUI/DWI Practice Alert (10/9/2007)
    DOS recently issued a cable requiring consular officers to refer NIV applicants with prior drunk driving issues to panel physicians for medical exams in certain circumstances. Consular officers must now also refer applicants to panel physicians if there is evidence to suggest an alcohol problem.
    AILA Doc. No. 07100961.
  • U.S. Consulates in Australia Temporarily Reduces Visa Processing (9/4/2007)
    Consular posts in Australia have reduced visa services through 9/14/07 in light of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum.
    AILA Doc. No. 07090474.
  • October 2007 Employment-Based Immigrant Visa Cutoff Dates Projected (8/22/2007)
    State Department discusses with AILA Liaison upcoming employment-based immigrant visa availability. Speaking broadly of visa availability in the First and Second Preference categories for all countries, visa availability for October should closely match that seen in the September 2007 Bulletin.
    AILA Doc. No. 07082261.
  • Practice Tip: Highlights of September 2007 Visa Bulletin (8/15/2007)
    Practice tip highlights news from the September 2007 Visa Bulletin.
    AILA Doc. No. 07081531.
  • Top 10 Visa Wait Times at U.S. Consular Posts (6/6/2007)
    Can you guess which U.S. consular posts have the longest visa wait times? Give it a shot! To find out if you're right, compare your answers to the list provided by AILA's DOS Liaison.
    AILA Doc. No. 07060660.
  • Obtaining a New IV Interview at CDJ after USCIS Waiver Denial (5/3/2007)
    The DOS Immigrant Visa Chief and the USCIS Overseas Officer in Charge in Ciudad Juarez clarify the process for obtaining a new immigrant visa interview after a USCIS waiver denial.
    AILA Doc. No. 07050360.
  • U.S. Embassy in Mexico City Announces New Initiative to Address Trends or Issues (4/19/2007)
    AILA and the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City announced a new avenue to address visa processing concerns at U.S. consulates in Mexico.
    AILA Doc. No. 07041916.
  • Q&As from March 2007 AILA Liaison/DOS Meeting(64 KB - 4/16/2007)
    The Q&As from a March 2007 AILA Liaison meeting with DOS address security checks and fingerprints, E visas, J visas, I-130s, Schedule A visas, the National Visa Center, retrogression, and post specific questions.
    AILA Doc. No. 07041668.
  • Consulate in Casablanca Closed Indefinitely (4/16/2007)
    AILA's DOS Liaison Committee reports that the U.S. Consulate in Casablanca closed on 4/16/07 for a security review.
    AILA Doc. No. 07041666.
  • DOS Update on IV And NIV Processing Delays (4/12/2007)
    DOS update that the Bureau of Consular Affairs in Washington D.C. experienced a number of computer and communication problems which collectively have created a processing backlog of one day's worth of immigrant visa and nonimmigrant visa cases.
    AILA Doc. No. 07041266.
  • Updated NVC List of “NVC Appointment” Posts (4/2/2007)
    The National Visa Center provides AILA Liaison with lists of consular posts for which NVC schedules immigrant visa appointments and posts which schedule immigrant visa appointments on their own.
    AILA Doc. No. 07040263.
  • Practice Update: B-1 Visa Applications in Mexico (3/23/2007)
    The Minister Counselor for Consular Affairs in Mexico City confirms that in the adjudication of B-1 visa applications there can be no bright-line rules based on the length of the applicant's service with his or her current employer.
    AILA Doc. No. 07032317.
  • USCIS Ciudad Juarez Office Revises Waiver Application Procedures (3/5/2007)
    USCIS Ciudad Juarez Officer in Charge Warren Janssen pilots a new immigrant visa waiver application process in a streamlining effort. Report contributed by AILA President-Elect Kathleen Campbell Walker.
    AILA Doc. No. 07030565.
  • DOS Liaison Update on NVC and Consular Processing (2/15/2007)
    A DOS Liaison update clarifies processing procedures in light of the unannounced change of some standard review consular posts to appointment review posts, for which the NVC schedules appointments. Guidance is provided on the submission of Form DS-230 Parts I and II.
    AILA Doc. No. 07021560.
  • NVC Tour Q&As - October 2006(16 KB - 1/9/2007)
    Q&As from the 10/2006 AILA Tour of the NVC address fees, affidavits of support, appointments, original signatures on Form DS-230, the Agent of Choice Letter, name checks, Guangzhou, and cases returned to the NVC for revocation.
    AILA Doc. No. 07010960.
 
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