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  • IAWG Released FY2004 Annual Report (1/11/2005)
    The Interagency Working Group on U.S. Government-Sponsored International Exchanges and Training (IAWG) issues its annual report for FY2004.
    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.
  • DOS 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. In response to demand, DOS tripled the number of servers hosting the registration website.
    AILA Doc. No. 04110511.
  • DOS Improvements to Visa Processing(537 KB - 10/21/2004)
    DOS press release 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.
  • 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 Statement on Refugee Admissions for FY2004 (10/5/2004)
    DOS press statement on refugee admissions during FY2004 provides that 52,875 refugees representing more than 40 nationalities were admitted during FY2004, an 85% increase in admissions over FY2003.
    AILA Doc. No. 04100566.
  • DOS Spokesman Addresses Online Filing for DV Lottery (10/1/2004)
    DOS spokesman Richard Boucher responds to a reporter's questions about the fairness of allowing only online registration for the Diversity Visa lottery, focusing specifically on the ability of North Koreans to file.
    AILA Doc. No. 04100160.
  • DV-2006 Lottery Registration To Begin 11/5/04 (9/30/2004)
    DOS announced that the registration period for the DV-2006 visa lottery will run from 11/5/04 to 1/7/05. Registration will be exclusively online.
    AILA Doc. No. 04093061.
  • DOS Reminds VWP Travelers of Upcoming Machine Readable Passport Requirements(94 KB - 9/13/2004)
    DOS 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.
  • DOS Expands Visa Restrictions on Transnistrian Authorities (8/31/2004)
    An 8/26/04 DOS press statement indicated 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.
  • President Signs One-Year Extension of Biometric Requirements for VWP (8/10/2004)
    DOS press release on H.R. 4417 (P.L. 108-299) that authorized 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. VWP visitors must present machine-readable passports as of 10/26/04.
    AILA Doc. No. 04081065.
  • 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.
  • Final Bid Solicitation Issued for U.S. Biometric Passports (7/16/2004)
    DOS 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 New and Improved Consular Internet Services (7/16/2004)
    DOS announced that it has improved the information and services available on the Consular Internet Website, 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 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 on NIV Processing Changes (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 7/16/04, all nonimmigrant visa applicants in Chennai will require an appointment for an interview.
    AILA Doc. No. 04062264.
  • DOS Announces Signing of U.S. and 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.
  • DOS 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/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 9/30/04 (4/2/2004)
    DHS will process VWP travelers in US-VISIT, beginning 9/30/04, at all air and sea ports. DHS and DOS requested 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.
  • DOS Spokesman Addresses Saudi NIVs (2/10/2004)
    DOS answers press question on interviews of nonimmigrant visa applicants in Saudi Arabia, stating "we're at a hundred percent or close to a hundred percent interviews in Saudi Arabia with very few exceptions."
    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.
  • DOS Fact Sheet on Refugee Admissions for East Asia(534 KB - 1/22/2004)
    DOS's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration's fact sheet on refugee admissions for East Asia. The ceiling in FY2005 for refugees from East Asia is 13,000 of which some 10,000 will be utilized by Lao-Hmong from Thailand. The remaining admissions will include primarily Burmese and Vietnamese.
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 FY2004 ceiling for this region is 2,000.
    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.
  • 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 LegalNet 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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