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  • DOS Q&As on Removal of HIV from CDC List of Communicable Diseases(46 KB - 12/18/2009)
    DOS issued Q&As 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, and HIV-positive applicants who have previously been refused a visa.
    AILA Doc. No. 09121866.
  • DOS Proposal for Increase of Nonimmigrant Visa Application Fees(26 KB - 12/14/2009)
    DOS issued a press release with FAQs on the a proposed rule 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.
  • DOS Briefing on National Adoption Day(147 KB - 11/23/2009)
    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.
  • Protecting Stateless Persons: the Role of the U.S. Government(126 KB - 11/10/2009)
    DOS outlined the U.S. 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.
  • DOS Travel Restrictions for Certain Members of Guinean Government and Military Junta(295 KB - 10/29/2009)
    DOS 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.
  • DOS Information Regarding Registration as a Castelano Class Member(113 KB - 10/27/2009)
    On 8/14/09, a U.S. District Court approved the Settlement Agreement in Castelano, et al. v. Clinton, et al, which may affect persons whose births were registered by a midwife or birth attendant in TX and who applied for a passport between 4/8/03 and 8/12/09, but did not receive one.
    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& increase over the same period last year. DOS expects over 13,000,000 entries before the registration period ends.
    AILA Doc. No. 09101363.
  • 2011 Diversity Visa Lottery Program Registration Starts 10/2/09(112 KB - 9/29/2009)
    DOS announces the opening of the registration period for the DV-2011 Diversity Visa lottery. Entries 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.
  • DOS Temporarily Suspends Non-Immigrant Visa Services in Honduras (8/26/2009)
    Due to political problems in Honduras, DOS suspended non-emergency, non-immigrant visa services in the consular section of their embassy in Honduras, effective August 26, 2009.
    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.
  • Former DOS Employee Sentenced for Illegally Accessing Passport Files(35 KB - 7/9/2009)
    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.
  • DOS Educational Pamphlet for Nonimmigrant Visa Applicants(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.
    AILA Doc. No. 09062966.
  • DOS to Open New Passport Offices(305 KB - 6/15/2009)
    DOS announced that it will open new passport offices in Vermont, Buffalo, New York; El Paso, Texas; Atlanta, Georgia and San Diego, California.
    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.
  • DOS Announced Designations of Greek Foreign Terrorist Organizations(109 KB - 5/19/2009)
    DOS announced 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.
  • 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.
  • U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Mexico Suspended Non-Essential Services(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 5/6/09.
    AILA Doc. No. 09042860.
  • U.S. Embassy in Mexico City Suspended Nonimmigrant Appointments(46 KB - 4/27/2009)
    The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City has suspended processing of the approximately 5100 nonimmigrant visa appointments scheduled Monday, April 27, 2009 through Wednesday, April 29, 2009 due to the outbreak of H1N1 influenza.
    AILA Doc. No. 09042760.
  • DOS Response on Resettlement Benefits for Iraqi Refugees(235 KB - 3/6/2009)
    DOS responded to a question regarding the support and assistance provided to Iraqi refugees resettled in the U.S.
    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.
  • 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, including specific information regarding concerns along the U.S./Mexico border.
    AILA Doc. No. 09022362.
  • DOS Fact Sheet on Fraud in the Refugee Family Reunification Program(45 KB - 2/3/2009)
    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.
 
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