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  • AILA DOS Liaison Q&As (4/09/14)(724 KB - 4/16/2014)
    DOS responses to AILA/DOS liaison Q&As, which address questions relating to visa wait times, administrative processing, Forms DS-160 and DS-260, NVC fee bills, U.K. cautions, ART, H-1B end-client letters, J-1 waivers, endorsement of the I-129S for blanket L cases, and E-2 for Israelis.
    AILA Doc. No. 14041600.
  • Practice Pointer: Consular Processing Follow-to-Join Cases(766 KB - 3/12/2014)
    DOS Liaison Committee practice pointer on the most effective way to initiate a follow-to-join case at a consular post when the principal’s immigrant visa was also issued by a consular post. AILA is continuing to engage with the Visa Office on the issue of adopting an automated process.
    AILA Doc. No. 14031204.
  • Practice Alert: EB-5 Visa Availability Update (3/6/2014)
    The State Department’s visa availability projections in Item E of the March 2014 Visa Bulletin indicate that the EB-5 category will be “current” for the foreseeable future, and there is no mention of “retrogression.” Special thanks to Bernie Wolfsdorf.
    AILA Doc. No. 14030645.
  • Practice Pointer: DOS Policy Change Regarding Children Born Abroad Through ART (3/6/2014)
    DOS Liaison Committee practice pointer on the 01/14/14 DOS policy update on the transmission of U.S. citizenship at birth to a child born abroad through assisted reproductive technology (ART). This policy applies retroactively, however DOS will not reopen previously denied applications.
    AILA Doc. No. 14030644.
  • AILA Amicus Committee Seeks Examples of Unjustified Visa Denials (3/3/2014)
    AILA’s Amicus Curiae Committee seeks examples of visa denials due to alleged grounds of inadmissibility that appear unjustified, and are difficult or impossible to challenge in federal court due to the doctrine of consular nonreviewability. Responses needed by 3/5/14.
    AILA Doc. No. 14021940.
  • Practice Pointer: Changing Venue in LGBT IV Processing Cases(727 KB - 2/7/2014)
    The AILA DOS Liaison Committee alerts members to new procedures for requesting a change of venue for immigrant visa processing in cases where the safety of the LGBT applicant may be at issue if he or she is made to return “home” to appear for an interview.
    AILA Doc. No. 14020741.
  • Submit Your Questions for the Spring DOS Liaison Meeting (Updated 2/5/14) (2/5/2014)
    The AILA DOS Liaison Committee seeks agenda items for its spring liaison meeting with the Department of State Visa Office. Please send your non-case specific questions by 2/11/14. Please note that previous submissions made at the end of January were not received due to an e-mail error.
    AILA Doc. No. 14012147.
  • Practice Alert: Updated Contact Information for DOS Waiver Review Division (2/3/2014)
    September 2013, the Department of State’s Visa Office moved to a new office location. As a result, phone, fax and e-mail addresses have changed for the J-1 Waiver Review Division. Special thanks to Jennifer Minear.
    AILA Doc. No. 14020303.
  • Practice Alert: NIV Interview Waiver Program Now Permanent (1/14/2014)
    AILA DOS Liaison Committee practice alert advising members that the DOS NIV interview waiver pilot program is now permanent. DOS introduced the two-year pilot program in January 2012 to improve and speed up the visa process for certain categories of travelers to the U.S.
    AILA Doc. No. 14011444.
  • Practice Alert: Impact of Projected EB-5 Quota Retrogression for China(612 KB - 1/10/2014)
    The AILA EB-5 and DOS Committees alert members to the possibility that a cut-off date will be established for the EB-5 immigrant investor visa category for China this coming summer or early fall, and offer practice tips for handling cases that may be impacted by the potential retrogression.
    AILA Doc. No. 14011048.