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  • DOS Explanation of Exhaustion of FY2014 Diversity Immigrant Visa Numbers(648 KB - 9/23/2014)
    DOS announcement explaining how exhaustion of the diversity visas (DVs) for FY2014 works. To ensure all of the available DVs are issued, more than 50,000 entries are selected. However, this also means there will not be a sufficient number of diversity visas for all those who are initially selected.
    AILA Doc. No. 14092344.
  • DOS Instructions for the 2016 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program(762 KB - 9/23/2014)
    DOS instructions for the 2016 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, including eligibility requirements, instructions for completing the electronic entry form, and FAQs. Entries must be submitted electronically between noon (EDT) on 10/1/14 and noon (EST) on 11/3/14.
    AILA Doc. No. 14092343.
  • 2014 Visa Reciprocity Changes (Updated 9/19/14) (9/19/2014)
    DOS updates the visa reciprocity tables, including updated information for Japan.
    AILA Doc. No. 14010841.
  • DOS Notice on China EB-5 Category(137 KB - 9/11/2014)
    DOS notice stating that on 8/23/14, the China EB-5 category became unavailable for the remainder of FY2014, and the category will again become “current” for October 2014, the first month of FY2015. Notice includes information on DOS and USCIS processing.
    AILA Doc. No. 14091143.
  • DOS Practice Alert: Technical Problems with Passport/Visa System (Updated 9/8/14) (9/8/2014)
    The DOS Bureau of Consular Affairs reports it is supporting visa and passport issuances within expected processing times and service expectations and has eliminated the queue of caused by system issues.
    AILA Doc. No. 14072440.
  • DOS Afghan SIV Program Extended(638 KB - 8/12/2014)
    DOS announcement that its authority to issue Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs) to Afghan nationals has been extended, and 1,000 SIVs, in addition to the 3,000 visas for Afghan principal applicants originally allocated for use in FY2014, may be issued until December 31, 2014.
    AILA Doc. No. 14081243.
  • DOS Afghan SIV Program Update(736 KB - 7/31/2014)
    DOS announcement that it expects all 3,000 visas for Afghan principal applicants for FY2014 to be issued by August 2014, and is making arrangements to resume issuances of Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs) if more visas are allocated. Update includes FAQ, fact sheet, and instructions for applying.
    AILA Doc. No. 14073160.
  • DOS Cable on Revised Reciprocity Fee Schedule for Belarus(458 KB - 7/16/2014)
    DOS cable, effective immediately, with a revised reciprocity fee schedule for Belarus, for various nonimmigrant visa categories. All visa validities for nationals of Belarus will remain unchanged.
    AILA Doc. No. 14071657.
  • DOS FAQs on Afghan Special Immigrant Visas(1038 KB - 7/3/2014)
    DOS FAQs on Afghan Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs), including questions on the application deadline, how to document the one-year of qualifying employment, scheduling visa interviews, medical exams, and scheduling interviews for dependents.
    AILA Doc. No. 14070347.
  • DOS Fact Sheet on Afghan Special Immigrant Visa Program(1541 KB - 7/3/2014)
    DOS fact sheet on Afghan Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs), including the number of visas available and remaining for FY2014, as well as processing time information. Application deadline is 9/30/14.
    AILA Doc. No. 14070345.
  • DOS Afghan SIV Program Update(636 KB - 6/19/2014)
    DOS announcement that it expects all 3,000 visas for Afghan principal applicants for FY2014 to be issued by July 2014, and is making arrangements to quickly resume issuances of Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs) to applicants if more visas are allocated. Announcement includes FAQ and fact sheet.
    AILA Doc. No. 14061941.
  • U.S. Consulate in Osaka-Kobe Temporarily Stopping E-1/E-2 Visa Interviews (6/2/2014)
    DOS announcement stating that the U.S. Consulate in Osaka-Kobe will temporarily stop accepting E-1/E-2 visa appointments from 6/1/14 to 8/31/14 due to severe staff shortages.
    AILA Doc. No. 14060260.
  • DOS Cable on DS-260 Rollout for DV-2015 Diversity Visa Program(525 KB - 5/9/2014)
    DOS cable stating that beginning with the 2015 Diversity Visa (DV) Program, DV-2015, all DV applicants must submit the electronic DS-260, accessible through the Consular Electronic Application Center. The DS-260 will be ready for applicants to use on May 19, 2014.
    AILA Doc. No. 14050946.
  • DOS Cable on Revised Reciprocity Schedule for Ukraine(455 KB - 4/25/2014)
    DOS cable, effective immediately, with a revised reciprocity schedule for Ukraine to increase the validity of the B nonimmigrant visa categories from the current 60 months, multiple entries, to 120 months, multiple entries. All other visa validities for nationals of Ukraine will remain unchanged.
    AILA Doc. No. 14042540.
  • DOS Cable on Revised Reciprocity Fee Schedule for Kazakhstan(570 KB - 3/26/2014)
    DOS cable, effective 3/21/14, with a revised reciprocity fee schedule for Kazakhstan for various nonimmigrant visa categories. All visa validities for nationals of Kazakhstan will remain unchanged.
    AILA Doc. No. 14032607.
  • Embassy of Mexico City Updates Submission Guidelines for E Visa Applications(512 KB - 2/28/2014)
    The Embassy of Mexico City updates it submission guidelines for E-1 and E-2 visa applications and warns that if submission guideless are not followed, applications will be returned. Look at the links under Required Documentation for specific guidelines.
    AILA Doc. No. 14022851.
  • DOS Cable Revises Reciprocity Schedule for China(492 KB - 2/21/2014)
    DOS cable stating that effective 2/18/14, the reciprocity schedule for Chinese nationals is revised for the A-2, C-3, and G-2 nonimmigrant visa categories. All other visa validities remain unchanged.
    AILA Doc. No. 14022160.
  • DOS Cable Revises Reciprocity Schedule for Mauritania(570 KB - 2/12/2014)
    DOS cable stating that effective 2/11/14, the reciprocity schedule for Mauritanian nationals is revised for the B nonimmigrant visa categories and all other visa validities for Mauritanians will remain unchanged.
    AILA Doc. No. 14021240.
  • DOS Policy Changes Related to Children Born Abroad through ART Applies Retroactively(606 KB - 2/7/2014)
    A 1/14/14 DOS cable clarifying that the updated policy on the transmission of U.S. citizenship at birth to a child born abroad and assisted reproductive technology (ART) applies retroactively and includes instructions for re-applying for previously denied cases.
    AILA Doc. No. 14020740.
  • DOS Updates Position on ART and Automatic Citizenship Transmission Upon Birth Abroad(1234 KB - 2/6/2014)
    DOS policy on the transmission of U.S. citizenship at birth to a child born abroad and assisted reproductive technology (ART), requiring a U.S. citizen either have a genetic or gestational connection and be the legal mother at the time and place of the child’s birth to transmit U.S. citizenship.
    AILA Doc. No. 14020643.
 
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