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New on-line appointment system for Consulates in Mexico

Reports that the new on-line appointment system for consulates in Mexico is not working.

Travel Warning for Egypt

DOS authorized the voluntary departure of dependents and non-emergency employees of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo. The Embassy is open for emergency services for U.S. citizens only until further notice. No arrangements have been announced for rescheduling IV or NIV appointments.

Temporary Closure of the U.S. Embassy in Tel-Aviv

The Rome District Chapter alerts that the U.S. Embassy in Tel-Aviv will be closed to the public between February 17 and March 18, 2011. As such, the Embassy strongly encourages those intending to travel to the U.S. to apply for visas well in advance

Guidance for L visa Adjudications

DOS January 2011 guidance for L visa adjudications, particularly in regard to evaluating claims of “specialized knowledge.”

Immigrant Visa Retrogression

The DOS Liaison Committee reminds members that despite visa retrogression for various immigrant visa categories, posts should issue immigrant visas with a full six-month validity, even if the applicant’s immigrant visa category will retrogress.

US Embassy in Mexico City on the new Nonimmigrant Visa Procedures

FAQs from the US Embassy in Mexico City on the new nonimmigrant visa procedures which took effect on 1/10/11. Please note that DOS website erroneously listed the start date of these new procedures as 1/10/10.

Comment request on the extension of the validity of Form DS-2019

DOS 60-day comment request on the extension of the validity of Form DS-2019, Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status. Comments are due 3/13/11. (76 FR 2190, 1/12/11)

Family-based Albanian Social Group Claim

Over dissent, the court found that the extensive, credible record of kidnapping and harm to petitioner’s family members evidenced a quintessentially personal motivation of revenge, not one based on membership in a social group. (Demiraj v. Holder, 1/11/11)

February 2011 Visa Bulletin

DOS Visa Bulletin for February 2011. Section C addresses advance notification of diversity (DV) immigrant category rank cut-offs which will apply in March. Section D addresses retrogression of family cut-off dates.

Erroneous report of current availability for the India EB-2 category

Information from Charlie Oppenheim of the DOS Visa Office explaining the erroneous report of current availability for the India EB-2 category.

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