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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)

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