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DOS Publishes Final Rule Amending B Visa Regulations

DOS published a final rule in the Federal Register amending the B visa regulations to establish that travel to the United States with the primary purpose of obtaining U.S. citizenship for a child by giving birth in the United States is an impermissible basis for the issuance of a B nonimmigrant visa. The rule is effective today, January 24, 2020.

Is your Passport Full?

DOS issued a final rule on the elimination of visa page insert service for regular fee U.S. passport book holders. Beginning January 1, 2016, DOS will no longer add visa pages into U.S. passports, and applicants in need of additional pages in their valid passports must obtain a new passport by mail. DOS began issuing 52-page passport books to all overseas U.S. passport applicants at no extra cost in October 2014.

Returned Petitions by DOS

During the call, DOS indicated that less than .5% of nonimmigrant visa petitions and less than 1% of immigrant visa petitions are returned to USCIS for further action. Of note, USCIS stated that it tries to respond within 120 days after a response to a Notice of Intent to Revoke (NOIR) is received, and that expedite is possible, and is reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Visa Reciprocity Changes for Georgia and Papua New Guinea

Department of State updates to the visa reciprocity tables, including an updated documents section for Georgia and new police record information for Papua New Guinea.

Visa Reciprocity Changes for Papua New Guinea, Romania, and Zambia

Department of State updates to the visa reciprocity tables, including new police record information for Papua New Guinea, updated contact information for Romania, and new information on marriage and divorce documentation for Zambia.

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