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Worldwide Visa Operations- DOS Update

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has announced that its worldwide visa operations are quickly recovering from setbacks caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic primarily affected DOS visa processing in two ways: DOS processed fewer ap… Read More
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EOIR Proceedings Affected by COVID-19

On January 10, 2022 the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) postponed certain immigration hearings. This decision is in response to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases across the country. The types of hearings that have been postponed ar… Read More
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Presidential Proclamation regarding Omicron

Effective December 31, 2021 the White House plans to lift Proclamation 10315 (issued November 26, 2021), which suspended and limited travel for certain immigrants and nonimmigrants who were physically in eight African nations due to the rise in Covid… Read More
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Department of State Releases Update on how Immigrant Visas are Prioritized

Covid-19 has forced the Department of State (DOS) to make difficult decisions in how embassies and consulates prioritize immigrant visa applications. Congress gave the DOS directive on prioritizing immediate relative visa applications and K-1 fiancé… Read More
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COVID-19 Strains on Mississippi Health Care System Reflect the Consequences of the U.S. Physician Shortage

According to a report in the New York Times, the spike in coronavirus cases across the country has exposed the struggles of the U.S. healthcare system, particularly in Mississippi. Not only is Mississippi short on hospital beds for patients, but the… Read More
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CDC Requires COVID-19 Vaccination for Immigrant Medical Examination

Overview: The World Health Organization has declared the Covid-19 pandemic to be a public health emergency of international concern. The CDC defines Covid-19 as a quarantinable communicable disease and a severe acute respiratory syndrome, thus making… Read More
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USCIS Temporarily Extends Validity Period for I-693 Form

Beginning August 12, 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is temporarily extending the validity period for the Medical Examination and Vaccination Record forms, known as the I-693 Form. Previously, this form was valid for only two… Read More
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Presidential Proclamation 10014 Revoked

On Wednesday, February 24, President Biden rescinded the Presidential Proclamation 10014. This proclamation nearly stopped all legal immigration to the United States since April 22, 2020. It separated hundreds of thousands of families and severely di… Read More
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Biometrics Appointment Sc…

Biometrics Appointment Scheduling Delays

Applicants for various immigration benefits including employment authorization documents (EADs), advance parole (AP), adjustment of status, and naturalization are required to appear at an in-person appointment at an Application Support Center (ASC) t… Read More
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August Check-in with Char…

August Check-in with Charlie Oppenheim

AILA‘s Department of State (DOS) Liaison Committee checks in each month with Charlie Oppenheim, the Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division at DOS for updates about Visa Bulletin progress. Oppenheim also provides an analysis of current… Read More
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