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White House Releases Report on Improving and Modernizing the Immigration System to Meet 21st Century Needs

Earlier this month, the White House released a review of the United States’ immigration policies in a report entitled, “Modernizing & Streamlining our Legal Immigration System for the 21st Century.” The Report highlights key...more

Africa Update - July 2015 #3

Leading the News - Burundi: On July 9th, United Nations (U.N.) Assistant-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Taye-Brook Zerihoun and U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein briefed the U.N....more

Department of State Releases August 2015 Visa Bulletin

Cutoff dates for EB-3 Philippines available, but backlogged to 2004. Cutoff dates for EB-3 China backlogged to 2004, while cutoff dates for Mexico and the rest of the world advance by three and a half months. Cutoff dates for...more

Actions Foreshadow Uniform Cybersecurity Regulations for Federal Contractors - Two Recent Executive Agency Actions Lay the...

Federal government contractors handling Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) should take notice of two recent executive agency actions. Combined, they lay the groundwork for a new cybersecurity clause to be added to the...more

Africa Update - July 2015 #2

In This Issue: - Leading the News - United States – Africa Relations - North Africa - East Africa - West Africa - Sub-Saharan Africa - General Africa News - Excerpt from Leading the...more

Proposed ITAR Amendment Provides Important Benefit for Government Contractors

The Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (“DDTC”) has issued a proposed regulation under the International Traffic In Arms Regulations (“ITAR”) that will have a significant impact on government contracts firms. Under the...more

DOS Announces Changes to E Visa Application Processing in Mexico

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) announced changes to the application process to obtain E-1 and E-2 visas, due to recent increases in overall visa applications made through the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City. The E-1 visa is...more

Visa-Issuing Embassies and Consulates Back Online

The State Department advised that all visa-issuing embassies and consulates are back online, though problems are still occurring with some online immigrant visa application forms....more

Some U.S. Embassies and Consulates Continue to Be Unable to Issue Passports and Visas

The Bureau of Consular Affairs of the U.S. Department of State began experiencing technical outages that prevent the issuance of passports and visas at every consulate and embassy around the world on June 15, 2015 — one-third...more

Restoration of Visa Issuance at Some Posts

The US Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs reports that the database responsible for handling biometric clearances has been restored and is undergoing testing. As of today, June 24, 2015, 39 posts are back...more

State and Commerce Seek Comments on Proposed Export Control Rules Regarding Electronic Transmissions, Defense Services and Other...

On June 3, 2015, the U.S. Department of State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) and the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published proposed rules amending the International Traffic...more

U.S. Department of State Announces Two-Thirds of its Consular Posts are Online and Processing Visas

On June 23, 2015, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) updated its alert regarding the technical problems that resulted in world-wide delays in visa processing, announcing that 39 consular posts, representing more than...more

"Supreme Court: A Term-End Review"

As the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2014-15 term draws to a conclusion, the Court has resolved — or will resolve in a matter of days — several cases with potentially wide-reaching implications for a range of important policy and...more

System Glitch Leads To Freeze On US Travel Visas

Since June 9th a computer glitch has stalled visa processing at U.S. embassies all over the world. The hardware malfunction has kept crucial biometrics information (including fingerprints) from reaching foreign U.S....more

Technical Issues Delay Visa Application Processing

On June 15, 2015, the Department of State (DOS) announced that the Bureau of Consular Affairs is currently experiencing technical problems with its visa systems, which have resulted in delays in printing visas and the...more

Department of State Visa Issuance Problems Resolved in 22 Posts but Delays Continue

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) continues to experience worldwide technical problems with issuing visas, the result of an apparent hardware failure. On June 22, 2015, the DOS announced that the visa issuance problems have...more

Visa Services Interruption

The Department of State’s (DOS) Bureau of Consular Affairs has advised that it continues to experience technical problems with its visa systems. This issue is not specific to any particular country or visa category. The DOS...more

Department of State Releases July 2015 Visa Bulletin

Cutoff dates for EB-3 Philippines become unavailable, cutoff dates for EB-2 China advance by four months, and cutoff dates for EB-3 for Mexico and the Rest of the World advance by six weeks. The US Department of State...more

Update on Department of State Visa Systems Issues

On June 15, 2015, the Department of State (DOS) announced that the Bureau of Consular Affairs was experiencing technical problems with its visa systems, which resulted in delays in printing visas and the possible rescheduling...more

Visa Delays Plague U.S. Consulates and Embassies Due to Technical Issues

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has reported that it is experiencing technical problems with its visa systems, preventing it from issuing visa stamps to foreign nationals. The problem also affects the ability to schedule...more

Update to Department of State Visa Shutdown

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has provided an update on its ongoing technical problems with issuing visas. According to the update, the visa shutdown appears to be the result of a hardware failure. The DOS has over 100...more

Immigration Update: Technical Issues Continue to Impact U.S. Visa Processing Worldwide

U.S. Department of State (DOS) continues to address the technical problems with their visa systems. As announced on June 12, 2015, the issue impacts U.S. Consulates worldwide and is not specific to any particular country or...more

Travelers Beware: Visa Issuance Delay Due to Worldwide System Failure

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has announced that it is experiencing a critical failure in its visa issuance systems. This system failure is worldwide. All U.S. Consular Posts have temporarily suspended issuance of...more

Glitch in State Department Systems Causing Worldwide Visa Issuance Delays

U.S. embassies and consulates abroad recently suspended issuing any U.S. visas as a result of worldwide technical issues with State Department computer systems. These technical problems cause considerable delays to foreign...more

U.S. Visa Systems Down Globally – DOS Continues to Work on a Fix – Expect Delays!

The following bulletin was published by the Department of State (which oversees all consulates/embassies), advising of a global glitch that has stopped all U.S. visa issuance worldwide. The issue has not resolved since the...more

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