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Consular Processing

New Pilot Program Assessment Letter for CDJ

The DOS has recently announced that it will start a pilot program involving persons applying for an immigrant visa at the U.S. consulates in Cd. Juarez, Mexico (CDJ) and Montreal, Canada.  The National Visa Center will be conducting its standard review of the forms and documents submitted by the applicant, including a review of the affidavit of support, civil documents, and police certificates.  If a case file is incomplete or lacks proper documentation, the NVC will send a checklist to the petitioner or designated agent indicating what changes are needed.

Webinar: Overseas Refugee Processing Program for Central American Minors

On December 1, 2014, the Department of State launched a new in-country refugee and parole program for children residing in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. Watch a free webinar to learn more about the process permitting certain parents in the United States to request that their children be admitted to the United States as refugees or granted parole. What are the eligibility requirements for a parent to apply? Which Central American children will be eligible? How does the process work?

Update from Ciudad Juarez

By Susan Schreiber CLINIC held its annual two-day family-based immigration law conference in El Paso, Texas on November 12-13, 2014.  In the afternoon of the second day, representatives from the consulate and USCIS spoke and answered participants’ questions.  On an optional third day, participants toured the U.S. consulate in Ciudad Juarez.  The following is a summary of updated information from the conference and the tour.   The Consulate and How to Contact Officers

U.S. Department of State Updates Foreign Affairs Manual Guidance

By Ilissa Mira, Training and Legal Support Attorney

NVC Update on Consular Processing and Latest News from U.S. Consulate in CDJ

Join CLINIC Attorneys Kristina Karpinski, Susan Schreiber and Charles Wheeler as they speak with NVC Director Kimberly Kelly about these initiatives and other issues related to consular processing including NVC's role in implementation of the provisional waivers program.

Law and Practice Feature: Update from Ciudad Juarez

By Susan Schreiber   CLINIC conducted its fifteenth annual family-based immigration law conference in El Paso on November 12-14, followed by a tour of the US consulate in Ciudad Juarez (CDJ) on November 15.  Justin Williamson, Deputy Immigrant Visa (IV) Chief, U.S. Consulate, CDJ, gave a presentation and answered questions from participants.  The following unofficial minutes represent some of the highlights of Mr. Williamson’s presentation. 

DS-260 Online Application Now Used Worldwide

DS-260 Online Application Now Used Worldwide
By Kristina Karpinski

Recorded Webinar: Consular Processing - Seeking an Advisory Opinion from the Department of State Visa Office

Held on July 24, 2013
Have you ever disagreed with a U.S. consular officer's decision to deny an immigrant visa to your client? If so, did you know you can seek an advisory opinion from the Department of State Visa Office?