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Old Dec 28th 2001, 3:01 pm
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DOS Changes Immigrant Visa Processing Procedures

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) announced that the Immigrant Visa Packet System, utilized virtually without change for forty years, is now being changed. This announcement was issued in mid-December 2001. These
changes apply to those who are processing their "green cards" through the consular processing option, whether in family- or employment-based immigration cases and will not apply to those processing adjustment of status within the
U.S.

The reason for the DOS change is that "the ease with which information can now be maintained and shared electronically makes the linear, rationed approach to immigrant visa information less useful." The former Immigrant
Visa packet system is being eliminated in favor of a simpler system of standardized mailings. The new system will utilize the Internet and other electronic sources, when appropriate, according to the DOS announcement.

The specific instructions will be released as part of an update to the Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM). Essentially, the numbered packet system has been eliminated. The packets will be replaced with standardized information
sheets.

The former "Packet 3" has been renamed "Instruction Package for Immigrant Visa Applicants." Former "Packet 4" is now "Appointment Package for Immigrant Visa Applicants." "Packet 4a," which is the mailing that
initiates the termination process, is now "Follow-Up Instruction Package forImmigrant Visa Applicants."

New information sheets have been drafted and are available to appropriate DOS officials. The old OF-169 (Checklist of Documents), which was renamed DS-2001 last year, is now a redesigned information sheet entitled
"Instructions for Immigrant Visa Applicants." This document will be part of the new "Instruction Packet for Immigrant Visa Applicants." The new form has not yet been approved.

While ultimately,such changes are designed to streamline the process, there is almost always an initial period of confusion and delay when new procedures are put into
place.
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Old Dec 30th 2001, 5:32 pm
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