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DOS codifies "exceptional circumstances" criteria in adjudicating special immigrant visas for former U.S. government employees

  1. Date Announced

    June 16, 2020

    DOS publishes a final rule codifying Foreign Affairs Manual criteria to evaluate special immigrant visas for certain former U.S. government employees who "performed faithful service" for the U.S. abroad for at least 15 years. Specifically, the rule removes some previously used criteria and adds two new criteria: "[r]ecognition with a 'Foreign Service National of the Year' award, and disclosure of waste, fraud, abuse, or other issues that result in significant action against an offending party."

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  2. Effective Date of Change

    Dec. 16, 2020

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