.■■■■■■REQUIREMENTS FOR A VISA REFERRAL.
KNOWING THE NEW CONSULAR CHIEF S VISA REFERRAL APPOINTMENT LETTER
” Dear Applicant :
You are the subject of a visa referral and your visa interview is scheduled for (Date) at 9 a.m..
Please arrive at the Consulate early to allow time for the security screening process.
Please understand that all visa applicants, including visa referral cases, must demonstrate their qualification for the class of visa for which they are applying.
Fingerprints are required for all visa applicants, except persons under age 14 and over age 79, applicants for A and G visas , and certain medical emergencies.
The biometric process is a clean, inkless digital scan of the fingers that takes less than a minute.
If you have questions about this process please contact ●■@state.gov
The Consular Chief ”
■■■■Requirements For A Visa Referral Abroad:
Only on certain conditions for #U.S. national interests abroad, #U.S. public diplomacy
#LEs traveling to the U.S.
#Spouses, #same-sex #domestic partners.
Rt from @FAM :
■State Department personnel based in the United States or a third country are not authorized to submit referrals or send official messages (including emails) to consular sections advocating for visa issuance on behalf of an applicant or an incoming referral recipient.
■Federal courts look seriously at referral abuse, and have prosecuted individuals for complicity in false immigration schemes based on signed referral forms. Intentional false statements made in furtherance of visa referrals can be prosecuted under 18 U.S.C. 1001.
■Referrals may not be submitted for domestic staff, i.e., nannies, medical assistants, etc., including those working for mission personnel.
■The consular section chief is responsible for maintaining the integrity of the visa referral system and verifying that it complies with 9 FAM instructions and consular section procedures.
It is equally important that all mission personnel avoid inappropriately influencing, or even appearing to influence, individual visa adjudications.
■Chiefs of mission, principal officers, and senior mission officers from all agencies are responsible for ensuring that all staff comply with these notes.
■The visa chief or chief of the consular section must provide a copy of this guidance to mission staff and conduct a referral briefing to each officer who is authorized to utilize the mission referral system, before that officer submits and/or approves any visa referrals.
■The visa chief must keep the front office and relevant embassy sections apprised of any refusals of referral cases that could have implications for the bilateral relationship.
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