DOS Visa Revocation Policy May Pose Serious Consequences

Law360, New York (April 19, 2016, 1:15 PM EDT) -- On March 14th, 2016, the U.S. Department of State made public all unclassified Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM) Volume 9 content. The updated FAM included the State Department's revised policy in connection with prudential visa revocations. The issue of the DOS' prudential revocations of visas subsequent to their approval and to the U.S. entry by the visa recipient is concerning and has the capacity to have far-reaching consequences. This is especially so because a prudential visa revocation is not considered to be a finding of inadmissibility; therefore, the burden of proof required for the State Department to revoke a visa under the applicable statute of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) is considerably lower....

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