Japan Country Page Updated with More InformationJanuary 13, 2011
Remember: This special Japan page will no longer exist in the new site as we’re rolling in relevant information into the Japan Country Page so the proposed title reflects that. There needs to be more text here (at least a full paragraph) introducing what was updated and it should not all be linked text.READ MORE
The Office of Children's Issues (CI) at the Department of State is the Central Authority for the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (the Convention). As the U.S. Central Authority, the Department works to prevent the damaging effects of international parental kidnapping on children and families. One tool that may be helpful for parents seeking to maintain access with their children who have been taken to another country is mediation.
As of October 30, 2010 the United States Department of State does not accept Puerto Rican birth certificates issued prior to July 1, 2010 as primary proof of citizenship for a U.S. passport.
The registration period for the United States Diversity Visa (DV-2012) Lottery begins Tuesday, October 5, 2010 at noon (EDT) and continues until Wednesday, November 3, 2010 at noon (EDT).
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) of the Department of Homeland Security announced the ESTA Fee Interim Final Rule.
New passport fees for the U.S. Passport Book, the U.S. Passport Card, and other passport services went into effect on Tuesday, July 13, 2010.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is pleased to announce the appointment of Ambassador Susan S. Jacobs as Special Advisor to the Office of Children's Issues.
On June 28, 2010, the Department of State published an interim final rule in the Federal Register to change immigrant visa application processing fees, which will be in a tiered fee structure, and other immigrant visa services fees.
On May 21, 2010 the Department delivered to Congress the 2010 Report on Compliance with the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.
On May 20, 2010, the Department of State published an interim final rule in the Federal Register to increase nonimmigrant visa application processing fees, also called the Machine-Readable Visa (MRV) fee, and Border Crossing Card (BCC) fees.
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