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Expanded Authority of Consular Officers to Revoke Visas in 2011

United States views on international law (based on the document “Digest of U.S. Practice in International Law”): On April 27,2011, the Department of State announced a change to its regulations in order to expand the authority of consular officer to revoke visas at any time, in their discretion. 76 Fed. Reg. 23,477-79 (Apr. 27, 2011). The notice in the Federal Register explained why the rule was being changed:


On occasion, after a visa has been issued, the Department or a consular officer may determine that a visa should be revoked when information reveals that the applicant was originally or has since become ineligible or may be ineligible to possess a U.S. visa. Section 221(i) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1201(i)) (INA) authorizes the Secretary and consular officers to revoke a visa in their discretion. Current regulations limit the circumstances in which consular officers may revoke visas. In light of security concerns, this amendment grants additional authority to consular officers to revoke visas, consistent with the statutory provisions of the INA. Although this rule eliminates the provisions that permit reconsideration of a revocation, it also allows for the provisional revocation of a visa when there is a need for further consideration of information that might lead to a final revocation.

Expanded Authority of Consular Officers to Revoke Visas

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See Also

  • Nationality
  • Citizenship
  • Immigration
  • Immigration
  • Visas


Notes and References

  1. _ Editor's Note: For background on the US-VISIT program, see this world legal encyclopedia in relation to the year 2004 at 27-29. Id.

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