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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

New e-FAM announced by State Department

On November 18, 2015, the legacy Volume 9 of the Foreign Affairs Manual (9 FAM) will be replaced by the 9 FAM-e. As of this date the 9 FAM-e will become the authoritative source for visa guidance. 
The new 9 FAM-e represents the revision and reorganization of more than 4,000 pages of the legacy 9 FAM content that traditionally paralleled Volume 22 of the Code of Federal Regulations. While the new 9 FAM-e overhauls language and organization, it does not alter substance. Guidance is not changed, but rather presented in an improved way. The former interpretive and procedural notes, along with appendices were merged. The new 9 FAM-e adopts a hierarchical structure that is both more logical and better suited to modern search technologies. The revised 9 FAM-e uses a new citation system that is similar to the citation system used in other volumes of the Foreign Affairs Manual and Foreign Affairs Handboook. The Department also developed crosswalk tables correlating old citations with new, so that users can match new sections with former locations in the legacy FAM and vice versa.