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245(i) Translated
by Arthur L. Zabenko

The limited restoration of section 245(i) creates an opportunity for the unscrupulous to prey on the uninformed. For those unfamiliar with immigration law, it is easy to confuse 245(i) with an amnesty. On top of that is the extra complication of establishing physical presence in the US on December 21, 2001. Those who read English can find information about 245(i) if they search, including on this website. Those who do not read English depend on others to provide information on the law. Some people are willing to take advantage of this by collecting money for providing incomplete or incorrect information. Fortunately, the INS and others are making efforts to provide information on 245(i) in languages other than English to help prevent people from becoming uninformed and innocent victims.

The INS had previously released information in Spanish with Disposiciones de la Ley LIFE Relativas a la Seccion 245 and El INS Aplica la Disposicion de la Ley LIFE Relativa a la Seccion 245. More recently the INS has released information in Chinese, Creole and Polish. The National Immigration Forum has also offered in addition information on 245(i) in Hindi, Korean, Tagalog and Vietnamese. This information is a valuable not only to the communities in the US where these languages are spoken, but can be used by attorneys to help clients with limited command of English to determine whether it is worth spending money for a consultation.

About The Author

Arthur L. Zabenko is editor of Immigration Daily and Immigrant's Weekly. He was previously employed at Lubiner and Schmidt where handled all types of immigration cases specializing in employment, family and asylum issues.

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