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Arthur L. Zabenko, Esq., Legal Editor
Nina Manchanda, Esq., Assistant Legal Editor
Marc Ellis, Esq., Chat Transcripts Editor
April 17, 2001
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Due to the enormous demand for INS forms by individuals seeking to qualify for Section 245(i) under the Legal Immigration Family Equity Act (LIFE) by the filing deadline date of midnight April 30, 2001, the INS has issued an Urgent Advisory recommending that those applying for this benefit obtain the necessary INS application forms by downloading and printing them directly from the Internet. The INS release has links to the forms on their site, but the forms are widely available on other sites including ILW.COM. The INS suggests the following forms may be relevant. Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, Form I-131, Application for Travel Document, Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker, Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant, Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, Form I-526, Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur Form I-765, Application for Employment. Also important are the Department of Labor's ETA 750 A and 750 B forms. INS's advisory is evidence of the extent to which the internet is changing the practice of immigration law. Maybe their recognition of the importance of the internet will spur them on in their efforts to implement electronic filing of forms.

ILW.COM will in the coming weeks will introduce forms which can be filled and saved over the internet. This will give you unprecedented mobility. You will be able to fill and save forms anywhere you have internet access - your office, a client site, at home. To add your name to the list to be notified of the release, click here.

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Immigration Information on ILW.COM

To make it easier for our site visitors to find the immigration information they need we have grouped it under four headings - Family, Employment, Visitors and General information. Each section includes INS and Attorney FAQs, relevant articles, the visa bulletin and INS processing times. The Family section includes information on adoption, sponsoring family and marrying abroad. In the Employment section professionals can find information about H-1Bs and labor certifications and employers can find information on petitioning the INS for their employees and how to complete properly the I-9 Employment Verification form. Travelers and tourists will find information on how to extend their B-2 visas and exchange programs. The General immigration section includes information for students and topics such as deportation, naturalization and immigration policy. ILW.COM is a platform for the exchange of information. The Immigration Information section offers information for all your immigration needs.

ILW.COM Featured Article of the Day

DOL's Rule on Attorney Fees in the H-1B Program
Cyrus D. Mehta examines the effect of the Department of Labor's regulations on who can pay legal fees for H-1Bs.

Federal Register News of the Day

Comment Request for K and V Visas
The Bureau of Consular Affairs has issued an interim rule which implements five new nonimmigrant visa categories (V1, V2 and V3, and K3, K4) created by the LIFE Act. This interim rule is effective April 1, 2001, and comments must be received no later than June 1, 2001.

Processing of Nonagricultural Sheep and Goat Herder Applications as H-2A
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In a General Administration Letter the Department of Labor has instructed SESAs to adhere to H-2A Temporary Agricultural regulations when reviewing any applications filed for a sheep/goat herder for the purpose of vegetation management.

INS News of the Day

INS Urges Downloading of Application Forms for Those Applying Under LIFE Act
Due to the enormous demand for INS forms by individuals seeking to qualify for Section 245(i) under the Legal Immigration Family Equity Act (LIFE) by the filing deadline date of midnight April 30, 2001, the INS has issued an Urgent Advisory recommending that those applying for this benefit obtain the necessary INS application forms by downloading and printing them directly from the Internet.

DOS News of the Day

Applications for Fulbright Teacher and Administrator Exchange Program
The US Department of State's Fulbright Teacher and Administrator Exchange Program invites applications from US administrators and teachers at K-12 schools, two-year colleges, and universities who are interested in working abroad during the 2002-2003 academic year to promote mutual understanding between citizens of the US and other countries.

Immigration News of the Day

Did Congress Go Too Far? reports that the Supreme Court will hear the cases of INS v. St. Cyr and Calcano-Martinez v. INS (scheduled to be argued on April 24) and decide whether Congress went too far in 1996 and stripped the federal courts of their authority to hear certain claims of lawful resident aliens convicted of so-called aggravated felonies in the cases

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,

If Congress passes the INS Budget proposals for FY2001 as requested, it will undoubtedly be a sign that the United States government needs a reality check over immigration. The monies requested for enforcement appears to confirm that INS thinks its powers are best exercised by running a virtual 'police state' in admissions and deportations. If INS gets a massive enforcement budget to control immigration in this manner, Congress will find by 2002 that it has sown the seeds of malcontentedness right across the nation that will produce even more dire consequences for the US economy. This INS enforcement attitude is akin to Hoover's FBI in the sixties of ridding the US of undesirables. We simply need ordered immigration with hugely accelerated service levels and technology to control it, not costly militarism. US immigration enforcement is a money-pit. Taxpayers please take note!

Neil Reed

Classifieds of the Day

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Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, is the largest law firm in the country practicing exclusively in the area of immigration and nationality law. In order to meet the demands of our growing business, the firm is actively recruiting for experienced paralegals in its NEW YORK, NEW JERSEY, STAMFORD and CHICAGO offices. The ideal candidate has business immigration experience or a human resources background dealing with immigration issues. Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills and be able to perform multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment. The firm offers superior salaries and exceptional growth opportunities. Please submit cover letter and resume to Anne-Rose van den Bossche, Esq., Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, & Loewy, 515 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10022 or fax 212-750-1121

Paparelli & Partners LLP, a leading immigration law firm with a national employment-based practice conducted from Irvine, California, is actively recruiting for paralegals with experience in business immigration matters, including work visas and Labor Certification. We require a college degree and paralegal certificate or substantial and relevant experience. Must have excellent writing ability as well as strong research and communication skills. The firm also has immediate openings for Client Services Assistants to assist attorneys and paralegals in providing legal services to clients. Qualified candidates must have excellent computer and communication skills. The firm offers a competitive compensation package, as well as an outstanding support staff and a pleasant working environment (10 minutes from the beach). Please send resume via facsimile to Kerry Polich, Firm Administrator, at 949/955-5599 or via email at EOE.

An Important disclaimer! The information provided on this page is not legal advice. Transmission of this information is not intended to create, and receipt by you does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship. Readers must not act upon any information without first seeking advice from a qualified attorney. Correspondence to Letters may be edited and may be published and otherwise used in any medium.
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