Editor's Comments of the Day
The end is near. At midnight April 30 the window of eligibility for 245(i) will close, at least for the time being. For last minute filings the INS has provided a chart of offices that will have extended hours. Thanks to an article in the St. Petersburg Times we know that the Florida SESA is planning extended hours, and courtesy of Karen Frasier Alston that the North Carolina SESA is planning to stay open until midnight. On Tuesday the lives of immigration lawyers and their staffs can start to return to normal, and the INS and DOL can start work on the mountain of applications they will have received.
Tip of the Day
What is DSL?
"DSL" stands for Digital Subscriber Line. DSL is a network access technology. It transforms a traditional phone line into a high-speed digital link to provide broadband Internet access. It uses special modems encode the data and then transmit it over an unused frequency on the phone line. With DSL you have a stable Internet connection that allows you to host your own Web site, connect branch offices of a small business, and to surf the Internet faster at any time of the day or night.
Cable modems are DSLs' closest competitors. They rely on much of the same technology and provide similar service. Both cable and DSL use special modems and Ethernet cards for the same type of always-on connection. People prefer using DSL instead of traditional dial-up modems because DSL is much faster. Unlike DSL, cable modem users share lines. The more people connected to the line, the slower the connection speed will be. Many people also prefer DSL to a cable modem because a cable modem is considered to be less secure and less reliable. Sharing lines creates a security risk because it is easier for hackers to gain access to incoming and outgoing files and e-mail messages. One other notable advantage to having DSL is that one phone line can carry both voice and data, so you can use an existing phone line to carry DSL data.
Several factors can affect the quality of your DSL connection, including how close you are to the DSL provider and what security features are available. With DSL, whenever the computer is on you are connected to the Internet. DSL modems typically lack security features so it is important to make the connection more secure. You can easily protect yourself by shutting down after each use, reducing the number of hours you use your computer, and keeping an up-to-date antivirus program running at all times. It is highly recommended that DSL users install a personal firewall (software that prevents certain data from entering or leaving your computer and costs between $40 to $50).
Both DSL and cable services are affordable (most DSL access starts at $39.95 per month), and you can find deals by shopping. DSL service is available from a number of local telephone companies, local Internet Service Providers and resellers (third party companies) such as Covad, Roadrunner, NorthPoint. With the current situation of dotcom companies, we recommend checking the permanence of the company if you plan to use a reseller for you DSL services.
ILW.COM Featured Article of the Day
The Complete 245(i)
Nina Manchanda offers a compendium of 245(i) information from the Federal Register, Congressional Record, and the INS as well as articles and chat transcripts.
Federal Register News of the Day
Notice of Allocations to States of FY 2001 Funds for Refugee Social Services
The Office of Refugee Resettlement has issued a notice establishing the proposed allocations to States of FY 2001 funds for social services under the Refugee Resettlement
Program (RRP). Comments on this notice must be received by May 29, 2001.
Notice of Formula Allocation Funding for Services to Refugees
in Local Areas of High Need
The Office of Refugee Resettlement has announced the proposed availability of funds and
award procedures for FY 2001 targeted assistance grants to States for services to refugees under the Refugee Resettlement Program
in local areas of high need. Comments on this notice must be received by May 29, 2001.
Congressional News of the Day
Legislation to Extend 245(i) Referred to Senate Committee on the Judiciary
S. 778, a bill to expand the class of beneficiaries who may apply for adjustment of status under section 245(i) by extending the deadline for classification petition and labor certification filings, was introduced in the Senate and referred to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary.
Bills to Extend 245(i) and Grant Citizenship for Honorable Service in Armed Forces Referred to House Committee on the Judiciary
H.R. 1615, a bill to expand the class of beneficiaries who may apply for adjustment of status under section 245(i) by extending the deadline for classification petition and labor certification filings, and H.R. 1616, a bill to provide for the granting of US citizenship, through the issuance of a certificate of citizenship, to any person who, after becoming a permanent resident, completes 3 years of honorable service on active duty in the Armed Forces, were both introduced in the House and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
INS News of the Day
Ashcroft Testimony on Budget
In testimony before the Senate Committee on Appropriations Attorney General Ashcroft stated the Bush Administration is committed to building and maintaining an immigration services system that ensures integrity, provides services accurately and in a timely manner, and emphasizes a culture of respect, and that restructuring of the INS will be a top priority.
Immigration News of the Day
Kids Crossing Border Raise Alarms
The Chicago Tribune reports that last year more than 4,200 children traveling without their parents were detained at the border crossing between Tijuana and San Ysidro, California, more than triple the number in 1997, when authorities noticed an increase and started keeping track of the numbers. The rise in arrivals of youngsters without their parents at this official entry is considered related to tighter patrolling of the border elsewhere.
ILW.COM Chats and Discussions of the Day
Chat with Bob Beer
Bob Beer will answer question on all aspects of immigration law on Monday, April 20, 2001, at 9:00 p.m. Eastern (New York) time. Questions will be accepted starting 15 minutes before the beginning of the chat.
Letters to the Editor
I spoke to a representative at the Raleigh, NC SESA who said that they will be open until 5:00 p.m. Friday, closed on the weekend and open until 12 midnight on Monday, April 30, 2001.
Karen Frasier Alston
Durham, North Carolina
I saw the recent change in the processing time for I-485 Asylee cases. It is for the first time under 500 days. However, the reality is different from what you published in your site.
I have applied my I-485 adjustment of status two years and 6 months ago based on my approved asylum application. I have not heard anything from INS. I saw the processing times for Nebraska and it is 400 days till recently it was about 980-1020 days. I checked my application through the INS automated service and it says 400 days. I called INS Nebraska and after 2 hours of trying I got through to an immigration information officer who told me it will take four to five years to get my approval. I explained to him about the published processing time and the automated service and he told me to ignore it.
I would really like to know what to do next. Should I trust the immigration officer over the published processing time and the automated service or should I try to talk to another immigration officer? If I want to talk to another immigration officer it will take me at least another two hours if I am lucky. And by the way I really wonder why people who profess about being sensitive
to immigration cases never or only rarely talk about Asylee adjustment.
Classifieds of the Day
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HELP WANTED: CORPORATE IMMIGRATION PARALEGALS
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PLI IMMIGRATION PROGRAM
The Practising Law Institute, a not-for-profit Continuing Legal Education Organization offers a program on Basic Immigration Law at PLI Conference Center, 810 Seventh Avenue at 53rd Street, 20th floor, New York City on Tuesday, May 1, 2001, from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. For details click here.
FAMILY-BASED IMMIGRATION CONFERENCE
On Friday May 18, 2001, the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association will host "It Takes a Lawyer: Representation of Families in Nonimmigrant and Immigrant Visa Proceedings Before the INS, State Department and Immigration Court" Topics to be covered include Ethics, Nonimmigrant Visas for Family Members, Waivers, Litigating Family Based Immigration Issues, Affidavits of Support, Consular Processing, VAWA issues and Bona Fide Marriages. For registration information, please call Valentine Brown at 856-384-9902.
CONFERENCE ON IMMIGRATION LAW
2001 AILA Annual Conference on Immigration Law June 20-24, 2001, Marriott Copley Place & Westin Copley Place Boston, Massachusetts.
The Preeminent Law Symposium on Immigration and Nationality Law With an expert faculty and cutting edge programs, the AILA Annual Conference is an unbeatable continuing legal education symposium in terms of scope and value. This event brings together thousands of immigration law practitioners, leading immigration law experts, government officials, and other legal professionals from around the country. Participants spend three and one-half days attending educational sessions and workshops focusing on the latest developments and issues in immigration and nationality law. Attendees can develop their own individualized CLE conference by choosing courses from a wide variety of programs: Core Curriculum, Substantive Practice, Special Mini Tracks, Mock Hearings and Interviews, Litigation Skills Training, Practice Roundtables and Government Agency Open Forums. For detailed program information, and registration forms, please visit the conference portion of the AILA Web site at www.aila.org. American Immigration Lawyers Association, 918 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004, Tel: (202) 216-2400, Fax: (202) 371-9449. Contact: Conference Department or E-Mail email@example.com.
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