With a minimal release of details in advance, including waiting until the day the service was inaugurated to release the I-907 form, INS has implemented premium processing for a fee. As an Associated Press item on the CBS site notes many immigration groups complain that the INS is giving the rich and famous special treatment. According to the INS Interim Rule published in the Federal Register the premium processing service will benefit everyone who files a petition with the INS because the fees will be deposited into the examinations fee account and used to hire additional adjudicators, contact representatives and support personnel. Making government services available on a preferential basis to those who can pay more is antithetical to the founding principle of the nation that all men are created equal. Even worse, this practice is being institutionalized at a point that for some will be their first step towards citizenship. If they can afford it.
The text of S. 955, the "Immigrant Fairness Restoration Act of 2001," is now available. Rob Randhava of the Leadership Conference Education Fund has submitted a summary of the bill.
Gary Endelman's article "Immigration Goes National: Can We Deal with It?" was mistakenly published yesterday under the wrong title. We regret the error.
Tip of the Day
Creating an Internet Presence for your Law Practice
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ILW.COM Featured Article
The ABCs of Immigration - Naturalization - Residency Requirements Part II
Greg Siskind and Amy Ballentine continue their examination of the residency requirements for naturalization.
INS Starts Premium Processing
Effective June 1, 2001, for an additional $1000 fee the INS will process E-1, E-2, H-2A, H-2B, H-3, L-1, O-1, O-2, P-1, P-2, P-3, and Q-1 petitions withing 15 calendar days. The service will be available for H-1B, R-1 and TN petitions beginning July 30, 2001. The premium processing request is made using form I-907.
LIFE Act Legalization Provisions
The INS has issued an interim rule establishing procedures for CSS, LULAC, and Zambrano class members to adjust status and to provide for stays of removal and work authorization for spouses and unmarried children of those aliens able to adjust.
INS Info on Premium Processing
The INS has provided information on the premium processing service including what it is, who is eligible, how to file and how the INS will manage categories that have an annual limit in relation to the faster processing.
NACARA and HRIFA Adjustments
According to a news release from the INS adjustment applicants under NACARA or HRIFA who were denied because they had re-entered illegally after having been removed from the US, or had left the US voluntarily while under an order of removal must apply to reopen their removal proceedings to apply for adjustment by June 19, 2001.
Administration's Remarks in Arizona Deaths
In response to a question about the recent deaths of alien's along the Mexican border, President Bush's press spokesman Ari Fleischer stated, "the President is very concerned about the people who exploit these immigrants who come to America for opportunity and for freedom," and "does support legal action to help protect people who would seek to come to this country, hopefully legally."
Immigration in the Press
Foreign Students' Tracking Slammed
According to an Associate Press article in the Las Vegas Sun educators are criticizing plans for a national computer database to track foreign students, saying it was adopted in a climate of fear following the World Trade Center bombing.
Chat with Greg Siskind
Greg Siskind will answer questions on all aspects of immigration law on Monday, June 4, 2001, at 9:00 p.m. Eastern (New York) time. Questions will be accepted beginning 15 minutes before the start of the chat.
This Day in Immigration
From June 2, 2000
"The 11th Circuit released its ardently anticipated decision in Gonzalez v. Reno, No. 00-11424 (11th Cir. June 1, 2000). The Court framed the case as about, "the separation of powers under our constitutional system of government: a statute enacted by Congress, the permissible scope of executive discretion under that statute, and the limits on judicial review of the exercise of that discretion." Even though the INS did not renew its jurisdictional arguments raised in the District Court, the Circuit Court on its own considered its subject matter jurisdiction over the appeal indicating courts continuing unease in reviewing INS decisions in the wake of IIRIRA. The Court noted that the "case is about the discretion of the executive branch to make policy, not about the ministerial enforcement of the "law" by executive officials." Within this framework, the court found the "policy decision that the INS made was within the outside border or reasonable choices," and "the INS did not abuse its discretion or act arbitrarily in applying the policy" in rejecting Elian's asylum applications.
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HELP WANTED: CORPORATE IMMIGRATION PARALEGALS
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
POSITION OPENING: DIRECTOR OF LEGAL SERVICES
Nationalities Service Center is a United Way agency providing legal and social services to refugees, immigrants and non-English speakers since 1921. Position requires 5-10 years experience in immigration law. Management experience in non-profit setting required; experience with legal services organization preferred. Knowledge of legal software programs necessary. Deadline for applications is June 15, 2001. Send resume and cover letter to Interim President NSC, 1300 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 or NATSERVCTR@AOL.COM. No fax submissions.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
IMMIGRATION LAW SEMINAR
Saturday, June 30, 2001, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at DoubleTree Suites, Falls Conference Center, Mt. Laurel, NJ. A panel of experienced immigration lawyers and paralegals will explain how the administrative system operates and present the information you need to handle basic immigration matters. You’ll also hear directly from several agency representatives about the procedures you need to follow when dealing with these agencies. For details click here.
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