The INS has announced a change in the address for filing of the I-817 and I-485D. The zip code has changed. The correct address is:
INS Service Center
P.O. Box 7219
Chicago, IL 60680-7219
The Senate had passed a private bill to grant Rita Mirembe Revell (a.k.a. Margaret Rita Mirembe) permanent resident status. A private bill is legislation that affects a particular individual, private corporation or specific part of the country. The beneficiaries of many private bills are people seeking help with immigration. Before a Congressman can initiate a private bill on behalf of an immigrant, all administrative and judicial remedies must be exhausted. Private bills are usually introduced in cases with compelling humanitarian factors where the INS has not, will not or cannot grant relief. Until a scandal several years ago campaign contributions were the major means used to encourage Senators to introduce private bills. In these days of closer scrutiny and talk of campaign reform it may be easier to persuade a Senator to take up the cause by reminding him that getting a green card for a sympathetic case makes better copy than kissing babies.
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ILW.COM Featured Article of the Day
ABCs of Immigration - Grounds of Inadmissibility
Greg Siskind and Amy Ballentine write about the 10 basic grounds for inadmissibility.
Ziglar's Senate Testimony
In testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee James Ziglar acknowledged his lack of experience in immigration matters, and told the Committee that what the agency needs is "leadership, support, a clearer sense of direction, and recognition that the organization has experienced explosive growth in the past few years."
H.R. 2500, the appropriations bill for the Departments of Commerce, Justice and State, the Judiciary, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2002, provides for salaries and expenses, enforcement and border affairs, citizenship and benefits, immigration support and program direction, and construction of facilities for the INS.
Amendments to the Appropriations Bill
Amendments to the appropriations bill include provisions to improve the situation of detained aliens, and prohibit the processing of an application from an alien who has engaged in the harvesting of human organs.
Ban on Visas to Organ Harvesters
H.R. 2530, a bill to prohibit issuance of a visa to any citizen of the People's Republic of China who participates in or otherwise supports the harvesting, transplantation, or trafficking of organs of executed Chinese prisoners, was introduced in the Senate and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
Senate Passes Private Bill
The Senate passed S. 560, a private bill to grant Rita Mirembe Revell (a.k.a. Margaret Rita Mirembe) permanent resident status.
Cosponsor for 245(i) Extension
Sen. Lincoln was added was added as a cosponsor of S. 778, a bill to expand the class of beneficiaries who may apply for adjustment of status under section 245(i) of the Immigration and Nationality Act by extending the deadline for classification petition and labor certification filings.
Proposed Rule for Citizens of the Marshall Islands, Micronesia and Palau
The INS has issued a proposed rule to clarify the entry requirements for citizens of the Marshall Islands, Micronesia and Palau who have been adopted by citizens or lawful permanent residents of the US, and to correct an omission in the codification of the exceptions to entry privileges of citizens of the those countries.
Immigration in the Press
A Question of Amnesty
Gwen Ifill of PBS's NewsHour and experts discuss Mexico-US immigration policy after Mexican President Vicente Fox appeals to the US for reform.
Immigration Nominee Could Face Firestorm at Hearing
According to the New York Times [registration required] when he appears at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Mr. Ziglar could face a firestorm due to the possibility of the Bush Administration granting amnesty to million of Mexican immigrants.
This Day in Immigration
From July 19, 2000
"Court Denies Petition for Review Deferring to INS Interpretation of Federal Regulations
In William v. INS, No. 99-60422 (5th Cir., July 17, 2000), the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals defers to the INS' interpretation of the federal regulations while recognizing that the petitioner's interpretation was also reasonable. The Court affirmed the Board of Immigration Appeals decision to dismiss, as untimely, the petitioner's motion to reopen deportation proceedings."
Letters to the Editor
It takes guts to say this as a foreigner myself, but not a Mexican. I am from the West Indies and have been here for 21 years. Lived here 11 years illegally until the first amnesty was passed in which I was included (thank God). My husband and myself worked hard and paid our taxes. We stayed out of trouble and never at one time broke the law. Why does not Bush just go ahead and give amnesty to everyone here also. Why only the Mexicans? Is it because his wife's ancestry is from there he is looking out for her people? I say give the privilege to whomever is here. I have filed for my two brothers and sister seven years ago and things are as bad in the islands as it is in Mexico. It is going to take them at least 15 to 20 years before getting through. I love my family and as a citizen filing for them I think there should be a higher priority in the filing and processing their paperwork here. Now they are here illegally but working odd jobs just to make ends meet. Think about the others not just the Mexicans, that would not be fair. There are thousands of others who have run away from their own country to come to this country. Your anthem says, for the land of the FREE and the home of the brave.
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HELP WANTED: CORPORATE IMMIGRATION PARALEGALS
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Angelo Paparelli and Steve Yale-Loehr will conduct a three-part teleconference and e-mail listserv series titled On the Cutting Edge: H-1B Practice and Strategy with Angelo Paparelli and Steve Yale-Loehr. The teleconferences will take place Wednesdays August 8, September 5, and October 3, 2001, at 1:00-2:30 p.m. Eastern (New York) time. They are open to attorneys, employers, HR professionals and anyone else interested in the H-1B process and strategy. For more information or to register click here.
IMMIGRATION LAW SEMINAR
Saturday, October 13, 2001, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Ramada Inn, Fairfield, 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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