The INS has announced that it will be publishing a proposed rule and request for comments in the Federal Register requesting fee increases. The INS announced that the rule would be published in the Federal Register on August 7, but it was not. When it is we will bring it to you.
The proposed rule will provide for a 60-day public comment period. After receipt and analysis of the comments, INS will draft a final rule. Sixty days after publication of the final rule in the Federal Register, the new fees will go into effect. The INS expects the new fees will go into effect in January 2002. The fees charged by INS would increase by about 17 percent across the board for services and would generate an additional $127 million in revenue for the agency.
To comment on the proposed rule, INS requests that applicants submit written comments in triplicate (one original and two copies) to the Director, Policy Directives and Instructions Branch, Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), 425 I Street, N.W., Room 4034, Washington, D.C., 20536, Attention: Public Comment Clerk. The public may also submit comments electronically at firstname.lastname@example.org. To ensure proper handling, please reference INS Number 2072-00 on all correspondence. All comments received are available for public inspection at the above address. To arrange an appointment to review the comments, please call (202) 514-3048.
People may feel that given waiting periods of several years for some types of cases the INS cannot justify raising. Others may believe that the increased fees would allow the INS to meet the six month processing time goal. Comments should include information about why the commenter's submission should be considered, and should not go beyond the scope of the rule being addessed. It is an opportunity for you to participate in the process. Let them know what you think.
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ILW.COM Featured Article of the Day
The Diversity Visa Lottery Program Becomes Even More Complicated
Bernard P. Wolfsdorf and Naveen Rahman write about the recent changes to the DV Lottery program.
INS Plans Fee Increase
The INS announces its plans to seek public comments on its intentions to change its fee structure for immigration and naturalization services. For a table of the new fees, click here.
Fear of Persecution Must be Objectively Reasonable
In Menjivar v. INS, No. 00-3135 (8th Cir. Aug. 7, 2001), the court updheld a denial of asylum finding that even if Petitioner's fear of persecution was subjectively real, he had produced almost no evidence that it was objectively reasonable. The court has made available the Appellee's brief and Appellant's brief.
Immigration in the Press
Critics Protest Fee Plan of INS
According to the Miami Herald local immigration advocates and attorneys asy a proposal by the INS to raise the fees it charges immigrants will create additional hardship and hurdles for those trying to legalize their status.
ILW.COM Chats and Discussions of the Day
Chat with Fariba Faiz
Fariba Faiz will answers questions on all aspects of immigration law on Wednesday, August 8, 2001, at 9:00 p.m. Eastern (New York) time. Questions will be accepted beginning 15 minutes before the beginning of the chat.
This Day in Immigration
From August 8, 2000
"According to an article in the Memphis Commercial Appeal thieves target immigrants because they think most of them are illegal and, therefore, don't have bank accounts and carry cash around. Exacerbating the problem, many Hispanics are unlikely to report crime because they fear the federal Immigration and Naturalization Service, police brutality or not being able to communicate in English. Memphis is trying to attack both sides of the problem. Banks are using the Spanish media to let people know they can open bank accounts with a taxpayer ID number if they do not have a social security number. The police are actively recruiting more Hispanic officers and meeting with community leaders to assure them that the department's goal is to reduce crime, not act as an enforcement arm for the INS. Simply because a person is present in the United States without the knowledge or approval of the INS does not mean he should be subject to a greater fear for his safety, or his life."
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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.
American Immigration Lawyers Association 2001 Fall CLE Conference "It's a Border Thing" September 14, 2001, La Mansion del Rio Hotel, San Antonio, Texas. Register before August 24, 2001, and save $$. Receive discounted hotel rates when you make hotel reservations by August 20, 2001. Visit the Conference section of www.AILA.org to obtain registration and hotel information. Don't Miss This Exciting Conference!
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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