INS Filing fees are going up an average of 17% per application/petition effective February 19, 2002. The proposed increases and comment request were published in the Federal Register last August. INS received 467 comments, including 17 in favor of the fee increases. One hundred and thirty, or more than one fourth of the comments, expressed dissatisfaction with the 13.5% increase to $460 for the I-600/600A Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative/Application for Advance Processing of Orphan Petition. INS bases the fee on the "complexity of the international adoption process in general and the process of adjudication required by law and regulation."
Experience with the premium processing fees shows that some people at least are willing to pay more if the INS will simply do what it should do anyway - i.e. adjudicate petitions in a timely manner. For most a 17% increase coming just three years after the last INS increase, and the with processing times for some applications being counted in years rather than weeks or months despite repeated promises of improved service, will simply lead to increased cynicism about why the word "service" is part of the agency's name.
The California Service Center and Vermont Service Center processing times have been udpated.
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Court Finds Asylum Application Frivolous
In Barreto-Clara v. Ashcroft, no. 00-10154 (11th Cir. Dec. 19, 2001), the court upheld the Immigration Judge's and Board of Immigration Appeals' (BIA) determination that Petitioner had knowingly filed a frivolous asylum application where Petitioner recanted portions of his asylum application but explained why concededly material fabrications were made rather than showing that fabrications were neither material nor knowingly made.
New INS Fees Effective February 19, 2002
The INS has published a final rule implementing without change an average 17% fee increase for all applications or petitions mailed, postmarked or otherwise filed on or after February 19, 2002.
Comment Request on N-600
The INS has published a comment request on an extension of the current N-600, Application for Certificate of Citizenship.
Conviction for Harboring and Enslaving Cameroonian
A federal jury convicted a Maryland couple of holding a teenage Cameroonian girl in involuntary servitude and of illegally harboring her in their home to use her as their domestic servant.
Immigration in the Press
Mexico's Fox Expects Migrant Deal with US
According to CNN Mexican President Vicente Fox said he expects to reach a deal with the United States in the first half of 2002 to bring legal status to some 3.5 million undocumented Mexicans living in the US.
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This Day in Immigration
From December 22, 2000
"Court Dismisses Case from Foreign Medical Student
In Khan v. ECFMG, No. 00-1701 (E.D.Pa. Nov. 30, 2000), the court dismissed Plaintiff's Complaint that the Educational Commission for Foreign School Graduates's ("ECFMG") rule that foreign medical graduates tank an English test every two years and the denial of his request for a permanent revalidation of his nonimmigrant status were a violation of his rights."
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On January 31st & February 1st 2002, the National Immigration Forum will host its inaugural conference “A Nation of Immigrants in the 21st Century: Moving Forward in a Time of New Challenges.” The conference will be held at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. For details, click here. For registration form, click here.
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