The INS is immediately implementing changes governing an alien's ability to begin a course of study, and proposing significant changes to the rules governing the period of time visitors are permitted to remain in the United States. According to the New Release from the INS the changes will
- eliminate the minimum 6-month admission period for B-2 non-immigrant visitors, and instead base the admission period on the amount of time needed to accomplish the purpose of the trip (in many cases 30 days);
- reduce the maximum initial admission period for all B non-immigrant visitors from one year to six months;
- limit the conditions for which an extension of stay in B non-immigrant visitor status can be granted and reduce the maximum length of that extension;
- prohibit non-immigrants admitted in B visitor status from changing to student status unless they state an intention to study at the time of admission; and
- deny discretionary relief to persons with a final order of removal who fail to surrender for removal within 30 days of the final order.
According to INS statistics, the most visitors for business and visitors for pleasure are admitted under the Visa Waiver Program, not with B visas. Alleged terrorists who could have entered under the Visa Waiver program include French citizen Zacarias Moussaoui, the "20th hijacker," and British citizen Richard Reid, the "shoebomber." Reducing the normal period of admission for B visa holders may not be as useful in increasing security as its proponents would hope.
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District Court Holds that Closed Immigration Hearings are Unconstitutional
Carl R. Baldwin writes about the recent federal court ruling that closed immigration hearing are unconstitutional.
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Proposed Changes for Visitor, Student Visas
INS proposed significant changes to existing regulations governing visitors and students as outlined in the INS Fact Sheet. INS is also proposing mandatory surrender for persons with final orders of removal.
Oversight Hearing on INS Restructuring
The House Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims held an oversight hearing on "Restructuring the INS - How the agency's dysfunctional structure impedes the performance of its dual missions," with testimony from
James W. Ziglar, Richard J. Gallo,
Susan Martin, Lawrence Gonzalez, and
Canada Boat Landing Program Resumes
The INS announced that the I-68 Canadian Border Boat Landing Program will Resume with additional security enhancements.
Allocations to States of FY 2002 Funds for Refugee Social Services
The Department of Health and Human Services has announced proposed allocations to States of
FY 2002 funds for social services under the Refugee Resettlement Program (RRP).
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Immigration in the Press
U.S. Lawmaker Urges Greater Immigration Reform
According to a Reuters reports on Yahoo.com, Rep. Jim Kolbe, an Arizona Republican on the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Commerce, Justice, State and Judiciary, proposed legislation that would take two of the INS's functions out of the Justice Department and place them in the Departments of State and Labor.
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