INS To DHS Chart
The USCIS has released a chart listing specific programs or functions previously governed by the INS along with it's corresponding place within the new Department of Homeland Security. It's a handy reference tool for the immigration professional that provides website links to each respective new subdivision under the DHS, along with overviews, fact sheets, and HQ/field office contact information. For the item, see below.
Seminar Session - Admissibility, Removal, Financial Issues In Family Immigration
The curriculum for the second phone session of ""All In The Family" - Current Issues In Family-Based Immigration" is as follows:
SECOND Phone Session on December 11: Admissibility, Removal and Financial Issues ("One Day at a Time")
The deadline to register is Tuesday, December 9th. For more info, see: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/november2003.shtm. (Fax version: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/november2003.pdf.)
- Entry issues-245(i)
- Arrests, inadmissibility-waivers
- 3 and 10 year bar waivers
- Removal Defense
- New procedures for NTAs
- Recent changes in enforcement practices
- Affidavits of support
Never Fear: The Old H-1(b) Wage Rules Are Still In Effect
Linda M. Keck, Esq. debunks the myth that employers of H-1(b) workers no longer have to worry about prevailing wage rules.
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Immigration Law News
USCIS Provides "Where Is It Now?" Chart
The US Citizenship and Immigration Services released a chart providing links to Web information about the new locations, responsibilities and contacts (HQs/field) of the former INS immigration services and immigration enforcement units.
Judicial Review Available For Amnesty Denial Post-IIRIRA
In Orquera v. Ashcroft, No. 02-1327 (4th Cir. Dec. 1, 2003), the court, in an issue of first impression, found that it continued to have jurisdiction to review an amnesty denial and that aliens denied temporary resident status under IIRIRA's amendment of IRCA have a right to limited judicial review.
Aliens Who Engage In Terrorist Activity Affecting India Do Not Always Pose Threat To Our Nation's Security
In Cheema v. INS, No. 02-71311 (9th Cir. Dec. 1, 2003), the court said "Given that the Board accepted Petitioner's testimony as credible, the Board's conclusion that his donations to Indian widows and orphaned children "obviously" and "inherently" poses a danger to the security of the US stretches logic to its breaking point." The court added that substantial evidence was required to link the finding of terrorist activity affecting India with one of the criteria relating to our national security.
3rd Circuit Remands To Determine Whether NJ Conviction For Possession Of Marijuana Is Aggravated Felony
In Wilson v. Ashcroft, No. 03-1414 (3rd Cir. Nov. 26, 2003), the court said that a determination whether Petitioner's New Jersey state conviction for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute was an aggravated felony could not be made because it could not be determined from the state court judgment whether the crime could be categorized as a felony under state law involving "drug trafficking". [headline corrected - 12/04/03 - Ed.]
Immigration Is Hot Issue In '04
A Christian Science Monitor op-ed writes "Immigration is an issue those in power are reluctant to address ... The quiet is unlikely to last. For economic reasons alone, governments will have to act."
USCIS Awards Poshumous Citizenship
The Chicago Sun-Times reports "During the Iraqi conflict, 12 soldiers across the country have been granted posthumous citizenship."
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Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
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