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Immigration Daily March 22, 2004
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Editor's Comments

Deadline Is Monday, March 22nd

Monday, March 22nd is the deadline to register for our new seminar series "Overcoming Hurdles In Consular Processing: Visa Procedures, Security Checks & The TAL" which will feature the following speakers:

  • Department of State: Robyn Bishop (Mexico), Steve Fischel (Washington, DC), Leslie Gerson (Canada), Gary Sheaffer (Canada)
  • Attorneys: Avi Friedman, Sylvia Graves, Tien-Li Loke Walsh (Discussion Leader), Sharon Mehlman, Roszel C. Thomsen (Export Control Attorney)
The discussion will cover the following areas:
  • Applying for Visas - Are the Procedures Still the Same?
  • Navigating Through the Maze of Security Checks and Special Issues that Warrant Attention
  • Visas Mantis Hits and the Technology Alert List – Why Scientists, Academics, Researchers, Engineers and Hi-Tech Professionals Should Be Concerned
The deadline to register is Monday, March 22nd. For more info, including detailed curriculum, speaker bios, and registration information, see: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/march2004.shtm. (Fax version: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/march2004.pdf.)


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Overcoming Hurdles In Consular Processing: Visa Procedures, Security Checks & The TAL

The curriculum for our new seminar "Overcoming Hurdles In Consular Processing: Visa Procedures, Security Checks & The TAL" is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on March 24:

Applying for Visas - Are the Procedures Still the Same?

  • Third Country National Visa Processing in Canada and Mexico

    • i. Update on Canada and Mexico
      ii. Can TCN’s still apply?
      iii. Can List of 26 or T-7 TCN’s still apply?
      iv. Changes to the Automatic Revalidation Rule – what happens if the visa is not issued – is my Client Stuck Outside the U.S.?
      v. When should you Consider Border Post in Canada/Mexico over Processing in Home Country?
      vi. TCN E-1/E-2 Treaty Trader and Investor Visas Applying for Visas in Home Country
  • Applying for Visas in Home Country
      i. Mandatory Interviews
      ii. Personal Appearance Waivers, Appointments and Timing
  • Visa Revalidation through the Department of State – is this still a viable option?
  • Importance of Reviewing Forms DS-156 and 157
  • What Documents Should Your Client Bring To the Consulate?
  • Where can Applicants from List of 26 or Terrible 7 countries apply?

SECOND Phone Session on April 22:

Navigating Through the Maze of Security Checks and Special Issues that Warrant Attention

  • Data Sharing
  • Visas Condor Checks for Applicants from Predominantly Muslim countries or countries of concern
  • NCIC Checks and Hits in the Database – remember that DUI or pot conviction or petty theft arrest from 30 years ago?
  • False Hits for Individuals with common names
  • Visa Restrictions for Citizens and Nationals of State Sponsors of Terrorism - Section 306 of the Border Security Act
  • The Impact of Biometric Identifiers and new technologies

  • i. Biometrics in US visas – how does this impact visa processing?
    ii. US VISIT
    iii. Biometric requirements and the Visa Waiver program
  • IPASS
  • Memorandum of Understanding between the DOS and DHS
    • i. what does this mean for visa processing?
  • Special Visa Processing Issues
    • i. Applying for a B-1/B-2 after a Visa Waiver refusal
      ii. Applying for a visa after failing to register on departure from the U.S.
      iii. Unlawful presence and 222(g) concerns
      1. applying for a visa after a layoff situation
      2. 222(g) versus 3/10 year bars

    THIRD Phone Session on May 13:

    Visas Mantis Hits and the Technology Alert List – Why Scientists, Academics, Researchers, Engineers and Hi-Tech Professionals Should Be Concerned

  • What is the TAL?
  • How does it impact foreign nationals?
  • Why should I be worried about it?
  • What Should I do if it looks like my Client Will be Subject to TAL
  • What Kinds of Documents Should I Bring?
  • What Can I Do if my Client is Subject to the TAL?
  • What Can I Expect Once My Client is Back in the US?
  • The Related Issue of Export Controls
    • i. Why is this important now?
      ii. What is a deemed export?
      iii. What sorts of technologies are covered by export control regulations?
      iv. Applying for a License
      v. Basic compliance procedures that every company should have

    The deadline to register is Monday, March 22nd. For more info, including detailed curriculum, speaker bios, and registration information, see: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/march2004.shtm. (Fax version: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/march2004.pdf.) body


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    Letters to the Editor

    Dear Editor:
    It appeared that ILW.COM had awarded grants to various organizations. If so, is it possible to get information on the contents of the grants and the final reports associated with them?

    Marion Blank

    Editor's Note: In financial terms, ILW.COM is a tiny entity. We do not have the financial resources at this time to significantly support non-profit activities. However, we do expect to contribute to various non-profits as our financial resources increase over the coming years. The "grants" you refer to were in connection with a seminar "Immigration implications of September 11th tragedy", which was a pro bono, at-cost seminar moderated by Stephen Yale-Loehr, and co-sponsored by AILA and CINL/ABCNY. In connection with this seminar, we wrote a check of $4,000 to AILF and checks of $100 each to 17 non-profits in the immigration field. We still have about $2200 that remains to be distributed and which we intend to distribute to organizations directly benefiting the families of the undocumented 9/11 victims who have not received financial help from the US government.

    Dear Editor:
    The following press release was released by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) on new federal regulations related to the recruitment of foreign health care workers.

    Tom Smith (on behalf of)
    Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS)


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