Al Qaeda And DHS
Intelligence information reported in the news today indicates Al Qaeda has targeted specific buildings in Washington D.C., Newark, and New York City. In the event Al Qaeda does strike again, the USCIS should not be held to blame. Legacy INS was held accountable for issuing visas to the 9/11 terrorists. As a result, the entire organization was dismantled and the DHS was created. The USCIS's central mission is to deliver immigration benefits. Absent intelligence information that places a particular person on a terrorist list, the USCIS should not be expected to identify who the next Al Qaeda operative will be. Rather, security efforts should be ramped up and the efforts of ICE, CBP, and other agencies at the DHS should be diverted from routine immigration violations to protecting our country against fanatic Islamists. Further, the DHS should direct the DOS to eliminate 214(b) review which consumes the lion's share of consular officers' time, and divert this time to security instead. The upshot of all this would be increased immigration for those who want to work and a more secure US.
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Certifications of Foreign Health Care Workers
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USCIS Announces Changes In Photo Standard
The USCIS announced a change in the photo requirements for all applicants from a three-quarter face position to a standard, full frontal face position to take effect August 2, 2004. For the press release, see here. For a photo flyer, see here.
EOIR OPPM On Telephone or Video Conferences
The Office of the Chief Immigration Judge of the EOIR issued guidance for cases in which an immigration judge conducts a hearing through telephone conference or through video conference.
EOIR Fact Sheet On Common Immigration Court Proceedings
The Executive Office for Immigration Review issued a fact sheet on the most common types of immigration court proceedings.
EOIR Fact Sheet On Representation Of Aliens In In Immigration Proceedings
The Executive Office for Immigration Review issued a fact sheet on the representation of aliens in immigration proceedings.
Human Smuggling Leads To Rise In Deportation Cases For Immigration Attorneys
The Los Angeles Times reports "The rise in human smuggling across Southern California is creating a cottage industry of lawyers who represent immigrants captured in police raids, legal help that federal authorities said has ultimately allowed some illegal immigrants to avoid deportation."
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The July 27 Immigration Daily Featured Article by Gregory Siskind's "Visa Options for Nurses: Immigrant Visa..." states that "The VisaScreen certificate must be presented to the USCIS prior to adjustment of status and a US consulate prior to issuance of a permanent residency visa. The certificate is not required at the start of adjustment application or prior to an I-140 application's approval." I think it is dangerous to suggest so. Although the statute and regulation require to present the visascreen certificate, for the purpose of adjustment of status, "at the time of adjustment of status", which did not specify at what point of time, however, the Sept. 22, 2003 Yates Memo expressly stated that "all eligibility requirements must be met at the time of filing the application for adjustment of status". Therefore, at least after 9/22/2003, the CIS takes the position that visascreen certificate is required at the time of filing.
Sara S. Yang
Editor's Note: The July 27th article was untimely in some respects since we published it by combining two articles that originally appeared on Visalaw.com on April 19, 2004 and April 26, 2004, respectively. Gregory Siskind has written a subsequent article incorporating recent changes to the certification of foreign health workers which appears as today's Featured Article.
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