USCIS's website has consistently leveraged technology to bring useful information to the general public. USCIS's latest section, "USCIS Community Relations" continues to uphold this tradition. This section of the website makes publicly available, for the first time, the minutes of meetings held by USCIS with AILA and other community-based organizations (for the latest posting, see below in news). Additionally, "Contact Community Relations" provides a handy list of email addresses organized by state so that general inquiries may be directed to the appropriate local office. Kudos to Sally Blauvelt, Chief Community Relations Division, Office of Communications and her team for bringing added transparency to USCIS.
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Family-Based Immigration: Nuts And Bolts
Our new book, Family-Based Immigration: Nuts & Bolts; Editor: Charles Wheeler of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) features:
++ Chapters: Immediate Relatives And The Preference System, Overview Of The Application Process For Permanent Residence, Adjustment Of Status, Consular Processing, Immigrating Through Marriage, Grounds Of Inadmissibility, Waivers Of Inadmissibility,
Affidavit Of Support, Self-Petitions For Abused Spouses And Children, & Ethics
++ 35 Appendices include: Sample Request For Criminal History, Documenting I-130 Petitions, Sample Motion To Reinstate I-130, Consular Processing Instruction Package, Consular Processing Appointment Package, Suggested Evidence Of Bona Fide Marriage, I-601 Waiver Packet Based On INA § 212(h) (Criminal Convictions), I-601 Waiver Packet Based On INA § 212(i) (Fraud Or Misrepresentation), I-601 Waiver Packet Based On INA § 212(a)(9) (B)(v) (Unlawful Presence), & I-212, Request For Permission To Reapply For Admission After Deportation
++ CD-ROM includes: relevant regulatory sections from 8 CFR, 22 CFR, etc., many forms from USCIS, DOS, SSA & IRS, significant statutory provisions, key BIA & Federal cases, selected USCIS memos, public health service documents, etc.
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Immigration Reform Is No Laughing Matter
Ethan J. Clark writes "The mere mention of the word, "immigration," evokes passion from all sides. Throw in the clever use of "reform" and, Katie, bar the door!"
Bloggings: December 12, 2007
Joel Stewart offers the latest post to his blog: "Attorney's Role: Lawyer or Scribe?"
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USCIS Answers National Stakeholder Questions
USCIS published its responses to national stakeholder questions from its December 4, 2007 USCIS National Stakeholder meeting.
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Immigration Event - Fresno, CA
Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) is pleased to announce "Survey Of Immigration Law Training", January 14-15, 2008, January 14th: 8:30–5pm. January 15th: 8:30–4:30pm. Fresno Center for New Americans, 4879 E. Kings Canyon Road
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I agree with E.C.Villarreal's letter (12/13/07 ID) that the government is in a "defensive mode," but useless boondoggles don't help national security. The nuance between "background checks" and the current "name check" system must be examined. "Background Checks" have been around for decades, but "Name Checks" are recently new, and this is the backlog. In response to Katie's letter (12/13/2007) it is my understanding, the backlogged Name Checks are done only on permanent residence applicants, not on nonimmigrant and visa waiver persons. Similarly, medical examinations are conducted only on permanent residence applicants, and not on nonimmigrant and visa waiver persons. Obviously, this makes no sense, because if the government really thought it necessary to check names and medical conditions as being a security and health safety matter, it would check every person who came into the US before or at time of entry. These regulations were formulated decades ago, when people traveled by steamship to Ellis Island and tuberculosis was common. It is about time the government understood that allowing nonimmigrants in without the same type of scrutiny as they perform for immigrants makes no sense, but obviously, they cannot implement such a ridiculous system for the millions of nonimmigrants who come to America to work and vacation. It is amazing that the world's superpower is mired in such nonsensical bureaucracy and antiquated concepts, like for instance, the concept of "dual intent," and abandonment of an immigrant petition without advance parole. These, along with name check and medical exams should be re-thought and systems put into place that make sense, rather than the knee-jerk, mindless system we now have. Yes, the "immigration system" is broken, and it is things like this that make it broken, not merely the debate over amnesty and illegal immigration.
David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA
Immigration Daily, thank you for your stand on the FBI name-check issue. I submitted another letter to the Editor previously, we are a family of three, and both my husband and currently my daughter, since April 2007- were subjects to this procedure. My husband had been waiting 2 long-long years to have his name cleared, just to be denied his Green Card on a technicality: he filed his I-485 just shortly after the I-130 approval, and before the current A# became available, thus making him inelligible for adjustment of status - but for 10 (long years), from January 1997 to August 10, 2007 there was nobody-anybody at USCIS to notify him about the error or - if somebody working on his file - actually working-taking a good look- it would have been known this fact way before all this waiting and going through the aggravation and frustrating to just wait for the name-check clearance. That's all he knew all along, nothing else. (The Petitioner was a USC-his sister, and as I am a USC as well, I just filed again for him a new I-485, hopefully the name-check would not take another two years of his life ...). Thank you ILW.COM for your support. It feels good to see and know that actually somebody noticed these abnormalities in processing the Green Card application, and I really hope that the Congress will take a stand on this issue soon.
Dale Suthoff's letter (12/11/07 ID) argues that Lou Dobbs is only against illegal immigration, and asks when has Dobbs ever attacked legal immigration. Dobb's show two or three months ago was largely devoted to legal nonimmigrant visas. Beginning with his favorite, H-1B (what else), Dobbs flashed the numbers of all of the major and quite a few of the less widely used visas on the screen next to the word "terrorists", while warning darkly that there was no way of guaranteeing in advance that people entering with these visas might not overstay them. The message was clear: Legal visas make it possible for terrorists to come into the country, overstay, and everyone knows what happens next. When Dobbs isn't fantasizing about all of the H-1B software engineers who are allegedly about to blow up America, he is onto his other favorite shtick, namely how letting legal workers into the country is part of the "war on the middle class" and, presumably touch off another great depression. As for green cards, who has ever heard Dobbs use this phrase without adding the word "givaways" at the end?
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