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The deadline to apply for CSS and LULAC/Newman legalization under the 1986 IRCA amnesty law is December 31, 2005. Applications must be postmarked by December 31, 2005. If class members have not already applied, they should apply before the deadline. Given the direction of proposed laws in Congress, and the 3 and 10-year bars, this may be the last chance for thousands of long-term residents to legalize their status.

To apply a class member must use a form I-687. You may obtain copies of this form with full instructions from CIS offices and the CIS web site: Also look at our web site for more information For additional information you may also review CIS’s manual for its employees about the Newman, CSS, and LIFE Act procedures:

If you discover that I-687 application forms are not available at your local CIS office, please immediately let us know by phone (call Staff Attorney Linda Fang at 213 388-8693 ext 101), fax, or email.

When the I-687 is prepared, to help the class member remember dates, etc., check his or her old I-687 (if available) that the class member used to apply for a work permit between 1988 and 1996. If class members have a pending LIFE Act application, or a denied LIFE Act application, we recommend that they file under CSS or LULAC/Newman, even if they have appealed their LIFE Act denial. If they miss the December 31 deadline, they cannot file under CSS/LULAC later if their LIFE Act is denied. People may have greater protections under CSS/LULAC than under the LIFE Act.

If before December 31 a class member cannot collect all of their declarations or evidence showing that they lived here from before 1982 until 1987, they should still mail their application by December 31 with whatever evidence they have and send more evidence later. We strongly recommend that applications be sent by “certified mail return receipt requested” or overnight delivery so that the applicant has proof of mailing.

Class members living abroad should apply before the deadline. CIS does not agree that they are eligible but we intend to ask the judges to review these cases and believe we have a good chance of winning this issue.

We plan to go back to court in the CSS and LULAC/Newman cases because class members are not being treated fairly. We also are investigating a new lawsuit because many class members are not being treated lawfully under the LIFE Act. The main problem seems to be CIS’s refusal to comply with the preponderance of the evidence standard and its demanding proof of continuous residence by clear and convincing evidence. If you have received a CIS district office denial of any case and want us to review the file, please send a complete copy of the file to Staff Attorney Linda Fang at our address above. Please organize the file with the oldest documents at the bottom. Thank you.