Weekly October 16, 2000
Arthur L. Zabenko, Editor
Nina Manchanda, Assistant Editor
Marc Ellis, Chat Transcripts Editor
Note from the Editors:
More than one person has
contacted our offices saying that they had been told
by INS that 245(i), the provision of law which allowed
some people otherwise ineligible to adjust status, to
do so upon payment of a $1000 fee. We called INS and
spoke with two live beings, one of whom identified himself
as an information officer. He said they had not received
any information from the Department of Justice on 245(i),
and if it were so it would be posted in the INS web
site. Our guess is that someone at INS heard of the
passage of (the
H-1B bill) S. 2045
and in a burst of enthusiasm or lapse of attention conflated
S. 2045 with 245(i). Whatever the source of the rumor,
it is evidence that the INS is not a reliable source
for the interpretation of or information on immigration
After passing a bill which would increase the number
of H-1B visas available, Congress this past week passed
an increase in the fee employers must pay into a fund
to train and educate US workers from $500 to $1000.
Neither the increase in the number of visas nor the
fee increase will go into effect unless the President
signs them into law.
Oversubscription Of Philippines Employment Third Preference
initially reported in Visa Bulletin 18, the Philippines
Employment Third preference category is experiencing very
heavy applicant demand. It is expected that this level
of demand will require the establishment of a cut-off
date in December to hold visa issuances within the annual
Wives of Silicon Alley Seek Protection From Battering
Village Voice reports on foreign wives held prisoner
by immigration policies that give their husbands complete
control over their lives. According to Leslye Orloff,
the director of the immigrant women's program at the
National Organization for Women's Legal Defense Fund,
the current immigration laws are based on the outdated
notion that a man owns his family. Under this system,
women enter the country on an H-4 spousal visa, which
ties their immigration status to their husband's H-1B
work visa. When the marriage ends, the woman has to
leave the country.
Note: Congress has passed a law which
would provide some protection for battered immigrant spouses.
It still needs the President's signature to become law.
at Dawn: Illegals Beg for Work
An article in the Chicago Sun Times describes the day-to-day
life and working conditions of illegal Hispanic immigrants
in the Chicago area. Many people work 16 hours a day in
order to send money to their families in their home countries.
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Week's Chat Schedule:
9:00 pm Eastern Time
Bauer , Esq.
pm Eastern Time
Event : Chat with INS Acting Director of the
Business Liaison Office
pm Eastern Time
Siskind , Esq.
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