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Arthur L. Zabenko, Esq., Legal Editor
Nina Manchanda, Esq., Assistant Legal Editor
Marc Ellis, Esq., Chat Transcripts Editor
January 16, 2001
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Editor's Comments of the Day

The Department of State has two press releases about Fulbright programs. Foreign participants in the Program enter the US with J-1 visas.

The Fulbright Program provides grants for Graduate Students, Scholars and Professionals, and Teachers and Administrators from the US and other countries. It is designed to "increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries..." With this goal as a starting point, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 230,000 participants with the opportunity to observe each others' political, economic and cultural institutions, exchange ideas, and embark on joint ventures of importance to the general welfare of the world's inhabitants.

The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by former Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. Approximately 234,000 "Fulbrighters," 88,000 from the US and 146,000 from other countries, have participated in the program since its inception more than fifty years ago. The Fulbright Program awards approximately 4,500 new grants annually. Fulbright Alumni include Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners, governors and senators, ambassadors and artists, prime ministers and heads of state, professors and scientists, Supreme Court Justices, and CEOs.

The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation by Congress. Foreign governments and private organizations contribute through cost-sharing and indirect support, such as salary supplements, tuition waivers, university housing, etc. The Congressional appropriation for the Fulbright Program in FY 2000 was $105.7 million. Foreign governments contributed an additional $28 million directly to the program.

The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the Department of State under policy guidelines established by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. The Board is a presidentially-appointed, independent body that formulates the policies, procedures, and selection criteria which govern the Fulbright Program. Currently, the Program operates in 140 countries, including 51 countries with binational Fulbright Commissions and Foundations. A number of private, cooperating organizations also assist with the administration of the Program.

In the words of the program's founder, "the Fulbright Program aims to bring a little more knowledge, a little more reason, and a little more compassion into world affairs and thereby to increase the chance that nations will learn at last to live in peace and friendship."

INS News of the Day

INS Advises Public on Submitting Applications Under the LIFE Act (Spanish)
The INS has issued an advisory in Spanish advising the public that the agency is moving as quickly as possible to develop application procedures for immigration benefits created by the Legal Immigration and Family Equity Act (LIFE).

Fact Sheet on Legal Immigration and Family Equity Act (Spanish)
The INS has issued a fact sheet in Spanish outlining the changes in immigration law resulting from the implementation of the Legal Immigration and Family Equity Act (LIFE).

DOS News of the Day

DOS Launches Fulbright Senior Specialist Program
The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announces the inauguration of a new component of the Fulbright Senior Scholar Program, the Fulbright Senior Specialist Program, which will send US academic experts to overseas academic institutions to work with foreign counterparts.

DOS Launches Fulbright Conflict Resolution Pilot Program
The Department of State has announced that it has selected participants from the West Bank, Israel, Lebanon, and Egypt who will attend Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), Harrisonburg, Virginia, for the Fulbright Conflict Resolution pilot program.

ILW.COM Featured Articles of the Day

Chapter 2 - B-1 Visas- Business Visitors
The second chapter of Mark A. Ivener's Handbook of Immigration Law covers visas for business visitors.

What We Can Learn About Immigration from Linda Chavez
Amy Ballentine writes that we should use the Linda Chavez incident to reevaluate some of our immigration policies.

Immigration News of the Day

Court to Review Deportation Rules
The Washington Post reports that the Supreme Court has agreed to clarify new federal laws that aim to speed up the deportation of aliens convicted of committing crimes in this country.

Making Slow Progress In Battle With INS reports that dozens of elderly people on Long Island who came to the US as far back as the 1910s can't qualify for Medicaid since they never got legal immigration papers, or lost their immigration documents.

ILW.COM Highlights of the Day

Visa Bulletin Update
Read latest priority dates for Employment, Family and Diversity immigrant categories.

ILW.COM Chats and Discussions of the Day

Chat with Alice Yardum-Hunter
Attorney Alice Yardum-Hunter will answer questions on all aspects of immigration law on Tuesday, January 16, 2000, at 9:00 p.m. Eastern (New York) time. Questions will be accepted starting 15 minutes before the beginning of the chat.

Letters to the Editor

The following is an update to the article Time is Running Out For Rodi Alvarado Pea

Dear Editor,

The good news: INS requested that Reno vacate the BIA's flawed decision in re: Matter of R-A. The not such good news: they also suggested it be remanded to the BIA for a delayed decision, pending implementation of the new proposed rules related to gender based asylum. Since the future of those new rules is entirely uncertain - we don't know when or even if they will be finalized, or what they will end up saying.... This leaves Rodi's and other abused women refugee's futures up in the air.

We have drafted a new letter to Reno, which is now up on the site. We request that she vacate and immediately grant asylum to Rodi Alvarado Pea. If not that, then remand with specific instructions as to what the outcome should be. In no circumstances should the fate of women's lives be attached to a set of undetermined rules.

So, that's the latest scoop.

Irene Weiser

Dear Editor

I am an immigration attorney in Jacksonville, FL with an Afghani asylee client. We have had an approved I-730 petition for this client's unmarried, 19 year old son, pending at the American Embassy/INS in New Delhi, India since late August, 2000. Even after numerous letters, a phone call to INS-New Delhi, and requests from Congressional offices to intervene, INS-New Delhi still will not confirm that they have this petition on file (although I independently confirmed delivery in New Delhi of the diplomatic pouch sent from the U.S.), and has not set an appointment for this kid. I can't seem to get them to move on this, contrary to the typical, fast procedure at other consulates/embassies/INS overseas offices for I-730 beneficiaries. Any suggestions as to how to deal with INS-New Delhi or has anyone had experience with this office?

Nancy Hale

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