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Arthur L. Zabenko, Esq., Legal Editor
Nina Manchanda, Esq., Assistant Legal Editor
Marc Ellis, Esq., Chat Transcripts Editor
March 22, 2001
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Editor's Comments of the Day

We thank the several correspondents who wrote in response to our request for information on how many H-1Bs the INS has approved. According to a statement from the INS had approved approximately 72,000 H-1B petitions against the cap of 195,000 for fiscal year 2001. This compares to approximately 100,000 at this time last year. An article in the Washington Post quotes an INS spokesman as saying that there are approximately 66,000 petitions pending, but not all of these would be subject to the cap. A recently updated article by Cyrus D. Mehta provides a good description of the H-1B program.

Tip of the Day

24-Hour Public Chat Room

ILW.COM now has a 24-Hour Public Chat Room which allows immigrants, attorneys, employers and others to talk to one another about immigration at all times. In order to enter the chat room, click on the link for "24-Hour Public Chat Room" located inside the "Immigrants & Employers" box on our home page (just below "Chat with lawyers".) Once you have entered the page just choose a user name that you would like to use for the session, select "ILW.COM Public Chat Room" from the Room List and click "Enter Now."

ILW.COM's 24-Hour Public Chat Room has been designed to facilitate conversations among our site users. We have found that the maximum number of people congregate in the chat room area either before or after one of ILW's scheduled chat with a lawyer. Many people use this chat room as an opportunity to talk among themselves and share immigration information such as personal stories about the immigrant experience, immigration tips, and encouragement and advice in making it through the immigration process. For site users who are not able to participate in ILW's scheduled chat with a lawyer sessions due to time differences, the 24-Hour Public Chat Room allows you to participate in the chat experience at a time which is convenient for you.

ILW.COM Featured Article of the Day

The H-1B Program
Cyrus D. Mehta provides updated information on the H-1B visa program including information on how an employer brings a temporary professional to the US.

Cases of the Day

Abused Child Granted Withholding
In Aguirre-Cervantes v. INS, No. 99-70861 (9th Cir. Mar. 21, 2001), the court found the Petitioner was eligible for asylum and granted withholding of removal on the basis that she and the members of her immediate family who lived together were subject to abuse by her father, and that Petitioner was persecuted by her father on account of her membership in that social group.

INS News of the Day

72,000 H-1Bs
According to a press release from the INS as of March 7, 2001, approximately 72,000 H-1B workers have been approved against the 195,000 limit for fiscal year 2001 which ends September 30, 2001.

Mexican Border Corssing Cards to Expire
A news release from the INS and DOS was issued as a reminder that the old Border Crossing Card (BCCs) issued to Mexican citizens will expire September 30, 2001 and must be replaced by the new "laser card."

DOS News of the Day

DOS News on K and V Visas
The Department of State has added pages to its web site devoted to the new K and V visas including information on who is eligible, where to apply and the fees.

Immigration News of the Day

High-Tech Visa Approvals Down From Last Year
According to the Washington Post the INS has reported that from October 2000 until earlier this month it had approved petitions on behalf of 72,000 foreign-born workers under the H-1B program, compared with more than 100,000 in the same period a year earlier - the number of approved H-1B visa petitions has dropped by nearly 30 percent.

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:

It has been our experience in New York, that if the new H-1B has been filed by the new employer within 30 days of termination, that the Vermont Service Center will accept the filing and not treat as as any lapse in status has occurred.

Susan Henner, Attorney

Dear Editor:

I would like to provide some information to my fellow Mesquite, Texas victim, who's letter you published in the ILW.COM Daily Newsletter of March 20, 2001. My I-130 is for my Peruvian wife.

  • Mailed Forms: April 7, 2000
  • Priority Date: April 26, 2000
  • Receipt Date: May 25, 2000
  • Approved on: February 13, 2001
My case is now at the Department of State National Visa Center for who knows how long. The local office for my Congressman has mailed me four copies of different email status requests, with responses. One with a response dated January 23, 2001 states: "Hello Terry, I will request this file and forward to Exams for processing. It will probably take from 45 to 60 days before this will be adjudicated." Maybe someone can interpret what really happened. Like the earlier writer, I have written everyone and often. Congressman Dave Weldon and Governor Jeb Bush are the only to respond.

Chad Zody
Melbourne, FL

Classifieds of the Day

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The Practising Law Institute, a not-for-profit Continuing Legal Education Organization offers a program on Basic Immigration Law at PLI Conference Center, 810 Seventh Avenue at 53rd Street, 20thfloor, New York City on Tuesday, May 1, 2001, from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. For details click here.

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