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Arthur L. Zabenko, Esq., Legal Editor
Nina Manchanda, Esq., Assistant Legal Editor
Marc Ellis, Esq., Chat Transcripts Editor
March 29, 2001
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Editor's Comments of the Day

The INS has put on its website the Report to Congress on the Use of the Attorney General's Parole Authority under the INA for fiscal years 1997-98. The report defines the six parole classifications - port-of-entry parole, advance parole, deferred inspection parole, humanitarian parole, public interest parole, and overseas parole - and provides tables for each category showing the countries with heaviest usage. The report also contains information on the number of parolees who have gone on to become permanent residents. The information was collected by the INS on the I-94 forms and maintained in the INS Nonimmigrant Information System (NIIS). The NIIS system was designed to capture only minimal data and not intended to provide the kind of detailed data required, but it is the only source of information the INS has to meet the Congressional mandate that it produce the report.

Tip of the Day

What is DSL?

"DSL" stands for Digital Subscriber Line. DSL is a network access technology. It transforms a traditional phone line into a high-speed digital link to provide broadband Internet access. It uses special modems encode the data and then transmit it over an unused frequency on the phone line. With DSL you have a stable Internet connection that allows you to host your own Web site, connect branch offices of a small business, and to surf the Internet faster at any time of the day or night.

Cable modems are DSLs' closest competitors. They rely on much of the same technology and provide similar service. Both cable and DSL use special modems and Ethernet cards for the same type of always-on connection. People prefer using DSL instead of traditional dial-up modems becuase DSL is much faster. Unlike DSL, cable modem users share lines. The more people connected to the line, the slower the connection speed will be. Many people also prefer DSL to a cable modem because a cable modem is considered to be less secure and less reliable. Sharing lines creates a security risk because it is easier for hackers to gain access to incoming and outgoing files and e-mail messages. One other notable advantage to having DSL is that one phone line can carry both voice and data, so you can use an existing phone line to carry DSL data.

Several factors can affect the quality of your DSL connection, including how close you are to the DSL provider and what security features are available. With DSL, whenever the computer is on you are connected to the Internet. DSL modems typically lack security features so it is important to make the connection more secure. You can easily protect yourself by shutting down after each use, reducing the number of hours you use your computer, and keeping an up-to-date antivirus program running at all times. It is highly recommended that DSL users install a personal firewall (software that prevents certain data from entering or leaving your computer and costs between $40 to $50).

Both DSL and cable services are affordable (most DSL access starts at $39.95 per month), and you can find deals by shopping. DSL service is available from a number of local telephone companies, local Internet Service Providers and resellers (third party companies) such as Covad, Roadrunner, NorthPoint. With the current situation of dotcom companies, we recommend checking the permanence of the company if you plan to use a reseller for you DSL services.

ILW.COM Featured Article of the Day

Ninth Circuit Grant of Asylum to Abused Child Expands Definition of "Particular Social Group"
Carl R. Baldwin examines the recent circuit court decision in Aguirre-Cervantes v. INS, No. 99-70861, (9th Cir. Mar. 21, 2001).

INS News of the Day

INS Report on Exercise of Parole Authority
The Attorney General has submitted to the Judiciary Committees of the Senate and House a report on the use parole authority for Fiscal Years 1997-1998. The report details the number of aliens paroled into and residing in the US, and contains data on country of origin, the number and categories of aliens paroled, the duration of parole, the current status of aliens paroled, and the number and categories of aliens returned.

Immigration News of the Day

Woman Miffed over INS Regulation
The Oklahoman reports on the case of a 52 year old registered nurse who grew up in Maine, and, like many in her hometown, was born in a hospital just across the border in Canada. The INS is now asking her for records more than 50 yeasr old to prove her US citizenship.

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:

I'm a Consular Assistant at the US Embassy Yerevan, Armenia. This is in reference to a letter in Immigration Daily daily of March 16 where the US citizen petitioner filed I-130 petition for his wife and was told by INS to wait 850 days until the petition is processed.

We have been accepting I-130 petitions (direct consular filing) from US citizens since 1995. Many Armenian living in California prefer to fly to Armenia, get married and file the petition here because it takes only a month to process the whole thing. The US citizen must be present in Armenia only two weeks: to marry and get the marriage certificate and to file the petition and the accompanying documents with our office. The only problem is that the beneficiary has to go to Moscow for getting an immigrant visa. We are non-immigrant visa processing post. Moscow processes all immigrant visas for Armenian citizen beneficiaries, but we accept petitions and process them very fast. The petition is accepted and processed in a week instead of 850 days as at the INS. The overall processing time for the beneficiary, not the petitioner, is one month which includes a) marriage process, b) petition filing and providing the supporting documents, and c) schedule appointment with Moscow and medical examination and interview at the US Embassy in Moscow. Again, the US citizen petitioner does not have to stay all this time in Armenia. As long as the marriage certificate is available, the petitioner only needs to be physically present at the time of filing of the I-130 petition. Once the petition is filed he may leave Armenia and the Armenian citizen beneficiary may work on providing the additional paperwork. We enclose the approved petition and the supporting documents in a sealed envelope and give it to the beneficiary to handcarry to Moscow for the final interview there.

Warm regards,
Ara Kazaryan

Dear Editor:

For several months and years, I have kept silent on the face of increasing acts of wickedness, frustration and unfairness heaped out on H-1B holders. I will attempt to lay out my points clearly without showing any hints of the enormous anger I feel at all these unguarded and wicked bills that seem to get passed one after the other....(Click here to read the whole letter).

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Prominent New York City immigration law firm with interesting and diverse practice seeks paralegal for handling business, family and litigation matters. Candidates must have excellent writing and organization skills as well as an interest in all aspects of immigration law, including advocacy. Prior immigration experience preferred. Send a resume and cover letter to: Cyrus D. Mehta, Esq., 1170 Broadway, Suite 607, New York, NY 10001. Fax: 212-686-2665.

Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, is the largest law firm in the country practicing exclusively in the area of immigration and nationality law. In order meet the demands of our growing business, the firm is actively recruiting for experienced paralegals in its NEW YORK, NEW JERSEY, STAMFORD and CHICAGO offices. The ideal candidate has business immigration experience or a human resources background dealing with immigration issues. Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills and be able to perform multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment. The firm offers superior salaries and exceptional growth opportunities. Please submit cover letter and resume to Anne-Rose van den Bossche, Esq., Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, & Loewy, 515 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10022 or fax 212-223-875

Face the Music in Austin, Texas: Learn the Latest Immigration Dance. Texas Chapter AILA proudly presents Spring 2001 Immigration Law Conference, April 27-28, 2001, Radisson Hotel & Suites on Town Lake, Austin, TX. For details click here.

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, 20th floor, New York City on Tuesday, May 1, 2001, from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. For details click here.

2001 AILA Annual Conference on Immigration Law June 20-24, 2001, Marriott Copley Place & Westin Copley Place Boston, Massachusetts. The Preeminent Law Symposium on Immigration and Nationality Law With an expert faculty and cutting edge programs, the AILA Annual Conference is an unbeatable continuing legal education symposium in terms of scope and value. This event brings together thousands of immigration law practitioners, leading immigration law experts, government officials, and other legal professionals from around the country. Participants spend three and one-half days attending educational sessions and workshops focusing on the latest developments and issues in immigration and nationality law. Attendees can develop their own individualized CLE conference by choosing courses from a wide variety of programs: Core Curriculum, Substantive Practice, Special Mini Tracks, Mock Hearings and Interviews, Litigation Skills Training, Practice Roundtables and Government Agency Open Forums. For detailed program information, and registration forms, please visit the conference portion of the AILA Web site at American Immigration Lawyers Association, 918 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004, Tel: (202) 216-2400, Fax: (202) 371-9449. Contact: Conference Department or E-Mail

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