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Arthur L. Zabenko, Esq., Legal Editor
Nina Manchanda, Esq., Assistant Legal Editor
Marc Ellis, Esq., Chat Transcripts Editor
April 6, 2001
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The INS has recently released information on the new V visa category. The Department of State was supposed to start issuing V visas at consulates. People in the US eligible for V visas must wait until INS publishes regulations in the Federal Register. The agency expects to have regulations published by May 2001 to establish an application form and filing procedures.

Applicants for the V visa and status MUST:

  • Be the spouse or unmarried child (under 21 years of age) of a lawful permanent resident; AND
  • Have a Form I-130 (Petition for Alien Relative) filed with the INS on his or her behalf by the lawful permanent resident spouse or parent on or before December 21, 2000; AND
  • Have been waiting for at least three years after the Form I-130 was filed for their immigrant visa number (priority date) to become available in accordance with the Department of States monthly Visa Bulletin, or be the unmarried child (under 21 years of age) of a person who meets the above requirements.

Having spent time in the US in unlawful status will not prevent the INS from approving V status, but having V status will not prevent the 3/10 year bar from being applied if those people leave the US. We will bring you the regulations from the Federal Register when INS publishes them.

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ILW.COM Featured Article of the Day

H-1B Compliance: The High Price of Good Intentions
Gary Endelman writes about the systemic weaknesses at the Department of Labor which lead to ever-increasing complexity in H-1B compliance.

Federal Register News of the Day

TPS for Angola Extended and Redesignated
The extension of Angola's TPS designation is effective March 29, 2001, and will remain in effect until March 29, 2002. Nationals of Angola (and aliens having no nationality who last habitually resided in Angola) who are currently registered under the TPS program must reregister during the 30-day period from April 5, 2001 until May 7, 2001. The redesignation of Angola under the TPS program is effective April 5, 2001, and will remain in effect until March 29, 2002. The registration period for TPS under the redesignation begins on April 5, 2001 and will remain in effect until March 29, 2002.

Open Competition for Awards to Support J-1 Programs
The Office of International Visitors of the Division of Professional and Cultural Exchanges, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, (ECA/PE/V), United States Department of State (DOS) announces an open competition for two assistance awards to support the International Visitor J-1 program for FY2002.

Comment Request on Application to Determine Returning Resident Status
Comments on the Application to Determine Returning Resident Status, DS-117 (formerly DSP-117) will be accepted for 30 days.

Comment Request on Application for Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration
Comments on Application for immigrant visa and alien registration, DS-230 (formerly OF-230), will be accepted for 30 days.

INS News of the Day

245(i) Information from INS
The INS has released information on 245(i) in Chinese, Creole and Polish.

DOS News of the Day

US-Mexico Migration Talks
The governments of Mexico and the United States have begun talks intended to achieve a framework for orderly, legal, safe and humane migration and for the protection of worker rights.

Immigration News of the Day

Agenda Emerges from US-Mexico Session
According to the Orange County Register a small, high-level group of US and Mexican officials emerged from a meeting Wednesday with no agreements on touchy immigration issues, but with an agenda and a goal to report to their respective presidents this fall.

ILW.COM Chats and Discussions of the Day

Chat with Laurence Johnson
Laurence Johnson of Johnson & Yang will answer questions on all aspects of immigration law on Friday, April 6, 2001, 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

Dear Editor:

My receipt date for I-485 was Feb. 24th 1999. According to processing times you publish and their progress, I should be waiting for the interview for another 6-8 months. To my surprise, I received an approval notice from INS. I went to a local office of INS in New York and got my passport stamped. Hope this info helps. Also, the INS employee told me that the green card will come in the mail in about 10 months. Someone I stand in the line with, told me that they actually arrive a lot faster these days - 1 to 2 months. I don't know how reliable information that is.

Permanent Resident

Dear Editor:

I have received my spouse I-130 petition approved on 2/21/01 after waiting 10 months and now the notice telling me that my petition was sent to visa processing center. As of today 4/4/01 the file has not arrived in national visa processing center, since I check the status daily by calling everyday. Could you tell me how long more do I need to wait for response?

Citizen since 1982

Editor's Note: We encourage the submission of information on processing times to

Dear Editor:

I am wondering if the INS can revive the H-1A visas for nurses. I heard that we have a shortage of people in the medical field all over the States. Is there any bill in congress to revive the H-1A visas?

Eddie Monteclaro

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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 212-750-1121.

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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