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Arthur L. Zabenko, Esq., Legal Editor
Nina Manchanda, Esq., Assistant Legal Editor
Marc Ellis, Esq., Chat Transcripts Editor
April 18, 2001
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A recent article in the Los Angeles Times about the long and twisted path asylum applicants tread has a wealth of statistical information include a graphic of Strict/Lenient Judges, analyses of Immigration Court Cases by City , Cases by City: Percentile Analysis, Statistics on Rulings by Immigration Judges, Immigration Judges: Percentile Analysis , Nationality of Applicants in Immigration Court, Nationality: Percentile Analysis , in addition to legal documents, memos and related links. These fascinating statistics show the asylum process to be fraught with inconsistency and unpredictability for lawyers and asylum seekers alike.

We have updated the family, employment and Diversity Lottery visa bulletins with the numbers for May. The California Service Center processing times have been updated with the dates as of April 13, 2001. ILW.COM updates these pages as soon as the information is available to us.

Tip of the Day

More Tips For ILW.COM Case Tracking Users

ILW.COM's support team has put together some more tips on using case tracking which we hope you will find helpful:

-- Was the "Est. processing time" field acting funny in the update case form? Thanks to the attorney members who reported this date comparison problem. It has been fixed and is available now in your software.

-- Is the password hard to remember? We designed the system to have cryptic passwords for your security. The user name cannot be changed but the password can. Simply hit the "Change password" button before you login.

-- Are the user name & password hard to type? You can copy the user name and password from your e-mail or a text file using the Ctrl+C command (i.e. hold down the control key and press the letter "C" for copy). These can be then pasted into our login screen, one at a time, using the Ctrl+V command.

-- Wondering how to get started with ILW.COM case tracking? Don't lose that employer client! With just one short training period you can offer this high-demand feature to your clients. Write to and we will set up the system for you with ten free cases.

ILW.COM Featured Article of the Day

What Really Matters: Immigration and National Interest
Gary Endelman argues for a change in the way employment based immigration functions including eliminating the Diversity Lottery and allowing states to become the employment based visa "patron of last resort."

Federal Register News of the Day

Extension of Comment Request for Affidavit of Support Forms I-864 and 1-864A
The INS has extended the comment request period for Forms I-864 and 1-864A, Affidavit of Support under Section 213A of the Act, and Contract Between Sponsor and Household Member, until June 18, 2001.

Extension of Comment Request for Form I-865, Sponsor's Notice of Change of Address
The INS has extended the comment period for Form I-865, Sponsor's Notice of Change of Address, until June 18, 2001.

Cases of the Day

Challenge to Stop-Time Rule Rejected
[You will need Acrobat to read this file]
In Sad v. INS, No. 99-4283 (6th Cir. Apr. 17, 2001), the court rejected Petitioner's argument that proper construction of IIRIRA's transitional rules foreclosed retroactive application of the stop-time rule, and that the retroactive application denied him due process and equal protection.

INS News of the Day

New Immigration Judges
Three new Immigration Judges, Paul L. Johnston, John Opaciuch, and William C. Peterson, were to have been sworn as Immigration Judges during an investiture ceremony in New York, New York.

Immigration News of the Day

LA Times Explores Seeking Asylum in the US
The Los Angeles Times covers the asylum process in the US in A Man's Asylum Fight in the Land of the Free, and provides a wealth of asylum statistics including Judge's Behavior Sparks Outrage but Little Relief, Few Applicants Succeed in Immigration Courts and Rulings Gone Awry . Statistical information includes a graphic of Strict/Lenient Judges, analyses of Immigration Court Cases by City , Cases by City: Percentile Analysis, Statistics on Rulings by Immigration Judges, Immigration Judges: Percentile Analysis , Nationality of Applicants in Immigration Court, Nationality: Percentile Analysis , in addition to legal documents, memos and related links.

Ellis Island Goes Online With Immigration Lists
The New York Times [registration required] reports that anyone with an Internet connection will be able to search through old passenger manifests from the ships that ferried 17 million immigrants into New York Harbor. The database, extracted from microfilms of the original paper manifests, covers arrivals at Ellis Island from 1892 through 1924.

ILW.COM Chats and Discussions of the Day

Chat with Barry Lieber
Barry Lieber will answers questions on all aspects of immigration law on Wednesday, April 18, 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:

I just wanted you to know that I am now 2 weeks from having my first denial of an H-1B application. I filed a petition without an ETA-9035. I filed my LCA on 2/5/01 to the "new and better" fax number the DOL recently overhauled to give us better service. My thinking was this would allow my petition to reach a certain stage of processing while my LCA was being processed. I received the anticipated request from the INS to fax over the LCA within 12 weeks of the date on the letter requesting same. 10 weeks later I am still without my LCA and 14 days from a potential denial and no doubt the loss of fees. I have faxed the LCA 3 additional times since the original application and even faxed a letter asking for someone to contact me. I also left a voice mail which remains unanswered. This is pretty disgusting. Do you know of an e-mail address at either the DOL or INS? I am desperate.

Russ Moores

Classifieds of the Day

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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 to 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

Paparelli & Partners LLP, a leading immigration law firm with a national employment-based practice conducted from Irvine, California, is actively recruiting for paralegals with experience in business immigration matters, including work visas and Labor Certification. We require a college degree and paralegal certificate or substantial and relevant experience. Must have excellent writing ability as well as strong research and communication skills. The firm also has immediate openings for Client Services Assistants to assist attorneys and paralegals in providing legal services to clients. Qualified candidates must have excellent computer and communication skills. The firm offers a competitive compensation package, as well as an outstanding support staff and a pleasant working environment (10 minutes from the beach). Please send resume via facsimile to Kerry Polich, Firm Administrator, at 949/955-5599 or via email at EOE.

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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