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Arthur L. Zabenko, Esq., Legal Editor
Nina Manchanda, Esq., Assistant Legal Editor
Marc Ellis, Esq., Chat Transcripts Editor
June 5, 2001
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The INS Office of Business Liaison (OBL) has provided employer information bulletins on the new premium processing service and employment under NAFTA. The primary function of the OBL is to educate the US business community on employment, business, investment, training, and employer education-related immigration issues. The OBL provides information on the employment eligibility verification process, as well as the opportunities available to employers to hire and/or "sponsor" foreign workers in accordance with government regulations administered by a variety of federal agencies. The OBL encourages employers to submit inquiries by e-mail ( or fax (1-202-305-2523). In addition, the Office of Business Liaison maintains a toll-free telephone hotline (1-800-357-2099) that accepts calls generally from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday (Federal holidays excluded). The only information available from the OBL is employment-related information about the above mentioned immigration matters. The office does not provide other immigration information or check on the status of petitions or applications that may be pending in INS District Offices or Service Centers.

Tip of the Day

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  1. Go to the profile screen for the client (alien or employer).
  2. Ensure the e-mail address is accurate and update it if necessary.
  3. Make sure the 'Disable access' box is off (not checked).
  4. Delete all the asterisks (***) from the password field and type in a new password (preferably a random combination of letters & numbers). You don't have to remember this & your client can change it.
  5. Hit the update profile button. Your client will immediately receive an e-mail with their new username and password.

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ILW.COM Featured Article

Immigration Policy Reports: Chinese-Americans Continue to Excel
According to an immigration policy report from the American Immigration Law Foundation, Chinese-Americans have made significant gains in the 20th Century, especially in the arena of politics.

Immigration News

Final Rule on Passports for Children
The Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs has published a final rule requiring that both parents execute a passport application on behalf of a minor under age 14; or, if only one parent executes the application, such parent must establish his or her custodial status or the other parent's consent.

INS News Release on Premium Processing
The INS has issued a news release and fact sheet on premium processing.

Office of Business Liaison Bulletin on Premium Processing
The Office of Business Liaison has released an employer information bulletin explaining the premium processing service.

Bulletin on NAFTA
The INS Office of Business Liaison has issued an updated employer information bulletin on US employment of Canadian and Mexican Professionals under NAFTA.

INS Guidance on LIFE Legalization Filings
A Memo from the Executive Associate Commissioner, Office of Field Operations, provides initial guidance on filing of legalization applications and applications for family unity benefits under the LIFE Act.

Immigration in the Press

Immigration Agency Offers Expedited Visas for $1,000
The New York Times [registration required] reports that in a pilot program aimed at raising money to reduce the years of waiting for other immigration services, the INS will process certain work visas within 15 days instead of in two months or more, the current standard.

This Day in Immigration

From June 5, 2000

"Improved Web Site of the Executive Office for Immigration Review The updated EOIR Internet site includes links to forms, a nationwide listing of Immigration Courts, Immigration Court Home Pages, job opportunities, easier access to the Immigration Court Local Rules, Board of Immigration Appeals precedent decisions, and in-depth information about the EOIR and its functions to assist the public in becoming better informed about the agency's mission, goals, and accomplishments. The site can be found at:"

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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

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

Saturday, June 30, 2001, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at DoubleTree Suites, Falls Conference Center, Mt. Laurel, NJ. A panel of experienced immigration lawyers and paralegals will explain how the administrative system operates and present the information you need to handle basic immigration matters. Youll also hear directly from several agency representatives about the procedures you need to follow when dealing with these agencies. For details click here.

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