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Arthur L. Zabenko, Esq., Legal Editor
July 12, 2001
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ILW.COM Featured Article of the Day

ABCs of Immigration - INS Guidance Memo on New H-1B Visa Law
Greg Siskind and Amy Ballentine examine the recent INS memo providing guidance on processing H-1Bs under AC21.

Immigration News

AgJOBS Bill for H-2A
Sen. Craig speaking in favor of S. 1161, the AgJOBS bill, stated, "there is no debate about whether many, or most, farm workers are aliens. They are. And they will be, for the foreseeable future. The question is whether they will be here legally or illegally."

Family Sponsor Immigration Act of 2001
The Committee on the Judiciary's report on H.R. 1892, the "Family Sponsor Immigration Act of 2001," was referred to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union.

Comment Period on I-485 Extended
The INS has extended until August 10, 2001, the comment period on the I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, and I-485A Supplement. No sample of the form was published in the Federal Register.

Immigration in the Press

High Court Points the Way on Immigration
Michael Judge of the Wall Street Journal commenting on the recent Supreme Court decision in St. Cyr writes "the court was justified -- on both legal and moral grounds -- in overturning legislation passed at the height of a shameful period of anti-immigration sentiment in America."

This Day in Immigration

From July 12, 2000

"Recent scholarship supports the notion that the Statue of Liberty, often considered the quintessential symbol of America's welcome to immigrants and indeed the basis for the ILW.COM logo, was conceived not as a monument to America's welcoming of newcomers, but rather as a monument to the concept of liberty which led to the Civil War and the end of slavery. By the time of the statue's completion in 1886 America's commitment to reconstruction and racial equality had waned. Americans were more comfortable thinking of the statue as a monument to a vague idea of liberty. With the opening in 1898 of nearby Ellis Island as the point of arrival for immigrants, the Lady with the Torch greeted some 16 million immigrants and became for them a symbol of welcome to their new land. The 1903 addition of Emma Lazarus' The New Colossus with the words, "give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breath free," completed the transformation into a symbol of liberty for immigrants. The revelation of the statue's origins do not make it any less powerful a symbol of welcome to immigrants, but calls us to renew our commitment to an America that is a land of liberty and justice for all."

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Letters to the Editor

The following letters were received in response to our request for information on how long the INS taking to adjudicate petitions. Information on processing times can be sent to

Dear Editor:

Thanks for this opportunity offered to the public. I have been awaiting the outcome of my H-1B visa application for the last 7 months with no avail. This relates to a teaching job, and my lawyer informed me that he submitted all relevant information including that from the sponsoring School, to the Vermont Service Center in December 2000.

Elaine Fraser

Dear Editor:

I am an American citizen and I filed my I-130 at the TSC on June 19, 2000. It is still not approved. Is there any action I can take? I know they are supposed to be working on cases from May 30, 2000. I talk to people on a message board, and some of their cases were received after mine at the TSC, and they have gotten approved. I don't understand how people that mailed their applications after me have already gotten approved. Thank you.

S. Sharma


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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 ATLANTA, NEW YORK, NEW JERSEY,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 or

Immediate opening for immigration paralegal in 11 attorney Gateway One, Newark law firm. College degree and employment-related immigration experience preferred. Good writing and research skills necessary. Ability to work independently and with the firm's clients required. Competitive salary and generous benefits. Resumes should be forwarded to Anthony F. Siliato, Meyner and Landis LLP, One Gateway Center, Newark, New Jersey 07102.

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Angelo Paparelli and Steve Yale-Loehr will conduct a three-part teleconference and e-mail listserv series titled On the Cutting Edge: H-1B Practice and Strategy with Angelo Paparelli and Steve Yale-Loehr. The teleconferences will take place Wednesdays August 8, September 5, and October 3, 2001, at 1:00-2:30 p.m. Eastern (New York) time. They are open to attorneys, employers, HR professionals and anyone else interested in the H-1B process and strategy. For more information or to register click here.

An Important disclaimer! The information provided on this page is not legal advice. Transmission of this information is not intended to create, and receipt by you does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship. Readers must not act upon any information without first seeking advice from a qualified attorney. Correspondence to Letters may be edited and may be published and otherwise used in any medium.
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