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Arthur L. Zabenko, Esq., Legal Editor
October 2, 2001
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William Cline in a letter to the editor praises our efforts in providing information about H and J visas, but would like to see more information about K visas, I-130s and Americans who marries non-Americans. We have always thought of ourselves as the hub for all immigration law issued, not just business related. In addition to the news and articles we feature in Immigration Daily, there is a wealth of information on other parts of the site. The immigration information sections contains both attorney FAQs on family immigration and INS FAQs on family immigration. The Immigrant's Life section focuses on immigration from the perspective of the immigration, and our sister publication, Immigrant's Weekly contains less hard news and more analysis of immigration issues. Questions about family immigration can also be raised in a chat with a lawyer or by starting a thread on the discussion board. We welcome articles on all issues of immigration law. Our standards are that that they be related to immigration law, are not factually inaccurate and do not contain inappropriate language. So site visitor who takes advantage of all the resources available at ILW.COM may want to share what he has learned by writing an article and sending it to!

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Processing Times

The INS processes many petitions at its Eastern Service Center in Vermont, the Northern Service Center in Nebraska, the Southern Service Center in Texas and the Western Service Center in California. There are backlogs and delays throughout the INS including the Service Centers. We thank the American Immigration Lawyer's Association which makes this information available to the public. The processing times pages are a resource attorneys can use to give their clients an idea of how long a particular application will take. Attorneys can also encourage clients to check the processing times themselves to reduce the number of phone calls asking how long a case is taking. The real measure of processing times is how long cases are actually taking. If you find a case taking more or less time than indicated on these pages, send the information to As the hub for immigration information ILW.COM is a place to share the latest and most up-to-date immigration information.

ILW.COM Featured Article of the Day

Be Strong and Of Good Courage
Gary Endelman writes that at this time of we need more enforcement and more immigration.

Immigration News

INS Hours at NYC Office
The New York District of the INS will reopen for all normal business on October 1, 2001.

Canadian Border Crossing Cards Expires
A news release from the INS explains that effective October 1, 2001, Canadian Border Crossing Cards (CBCC) will be invalid for admission to the US because they do not biometric identifiers.

Biometric Mexican Border Crossing Cards Take Effect
A news release from the INS explains that effective October 1, 2001, it will be implementing the legal requirements of the new Mexican Border Crossing Card (BCC) with biometric indentifiers.

DOS Lists More Posts Using Revised Fee Payment Procedure
The DOS has identified additional posts using the revised procedure for payment of the fee for the processing of the application for an immigrant visa and posts which will assess a fee for advance review of and assistance with the Affidavit of Support that is required in certain immigrant visa cases.

Comment Requests on Forms from INS
The INS has published requests for comments on the I-9, employment eligibility verification form, I-129W, H-1B data collection and filing fee exemption, I-485, LIFE legalization supplement to form I-485 instructions, and I-751, to remove conditions on residence. Not samples of the forms were published in the Federal Register.

Immigration in the Press

With War in the Air, Home Is but a Dream
According to the New York Times [registration required] in the wake of the ambushes on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, illegal workers say they believe that if they go home now they have little chance of returning later.

This Day in Immigration

From October 2, 2000

"The Senate has just passed eleven private relief bills granting permanent resident status. Unlike public bills that affect the general public, a private bill is legislation that affects a particular individual, private corporation or specific part of the country. The beneficiaries of many private bills are people seeking help with immigration. Before a Congressman can initiate a private bill on behalf of an immigrant, all administrative and judicial remedies must be exhausted. Private bills are usually introduced in cases with compelling humanitarian factors where the INS has not, will not or cannot grant relief. Until a scandal several years ago campaign contributions were the major means used to encourage Senators to introduce private bills. In these days of closer scrutiny and talk of campaign reform it may be easier to persuade a Senator to take up the cause by reminding him that getting a green card for a sympathetic case makes better copy than kissing babies."

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:

I have been a subscriber for quite some time, in hopes that issues of interest and importance to myself and another quite large group. You coverage is excellent for Hispanic and Indian immigrant issues (usually H1-H2) but I have yet to see mention even as a side issue, the plights of men and women dealing with legal issues regarding K-1 or I-130 permanent immigration from former Soviet Union countries and other countries where marriages between Americans and non-Americans. These are topics that needs addressing as well. I understand the H series of immigration is a "hot button" issue, but those immigrating through marriage are also in dire need of current legal information. Perhaps ILW.COM is now broad-based enough to think of becoming the leading voice and clearing house for both the legal field and those seeking guidance regarding classes other than H1-H2 and J immigration issues.

William R Cline, Jr.


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Angelo Paparelli and Steve Yale-Loehr will conduct a teleconference and e-mail listserv series titled On the Cutting Edge: H-1B Practice and Strategy with Angelo Paparelli and Steve Yale-Loehr. The final teleconferences will take place Wednesday October 3, 2001, at 1:00-2:30 p.m. Eastern (New York) time. It is 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.

Saturday, October 13, 2001, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Ramada Inn, Fairfield, 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.

The American Immigration Lawyers Association Litigation Conference on October 19, 2001 and Asylum Conference on October 20 will take place at the Wyndham Ambassador West Hotel, 1300 North State Parkway, Chicago, Illinois. The deadline for early registration and to secure a hotel room at the AILA Room Rate is October 3, 2001. Both these Conferences will provide information that you can immediately integrate into your practice. Complete Program Information and a Registration form is available at

American Immigration Lawyers Association, Central Florida Chapter (AILA-CFC) will be holding its 15th Annual Advanced-Level Immigration Law Seminar on October 26-27 at the Renaissance Orlando Resort, Orlando, Florida. Discounted hotel rates are available from the resort. Point of contact for information/registration is Steve Zawacki, or 407/831-6644.

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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