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Arthur L. Zabenko, Esq., Legal Editor
October 8, 2001
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INS Commissioner James Ziglar visited New York City to meet with INS employees and New York City officials. He repeated his call for undocumented aliens and employers who have lost family members, friends or employees in the terrorist attack to contact local authorities without fear that the information will be used by the INS. He is aware that many people dread his agency, but said "the only people who need to dread the INS are those who come to this country to do us harm." He stated that the business the INS is in is to encourage people to come to this country. According to Mr. Ziglar the INS is not conducting sweeps of workplaces to find undocumented aliens. The agency's priorities are terrorists, criminal aliens and people who engage in human smuggling. While declining to comment on any specific legislation, he does expect that there will be improvements in tracking of students and all alien exits.

Mr. Ziglar's personal visit to meet with New York community leaders in an attempt to get his message out that people can come forward without fear should be applauded. It is a positive step in changing the image of the agency from one to be dreaded to one which really provides service. But the reservoir of mistrust of the INS will not be quickly go away.

ILW.COM is pleased to welcome the Committee on Immigration and Nationality Law of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York as a cosponsor for our pro bono, at-cost seminar, "Immigration Implications of September 11th Tragedy." We the addition of Cyrus Mehta and Angela Kelly to the list of speakers for the seminar. Cyrus Mehta is chair of the Immigration & Nationality Committee of the Association of the City Bar of New York and is a trustee of the American Immigration Law Foundation. Angela Kelley is the Deputy Director of the National Immigration Forum, the nation's premier immigration advocacy organization. For more information, click here.

With Avoiding The Abyss: H-1B Strategies When Facing Reductions in Force (Part I) we start our next installment in our series "Paparelli on Business Immigration Law."

The Texas Service Center processing times have been updated.


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ILW.COM Featured Article of the Day

Avoiding The Abyss: H-1B Strategies When Facing Reductions in Force (Part I)
In the first in this series on H-1B strategies when facing reductions in workforce, Yoshiko I. Robertson, an associate at Paparelli & Partners, LLP, writes about the employer's obligations for costs of return transportation abroad.

Immigration News

Beneficiary's Letter Does not Revoke Petition
In Longwood Village Restaurant v. Ashcroft, No. 00-2331 (D.C. Dist. Ct. July 26, 2001), the court found that the INS had improperly revoked an I-140 where the beneficiary's attorney wrote to the consulate that the beneficiary was no longer interested in the job offered.

INS Commissioner Ziglar Visits New York City
INS Commissioner Ziglar visited New York City to encourage employers, undocumented aliens to contact authorities.

Terrorist Organizations
The Department of State has published its list of designated terrorist organizations.

Uniting and Strengthening America Act
Sen. Daschle introduced S. 1510, the "Uniting and Strengthening America Act" or the "USA Act of 2001." Title IV contains immigration provisions effecting immigration.

Bill to Collect Information on Foreign Students Introduced in House
Rep. McCollum introduced H.R. 3033, a bill to authorize the appropriation of funds for the program to collect information relating to nonimmigrant foreign students and to provide for a GAO review of such program.

Social Security and INS Matching Program
The Social Security Administration (SSA) and the INS plan to implement a matching program to establish conditions under which INS agrees to the disclosure of information regarding certain aliens who may, as a result of their current and planned absences from the US, be subject to nonpayment of benefits in programs administered by SSA.

Laotian Version of Citizenship Information
The INS has issued a Laotian language version of its Citizenship Information for Members of the Hmong and Laotian Communities

Immigration in the Press

Ban on Student Visas Opposed by Educators
According to the Arizona Republic higher education advocates say a proposed six-month moratorium on foreign-student visas would jolt America's universities and colleges like an aftershock from the Sept. 11 terrorist attack, damaging the nation's academic system.

ILW.COM Chats and Discussions of the Day

Chat with Fariba Faiz
Fariba Faiz will answers questions on all aspects of immigration law on Monday, October 8, 2001, at 9:00 p.m. Eastern (New York) time. Questions will be accepted beginning 15 minutes before the start of the chat.

This Day in Immigration

From October 6, 2000

"EOIR Opens Virtual Law Library The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) announced today the opening of its Virtual Law Library (VLL) on its Web site at It contains information to assist students and practitioners of immigration law."

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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.

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