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Arthur L. Zabenko, Esq., Legal Editor
October 22, 2001
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ILW.COM Featured Article of the Day

Avoiding The Abyss: H-1B Strategies When Facing Reductions in Force (Part III)
In the third in this series on H-1B strategies when facing reductions in workforce, Yoshiko I. Robertson, an associate at Paparelli & Partners, LLP, writes about timing issues and strategies for maintaining the terminated worker's lawful nonimmigrant status.

Immigration News

Indefinite Detention with Periodic Review
In Damas-Garcia v. US, No. 01-716 (D. N.J. Oct. 17, 2001), the court due process rights of a Cuban who had been found excludable and detained for twelve years had not been violated because he had been given individualized periodic review of the his eligibility for release on parole.

NIWs for Immigrant Physicians
A memorandum from William Yates, Deputy Executive Associate Commissioner, Immigration Services Division, Office of Field Operation, directs the Service Centers to accept the filing of adjustment applications from an alien physician who is the beneficiary of an approved I-140 with an approved NIW request even if the alien is till fulfilling the three year medical service requirement for a waiver of the two-year home residency requirement.

Recurring Management Challenges at INS
In testimony prepared for the House Subcommittee on Immigration the GAO finds that INS's recurring management challenges may have an impact on and possible impede the Service's capacity to participate effectively in efforts to combat terrorism.

New Immigration Judge
Michael A. Kilroy was to be sworn in as an Immigration Judge during an investiture ceremony at 2:00 p.m., in the Federal District Court, Courtroom 532, in the Federal Building, 301 South Park, Helena, Montana.

Immigration in the Press

UW Will Adopt Plan for Database on Foreign Students
According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the University of Washington will be the first school in the Northwest to provide information to help the government monitor foreign students.

ILW.COM Chats and Discussions of the Day

Chat with Steve Riznyk
Steve Riznyk will answers questions on all aspects of immigration law on Monday, October 22, 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 20, 2000

"Doris Meissner, Commissioner of the INS, has announced her plans to depart the agency in mid-november. The press release from the INS notes that during her tenure the INS workforce nearly doubled from 18,000 to 32,000 and the agency's budget grew almost four fold (not exponentially as the press release claims) from $1.58 billion in 1993, to $4.3 billion in 2000. These are cited as testaments to the "mounting demands being placed on the agency in both its enforcement and immigration benefits responsibilities." What is not cited is the failure of the enforcement efforts to diminish the number of illegal aliens in the United States. According to the INS's own estimates in its draft response to a subpoena duces tecum from the House Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims the number of unauthorized immigrants is over two million and by some estimates much higher. Also omitted are the examples of typical bureaucratic inefficiency. The Vermont Service Center was able to process H-1B petitions in sometimes as little as 10 days to 2 weeks compared to 2-3 months at the other Service Centers. The INS response to the differences in processing times was not to adopt whatever allowed Vermont to process the petitions more quickly, but to penalize employers in the jurisdiction of the Vermont Service Center by requiring it to keep its processing times in line with the slower Service Centers. The departing Commissioner is an obvious target for criticism of the agency's shortcomings. Instead of worrying about placing blame, the out-going Commissioner should be thanked for the contributions she has made. At the same time the opportunity for the appointment of a new commissioner who will take advantage of the vast opportunities for improvement should be welcomed."

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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.

MidSouth Chapter's Fall CLE Conference at the Hyatt Regency in Louisville Nov. 2 & 3. The title is "Where the Newest Rubber Meets the Road," because the conference will have its traditional professionally intimate setting conducive to lively questioning of the speakers (and erudite comments from the attendees) so that participants come away with the answers to their questions and with practical solutions to the newest situations posed by new laws, regulations and procedures. For agenda, registration form and details, click here.

Presented by the Practicing Law Institute, November 27, 2001, 6:00 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. PLI New York Training Center, 21st Floor 810 Seventh Avenue (between 52nd and 53rd Streets) New York City. For details, click here.

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