The INS has issued a memorandum titled "Initial Guidance for Processing H-1B Petitions as Affected by the 'American Competitiveness in the Twenty-First Century Act.'" The download and printing times for this file may be quite long. The memorandum clarifies some issues that were not addressed in the text of the AC21 or ACTA statute. Under section 104 H-1B holders who are beneficiaries of approved I-140s but can not file for adjustment because of the quota can apply for extensions of H-1B status beyond the six-year limit. These extensions will be made in three year increments. H-4 dependents are also eligible for the extensions beyond the six-year limit. The INS is formulating a proposed regulation to address section 105 portability issues. The Service expects to propose a rule which will allow a reasonable period of time, perhaps 60 days, to allow H-1B holders who are not longer working for the initial H-1B employer to begin working for a new H-1B employer. For section 106 employment with an employer other than the original petitioner but in the same or similar occupation, the memorandum states the applicant should obtain a letter from the new employer with the job title, job description and salary. To determine whether the new job is in the same or similar occupation classification, the adjudicator should rely on the the DOT the O*NET classification system of similar publications.
The California Service Center Processing Times have been updated.
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Failure to Exhaust Remedies Bars Ninth Circuit Review of Claim of Due Process Violation by Immigration Judge
Carl R. Baldwin writes about the recent 9th Circuit decision in Sanchez-Cruz v. INS, No. 99-70044 (9th Cir. June 25, 2001).
Comment Requests on Affidavit of Support
The INS has published comments requests on the I-864 Affidavit of Support, I-864A Contract Between Sponsor and Household Member and I-865 Sponsor's Notice of Change of Address. No sample forms were published in the federal register.
Failure to Advise on Immigration Consequences not Ineffective Assistance of Counsel
In Chiem v. Wells, No. 00-382-P-C (D. Maine June 21, 2001), the Magistrate Judge recommended that Petitioner's writ of habeas corpus on the on the grounds of ineffective assistance of counsel for failure to advise of the immigration consquences of a guilty plea be dismissed.
Denial of Benefits Due to Immigration Status
Rep. Ortiz speaks of women and children in America being denied vital medical and food benefits because of immigration status especially along the southwest border of the US.
Benefit Protection for Legal Permanent Residents
Rep. Reyes speaks of women and children in America being denied vital medical and food benefits because of immigration status especially and expresses support for the "Healthy Solutions for America's Hardworking Families" package developed to provide critical health, nutrition, and protection benefits to legal permanent resident children and women.
Mark up of Immigration Bills
Subcommittee on Immigration and claims was scheduled to mark up H.R. 2278, to provide for work authorization for nonimmigrant spouses of intracompany transferees, and to reduce the period of time during which certain intracompany transferees have to be
continuously employed before applying for admission to the US, H.R. 2277, to provide for work authorization for
nonimmigrant spouses of treaty traders and treaty investors, H.R. 2276, to amend the illegal Immigration and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 to extend the deadline for aliens to present a border crossing card that contains a biometric identifier matching the appropriate biometric characteristic of the alien, and H.R. 1840, to extend eligibility for refugee status of unmarried sons and daughters of certain Vietnamese refugees.
Cosponsors for 245(i) Extension
Sens. Landrieu and Lieberman were added as cosponsors of S. 778, a bill to expand the class of beneficiaries who may apply for adjustment of status under section 245(i) by extending the deadline for classification petition and labor certification filings.
Bills Reported to House from Committee
The House Committee on the Judiciary ordered reported H.R. 2137, Criminal Law Technical Amendments Act of 2001, and H.R. 1892, the Family Sponsor Immigration Act of 2001.
Immigration in the Press
Flood of Deportation Cases Predicted
The Houston Chronicle reports that Federal prosecutors predict that the recent Supreme Court decision allowing legal immigrants to appeal federal court deportation orders for criminal convictions will affect an already burdened system.
From Bahrain to Vegas: The Tale of a Marine and His Princess
Fox News follow the story of the Bahraini princess who left her homeland to marry a US Marine.
INS to Allow Grace Periond for H-1Bs
According to the Washington Post the INS, prodded by immigration activists and corporate America, said it will issue new guidelines this summer to give highly educated foreign workers who have lost US jobs a grace period in which to find new work and stay in the country.
This Day in Immigration
From June 28, 2000
"EB-5 Immigrant Investors
Stephen Yale-Loehr, Esq., Co-chair American Immigration Lawyers Association Investors Committee 1998-2000, writes about the EB-5 immigrant investor category in this article which originally appeared in the American Immigration Lawyers Association 2000-01 Immigration & Nationality Law Handbook."
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