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Editor's Comments of the Day
ILW.COM has added an INS form on our forms page. The I-602, Application By Refugee For Waiver of Grounds of Excludability, is used by a refugee who has been found inadmissable for reasons such as felony conviction or health conditions to apply for a waiver of such inadmissability on grounds of humanitarian reasons, family unity or national interest. [You will need Acrobat to read this file].
The ILW.COM forms page makes the most useful immigration forms available for free. Most of the Executive Office for Immigration Review forms can even be completed on the site and printed. The INS recently eliminated the requirement that duplicated and electronically generated forms be produced on the same color paper and in the same printing configuration that is used for the official INS forms. We plan to make the collection of forms comprehensive by adding Department of Labor Forms.
The forms are in portable document format ("pdf") and require the use of Acrobat which is available for free. With the free Adobe Acrobat Reader you can view and print files on most computers. PDF allows higher resolution than a scanned document and avoids the problems of smudging and misalignment which can arise with photocopies.
The forms page is more than a resource for employers and aliens who want to file petitions on thier own. Attorneys can use the forms page from home, a client site or any place they have access to a computer but not their forms software. Employers who hire attorneys can use the forms to save time and money by seeing exactly what information is needed and in what format. Aliens preparing to meet with an attorney can get some idea of the questions the attorney will ask. Of course, the forms can be filed with the INS.
DOS News of the Day
January Visa Bulletin
The State Department has released the January Visa Bulletin with new priority dates for family employment and DV Lottery categories.
Immigration News of the Day
and White House Near Accord on Immigrants
According to the New York Times
(registration required) Congressional Republicans say they are nearing agreement
with the White House on legislation that would grant legal status to hundreds of
thousands of illegal immigrants.
Woman to Become U.S. Citizen
According to the Associated Press this year's
tumultuous presidential race has prompted 107-year-old Alexandra Dubinsky to become a
citizen so that she can cast a vote in the next contest four years hence, when she'll be
111 years old. She will take the oath of citizenship this week and register to vote
during a reception at her nursing home.
ILW.COM Highlights of the Day
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ILW.COM Chats and Discussions of the Day
Chat with Marc Ellis
Attorney Marc Ellis will answer questions on all apects of family immigration on Thursday, December 14, 2000, at 9:00 p.m. Eastern (New York) time. Questions will be accepted beginning 15 minutes before the start of the chat.
Letters to the Editor
I appreciate your reminder to practitioners of the increase in H-1B fees
beginning on December 18. However, I would suggest strongly that you don't
refer to the education and training fee as a "filing fee." It was very
clear from the congressional debate about the fee both in 1998 and in 2000,
that this fee has nothing to do with "filing" or the adjudication of a case.
It is, in fact, a tax on employers who choose to sponsor foreign
professionals to support federal education and training programs. (It is
the fact that it was a "revenue" provision that prohibited the increase from
being included in the Senate bill, since all revenue measures must, under
the Constitution, originate in the House.) Employers who wonder where their
"taxes" go should look closely at the AC21 provisions and then follow how
well the Department of Labor and National Science Foundation are doing at
improving the availability of technology-based employees in the United
States. This will be a focus of future debates on the hiring of foreign
employees, and employers should be prepared.
Theresa Cardinal Brown
Associate Director, Business Advocacy
American Immigration Lawyers Association
Let us take the following as fact.
1. INS is seriously bogged down in paperwork of its own doing.
2.Congress as a whole seriously lacks understanding of the basic immigration thrust and continues to "fiddle" while the nation burns.
3. Courts seem to adopt a Pontius Pilate attitude on the basis that the problem is not theirs.
4. For a nation built on immigration and nothing else, it is very disconcerting to see Congress and the Senate in denial.
I believe government could solve much of its immigration woes by taking five
of the nation's most pressing immigration problems as referendums to the
citizens of the US and let them decide. We have just four years to frame them, so lets get to work on the nation's
biggest 21st century problem.
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