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Immigration Daily
Arthur L. Zabenko, Esq., Legal Editor
Nina Manchanda, Esq., Assistant Legal Editor
Marc Ellis, Esq., Chat Transcripts Editor
December 22, 2000
Editor's Comments of the Day
Federal Register News of the Day
Cases of the Day
INS News of the Day
DOS News of the Day
ILW.COM Featured Article of the Day
Immigration News of the Day
ILW.COM Highlights of the Day
Classifieds of the Day
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Editor's Comments of the Day

The INS maintains an informative and well designed website at The INS website deserves commendation. The site puts a warm and friendly face on an agency whose staff is often criticized as cold and unfeeling. The site is kept fresh through regular updates. The web designers at the INS have made an effort to present the information in an easy-to-use format - the "How do I?" and "FAQ" sections are particularly well designed. The mass of information (statutes, regulations, field office contact information, fee information, press releases, etc.) presents a challenge to organize in an user-friendly format - a challenge the INS has largely met.

The efforts of the INS web designers and website managers, and the substantial expense in taxpayer dollars for the high-tech necessary to power the INS website, has resulted in a site which performs a valuable service to immigrants, employers, attorneys and others. Not surprisingly, the INS website is heavily used and experiences what is quite probably the largest traffic of any immigration website in the world. This heavy usage by internet-surfers is itself a compliment to the INS webmaster and other website managers (please come forward and name yourselves for the applause!). The INS has released its latest usage statistics at:

A minor criticism of the otherwise splendid efforts of the INS's web team is that the web traffic statistics reported by the INS do not use industry standard metrics. Three of the most commonly used traffic metrics on the internet are monthly unique users (also sometimes called monthly unique visitors), monthly page views, and monthly stickiness (i.e. the average user-session length for the month). Instead, the INS reports the number of users per workday which, if defined as monthly users divided by the number of workdays, is inaccurate as the same user may visit the site several times during a month. If the INS were to use industry standard statistics (e.g. by using WebTrends, the most widely used traffic measurement tool by websites in the US), policy makers and budget overseers would have a greater understanding of the results obtained from the money allocated to maintain the website. The INS's web team would also have an objective basis for claiming to serve the public cost-effectively through its fine website.

Federal Register News of the Day

Final Rule on Detention of Aliens
The INS issues a final rule providing a uniform review process governing the detention of criminal, inadmissible, and other aliens, excluding Mariel Cubans, who have received a final administrative order of removal, deportation, or exclusion but whose departure has not been effected within the 90-day removal period.

Cases of the Day

Court Dismisses Case from Foreign Medical Student
In Khan v. ECFMG, No. 00-1701 (E.D.Pa. Nov. 30, 2000), the court dismissed Plaintiff's Complaint that the Educational Commission for Foreign School Graduates's ("ECFMG") rule that foreign medical graduates tank an English test every two years and the denial of his request for a permanent revalidation of his nonimmigrant status were a violation of his rights.

INS News of the Day

INS Internet Website Statistics
The INS reports the number of monthly users to its site in September 2000 as well as the cumulative number of users for FY 2000. See Editor's Comments.

BIA Issues Final Orders Suspending 10 Immigration Practitioners
The Executive Office for Immigration Review ("EOIR") has served 10 attorneys with Final Orders of Discipline formally suspending them from practice before the Immigration Courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals ("BIA") and INS, and the Board has issued a Final Order of Discipline to each suspended attorney.

EOIR Suspends 10 Immigration Practitioners
The Executive Office for Immigration Review ("EOIR") has formally suspended 10 more attorneys from practicing before the Immigration Courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals ("BIA"), and the INS.

DOS News of the Day

IVIEMS Team Earns Hammer Award
In a ceremony at the Department of State, the Hammer Award was presented to the International Visitor Information Exchange Management System (IVIEMS) Team of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of International Visitors which brings participants to the US from all over the world each year to meet and confer with their professional counterparts and to experience the US firsthand.

ILW.COM Featured Article of the Day

The Trafficking Victims Protection Act
Carl P. Baldwin explains the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, signed into law by the President last October, and the new "T" visa.

Immigration News of the Day

Teachers Adding an H (for Hygiene) to the 3 R's
According to the New York Times [registration required] teachers in New York are giving extra lessons on hygiene which have been prompted by the flood of immigrant children to city classrooms.

Immigrants Balance Santa With Their Own Traditions
The New York Times [registration required] reports on how immigrants have adapted the Christmas holidays to accommodate their own cultures and traditions.

ILW.COM Highlights of the Day

Latest Processing Times
Find out the latest processing times.

Classifieds of the Day

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Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy is the largest law firm in the country practicing exclusively in the area of immigration and nationality law. In order meet the demands of our growing business, the firm is actively recruiting for experienced paralegals. The ideal candidate has business immigration experience or a human resources background dealing with immigration issues. Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills and be able to perform multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment. The firm offers superior salaries and exceptional growth opportunities. Please submit cover letter and resume to Anne-Rose van den Bossche, Esq., Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, & Loewy, 515 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10022; fax 212-223-8757; email

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