LATEST IMMIGRATION NEWS
Presentation © Copyright 1999 VIKRAM BADRINATH, P.C. All rights reserved.
March 23, 1999 INS Backgrounder on the progress of the continued rebuilding of the naturalization system.
I-485 applications approved/denied from February 1997 through January 99. Also attached are I-485 applications pending by District thru Jan. 99.
This INS News Release announces the arrival of more than 1,600 news positions in INS's border enforcement and service delivery functions as part of its FY 1999 Budget.
Petitioner seeks review of the decision of the BIA denying his application for asylum. He contends that the BIA lacked substantial evidence for its decision because it failed to properly credit evidence that he had suffered persecution. Petition denied.
INS Report to Congress on the EB-5 Investor Visa Program.
Asylum Statistics Chart for Fiscal Year 1998.
March 1999 Notes from the Nebraska Service Center.
INS Backgrounder on its Interior Enforcement Strategy for 1999.
March 23, 1999 INS memo on the increase in naturalization denials due to applicants failure to appear at a fingerprint appt, interview, or ceremony because they may not have received a notice because INS did not have the applicant's current address.
March 2, 1999 INS memo provides guidance on the adjustment of certain Iraqi nationals who were granted asylum after arriving in Guam.
March 25, 1999 INS memo on Nebraska Service Center adjudication priorities.
March 18, 1999 INS memo on adjudication priorities that are being established for all service centers.
Feb. 10, 1999 DOS cable summarizing the recent changes to special processing requirement for certain national groups.
As many of you know, INS Service Centers currently engage in investigations of certain Indian computer professionals. This investigation is taken in conjunction with DOS in Chennai.
INS Fact Sheet on the release of the INS/EOIR rule that formally implements the United Nations Torture Convention.
This rule amends the regulations of the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) by extending the time period for the filing of an application of suspension of deportation and special rule cancellation of removal and all of the documentation supporting a motion to reopen filed pursuant to section 203(c) of the Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act.
The Office of Special Counsel for Immigration Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) announces the availability of funds for grants to conduct public education programs about the rights afforded potential victims of employment discrimination and the responsibilities of employers under the antidiscrimination provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).
March 16, 1999 INS memo establishes guidelines for a Service Center to receive and grant approval for sole jurisdiction. Sole jurisdiction is a concept in which one Service Center may receive and adjudicate applications/petitions from a business entity and any operating branches not located within the normal geographic Service Center boundaries.
The Department has replaced the Burroughs visa with a machine- readable visa (MRV). Since the MRV displays a digitized photo of the visa recipient, the Department is amending the nonimmigrant visa regulations to require all applicants for nonimmigrant visas to present photographs.
Boonthue Vongsakdy petitions this court for review of a final order of the BIA denying his request for asylum and withholding of deportation. We conclude that Vongsakdy suffered past persecution so severe as to make him eligible for asylum on humanitarian grounds. Accordingly, we grant the petition for review.
In March 1999, the INS and the Social Security Administration (SSA) will begin offering the Basic Pilot to all employers in the state of Nebraska. The Basic Pilot is a free employment eligibility confirmation system operated by the Service and SSA to test a method of providing effective, nondiscriminatory employment eligibility verification.
Petitioner raises this claim for the first time on appeal, which constitutes 'a failure to exhaust remedies with respect to that question and deprives this court of jurisdiction to hear the matter.' Similarly, Singh's res judicata and public policy claims were not raised before the BIA in any fashion and, therefore, may not be reviewed by this court.
Texas Service Center Country Codes received by the Immigration and Naturalization Service on March 1, 1999.
This notice provides an update of the HHS poverty guidelines to account for last (calendar) year's increase in prices as measured by the Consumer Price Index.
Update from Department of Labor on the computer system, permanent labor certification and faxback system installation in Region IX. (Courtesy of Martin Lawler of AILA)
This appeal presents the question of whether an employer may refuse to bargain with certified representatives of its employees because some of the voting employees were undocumented aliens. We hold that an employer may not do so, and grant the National Labor Relations Board's petition for enforcement of its cease and desist order.
This appeal involves a class action challenge to the Welfare Reform Act of 1996 (PRWOA), with regards to Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and food stamps. The plaintiffs contend that the statute violates their Fifth Amendment right to equal protection because it does not include among those eligible for benefits all legal aliens. District Court Opinion to dismiss upheld.
On Monday, March 8, 1999, the Supreme Court remanded Magana-Pizano v. Reno and Goncalves v. Reno to the circuits for further consideration in light of Reno v. American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.
List of current Temporary Protected Status (TPS) countries and the dates of their expiration.
This report is in response to the Congressional request under Section 652 of the IIRIRA that the Attorney General, in consultation with the Commissioner of the INS and the Director of the Violence Against Women Office at the Department of Justice, conduct a study of mail-order marriages.
Update from the Nebraska Service Center (NSC) on Employment-Based Adjustment of Status (Form I-485) Processing.
Feb 3, 1999 INS memo clarifies the authority of District Directors to make release decisions and emphasizes the need to provide a review of administratively final order detention cases both before and after the expiration of the mandatory 90 day detention period.
Interim Dec. 3377 - March 3, 1999 - In re Mauro Roland-Santoyo -- The Board states that no effect is to be given in immigration proceedings to state action to expunge, vacate, dismiss or otherwise remove record of guilt or conviction.
The stay of removal for Guatemalans and Salvadorans is set to expire on March 8, 1999. According to a March 4, 1999 INS statement, the Administration has evaluated the situation on the ground in both countries and has concluded that they are both capable of beginning to receive their nationals. INS does not, however, have any plans to conduct mass deportations of Guatemalans and Salvadorans.
List of INS Desingated Civil Surgeons in Colorado and Wyoming courtesy of John Castellano.
INS letter advising that once a H or L nonimmigrant's services for a U.S. employer is terminated, the applicant is no longer in a valid nonimmigrant status. The applicant should depart the U.S. upon the termination of their services or seek a change of immigration status for which they may be eligible.
INS Press Release on the release of the INS/EOIR rule that formally adopts the United Nations Torture Convention.
The following information corrects errors in the Guide that have been brought to our attention, clarifies certain sections, and provides updates to laws, regulations, and procedures. Please use this sheet together with the Guide to make sure you have the most accurate information available.
Department of Labor Update on LCA Processing from AILA National DOL Liaison Chair Linda Rose.
Letter from Reps. Smith and Gallegly to Attorney General Reno on release of individuals subject to mandatory detention.
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