LATEST IMMIGRATION NEWS
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State Dept. final rule revises regulations regarding the waiver of the passport and NIV visa requirement for aliens applying for entry to the U.S. in an unforeseen emergency.
State Dept. proposed rule exempting members of UN observer missions and their immediate family members from paying a visa processing fee and a visa issuance fee when obtaining a visa to enter the United States as a UN observer.
This May 24, 1999 DOS cable reminds posts when a finding under INA 221(g) should be made versus a finding of 212(a)(4) and suggests how posts might set priorities in dealing with subsequent efforts to overcome 221(g) and 212(a)(4) findings.
U.S. INS Fact Sheet on public charges to accompany 5-26-99 publication of new rule in Federal Register.
U.S. INS Field Guidance Memo, published in the 5-26-99 Federal Register, on public charge issues.
Inadmissibility and Deportability on Public Charge Grounds; Field Guidance on Deportability and Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds; Proposed INS Rule and Notice
U.S. INS Q&A on public charges to accompany 5-26-99 publication of new rule in Federal Register.
White House press release on public charge rule to be published in the 5-26-99 Federal Register.
The National Visa Center at Portsmouth, New Hampshire has registered and notified the winners of the DV-2000 diversity lottery.
Government Accounting Office report addresses U.S. INS' progress in implementing its southwest border strategy during FY1998.
State Dept. memo that due to the damage incurred during the violent demonstrations last week and/or the need to evaluate and improve security procedures, the U.S. Embassy and consulates in Chengdu, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Shenyang are unable to accept/process NIV applications at this time.
U.S. INS Application for Refugee Status; Acceptable Sponsorship Agreement and Guaranty of Transportation; Interim Rule, 5-21-99.
U.S. INS Suspension of Deportation and Special Rule Cancellation of Removal for Certain Nationals of Guatemala, El Salvador, and Former Soviet Bloc Countries; Final Rule, 5-21-99.
Letter from many organizations urging against proposed plan for a centralized or "Hub Site" Detention & Removal System based upon country of origin sent to Attorney General Janet Reno and INS Commissioner Doris Meissner.
Approved National Interest Waiver for Geochemist who is currently working on post doctoral research at the University of California his specialty is conducting water-rock interaction experiments in extreme temperature and pressure conditions.
Connect! for May 1999. A monthly newsletter on business immigration. Freely Distributable!
INS issued a fact sheet on May 5 discussing refugee processing for Kosovar Albanians.
INS proposes to change fees on four low-volume forms: I-360 ($80 to $100), N-300 ($75 to $50), N-336 ($110 to $170), and N-470 ($115 to $80). Comments due by July 16, 1999.
Updated State Department notice dated 5-13-99 re travel to China.
INS Fact Sheet on implementation of the Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act of 1998 (HRIFA) - Questions and Answers.
INS Fact Sheet on implementation of the Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act of 1998 (HRIFA) - HRIFA At-a-Glance.
INS Fact Sheet on implementation of the Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act of 1998 (HRIFA) - INS Announces HRIFA Procedures.
This final rule updates HUD's noncitizens regulations to incorporate the amendments made to section 214 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1980 by section 592 of the Quality Housing and Work Responsibility Act of 1998.
This interim rule implements section 902 of the Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act of 1998 (HRIFA) by establishing procedures for certain nationals of Haiti who have been residing in the United States to become lawful permanent residents of this country.
Update DOS travel and consular information for China in the aftermath of the accidental Serbian Chinese Consulate bombing.
INS May 5, 1999, Fact Sheet on 'INS Refugee Processing for Kosovar Albanians.'
Pursuant to section 2(c)(1) of the Migration and Refugee Assistance Act of 1962, up to $20 million will be made available from the U.S. Emergency Refugee and Migration Assistance Fund to meet urgent and unexpected needs relating to the program under which the U.S. will provide refuge in the U.S. to refugees fleeing the Kosovo crisis.
EOIR News Release on 'EOIR Begins Special Procedures to Comply with Annual Cap on Suspension of Deportation and Cancellation of Removal - Decisions Will Be Reserved in Cases Completed After May 3.
Includes links to pending legislation.
DOL ETA is publishing for public comment General Administrative Letter (GAL) No. 1-97, Change 1, Subject: Measures for Increasing Efficiency in the Permanent Labor Certification Process, which it issued as a result of the settlement agreement reached in Lauretta V. Herman. GAL 1-97 was originally issued on October 1, 1996. Comments must be received by July 6, 1999.
INS April 30, 1999, Statement by Commissioner Meissner on INS policy for mandatory review of long-term detainees.
To promote faster, more efficient forms processing, INS has developed an electronicversion of the Form N-400, Application for Citizenship, which applicants may access nationwide on a personal computer via the Internet. A major improvement over the traditional paper application, the electronic version captures key applicant data on a 2D bar code that is printed on the application.
EOIR Comment Request on its 'Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Representative Before the Board of Immigration Appeals' (Form EOIR-27). The information collected on EOIR-27 will be used verify and record information on immigration court attorneys and representatives. Comments must be received by July 2, 1999.
EOIR Comment Request on its 'Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Representative Before the Office of the Immigration Judge' (Form EOIR-28). The information collected on EOIR-28 will be used verify and record information on immigration court attorneys and representatives. Comments must be received by July 2, 1999.
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