LATEST IMMIGRATION NEWS
Last updated: Friday, Septmeber 28, 2001
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INS Standard Operating Procedures for adjustment of status processing. These SOPs assume that the regulation allowing concurrent filing of I-140s and I-485s are in place, but that regulation has not yet been promulgated and thus these sections are not yet in effect.
In this Issue: September 11, 2001; AG Asks for Broad Powers to Fight Terrorism; New Detention Regulations; Lobbyists Statements on Terrorist Attacks; In Defense of Freedom Umbrella Group Issues Statement; Update on Section 245(i); CSJ Bill Funds INS; INS Reorganization Issue Reemerges; Border Crossing Cards Set to Expire on September 30; More
In a statement issued 9/21, INS Commissioner Ziglar encourages undocumented aliens, who have lost friends or family in the NY City terrorist attack, to contact local authorities without fear that information provided would be used for immigration status purposes.
U.S. INS General Counsel opinion discusses penalties for misrepresentation on an Employment Verification Form (I-9).
State Dept. advises posts that there have been no changes in visa processing as a result of the recent terrorist attacks, and reminds posts of certain policies and procedures.
An interim regulation, slated for tomorrow's Federal Register, extends from 24 to 48 hours or 'an additional reasonable time' the period that an individual can be held without a determination of whether an NTA will be issued.
INS seeks comment on how to define 'building and construction' for purposes of ineligibility for B-1 classification. (66 FR 48223, 9/19/01)
The State Dept. seeks comment on how to define 'building and construction' for purposes of ineligibility for B-1 classification. (66 FR 48225, 9/19/01)
BIA appears to indicate that late filings at the Board in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks should include a one-page explanation of 'your extraordinary circumstances.' Late filings before the immigration courts are not addressed.
DOL waives all due dates for the period 9/11/01 through 9/25/01. Anything due to a regional or state office in that period should be considered timely if submitted by 10/1/01. Attorneys & cos. directly affected will receive further case-by-case consideration.
U.S. INS issues its long-awaited regulations implementing the new V nonimmigrant classification. The interim rule is effective immediately, and comments are due by November 6, 2001. (66 FR 46697, 9/7/01).
U.S. INS proposes new provisions under the Privacy Act to allow information disclosures in six specified situations. (66 FR 46812, 9/7/01).
PDF copy of the new Form DS-156, which is replacing Form OF-156. Unlike OF-156, DS-156 is on 8-1/2 inch by 11 inch paper.
Federal Register notice cancelling Form OF-156E and announcing that Form DS-2051 has replaced it. (66 FR 46639, 9/6/01)
Questions/Answers with respect to using the Labor Department's new RIR conversion regulation.
State Dept. instructs posts regarding processing of V visa applications.
Designation of Somalia for TPS is extended until September 17, 2002. The re-registration period expires on December 3, 2001. (66 FR 46288, 9/4/01)
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