Last updated: Friday, September 20, 2002
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of Education Announces Computer Matching Program with INS
A Dept. of Education (DED) notice in the Federal
Register announced a computer matching program between
the DED and the INS which will permit the DED to confirm
the immigration status of alien applicants for, or
recipients of, Title IV financial assistance programs.
(67 FR 59056, 9/19/02).
Funds Partnerships to Promote Fair Hiring [09/18/2002]
The DOJs Office of Special Counsel for
Immigration Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC)
announced the award of nearly $900,000 in grants to 15
nonprofit groups serving communities throughout the
country, to conduct public education programs for workers
and employers about immigration-related job
Dept. Statement on North Jersey Media Group,
Inc. v. Ashcroft [09/18/2002]
The Justice Department comments on the Third
Circuits 9/17/02 hearing in North Jersey Media
Group, Inc. v. Ashcroft. The case concerns a
challenge to a government policy blocking media and
public access to the immigration hearings of people
detained in connection with the events of September 11.
Rule Creates New Interim Student Database [09/18/2002]
A 9/18/02 State Department interim rule announces the
creation of the Interim Student and Exchange
Authentication System (ISEAS) for monitoring the
visa adjudication process and visa issuances to foreign
students and exchange visitors. ISEAS will remain
operational until SEVIS is fully developed. Comments due
Biometric BCCs Required Beginning October 1, 2002
In a 9/16/02 News Release, the INS reminds Mexican
border crossers that beginning on 10/1/02, holders of the
old non-biometric Mexican Border Crossing Card (BCC) will
be required to present the new biometric BCC at all U.S.
ports of entry along the U.S./Mexico border.
Patrol Apprehensions Down 28 Percent [09/16/2002]
The Border Patrol, on 9/16/02, announced that, during
the first 10 months of FY 2002, apprehensions of
undocumented immigrants were down 28 percent from the FY
2001 apprehensions for the same period. The News Release
also includes figures for drug seizures during the same
Cable Provides Further Clarification and Instructions on
A 9/11/02 DOS cable provides further clarification
and instructions on the Interim Student and Exchange
Authentication System (ISEAS). ISEAS became operational
on 9/11/02, and will remain in operation until the
permanent SEVIS system is fully implemented.
Adoption Review to Expand [09/12/2002]
The INS, on 9/11/02, announced that it will expand
its review and clearance of certain Cambodian adoptions
that were begun prior to the agency's December 2001
suspension of such cases. The initiative will now include
those prospective adoptive parents who filed the I-600A
INS Memo on Self-Petitioning as the Intended
Spouse of an Abusive USC or LPR [09/10/2002]
In an 8/21/02 memo, INS Exec. Assoc. Commr for
Field Operations, Johnny N. Williams, provides guidance
on self-petitioning eligibility requirements for battered
aliens who believed they were married to a USC/LPR but
later discovered that the marriage was not valid due to
the bigamy of the USC/LPR. See also accompanying email
from Gail Pendleton.
of Smart Border Action Plan Status [09/10/2002]
A White House News Release dated 9/9/02 provides a
summary of the current status of the U.S.-Canada
Smart Border Action Plan, designed to enhance
the security of our shared border with Canada while
facilitating the legitimate flow of people and goods.
States - Canada Nexus Program [09/10/2002]
A White House News Release dated 9/9/02 provides
information on the NEXUS alternative inspection programs
that allows prescreened, low-risk travelers to cross the
U.S.-Canada border in a dedicated lane, upon presentation
of their NEXUS ID card.
Cable on Child Status Protection Act [09/09/2002]
The State Dept. Visa Office advises posts regarding
its interpretation of certain provisions of the Child
Status Protection Act. It defines visa availability as
requiring both a current priority date and an approved
petition, and defines 'seeks to acquire the status of an
LPR' as applying for an immigrant visa.
Countries Designated for Special Registration [09/06/2002]
Official copy of the Federal Register notice
designating Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan and Syria as
countries whose nationals/citizens are subject to special
registration. The designations are effective 9/11/02. (67
FR 57032 9/6/02).
& Canada Agree to Final Draft of Safe Third Country
On August 30, negotiators from the U.S. and Canada
initialed a final draft of a Safe Third Country
Agreement. If signed, the agreement will allocate
responsibility among the two countries for asylum claims
made at land border ports of entry on the U.S./Canada
Summary Affirmances [09/05/2002]
AILF's Legal Action Center is looking for strong
appeals that the BIA has affirmed without opinion.
TPS Extended Until 9/17/03 [09/04/2002]
Effective 9/17/02, INS extended Temporary Protected
Status (TPS) for nationals of Somalia until 9/17/03.
Additional information on the registration requirements
(forms required, who is eligible, etc.) are provided.
Update, September 3, 2002 [09/03/2002]
Congress Reconvenes; Important Pending Legislation,
BIA Procedural Reforms; New INS Regulations on Concurrent
Filing of I-140/I-485 Petitions, etc.
INS News Release on TPS Extension for Nationals of Sudan
The DOJ granted a 12-month extension of Temporary
Protective Status (TPS) for eligible nationals of Sudan.
This TPS extension, which covers approximately 552
registrants from Sudan, is effective 11/2/02 and remains
in effect until 11/2/03. The 60-day re-registration
period runs from 8/30/02 through 10/29/02.
INS News Release on TPS Extension for Nationals of
The DOJ granted a 12-month extension of Temporary
Protective Status (TPS) for eligible nationals of
Burundi. This TPS extension, which covers approximately
13 registrants from Burundi, is effective 11/2/02 and
remains in effect until 11/2/03. The 60-day
re-registration period runs from 8/30/02 through
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