Monthly Archives: November 2007

USCIS REVISES FILING INSTRUCTIONS FOR I-130

According to a USCIS Update, effective December 3, 2007, all stand-alone I-130 – Immigrant Petitions for Alien Relatives should be filed with the Chicago Lockbox.

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SCHEDULED USCIS.GOV SITE OUTAGES

According to the USCIS, the agency’s Case Status Online system, Change of Address Online system, field office locators and civil surgeon locators will be unavailable due to system maintenance on Friday November 30, 2007 for about 3 hours beginning at 9:00 … Continue reading

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END OF FBI NAME-CHECK DELAYS?

AILA is reporting that:  “In a meeting with AILA and other organizations, DHS Secretary Chertoff indicated that USCIS and the FBI are changing parts of the name check process, with the expected result that a large proportion of the backlog … Continue reading

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SCHUMER: USCIS SHOULD REHIRE RETIREES TO HELP ADJUDICATE NATURALIZATION APPLICATIONS

According to an AP article that appeared on www.chron.com: “Immigration officials should rehire retirees to help clear a backlog of applications that could keep some people from becoming citizens in time to vote in the November 2008 elections, Sen. Chuck … Continue reading

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HAVE THE ANTI-IMMIGRATIONISTS WON THE “BRANDING WAR”?

When I’m at a restaurant, I order a Coke rather than a cola, if I have a runny nose I request a Kleenex rather than a tissue, and when I need to check my e-mail at 2 in the morning, … Continue reading

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APPEALS COURT CRITICIZES NEW BEDFORD IMMIGRATION RAID

According to a Boston.com article: “The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit said yesterday that the raid by the US Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which drew widespread public criticism for separating parents from children, was “ham-handed” … Continue reading

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DHS TO SURVEY SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS ABOUT “NO-MATCH” RULES

According to an article in Fortune Small Business:  “On Friday, Federal Judge Charles Breyer agreed with a complaint that the Department of Homeland Security had not considered how onerous the rules are for businesses, and gave the DHS until March … Continue reading

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NEW JERSEY AG RECOMMENDS OFFICER BE DISCIPLINED FOR QUESTIONING WITNESSES TO A CRIME ABOUT THEIR IMMIGRATION STATUS

According to an article on allamericanpatriots.com:  “New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram said today that a Newark police officer improperly questioned witnesses to a crime scene about their immigration status in violation of a state law enforcement directive that specifically … Continue reading

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REVISED RULE FOR EMPLOYERS THAT HIRE IMMIGRANTS

The New York Times reports that:   “The Bush administration will suspend its legal defense of a new rule issued in August to punish employers who hire illegal immigrants, conceding a hard-fought opening round in a court battle over a … Continue reading

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EMPLOYERS MUST START TRANSITION TO NEW I-9 FORM BY DECEMBER 26, 2007

A USCIS Update issued today reminds employers that they must transition to the new I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form by December 26, 2007.

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