Immigration News Flashes - 2002

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December 2002

December 31, 2002   Changes in Processing of Non-Immigrant Visa Applications in London
December 23, 2002   Health and Human Services To Become An Interested Government Agency for J-1 Waivers
December 20, 2002   Certification Requirement for Health Care Workers
December 20, 2002   INS Guidance on H-1B Nurses
December 20, 2002   PERM Regulations
December 20, 2002   Special Registration Expanded to Pakistan and Saudi Arabia
December 13, 2002   Special Registration Deadline for Group I is Monday, December 16, 2002

November 2002

November 25, 2002   President Bush signs Homeland Security Bill
November 22, 2002   INS Special Registration Update
November 21, 2002   INS District Offices to Cease Issuing Same Day EAD and Advance Parole Documents
November 18, 2002   Homeland Security Bill Close to Passing Congress
November 14, 2002   INS Issues Foreign Travel Advisory for Aliens With Pending Immigration Applications
November 7, 2002   New Registration Requirement for Nonimmigrants Already in the U.S.
November 5, 2002   President Signs DOJ Appropriations Act Containing Several Immigration Provisions, Including Expansion of Eligibility Criteria for 7th Year H-1B Extensions
November 4, 2002   Canadian Citizens and the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System

October 2002

October 29, 2002   Department of State Stops Automatic 20-Day Hold on NIV Applications for Nationals from the List of 26 Countries
October 11, 2002   Update on Special Registration Procedures
October 10, 2002   Increase in Nonimmigrant Visa Application Fee
October 8, 2002   Personal Interviews for Nonimmigrant Visa Applicants at U.S. Consulates
October 4, 2002   Relief for H-1B Holders H-1B Seventh-Year Extensions for Pending Labor Certifications, Other Fixes in DOJ Reauthorization Bill
October 3, 2002   Interim Rule Published Requiring Re-Certification of All Schools for SEVIS

September 2002

September 25, 2002   INS On-Line Case Tracking Now Available
September 25, 2002   Nationals of Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Pakistan Added to Registration System
September 19, 2002   Justice Department Reports Potential Delay in the Foreign Student Tracking System
September 13, 2002   ISEAS Enacted as of September 11, 2002 J, F, M Applicants Immediately Affected
September 10, 2002   U.S. Embassies Close in Indonesia, Malaysia and Cambodia
September 4, 2002   Notice on Current Visa Processing Situation

August 2002

August 28, 2002   Travel Precaution With Change of Status Applicants
August 28, 2002   Part Time Student Commuter Status
August 22, 2002   Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2004) Registration Instructions Issued by the Department of State
August 19, 2002   Immigration and Naturalization Service Commissioner James Ziglar Resigns
August 15, 2002   H-1B Employees and Recapturing Lost Time
August 14, 2002   H-1B Visa Numbers Announced for FY 2002
August 13, 2002   Registration and Fingerprinting Requirements for Certain Foreign Nationals
August 9, 2002   Child Status Protection Act
August 6, 2002   Mismatched Social Security Cards in the News
August 5, 2002   U.S. Consulate in Karachi Suspends Operation

July 2002

July 31, 2002   Form DS-158 Now Required for F, M or J Status
July 31, 2002   Employment Based Immigrant Petitions Can Be Filed With the Adjustment of Status Applications
July 24, 2002   Attorney General to Authorize State or Local Law Enforcement Officers to Exercise Federal Immigration Enforcement Authority
July 19, 2002   Social Security Administration and INS Acting As a Team to Reduce Fraud
July 15, 2002   State Department Issues Revised Interpretation of USA Patriot Acts Aging-Out Provisions
July 10, 2002   Aliens and Noncitizen Nationals Serving in US Armed Forces Granted Expedited Naturalization
July 9, 2002   Representative Gekas Introduces Immigration Bill

June 2002

June 28, 2002   U.S. Department of State Amendments to Participation in the Exchange Visitor Program as Professor and Research Scholar
June 26, 2002   Department of State Spot Checks of Approved Visa Applications
June 20, 2002   Visa Exemption Ending for Commonwealth Citizens Residing in Canada
June 18, 2002   Department of Justice Releases Proposed Rule on Registration of Certain Nonimmigrants
June 17, 2002   New Department of Homeland Security to be Created
June 10, 2002   Immigration and Naturalization Service Proposes Amendment of Academic Honorarium
June 7, 2002   Security Entry-Exit Registration System

May 2002

May 24, 2002   IRS to Crack Down on Social Security Number Violations on W-2 Forms
May 22, 2002   New Policy Regarding Permanent Residence Stamps In Passports
May 22, 2002   IRS Form 9003 No Longer Needed
May 16, 2002   Backlogs at INS Grow due to Security Checks
May 10, 2002   Revival of Extension of Section 245(i)?
May 7, 2002   Visa Revalidation Through the Department of State & Security Concerns
May 7, 2002   Long Awaited PERM Regulations Out For Comment
May 2, 2002   INS Advocates a Relaxed Reading of Seventh-Year Extensions
May 1, 2002   Status Counts, Now More Than Ever

April 2002

April 26, 2002   House Votes Overwhelmingly to End the Current Immigration and Naturalization Service and Create Two New Bureaus
April 25, 2002   White House Backs Bill Abolishing INS
April 24, 2002   INS Performing New Security Checks on Petitions and Delaying the Implementation of Premium Processing for I-140s
April 17, 2002   Further Clarification on New Regulations Regarding Change of Status from B to F-1 or M-1 Prior to Pursuing a Course of Study
April 12, 2002   INS Issues Clarification on New Regulations
April 10, 2002   New INS Regulations to Be Published Friday April 12, 2002
April 10, 2002   Businesses Engaged in the Hiring of Illegal Immigrants Targeted Under RICO
April 10, 2002   News Conference for Immigration Reform
April 9, 2002   INS to Finally Introduce E-Filing?
April 9, 2002   INS to Limit Visitor Stays, Add Restrictions to Students
April 3, 2002   INS Recommends Including Full Middle Name on all Paperwork

March 2002

March 27, 2002   DOL Issues Memo Dealing with Impact of Layoffs on RIR Labor Certification Applications
March 21, 2002   House Judiciary Committee Agrees on Legislation to Divide INS
March 21, 2002   INS Likely to Limit Visitors Visas
March 20, 2002   U.S. Visas Services Suspended at Peshwar, Lahore and Karachi (Pakistan)
March 14, 2002   Update on Web-based Appointment System in Chennai, India
March 13, 2002   Changes in Obtaining U.S. Passports While Abroad
March 8, 2002   New State Department Rule Severely Limits use of Automatic Revalidation of Nonimmigrant Visas
March 7, 2002   INS Releases H-1B Figures for the First Quarter of FY 2002
March 5, 2002   INS Confirms Plans to Accept Premium Processing Requests for I-140s Beginning in April 2002
March 1, 2002   INS Guidance on Employment Authorization for Spouses of E and L Visa Holders and Blanket L Visa Petitions

February 2002

February 27, 2002   State Department Issues Regulations Concerning Increased Criminal History Screening
February 26, 2002   U.S. Consulate in Chennai Makes Web-Based Appointment System Mandatory
February 21, 2002   Argentina is Removed from the Visa Waiver Program
February 21, 2002   PERM Clears the Office of Management and Budget
February 21, 2002   Immigration and Naturalization Service Enforcing Notice of Change of Address Requirements, Consequences are Serious
February 19, 2002   US Consulate in Chennai Nonimmigrant Visa Scheduling Now On Line
February 14, 2002   More on Employment Authorization for E and L Spouses
February 13, 2002   New INS Fees To Begin on February 19, 2002
February 3, 2002   Update on Processing of EAD Cards for Spouses of L and E Nonimmigrants

January 2002

January 30, 2002   INS Preparing Guidance Regarding Obtaining Employment Authorization for Spouses of Intracompany Transferees and Treaty Traders and Investors
January 29, 2002   Department of State Issues Guidance to the Field Regarding Corporate Reorganizations
January 23, 2002   DOLS New Web Based Certification of Labor Condition Applications
January 18, 2002   President Signs into Law Work Authorization For Spouses and Reduction in L-1 Qualifying Periods For Certain Companies
January 15, 2002   US Embassy in Yemen Suspends Visa Services
January 11, 2002   Additional Requirements for Certain Non-Immigrant Visa Applicants
January 10, 2002   New Police Certificate Policies for Indian Immigrant Visa Applicants
January 4, 2002   INS Announces Fee Increases Effective February 19
January 2, 2002   Changes for L and E visa holders


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