Immigration News Flashes - 2003

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December 2003

December 30, 2003   Social Security No Match Letters and What They Mean To Employers
December 24, 2003   The HHS and J-1 Waivers for Physicians
December 23, 2003   Eligible for an ITIN?
December 17, 2003   H-1B Cap Looming Closer?
December 11, 2003   President Signs the Basic Pilot Program Extension and Expansion Act of 2003 (P.L. 108-156) into Law
December 3, 2003   USCIS Announces New On-Line Features
December 2, 2003   More on PERM
December 1, 2003   Changes to Special Registration Requirements (NSEERS)

November 2003

November 25, 2003   Special Registration to End?
November 5, 2003   DOS Visa Revalidation Denied For Some Nationals and/or Citizens From the List of 26 Countries
November 4, 2003   DOL Issues Update on PERM Regulation

October 2003

October 28, 2003   DHS Amends List of American Institutions of Research for Maintenance of Continuous Residence for Naturalization Purposes
October 28, 2003   Senate Judiciary Committee Passes DREAM Act
October 28, 2003   DHS Proposes Collection of Fees for F, J and M Nonimmigrant Visas

September 2003

September 25, 2003   DHS Conducting Random Onsite "Checks" of Business Petitions
September 25, 2003   Machine Readable Passport Requirement Delayed
September 17, 2003   H-1B Cap and Sunset on ACWIA Fee

August 2003

August 27, 2003   Special Registration Alert - Remember to Register at Departure
August 26, 2003   Final Rule on Automatic Visa Revalidation
August 26, 2003   Mandatory Electronic Filing for 2005 Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery Program
August 8, 2003   DOL Update On Labor Certification Problems In Region VI
August 6, 2003   State Department Improves U.S. Passport Services
August 4, 2003   International In-Transit Programs Temporarily Suspended
August 1, 2003   Senate Approves Chile, Singapore Trade Deal Including Immigration Provisions

July 2003

July 30, 2003   Certificates for Certain Foreign Health Workers Now Required
July 29, 2003   Foreign Students Must Register
July 29, 2003   Important Changes in Consular Visa Processing
July 24, 2003   DOS Instructs Posts to Prioritize Interview For Student and Exchange Visitor Visa Applicants
July 10, 2003   Applying for a Visa Abroad? Be Prepared for an Interview
July 8, 2003   Visa Revalidation Delays at the Department of State
July 3, 2003   Can Your Company Really be Subjected to Back Wages?
July 1, 2003   Machine Readable Passport and the Visa Waiver Program
July 1, 2003   Journalists and "I" Visas

June 2003

June 30, 2003   On-Site Visits for Religious Workers
June 27, 2003   BCIS Tries Internet Appointment Scheduling in Miami
June 27, 2003   Interview Delays at American Consulate in Chenai
June 19, 2003   Partial tax amnesty for foreign non-filers announced by IRS
June 18, 2003   Contacting BCIS/INS Using the New 800 Number

May 2003

May 30, 2003   If You Submitted Your Passport To The Department Of State in March For Visa Revalidation Expect Additional Delays In The Processing Time
May 28, 2003   Visa Processing in London
May 23, 2003   Interviews to be Required for Almost all Nonimmigrant Visa Applicants
May 20, 2003   Coming Soon: Most Travelers to US to Be Photographed and Fingerprinted
May 15, 2003   U.S. Embassy in Sri Lanka Temporarily Closed
May 13, 2003   State and Local Police Authorized To Arrest Individuals on Immigration Violations
May 13, 2003   Federal Court Finds Certain Immigrant Investors Not Subject to Retroactive Rules
May 12, 2003   Special Registration Safety Net
May 12, 2003   Publication of PERM Program Expected to be Delayed
May 12, 2003   Online Filing Begins

April 2003

April 23, 2003   Applying for Visas as a Third Country National
April 22, 2003   New Interpretations: Did You File an Extension or Change of Your Status? Are You Sure You Are Not Accruing Unlawful Presence?
April 11, 2003   U.S. Embassies and Consulates Reopened
April 9, 2003   Local BCIS Seeking Narrow Interpretation of Adjustment Portability

March 2003

March 28, 2003   Social Security Administrations Proposed Changes to Issuance of Social Security Numbers
March 28, 2003   Update on Tyson Food Immigration Conspiracy Case
March 25, 2003   Visa Fraud Guilty Pleas Following Nuevo Laredo Investigation
March 20, 2003   List of U.S. Embassies and Consulates Closed to the Public
March 20, 2003   State Department Warns of Possible Closings of Facilities
March 18, 2003   BCIS Begins Development of Improved Citizenship Test
March 18, 2003   Department of State Launches Visa Education Campaign
March 10, 2003   Editorial by the Last Immigration and Naturalization Service Commissioner Published in the Miami Herald
March 10, 2003   Immigration and Naturalization Service Extended the Enrollment Period for SENTRI From a One Year to a Two Year Period
March 10, 2003   Termination of Acceptance of Naturalization Application (N-400) Versions Prior to May 31, 2001
March 10, 2003   Tel Aviv Rescinds Certain Immigrant Visa Appointments and Warns of a Slow Down in Nonimmigrant Visa Processing
March 10, 2003   Uruguay Terminated from the Visa Waiver Program as of April 15, 2003; Additional Determinations Made by the Attorney General on Belgium, Italy, and Portugal
March 4, 2003   March 1, 2003 Marked the End of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, and the Transition of Immigration Functions to the Department of Homeland Security

February 2003

February 13, 2003   Visa Processing in Bogot, Colombia
February 13, 2003   Congress Announces Committee Members
February 13, 2003   More on the Child Status Protection Act
February 13, 2003   Special Call-In Registration Procedures for Groups 3 & 4
February 13, 2003   President Bush Releases FY 2004 Budget Request
February 13, 2003   Official Immigration and Naturalization Service Response to the Federal Indictments for Document Shredding at the California Service Center
February 13, 2003   Passports and Visas Now to Be Required for Certain Permanent Residents of Canada and Bermuda
February 13, 2003   Update of the Department of Health and Human Services Poverty Guidelines
February 10, 2003   President Bush Adds to Homeland Security Personnel
February 4, 2003   Federal Republic of Yugoslavia

January 2003

January 31, 2003   Temporary Closure of the U.S. Consulate Nuevo Laredo
January 22, 2003   Asylum & Refugee Program Funding Eliminated, Other Programs May be Affected
January 15, 2003   INS Issues New Rule on Licensing and Immigrant Petitions for Nurses
January 15, 2003   Updates from the INS Monthly Statistical Report
January 15, 2003   INS Notice in Arabic on Special Registration is Erroneous
January 15, 2003


  INS Lifts Temporary Hold on Adjustment of Status and Naturalization Applications
January 6, 2003   Passenger Manifest Requirements Designed to Enhance National Security
January 3, 2003   U.S. Embassy Caracas, Venezuela to Suspend Non-Immigrant Visa Processing on January 20, 2003


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