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2003

  • INS Extends Enrollment Period for SENTRI (3/3/2003)
    The INS has extended the enrollment period for SENTRI (Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection) participants from one to two years. SENTRI is an automated system that enables enrolled motorists at selected land border ports to complete the inspections process and enter the U.S. more expediently using dedicated commuter lanes.
    AILA Doc. No. 03030344.
  • INS Informs Public Regarding Changes in Filing Fees (2/28/2003)
    A 2/27/03 INS News Release informs the public of a new interim rule that readjusts the agency's fee schedule to restore surcharges used for asylum and refugee services, fee exemptions and fee waivers. The surcharges were deleted in a 1/24/03 rule, in accordance with § 457 of the Homeland Security Act, but that provision has now been repealed.
    AILA Doc. No. 03022841.
  • INS Assures Immigrants of Smooth Transition to Dep’t of Homeland Security (2/26/2003)
    A 2/26/03 INS News Release seeks to ease concerns about the potential impact of the scheduled March 1 transition of the INS into the new Department of Homeland Security.
    AILA Doc. No. 03022644.
  • Make Out the Check to Either INS or BCIS (2/21/2003)
    Because the INS will cease to exist on March 1, the question arises: to what entity should the filing fee checks be made out? INS advises that checks made out to either INS or BCIS will be accepted.
    AILA Doc. No. 03022142.
  • Special Registration Groups 3 & 4 Deadlines Extended (2/14/2003)
    Persons subject to the 2/21/03 and 3/28/03 deadlines for call-in NSEERS special registration (Groups 3 & 4, respectively) will have an additional 4-week period, until 3/21/03 (for Group 3) and 4/25/03 (for Group 4), in which to register, under a Fed. Reg. notice to be published on 2/19/03.
    AILA Doc. No. 03021450.
  • INS Advises on Continuation of Field Offices Under DHS (2/13/2003)
    Information from the INS Community Affairs office indicates that field offices under the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services will be the same as current district and asylum offices and ASCs.
    AILA Doc. No. 03021340.
  • INS Fact Sheet for Call-In Special Registration Groups 1 Grace Period (2/6/2003)
    The INS has issued a fact sheet concerning the reopening of the special registration period for call-in Group 1 members. Under the extended deadline, individuals subject to registration under Group 1 must register by 2/7/03.
    AILA Doc. No. 03020640.
  • INS Fact Sheet for Call-In Special Registration Groups 2 Grace Period (2/6/2003)
    The INS has issued a fact sheet concerning the reopening of the special registration period for call-in Group 2 members. Under the extended deadline, individuals subject to registration under Group 2 must register by 2/7/03.
    AILA Doc. No. 03020641.
  • INS Fact Sheet for Call-In Special Registration - Group 3(84 KB - 2/5/2003)
    The INS has published a fact sheet for call-in special registration of Group 3. Individuals in Group 3 must register by February 21. (AILA Doc. No. 03020541)
    AILA Doc. No. 03020541.
  • INS Fact Sheet for Call-In Special Registration - Group 4(90 KB - 2/5/2003)
    The INS has published a fact sheet for call-in special registration in Group 4. Individuals in Group 4 must comply by March 28.
    AILA Doc. No. 03020599.
  • INS News Release Implementing District Court Order in Proyecto San Pablo v. INS (2/5/2003)
    The INS published a notice in the Fed. Reg. on 1/29/03 implementing the class action judgment in Proyecto San Pablo v. INS by notifying aliens who applied for legalization under INA § 245A of their rights under the judgment. An INS News Release accompanied the Fed. Reg. notice.
    AILA Doc. No. 03020546.
  • INS Response on CSC Document Shredding Indictments (2/4/2003)
    INS responds to the widely-reported indictments of 2 California Service Center employees for shredding documents, and describes steps taken to address documents lost in the shreddings. Also see link to liaison minutes last year regarding the shredded documents.
    AILA Doc. No. 03020445.
  • INS Campaign Seeks Out Applicants for LIFE Legalization Benefits (1/28/2003)
    The INS announced a public outreach campaign on 1/27/03 to encourage thousands of eligible individuals to file applications for LIFE Legalization benefits. The deadline for filing is 6/4/03. The outreach program is national in scope but concentrated in 4 metropolitan areas including Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston and New York City.
    AILA Doc. No. 03012844.
  • INS Notice to the Public Contains New Fee Schedule (1/27/2003)
    The INS has issued a notice to the public containing a chart listing the new immigration benefit application fees that took effect on 1/24/03. The revised fees reflect the removal of the surcharge to fund asylum, refugee and fee waiver applications, pursuant to § 457 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002.
    AILA Doc. No. 03012741.
  • INS Regulation Changes Fees, Effective Immediately (1/23/2003)
    This interim rule revises most filing fees to eliminate the surcharge included in INS fees to fund asylum, refugee and fee waiver applications. A field memo saying that INS will accept filings with the old fees has been posted separately.
    AILA Doc. No. 03012341.
  • AG & INS Commissioner Inaugurate New SENTRI Enrollment Office (1/21/2003)
    An INS news release announces the 1/14/03 inauguration of the new SENTRI enrollment center that will reportedly enable the INS to boost the number of motorists being processed for participation in the dedicated commuter lane program by almost 30 percent.
    AILA Doc. No. 03012140.
  • Avenues for Sending Official Complaints to the INS (1/17/2003)
    Foreign Nationals can register a complaint with the INS for misconduct, mistreatment, or allegations of abuse, fraud, waste, or mismanagement.
    AILA Doc. No. 03011741.
  • Questions Asked of Special Registrants (Updated 1/13/03) (1/13/2003)
    Copy of the INS "Record of Sworn Statement", containing the questions that apparently are being asked by all immigration offices of registrants appearing for NSEERS call-in special registration.
    AILA Doc. No. 03011341.
  • INS Offers Online Content Notification Email Subscription Service (1/10/2003)
    The INS website now contains an Online Content Notification Subscription page. Members of the public can use this page to subscribe to an email service that will notify the subscriber of changes to a selected group of pages on INS Online.
    AILA Doc. No. 03011030.
  • INS Arabic Notice on Special Registration Removed from INS Website (1/9/2003)
    INS has removed from its website an Arabic-language notice that erroneously indicated that people must register who "entered the US legally on or AFTER" September 30, 2002. It should have referred to people who entered "on or BEFORE 9/30".
    AILA Doc. No. 03010944.
  • INS News Release on Indochinese Adjustment Regulations, 212(h) Waiver Rule (1/8/2003)
    INS press release announces the new final rule providing for the adjustment of status of certain individuals from Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. The release also announces new standards for the waiver of criminal grounds of inadmissibility, as set forth in a 12/26/02 interim final rule
    AILA Doc. No. 03010845.
  • INS Press Release on the Next Special Registration Deadline (1/8/2003)
    INS press statement regarding the January 10, 2003, deadline for NSEERS call-in special registration for nationals of 13 countries.
    AILA Doc. No. 03010843.
  • INS Press Release on Passenger Manifest Requirements (1/3/2003)
    An INS press release announces the publication of a proposed rule that would implement § 402 of the Border Security Act (PL 107-173) concerning the electronic submission of arrival and departure manifests.
    AILA Doc. No. 03010341.
 
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