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  • INS Advises on Expedited Removal: Additional Policy Guidance (12/30/1997)
    A 12/30/97 memo from Michael A. Pearson Executive Associate Commissioner (INS) addressing policy questions, procedural and logistical problems and quality assurance concerns related to the expedited removal process. AILA Doc. No. 97123091.
    AILA Doc. No. 97123091.
  • INS Memo on Advance Parole under NACARA (12/24/1997)
    A 12/24/97 memo from Paul Virtue, Executive Associate Commissioner (INS) providing interim guidance on issuing advance parole for adjustment of status applicant under the Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief (NACARA). AILA Doc. No. 97122480.
    AILA Doc. No. 97122480.
  • INS on EB-5 Investors (12/24/1997)
    A 10/20/97 INS memo giving guidance on adjudicating Form I-526, Petition for Alien Entrepreneur, under section 203(b)(5) of the INA and instructions to INS adjudicators on the proper procedures for handling immigrant investor petitions which were returned by some consulates. AILA Doc. No. 97102091.
    AILA Doc. No. 97102091.
  • INS Advises on Withdrawal of Applications for Admission (12/22/1997)
    A 12/22/97 memo from Paul Virtue, Executive Associate Commissioner (INS) reviews and revises Chapter 17.2 of Inspector's Field Manual (IFM), relating to withdrawal of application for admission. AILA Doc. No. 97122291.
    AILA Doc. No. 97122291.
  • INS on Persian Gulf Evacuee (PGE) DED Close-Out Policy and Procedures (12/20/1997)
    A 12/20/96 memo from Louis Crocetti, Jr., Associate Commissioner (INS) providing policy and procedures for the future processing of PGEs. AILA Doc. No. 97122080.
    AILA Doc. No. 97122080.
  • INS on LPRs, Public Charge Issues (12/19/1997)
    A 12/16/97 INS memo from Paul Virtue and Michael Pearson, Executive Associate Commissioners (INS) stating that permanent residents absent from the U.S. 180 days or less are not subject to rules of inadmissibility and should not be questioned on 'public charge' related issues. AILA Doc. No. 97121980.
    AILA Doc. No. 97121980.
  • INS Advises on LPRs, “Public Charge” Issues (12/16/1997)
    A 12/16/97 memo from Paul Virtue and Michael Pearson, Executive Associate Commissioners providing guidance concerning issues related to the "public charge" ground of inadmissibility under section 212(a)(4). AILA Doc. No. 97121691.
    AILA Doc. No. 97121691.
  • INS on Amendment and Extension of 245(i) (12/2/1997)
    A 11/28/97 memo from Paul Virtue, Acting Executive Associate Commissioner (INS) on the amendment and extension of section 245(i); amendment of section 245(c) and addition of new section 245(k) for benefit of certain employment-based applicants. AILA Doc. No. 97120280.
    AILA Doc. No. 97120280.
  • INS Accepts Limited Skeletal 245(i) Filings (11/7/1997)
    A 11/6/97 memo from Mark Reed, Acting Executive Associate Commissioner (INS) announcing that it will accept skeletal filings of immigrant visa petitions until midnight, 11/7/97, in light of potential legislative action on section 245(i). AILA Doc. No. 97110780.
    AILA Doc. No. 97110780.
  • INS on Advance Parole (12/2/1997)
    A 11/26/97 memo from Paul W. Virtue, Acting Executive Associate Commissioner (INS) instructing individuals with pending adjustment applications who depart the U.S. on advance parole may trigger the three and ten year bars under INA Section 212(a)(9)(B). AILA Doc. No. 97120290.
    AILA Doc. No. 97120290.
  • INS on Designated Regional Centers (11/26/1997)
    A 9/3/97 memo from Michael L. Aytes, Assistant Commissioner (INS) regarding the designation of Regional Centers under the Immigrant Investor Pilot Program. AILA Doc. No. 97112680.
    AILA Doc. No. 97112680.
  • INS Provides More Guidance on 245(i) Extension (11/6/1997)
    An 11/4/97 memo from Mark Reed, Acting Executive Associate Commissioner (INS) providing further guidance on temporary extension of section 245(i) of the INA. AILA Doc. No. 97110380.
    AILA Doc. No. 97110380.
  • INS Revises Detention Policy (10/31/1997)
    A 10/22/97 from Mark K. Reed Acting Executive Associate Commissioner (INS) discussing the definition of "lawfully admitted" for purposes of the Transition Period Custody Rules. AILA Doc. No. 97103190.
    AILA Doc. No. 97103190.
  • INS on Vaccination Requirements (10/10/1997)
    A 9/29/97 memo from Paul W. Virtue Acting Executive Associate Commissioner (INS) outlining situations where individuals entering the United States are required to obtain medical examinations, and when vaccinations need be included as a part of such procedure under IIRAIRA. AILA Doc. No. 97101090.
    AILA Doc. No. 97101090.
  • INS on 245(i) Handling (10/7/1997)
    A 10/6/97 memo from Paul Virtue and Mark Reed, Acting Executive Associate Commissioners, (INS) providing instructions regarding the handling of applications under section 245(i) of the INA, received by Service offices between 9/19/19- 9/30/97, which were not properly filed. AILA Doc. No. 97100780.
    AILA Doc. No. 97100780.
  • INS Letter Invoking IIRIRA Transitional Period Custody Rules (10/3/1997)
    Undated letter from Doris Meissner, Commissioner, INS to Henry J. Hyde, Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee, invoking the Transitional Period Custody Rules (TPCR) under IIRIRA §309(b)(3) for FY1998, due to a lack of sufficient INS detention space. AILA Doc. No. 97100380.
    AILA Doc. No. 97100380.
  • INS on Diversity Visa Processing Fee (10/2/1997)
    A9/29/97 memo from Paul W. Virtue, Acting Executive Associate Commissioner (INS) announing the DOS final rule establishing a processing fee of $75 to be paid by successful DV applicants. AILA Doc. No. 97100280.
    AILA Doc. No. 97100280.
  • INS on Conditional Resident Status (10/2/1997)
    A 9/16/07 memo from Kathy Redman, Deputy Assistant Commissioner (INS) providing procedures to be followed to extend employment authorization and travel when a Form I-751 has not been adjudicated within the current processing time. AILA Doc. No. 97091690.
    AILA Doc. No. 97091690.
  • Additional INS Guidance on 245(i) Sunset (9/30/1997)
    A 9/29/97 memo from Mark Reed, Acting Executive Associate Commissioner (INS) providing additional guidance to the Sept. 19th and Sept 22nd memos regarding the sunset of Section 245(i). AILA Doc. No. 97093080.
    AILA Doc. No. 97093080.
  • INS on Last Minute 245(i) Filings (9/24/1997)
    A 9/19/97 memo from Mark K. Reed, Acting Executive Associate Commissioner (INS) discussing procedures to be taken for last minute 245(i) filings. AILA Doc. No. 07092410.
    AILA Doc. No. 07092410.
  • INS Update on 245(i) (9/23/1997)
    A 9/22/97 memo from Paul Virtue, Acting Executive Associate Commissioner (INS) providing instructions regarding approaching sunset of section 245(i) of the INA, amended procedures for section 245(i) cases submitted by self-petitioning battered aliens. AILA Doc. No. 97092380.
    AILA Doc. No. 97092380.
  • INS Memo on Unlawful Presence (9/22/1997)
    A 9/19/97 memo from Paul W. Virtue, Acting Executive Associate Commissioner (INS) addressing unlawful presence under IIRAIRA. This memo modifies the guidance provided in the Service's interim memoranda (96 Act #043, dated June 17, 1997; 96 Act #026 dated March 29, 1997). AILA Doc. No. 97092240.
    AILA Doc. No. 97092240.
  • INS on Treatement of Persian Gulf Evacuee (9/17/1997)
    A 9/11/97 memo from Chris Sale, Deputy Commissioner (INS) providing guidance for treatment of Persian Gulf Evacuees (PGEs); especially PGEs named in private bill, H.R. 1860. This class of PGEs generally include individuals deemed ineligible for asylum. AILA Doc. No. 97091780.
    AILA Doc. No. 97091780.
  • INS Advises on “Falsely Made Applications” (9/3/1997)
    A 9/3/07 memo from Paul W. Virtue, Acting Executive Associate Commissioner (INS) regarding the criminal penalties for preparation of falsely made applications for immigration benefits under IIRAIRA. AILA Doc. No. 97090391.
    AILA Doc. No. 97090391.
  • INS Advises on “Unaccompanied Minors” & Removal (8/21/1997)
    An 8/21/97 memo from Paul Virtue, Acting Executive Associate Commissioner (INS) setting forth new policy for the treatment of minors subject to expedited removal.
    AILA Doc. No. 97082191.
  • INS on Religious Worker Petitions (8/18/1997)
    An 8/6/97 memo from Paul W. Virtue, Acting Executive Associate Commissioner (INS) stating that individuals who qualify for special immigrant status under INA §101(a)(27)(C)(i) as professional or other religious workers must adjust status or immigrate on or before 9/30/97. AILA Doc. No. 97081882.
    AILA Doc. No. 97081882.
  • INS on Advance Parole (8/18/1997)
    An 8/15/97 memo from Paul W. Virtue, Executive Associate Commissioner (INS) reconfirming the general availability of advance parole for adjustment applicants as established in the enclosed 4/20/95 memo. AILA Doc. No. 97081881.
    AILA Doc. No. 97081881.
  • INS Memo on Parole Provisions (8/18/1997)
    An 8/7/97 memo from Paul W. Virtue, Acting Executive Associate Commissioner (INS) outlining pre- and post-IIRAIRA parole related information.
    AILA Doc. No. 97081880.
  • Considerations for Adjustment of Status (8/5/1997)
    An 8/5/97 memo from Paul W. Virtue, Acting Executive Associate Commissioner (INS) regarding mintenance of E, H, or L NIVs and continued validity of unexpired NIV EADS. AILA Doc. No. 97080580.
    AILA Doc. No. 97080580.
  • INS on Validity of Business NIVs (7/16/1997)
    A 7/8/97 memo from Michael L. Aytes Assistant Commissioner (INS) clarifing INS policy on the continued validity of certain nonimmigrant business visas when a beneficiary changes employers. AILA Doc. No. 97071690
    AILA Doc. No. 97071690.
  • INS on Enhancements of Criminal Penalties (7/16/1997)
    A 1997 memo from Paul W. Virtue, Acting Executive Associate Commissioner (INS) highlighting changes to the INA with the signing of IIRAIRA. AILA Doc. No. 97071680.
    AILA Doc. No. 97071680.
  • Detention Use Policy (7/14/1997)
    A 7/14/97 memo from Doris Meissner, Commissioner (INS) providing new mandatory detention guidelines to be used in the context of expedited removal and final orders of removal. AILA Doc. No. 97071490.
    AILA Doc. No. 97071490.
  • Temporary Stay of Deportation (7/11/1997)
    A 7/11/97 memo from Brian R. Perryman, Acting Executive Associate Commissioner for Field Operations (INS) stating that pursuant to the Attorney General's action, a temporary stay of deportation will be afforded to certain aliens. AILA Doc. No. 97071181.
    AILA Doc. No. 97071181.
  • Matter of NJB Interim Policy (7/11/1997)
    A 7/11/97 memo from David A. Martin, General Counsel (INS) providing interim measures for motions to reopen for suspension of deportation, and for immigration court and BIA proceedings. AILA Doc. No. 97071180.
    AILA Doc. No. 97071180.
  • Reno Letter on Nicaraguan Review Program (7/10/1997)
    A 1997 letter from Attorney General Reno to Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich regarding the Nicaraguan Review Program (NRP), Matter of N-J-B, and the overall issue of suspension of deportation. AILA Doc. No. 97071090.
    AILA Doc. No. 97071090.
  • INS Memo on NIV Agreements with Professional Sports Leagues(68 KB - 7/3/1997)
    A 7/3 (year not noted) memo from Michael L. Aytes, Assistant Commissioner, INS, to Natalie Vedder, Director, Nebraska Service Center summarizing the agreements INS has made with various professional sports leagues regarding the processing of nonimmigrant petitions. AILA Doc. No. 97070380.
    AILA Doc. No. 97070380.
  • Langlois Memo on Persecution of an Asylum Applicant's Family Members(461 KB - 6/30/1997)
    A 6/30/97 memo from INS Deputy Director Joseph Langlois clarifing when harm to an asylum applicant's family member constitutes persecution to the applicant. AILA Doc. No. 97063090.
    AILA Doc. No. 97063090.
  • INS on Grounds of Inadmissibility, Unlawful Presence (6/17/1997)
    A 6/17/97 memo from INS Acting Executive Associate Commissioner Paul W. Virtue providing additional guidance for implementing sections 212(a)(6) and 212(a)(9) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. AILA Doc. No. 97061790.
    AILA Doc. No. 97061790.
  • INS on Battered Spouses/Children (5/5/1997)
    A 5/5/97 INS memo from INS Acting Executive Associate Commissioner Paul W. Virtue on the IIRAIRA section 384 provisions that prohibit the release of any information relating to applicants under the provisions for battered spouses and children under VAWA. AILA Doc. No. 97050590.
    AILA Doc. No. 97050590.
  • Memo on 3/10 Year Bars and Section 245(i) (5/1/1997)
    A 5/1/97 memo from INS Associate Commissioner Louis D. Crocetti, Jr. on the processing of Section 245(i) adjustment applications on or after the 10/1/97 sunset date and clarification of the applicability of certain new grounds of inadmissibility to 245(i) applications. AILA Doc. No. 97050191.
    AILA Doc. No. 97050191.
  • INS Memo on Check Acceptance (4/23/1997)
    A 4/18/97 memo from INS Assistant Commissioner, Joseph D. O’Leska, Jr modifying a policy regarding acceptance of checks originally issued in a 3/27/97 memo. AILA Doc. No. 97042380.
    AILA Doc. No. 97042380.
  • INS Memo on Special Filing Procedures for Basketball and Hockey Players(55 KB - 4/18/1997)
    A 4/18/97 memo from Michael L. Aytes, Assistant Commissioner, INS, notifying Service directors and officers that petitions for professional basketball players and professional hockey players are to be filed at the Nebraska Service Center. AILA Doc. No. 97041880.
    AILA Doc. No. 97041880.
  • Memo on Instruction for OSC-Seekers (3/13/1997)
    A 3/13/97 memo from INS Acting Associate Commissioner, J. Scott Blackman regarding the new provisions for removal proceedings under IIRAIRA. AILA Doc. No. 97031380.
    AILA Doc. No. 97031380.
  • INS Advises on New Vaccination Requirements (4/10/1997)
    A 4/10/97 from INS Acting Executive Associate Commissioner Paul W. Virtue on the new vaccination requirements in section 341 of IIRAIRA. AILA Doc. No. 97041091.
    AILA Doc. No. 97041091.
  • Extendsion of Designation of Liberian TPS Program (4/2/1997)
    A 4/2/97 memo from INS Acting Executive Associate Paul Virtue on the Attorney General's decision to extend designation is the first to also include a reopening or redesignation of a TPS program. AILA Doc. No. 97040280.
    AILA Doc. No. 97040280.
  • INS on New Forms under IIRAIRA (4/1/1997)
    A 3/24/97 wire from INS Acting Executive Associate Commissioner Paul Virtue regarding the new forms for implementation of IIRAIRA. AILA Doc. No. 97040180.
    AILA Doc. No. 97040180.
  • INS on Grounds of Inadmissibility, Unlawful Presence (3/31/1997)
    A 3/31/97 memo from Paul Virtue, Acting Executive Associate Commissioner (INS) regarding the implementation of section 212(a)(6)(A) and 212(a)(9) grounds of inadmissibility. AILA Doc. No. 97033190.
    AILA Doc. No. 97033190.
  • INS Memo on Expedited Removal (3/31/1997)
    A 3/31/97, memorandum from INS Deputy Commissioner Chris Sale setting forth additional instructions relating to implementation of general expedited removal procedures contained in Chapter 17.15 of the Inspector's Field Manual and IIRAIRA training materials. AILA Doc. No. 97033192.
    AILA Doc. No. 97033192.
  • INS Memo on Employer Sanctions Under IIRAIRA & Selective Appendices(9685 KB - 3/6/1997)
    A 3/6/97 memo from Paul Virtue, INS Acting Executive Commissioner Programs, regarding implementation of employer sanctions and I-9 verification provisions of IIRAIRA. AILA Doc. No. 97030691.
    AILA Doc. No. 97030691.
  • General Counsel Opinion on 245(i) (2/19/1997)
    A 2/19/97 general counsel opinion from David Martin (INS) on INA §245(i) Impact & EWI. AILA Doc. No. 97021991.
    AILA Doc. No. 97021991.
  • INS on Immigrant Responsibility Act 1996 (2/19/1997)
    A 2/19/97 memo from Michael L. Aytes, Assistant Commissioner (INS) regarding the impact of the IIRAIRA 1996 Act on Section 245(i) of the INA. AILA Doc. No. 97021990.
    AILA Doc. No. 97021990.
  • Memo on Adjusting Health Care Workers (2/7/1997)
    A 1/28/97 memo from Louis D. Crocetti, Jr., Associate Commissioner (INS) on the implementation of inadmissibility grounds and adjustment of stats of uncertified foreign health care workers. AILA Doc. No. 97020790.
    AILA Doc. No. 97020790.
  • INS Public School Provisions (2/3/1997)
    A 1/27/97 memo from Louis D. Crocetti, Jr., Associate Commissioner, Examinations (INS) providing interim guidance on the public school provisions of IIRA sections 625 and 346. AILA Doc. No. 97020380.
    AILA Doc. No. 97020380.
  • Implementation of Direct Mail for Employment-Based Adjustment of Status Applications (1/29/1997)
    A memo from Louis D. Crocetti, Jr., Associate Commissioner (INS) on the implementation of the direct mail program for employment-based adjustment of status applications. AILA Doc. No. 97012980.
    AILA Doc. No. 97012980.
  • INS Procedures on 245(i) Sunset (1/12/1998)
    A 1/9/97 memo from Michael A Pearson, Executive Associate Commissioner (INS) providing implementation instructions regarding the handling of applications and petitions prior to and after the approaching sunset date of the amended section 245(i) on 1/14/98. AILA Doc. No. 97011280.
    AILA Doc. No. 97011280.