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  • More IIRAIRA Provisions Take Effect (12/26/1996)
    A 12/20/96 memo from Louis D. Corcetti, JR. Associate Commissioner (INS) on IIRAIRA provisions affecting INA section 245 adjustment eligibility, amount of the additional sum required under INA section 245(i), and rescission of adjustment under INA section 246. AILA Doc. No. 96122680.
    AILA Doc. No. 96122680.
  • More on Direct Mail Program (12/24/1996)
    A 12/11/96 INS memo from Michael L. Aytes, Assistant Commissioner (INS) regarding the handling of second filings and duplicate employment-based I-485 applications received under the Direct Mail Program. AILA Doc. No. 96122480.
    AILA Doc. No. 96122480.
  • INS on Naturalization Quality Procedures (12/10/1996)
    An 11/29/96 memo from Doris Meissner, Commissioner (INS) providing instructions for naturalization quality procedures. AILA Doc. No. 96121081.
    AILA Doc. No. 96121081.
  • Adjudication of Refugee Relative Petition (12/10/1996)
    A 8/28/96 memo from Michael Aytes, Assistant Commissioner for Benefits Division (INS) directirng the Service Center to implement certain policy changes concerning the adjudication of I-730 refugee relative petitions. AILA Doc. No. 96121080.
    AILA Doc. No. 96121080.
  • Coercive Family Planning and Asylum (11/12/1996)
    A 10/21/96 memo from David A. Martin, General Counsel (INS) on the impact of coercive family planning policies on grants of asylum. Under IIRAIRA, a person who is forced to undergo such a procedure will be deemed to be persecuted on account of political opinion. AILA Doc. No. 96111280.
    AILA Doc. No. 96111280.
  • INS Defends Naturalization Process (11/1/1996)
    A 10/29/96 letter to the nation’s governors from INS Commissioner Doris Meissner refuting charges that a significant number of unqualified individuals have been or are being granted citizenship. AILA Doc. No. 96110180.
    AILA Doc. No. 96110180.
  • INS on Rule for Naturalization Reconsideration (10/31/1996)
    A 10/28/96 memo from Terrance M. O’Reilly, Acting Assistant Commissioner, Benefits Division (INS) regarding the final rule establishing an administrative process whereby a district director may reopen and reconsider naturalization applications. AILA Doc. No. 96103180.
    AILA Doc. No. 96103180.
  • Memo on Effective Dates of 1996 Act (10/24/1996)
    A 10/7/96 memo from David A. Martin, General Counsel (INS) regarding the effective dates of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996. AILA Doc. No. 96102480.
    AILA Doc. No. 96102480.
  • INS Commissioner Invokes Custody Rule (10/15/1996)
    A 10/9/96 letter from INS Commissioner Doris Meissner, pursuant to authority delegated to her by the Attorney General, notifing Congress that there is insufficient detention space and personnel for detention purposes and invoking the “Transition Period Custody Rule.” AILA Doc. No. 96101590.
    AILA Doc. No. 96101590.
  • INS on Fingerprint Clearance Policy (10/10/1996)
    A 9/27/96 INS memo regarding the benefits-related fingerprint clearance policy. Effective immediately, a final benefit (i.e., adjustment of status or naturalization) shall not be granted less than 120 days from the date the FD-258 was forwarded to the FBI. AILA Doc. No. 96101080.
    AILA Doc. No. 96101080.
  • Sunset of Soviet Scientist Classification (9/24/1996)
    A 9/23/96, memo from Michael Aytes, Assistant Commissioner (INS) regarding the sunset of the Soviet Scientist Classification. Under the regulations, an alien may not immigrate under the SSIA unless a petition filed on his or her behalf has been approved on or before 10/24/96. AILA Doc. No. 96092480.
    AILA Doc. No. 96092480.
  • London Embassy on Police Certificates (9/17/1996)
    A 9/9/96 letter from James P. Callahan, Visa Branch Chief the American Embassy in London, concerning UK Police certificates and a change in E1/E2 application policy. AILA Doc. No. 96091780.
    AILA Doc. No. 96091780.
  • H-1B Cap Re-Cap (9/16/1996)
    A 9/16/96 update from Michael L. Aytes, Assistant Commissioner (INS), on the numerical limitation on the H-1B nonimmigrant classification. Under a new count, omitting concurrent and sequential employment situations, INS as of 9/6/96 reported H-1B usage of 48,102. AILA Doc. No. 96091680.
    AILA Doc. No. 96091680.
  • No E-1/E-2 in Lieu of H-1B (9/10/1996)
    A 8/28/96 letter from Katherine A. Lorr (INS) discussing utilizing the E classification for employees brought into the United States to work for a company that provides other companies with engineers. AILA Doc. No. 96091081.
    AILA Doc. No. 96091081.
  • E-2 Visa Status for Multiple Employers (9/10/1996)
    A letter from Katharine A. Lorr, Acting Chief, Business and Trade Division (INS), regarding whether a individual can maintain E-2 status for multiple employers. AIAL Doc. No. 96091080.
    AILA Doc. No. 96091080.
  • Sexual Orientation and Asylum (7/12/1996)
    A 4/4/96 letter from INS General Counsel David Martin responding to Rep. Barney Frank’s concerns about INS consideration of sexual orientation in asylum cases. AILA Doc. No. 96071280.
    AILA Doc. No. 96071280.
  • INS on Naturalization Assistance (7/9/1996)
    A 12/14/95, letter from T. Alexander Alienikoff, Executive Associate Commissioner for Programs (INS) on the role of testing entities in the assisting in the preparation of naturalization applications. AILA Doc. No. 96070980.
    AILA Doc. No. 96070980.
  • I-140 Filing Not Dispositive for TN (6/18/1996)
    A 6/18/96 letter from Yvonne LaFluer, (INS) stating that although the existence of an approved I-140 should not preclude admission under TN status, the inspecting officer can deny admission if it is determined that temporary intent is abandoned. Courtesy of William Z. Reich. AILA Doc. No. 96061891.
    AILA Doc. No. 96061891.
  • Receipt for 'Replacement' EAD Okay (6/17/1996)
    A 6/17/96 letter from Lori Scialabba, Deputy General Counsel (INS) stating receipt for a replacement EAD are acceptable by employers if presented within three business days of hire. Receipts of initial applications for work authorization or expired work authorization are not. AILA Doc. No. 96061790.
    AILA Doc. No. 96061790.
  • Impact of Overseas Affirmation on I-485 (6/15/1996)
    A 7/15/96 letter from Yvonne LaFleur, regarding whether a pending application for adjustment of status can be denied 'solely because the overseas subsidiary or affiliate ceased operations after the I-140 was approved but prior to the 245 interview.' AILA Doc. No. 96061590.
    AILA Doc. No. 96061590.
  • Extension of Rwanda TPS (6/11/1996)
    Attorney General determination that temporary protected status for Rwanda will be extended for a 6 month period until 12/6/96. AILA Doc. No. 96061180.
    AILA Doc. No. 96061180.
  • Foreign Entity May Pay H-1B (5/24/1996)
    A 5/24/96 letter from Yvonne M. LaFluer, (INS) regarding whether a company in the U.S. meets the definition of “U.S. employer” if an alien’s salary will be paid by employer in a foreign country. AILA Doc. No. 96052499.
    AILA Doc. No. 96052499.
  • INS on Foreign Medical Graduates (5/14/1996)
    A letter from Yvonne M. LaFleur, Chief Business and Trade Services Branch Benefits Division (INS) on externships/observerships and/or electives for Foreign Medical Graduates (FMG) by U.S. hospitals. AILA Doc. No. 96051480.
    AILA Doc. No. 96051480.
  • INS Advises on Detention Guidelines (5/7/1996)
    A 5/7/96 memo from Chris Sale, Deputy Commissioner (INS) regarding AEDPA Implementation Instruction 1: Amendment to the Mandatory Detention Requirement of Section 242(a)(2) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. AILA Doc. No. 96050780.
    AILA Doc. No. 96050780.
  • Eligibility Date for SAW Workers (4/29/1996)
    An April 20, 1996 INS letter confirming that the rejection of certain N-400s filed by SAW workers for not having the requisite five years of permanent residence was based on an error in interpretation of 8 CFR §210.5. Cases that were improperly rejected were reopened. AILA Doc. No. 96042680.
    AILA Doc. No. 96042680.
  • INS Memo on Self-Petitioning under VAWA(730 KB - 4/16/1996)
    A 04/16/96 memo from INS Executive Associate Commissioner T. Alexander Aleinikoff addressing implementation of self-petitioning for abused or battered spouses or children of U.S. citizens or LPRs under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). AILA Doc. No. 96041690.
    AILA Doc. No. 96041690.
  • INS Advises on 'Employee Leasing' (3/15/1996)
    A 2/5/96 letter from Yvonne M. LaFleur, Chief, Business & Trade Services, Adjudications (INS), providing an advisory opinion concerning "employee leasing" arrangements with the H-1B nonimmigrant classification. Courtesy of H. Ronald Klasko. AILA Doc. No. 96031581.
    AILA Doc. No. 96031581.
  • Natz Eligibility Date for SAW Workers (3/8/1996)
    A 3/3/96 letter from the San Antonio INS office to Paul Parsons regarding their way of calculating the date that SAW applicants are eligible for naturalization. Courtesy of Paul Parsons. AILA Doc. No. 96030880.
    AILA Doc. No. 96030880.
  • Substitution of Labor Certification Beneficiaries (3/7/1996)
    A 3/7/96 memo from Michael Straus (INS) regarding the substitution of labor certification beneficiaries. AILA DOc. No. 96030790.
    AILA Doc. No. 96030790.
  • VSC Advises on Late Filings (3/5/1996)
    A 1/10/96 letter from William R. Yates, Center Director (Vermont), to Michael Phulwani regarding the procedures for late filing. AILA Doc. No. 96031580.
    AILA Doc. No. 96031580.
  • INS on Admission of B-1 in lieu of TN (1/18/1996)
    A 12/21/95 letter from Yvonne M. LaFleur, Chief, Nonimmigrant Branch, Adjudication (INS) to William Z. Reich regarding whether an applicant for admission who is eligible for TN nonimmigrant status may be admitted as a 'B-1 in lieu of TN.' AILA Doc. No. 96011880.
    AILA Doc. No. 96011880.
  • New Law Changes Definition of Child and Parent/Father (1/3/1996)
    Wire from INS Executive Associate Commissioner of Programs, T. Alexander Aleinikoff, explaining the effect of P.L. 104-51, which updated the definition of child, parent, and father under the INA, and providing guidance concerning the adjudication of orphan petitions. AILA Doc. No. 96010380.
    AILA Doc. No. 96010380.
 
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