Naturalization Oath Waiver Bill Signed Into Law

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27th Nov 2000

President Clinton signed the Disability Oath Waiver into law which will permit the Attorney General to allow aliens with certain disabilities to be naturalized without taking the oath of allegiance. Many immigrants are prevented by disabilities from taking the oath … more

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New Relief Available for Battered Spouses and Children Who File Self-Petitions for Legal Permanent R

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22nd Nov 2000

There are several new changes in the law concerning the filing of battered spouse petitions for persons who filed I-485 applications for legal permanent residency (Green Card) in the new “Victims of Trafficking and Violence prevention act of 2000”. The … more

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INS Approves Substitutions of Immigrant Petitions for the Same Greencard Application

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15th Nov 2000

The process for obtaining a greencard normally involves several steps. First, the individual must establish eligibility for the greencard through an Immigrant Petition or other document. This can be done in a number of ways including an application or petition … more

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Timely Filed Immigrant Petitions Provide Relief for Aliens Facing Removal

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11th Nov 2000

Aliens who have submitted petitions under former section 245(i), while in removal proceedings, may qualify as “grandfathered” beneficiaries entitled to discretionary relief. Grandfathered aliens are eligible to adjust their status to that of a lawful permanent resident while in deportation … more

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Unreasonable Delays at INS and What Can Be Done About It

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8th Nov 2000

The Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) is responsible for processing various immigration applications. Under Federal law, it is required to adjudicate these applications “within a reasonable time”. When INS fails to timely adjudicate an application, the applicant may bring suit … more

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New H-1B Law Offers More Visas and Portability

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1st Nov 2000

In late 2000, the United States Congress passed and President Clinton signed into law the new H-1B bill named “American Competitiveness in the Twenty-first Century Act of 2000” (“AC 21”). The H-1B visa, also known as working visa, is utilized … more

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