April 24th, 2000

On December 7, 1999, President Clinton signed Public Law 106-139, which allows children over the age of sixteen (16) but under the age of eighteen (18) to be adopted and thereafter immigrated by their adoptive parent. Prior to this new … more

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April 10th, 2000

The following are typical examples of the kinds of inexcusable delays we hear about in consultation everyday. Mr. F is from the Philippines and the beneficiary of an I-130 petition from his United States citizen spouse. This petition and his … more

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April 3rd, 2000

In order to be eligible for political asylum, the applicant must prove that she has been persecuted by the government as a result of her membership in one of the following five enumerated groups: (1) race, (2) religion, (3) nationality, … more

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March 27th, 2000

Doris Meissner Commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service 425 Eye Street, N.W., Room 7100 Washington D.C. 20536 Re: Cancellation of Program for voluntary Commencement of Proceedings Dear Commissioner Meissner: I am writing your office in order to call to … more

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March 20th, 2000

The INS denies numerous L-1 Petitions, particularly where a small U.S. petitioning company is involved. At the same time, however, the growth of international trade has increased the number of multinational corporations doing business in the U.S. These international corporations … more

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March 6th, 2000

Trial Attorneys (“TA’s”), are the INS’ version of a District Attorney or “DA.” When the INS is trying to “remove” (formerly known as “deport”) someone from the United States, the TA represents the INS in court. Immigration Court proceedings are … more

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February 14th, 2000

It is not unusual for a person who has an adjustment of status application pending to decide to travel outside of the United States. Sometimes, business requires that the applicant travel to another country. At other times, the applicant may … more

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February 7th, 2000

Since late 1989, the Immigration and Naturalization Service has issued “green cards” or I-551 Alien Registration receipt Cards which expire after 10 years, listing an expiration date on the card. In addition, persons who obtained legal permanent residency prior to … more

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January 17th, 2000

The use and abuse of crystal methamphetamine, colloquially known as “shabu” is high both in the Philippines and in Filipino communities in the United States. From high ranking politicians to the local laborer, most persons either personally know or know … more

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January 10th, 2000

Yearly, Immigration and Naturalization Service deports thousands of aliens who entered the United States through misrepresentation or fraud. Examples of such misrepresentation include the use of false passports, visas or even the failure to disclose marital status or children. Discovery … more

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