July 12th, 1999

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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July 5th, 1999

Many immigrants or prospective immigrants have stayed away from accepting any public benefits such as medical, child care services, foster care, food stamps, etc. for fear that it is illegal and INS would deport them, or they could not become … more

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June 29th, 1999

In August of 1998, I reported that a Federal Judge in Seattle, Washington had stopped INS’ “administrative denaturalization” program. The United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, has just issued an opinion permitting the INS to take away citizenship of … more

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June 15th, 1999

After a recent adjustment of status interview, our clients thanked us for preparing them so well because they were well prepared for all the questions the INS officer asked. The attorneys at Reeves and Associates are able to do this … more

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June 9th, 1999

In order to become a lawful permanent resident of the United States, that is, to obtain a “green card,” an alien must meet certain conditions, which are enumerated in Section 245 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (“INA”). Among these … more

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May 28th, 1999

For most persons who are being petitioned by an Employer, a labor certification application is a necessary first step. Under the traditional method, the labor certification is first filed with the local SESA (state employment security agency–in California, the Employment … more

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May 17th, 1999

In two decisions that were way too long in the making, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) and granted political asylum to two Filipinos due to NPA persecution. The … more

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May 11th, 1999

The United States Department of Justice has finally implemented new regulations governing the United States’ participation in the “Convention Against Torture,” (“CAT”). Under the new regulations, people in Deportation (Removal) Proceedings may seek “withholding” or “deferral” of their removal if … more

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May 3rd, 1999

On March 3, 1999, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) decided in In re Mauro ROLDAN, that under the statutory definition of “conviction” as provided in the Immigration and Nationality Act, no effect is to be given in immigration proceedings … more

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April 28th, 1999

Immigrant visas, other than for immediate relatives, are distributed on a chronological basis determined by the date of filing of the petition, also called the Apriority date. Generally, the priority date in a family-based preference category is the date the … more

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