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Immigration Issues

Immigration Issues

Nove.2, 2004: Immigration Advocates Push for Kerry Votes


It's late on election day and the race is tight. Although some places are predicitng a Kerry win, others are confident that Bush will be re-elected. Someone has to be right, someone else will be wrong. Immigration advocates, meanwhile, are stressing that "it's time for a change, time to reverse the anti-immigrant agenda in current American politics." There are many immigration issues on the table

Machine-readable Passports, Biometric Visas Now Required

That deadline is here. The legislation is going in to effect: Machine-readable passports are now required for all those entering the United States on a visa waiver. In additional, anyone applying for a temporary visa to the U.S. must do so in person. The visa must be biometric, which requires a photograph and fingerprinting
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Your Guide, Jennifer & Peter Wipf From Jennifer and Peter wolf
Enter the Green Card Lottery from the 5th on
In other words, don't delay! If you wait until the last minute, the server could easily be overloaded, or you might have other technical problems. Remember, you can only enter for a very limited amount of time, starting Nov. 5, 2004. It's free and has to be done online, here's how

does this sounds biblical?
 
American Passports to Become "Identity Chips"
Soon, every U.S. citizen with a passport will have his or her personal information on a chip that is readable from a remote port. Critics say it will be a dream come true for identity thieves and that those of us in the know will wrap our passports in aluminum foil to protect ourselves.
the biggest issue here is that they can be read remotely, without actual contact required. And if the U.S. has its way, the entire world will someday have the same technology in its passports. Hard to believe that will ever happen

Can I check the Status of My file?

This note is a summary from United States Immigration and Naturalization Service webpage.  You may also see the INS Version.

the old way which still valid for those who do not have access to a PC is to write a letter to USCIS and the new way is to go on-line at the USCIS website to do so. for you ease, your will find in this page several links that will help you. Make sure you read the whole page before you go a particular link.

The old way: If you filed your case at a Service Center, there are two ways to obtain the status of your case:

1. You may find the status of your case by WRITING to that Center. In your letter, please include the following:

a) Applicant's or petitioner's A-Number (8 or 9 digit number following the letter "A"); b) Applicant's or petitioner's current legal name and, if different, the name as it appears on the application; c) Applicant's or petitioner's date of birth; d) Type of application and form number; e) Applicant's or petitioner's receipt number, if the applicant received one f) Approximate date and office with which the application was filed; and g) Office where interviewed, if applicable. Sign the request, or if you are preparing the request for someone else, have the applicant or petitioner sign the request.

2. You may also obtain the status of your case by calling "INS Direct" at the Service Center where you filed your case. After filing an application or petition with a Service Center, applicants and petitioners receive a receipt that includes a receipt number. You will need this receipt number when you call "INS Direct". In addition to case information, "INS Direct" provides information on Service Center mailing addresses, hours, jurisdictions, and forms.

The telephone numbers are:

The Nationa customer service : (800) 375-5253

California Service Center: (949) 831-8427

Nebraska Service Center: (402) 323-7830

Texas Service Center: (214) 381-1423

Vermont Service Center: (802) 527-3160

For applications filed with a local INS office, you must write to that INS office, ATTN: Status Inquiry. You will find the local office addresses on our INS Field Offices homepage (this a link to the office of Immigration you may need to contact).  In your letter, please include the following:

a) Applicant's or petitioner's A-Number (8 or 9 digit number following the letter "A"); b) Applicant's or petitioner's current legal name and, if different, the name as it appears on the application; c) Applicant's or petitioner's date of birth;d) Type of application and form number;

e) Applicant's or petitioner's receipt number, if the applicant received one;

f) Approximate date and office with which the application was filed; and g) Office where interviewed, if applicable.

Sign the request, or if you are preparing the request for someone else, have the applicant or petitioner sign the request.

3. New: You can now check your status online. For more information, read this article.(this is a link on how you check the status of your file via the internet).

**Exception to the above. If, although you filed your application with a Service Center, your last contact with the INS was from one of INS' local offices (e.g. you received a notice to appear for interview at that location or you were interviewed at that location) please contact the local office directly, rather than the Service Center.

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