ILW.COM - the immigration portal Immigration Daily

Home Page


Immigration Daily

Archives

Processing times

Immigration forms

Discussion board

Resources

Blogs

Twitter feed

Immigrant Nation

Attorney2Attorney

CLE Workshops

Immigration books

Advertise on ILW

VIP Network

EB-5

移民日报

About ILW.COM

Connect to us

Make us Homepage

Questions/Comments


SUBSCRIBE

Immigration Daily


Chinese Immig. Daily




The leading
immigration law
publisher - over
50000 pages of
free information!
Copyright
1995-
ILW.COM,
American
Immigration LLC.

View RSS Feed

Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

ICE ARRESTS BORDER PATROL AGENT FOR ALIEN SMUGGLING

Rate this Entry

This is a new twist on an old story - immigration officials taking advantage of their positions of power and turning to corruption. This is the first case I can recall where a Border Patrol agent was charged with a crime so serious.

Submit "ICE ARRESTS BORDER PATROL AGENT FOR ALIEN SMUGGLING" to Facebook Submit "ICE ARRESTS BORDER PATROL AGENT FOR ALIEN SMUGGLING" to Twitter Submit "ICE ARRESTS BORDER PATROL AGENT FOR ALIEN SMUGGLING" to Google Submit "ICE ARRESTS BORDER PATROL AGENT FOR ALIEN SMUGGLING" to StumbleUpon Submit "ICE ARRESTS BORDER PATROL AGENT FOR ALIEN SMUGGLING" to Reddit Submit "ICE ARRESTS BORDER PATROL AGENT FOR ALIEN SMUGGLING" to Digg Submit "ICE ARRESTS BORDER PATROL AGENT FOR ALIEN SMUGGLING" to del.icio.us

Tags: None Add / Edit Tags

Comments

  1. USC's Avatar
    Greg:

    I don't know whether or not the information below is accurate but if so you might want to comment on it:

    http://www.murthy.com/bulletin.html

    "2. Proposal to End Concurrent I-140/I-485 Filings

    The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has expressed its intention to end the practice of allowing concurrent filing of the I-140 and I-485 when the priority dates are current for employment-based applications. The only available information states that the USCIS proposes amending the regulations regarding concurrent filing of Forms I-140 (employer's petition for its immigrant worker) and I-485 (Application for Adjustment of Status to Permanent Residence). The USCIS is considering reverting to the prior policy of prohibiting the filing of the I-485 until the I-140 petition is approved. This information was gathered from the Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions, made available through the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The proposed rule is scheduled for publication in June 2008, with a sixty-day comment period.

    Background and Concurrent Filing Issues

    Concurrent filing became available on July 31, 2002, as reported in our article, Concurrent I-140/I-485 Filings Effective Immediately, posted on that day. It has been a useful tool, allowing I-485s to be filed at any time during the I-140 process, as long as the priority dates are current in the individual's employment-based category. This can be especially important for those impacted by retrogression and the unavailability of visa numbers. Without it, many of the I-485 cases filed in the summer of 2007 could not have been filed, as a large portion of these were based upon I-140s that were not yet approved. Applicants want to be able to file I-485s during the limited windows of opportunity presented to them, based upon the priority date movements in the Visa Bulletin.

    The timing of an I-485 filing ultimately can affect the course the case takes and its outcome. It allows for eligibility for other benefits for the foreign national employee and immediate family members, including the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) and Advance Parole (AP). The earlier filing of the I-485 also potentially hastens the eligibility to change employment. Thus, changing the procedure potentially empowers some employers, since employees may not be eligible to change jobs as quickly. Of course, it also limits employers who are interested in promoting or transferring sponsored employees.

    Of course, permitting concurrent filing does open more opportunities with regard to I-485 filings. The USCIS was overwhelmed by the cases filed during the summer of 2007, and is, in all likelihood, trying to control the volume of I-485 filings, should a similar event occur in the future. The exact rationale and details should be set out in the proposed regulation, if and when it is published.

    Conclusion

    Eliminating concurrent I-140/I-485 filing would be a significant procedural change that potentially could impact the outcome for many people. Removal of the concurrent filing option, however, should not have any direct consequences for persons who have already filed I-485s. It is important to understand that the concurrent procedures remain in place unless and until the regulation is finalized and published with the change. As this is an extremely important topic to many of our clients, as well as readers of MurthyDotCom and the MurthyBulletin, we will be certain to post new information, as it becomes available."



  2. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    Hi USC - Actually, USCIS officials have been telling AILA for about two years they wanted to end concurrent filing. I think part of the motivation had to do with trying to pressure people to use the I-140 premium processing program. Then the I-140 premium processing program ended and the talk about ending concurrent filing subsided. But I would expect that concurrent filing will come back and then concurrent filing may be dropped at that point. But I think Congresswoman Lofgren's office would be very, very unhappy about an end to concurrent filing so that could be a factor as well.
  3. BeeDee's Avatar
    Equal number of winners and losers here, so this move is a wash overall.

    Some winners will emerge because this has the potential to create a hole in the pipeline of ROW applications ready for a visa number, thus allowing underutilized visa numbers to overflow to the retrogressed categories.

    Other applicants will win as well because without the benefits of the I485, fewer people will be encouraged to file marginal I140 applications in order to get interim benefits.
Put Free Immigration Law Headlines On Your Website

Immigration Daily: the news source for legal professionals. Free! Join 35000+ readers Enter your email address here: