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Immigration News

2008 Diversity Visa Lottery Registration Period Ends

December 18, 2006 The two-month 2008 Diversity Visa Lottery registration ended on December 3, 2006, and the U.S. Department of State reports that 6.4 million people applied for the approximately 55,000 available immigrant visas.  Winners will be randomly selected by...

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ICE Arrests Nearly 1,300 Meat Processing Workers

December 14, 2006 On Tuesday U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested nearly 1,300 meat processing workers who were employed by Swift & Company facilities in six different states.  ICE targeted Swift & Company after becoming aware of an alleged...

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Last Minute Immigration Moves by Congress

The lame-duck Republican Congress did not completely ignore immigration in its last days.  Congress passed measures to 1) extend a program that offers 500 non-immigrant visas for nurses working in medically unserved areas, 2) extend a program that placed...

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Unauthorized Practice of Law

December 1, 2006 The unauthorized practice of law has long been a problem in the area of immigration, but it is a problem that is beginning to receive greater attention by the state of Tennessee. Because much of immigration is form-based (though the forms alone are...

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Naturalization Process Undergoing Changes

November 30, 2006 As I previously indicated in the Immigration News section, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services is in the process of making fundamental changes to the naturalization process--the process by which one becomes a naturalized U.S. citizen.  These...

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USCIS Ombudsman Visits Knoxville

November 16, 2006 Yesterday I was among a small group of local immigration lawyers that lunched with Prakash Khatri, the Department of Homeland Security's Ombudsman for U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services.  The role of the Ombudsman is to identify and and offer...

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