Law Offices of Janet J. Greathouse
Immigration and Nationality Law
New Developments - February 17, 2003 to February 28, 2003
INS Filing Fees Change . . . Again
Effective February 27, 2003, INS filing fees will return to the pre-January 24 rates. 

March 1 Sees End of INS
The Department of Homeland Security will officially absorb the INS by becoming responsible for border security and immigration services. 

U.S. Attorney General May Waive Training
An Interim rule published on February 26, authorizes the Attorney General to waive training requirements in the event that there is an insufficient number of State or local law enforcement officers to handle events during a declared mass influx of aliens while protecting public health and safety or national security. 

Justice Department Announces Developments in Assistance to Trafficking Victims
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced a nationwide federal effort to assist victims of human trafficking. 

Special Registration Deadline Extended
INS has announced changes in the deadline for special registration of Groups 3 and 4. 

INS Provides Additional Ports of Entry for Departure
On February 19, 2003, INS published a list with additional POEs from which nonimmigrants subject to special registration may depart. 

U.S. Embassy in Ottawa Announces Handling of New Visa Requirements
In response to the recent removal of the visa and passport waiver of certain Canadian Landed Immigrants (effective March 17, 2003), the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa, Canada, announced procedures Commonwealth landed immigrants must follow in applying for nonimmigrant visas. 
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