Law Offices of Janet J. Greathouse
Immigration and Nationality Law
Immigration News Developments - March 17, 2003 to March 31, 2003
State Department Spokesman Reports Consulate Post Closures
During a press briefing on March 20, U.S. Department of State Spokesman Richard Boucher stated that approximately 14 embassies and consular posts in 14 countries have been closed on a short-term basis.  More

Expansion of Definition of "Immediate Relatives" Is Finalized
The State Department has finalized regulations expanding the definition of "immediate relative" to include widows and children of victims of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.  More

Worldwide Public Announcement Issued by State Department
The U.S. Department of State has issued a Middle East and North Africa, and worldwide public announcements alerting Americans to an increased potential for anti-American violence. 
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Consulate Employees Plead Guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Visa Fraud
The U.S. Department of Justice has announced that four former employees at the U.S. Consulate in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico have pled guilty to conspiracy to commit visa fraud. 
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DHS Announces Repatriation of 103 Pakistanis
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that the Bureau of Immigration and customs Enforcement (ICE) has repatriated 103 Pakistani nationals who were not in lawful status in the United States. 
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Changes to Asylum Procedures Announced
With war looming, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has published an "Operation Liberty Shield" Fact Sheet, which includes a statement regarding the detention of asylum seekers.  More

New Legal Orientation Program Announced
The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) announced a Legal Orientation Program to provide information about the immigration legal procedure for detained aliens in removal proceedings.  More

Travel Warnings Issued
In light of President George W. Bush's announcement of imminent military action against Iraq, the U.S. Department of State has issued travel warnings for Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, Kuwait and Syria.  More
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