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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) instructs "panel physicians" designated in other countries for conducting medical examinations of immigrants to the U.S. in coordination with consular immigrant visa processing. In late 2007, CDC announced two changes for these medical exams.
First, CDC appears to have changed the vaccination requirements for all applicants examined abroad by panel physicians as follows:Rotavirus vaccine, hepatitis A... Read More
On February 28, 2008, the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) announced that it has issued the "Immigration Court Practice Manual" which provides uniform procedures, recommendations, and requirements for persons who present cases before the immigration courts. The Manual will go into effect April 1, 2008, and local operating procedures for immigration courts will no longer be used. For counsel or representation regarding removal procedures with the Executive... Read More
Thought for the day: Old adages continue to maintain their relevance because of the truth they contain: penny wise, pound foolish. No, not everyone needs a lawyer in filing for disability retirement -- but it is certainly the rare case that an individual's medical conditions are such that potential complications are not likely to be encountered. Sure, there are the occasional, rare cases where a letter carrier becomes paralyzed; or an Air Traffic... Read More
Disability retirement is an area of law which combines multiple elements: individuals who, through no fault of their own, face a major event in their lives; a medical condition which compels one to face a major life change; a sudden encounter with a financial loss; doubts as to whether one is eligible; and the long wait before an agency which determines one's fate. These are the negative elements. On the positive side, the case-law which has developed in the last decade... Read More
WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has revised the filing instructions for the Petition for Alien Relative (Form I-130). Effective immediately, all petitioners filing stand-alone Form I-130s must file their petitions with the Chicago Lockbox instead of a USCIS Service Center. A USCIS Update was issued on December 3, 2007, encouraging petitioners to file with the Chicago Lockbox while the form was being revised. Now that the revision is complete,... Read More