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    Did anybody went through the special registration at Chicago office, please share your experience, Where to go for registration, what kind of doucumt you should bring with you, what kind of form you should fill, and what question does they ask, should a person hire a lawyer...etc, please post your experience at Chicago INS office. Thanks.

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    Did anybody went through the special registration at Chicago office, please share your experience, Where to go for registration, what kind of doucumt you should bring with you, what kind of form you should fill, and what question does they ask, should a person hire a lawyer...etc, please post your experience at Chicago INS office. Thanks.

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    • #3
      CHICAGO, IL

      INS Office statements:

      Reports from individuals/attorneys of actual experiences:

      Registration of Iranian-born Canadian citizen on TN was "quick and cordial". Questions were routine.

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      • #4
        Please post your personal experiences, if you went through special registration process at Chicago office.

        What the address of the office, is their a certain form to fill, and what document they ask for? how long the process take?

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        • #5
          CHICAGO, IL

          INS Office statements:

          In at least two cases, Out of Status (OOS) individuals were led in handcuffs outside the office building and down the street on their way to detention for all the public to see. Attorneys have been assured by the District Director's office that this will not happen again. (see below for a case where public handcuffing and procession to detention did take place)
          Reports from individuals/attorneys of actual experiences:

          B-2 overstay registrant from Afghanistan with an approved 1st preference family based petition. Registrant present in US since 1990, and his entire family are either U.S. citizens or LPRs (Legal Permanent Residents). He is eligible to apply for cancellation of removal. After the registration was completed, investigators came & arrested registrant. Despite the protests of his attorney, officers handcuffed him and walked him out of 230 S. Dearborn to 10 W. Jackson, in full public view, at 10:30 in the morning. It took all day for the NTA and bond paperwork to be issued, but registrant did bond out at $1,500 by 5:15 pm.

          Out of Status (OOS) individuals with adjustment applications on file have, for the most part, been allowed to register without being detained. However, at least three cases have involved adjustment applicants who filed I-485s while in status, but now have expired nonimmigrant status (2 B-1s and 1 F-1). The three registrants were detained and later allowed to post bond, but this clearly runs contrary to what the District Office said at an AILA Detention liaison meeting on Dec. 11th.

          Moroccan registrant, age 25, B-2 overstay from 1995 married a US citizen in 2000. Appeared for Special Registration on 1/7/03. Adjustment filed late November 2000, still pending.

          Registrant arrived at 8:45 a.m.; seen by Officer at 11:20 a.m. Registration consisted of INS officer reviewing passport, I-94 and personal identification documents (drivers license, Employment Authorization Document, credit cards) and taking biographic information under oath. Questions about client's and parents' names, nationality/citizenship, addresses, e-mail, telephone number, employment, and means by which he traveled to U.S. Officer checked computer to verify pending adjustment application, scanned in client's right and left index fingerprints, took a digital photo and notated registrant's I-94 to reflect that he appeared for Special Registration. Officer provided registrant with written information about special registration procedure, and instructed client to register again in a year if he had not yet received LPR status. Registrant left INS about 12:15 pm.

          For the most part, INS officers have been courteous. Those out of status registrants who have been detained were issued a Notice to Appear (NTA), and released on bond for what appears to be an average of $1500 to $5000. Some people have reported bonds of as high as $15,000 for no particular reason (eg. B-2 overstay with US citizen spouse and children--no criminal issues).

          B-1 overstay registrant married to a US citizen (no criminal issues) had to spend the weekend at a detention facility in Wisconsin without explanation; INS had been unable to process his case before the weekend.

          In one case, INS used information gained during the interview to go out and detain the wife and minor child of the individual who registered.

          Chicago registrants are asked to come to 230 South Dearborn (2nd Floor). After an individual signs in at the 2nd floor reception, names are eventually called. Some registrants wait several hours for the interview. At the interview, individuals are asked a variety of questions, mostly biographical information of the variety you would find on a G-325A. They are also asked to provide documents, including passport, I-94, drivers license, social security card and in some cases credit card info (at least one attorney was told that the credit card data is for id purposes only and the information is not used to check into suspicious purchases). If there are no other issues, the individual is given information regarding continuing obligations and asked to leave.

          Lebanese citizen, adjustment applicant based on marriage to U.S. Citizen and a visa overstay (entered in 1988 in F-1 status). Provided evidence of the bona fides of the marriage (birth certificate of child, etc.) and evidence that he's not a flight risk (mortgage, lease for business office, professional licenses etc.).

          After a 3+ hour wait, registrant was called up to the 23rd floor by an examinations officer. He had a set list of questions, which included most of the items you would find on the G-325A form about his personal and family background and questions about his employment, schooling and passport and visa information. Registrant was asked to produce a passport, I-94 card and driver's license. Officer did not ask for other documentation, including I-485 receipt, A#, work authorization, evidence of bone fides of marriage or anything else.

          Registrant was then fingerprinted (index fingers of both hands) photographed, and run through the IBIS system. The officer marked an FIN (Fingerprint Identification Number) in his passport and on his I-94 card, gave him written instructions to re-register in one year (or if he leaves the U.S.) and released him. The interview took about one hour.

          Registration of Iranian-born Canadian citizen on TN was "quick and cordial". Questions were routine



          http://shusterman.com/spreg-offices.html

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          • #6
            OH MY GOD!

            "In one case, INS used information gained during the interview to go out and detain the wife and minor child of the individual who registered."

            WHAT???? CHILDREN BEING PICKED UP IN THEIR HOUSES AND DETAINED???

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            • #7
              Really Horrible!

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              • #8
                "B-2 overstay registrant from Afghanistan with an approved 1st preference family based petition. Registrant present in US since 1990, and his entire family are either U.S. citizens or LPRs (Legal Permanent Residents). He is eligible to apply for cancellation of removal. After the registration was completed, investigators came & arrested registrant. Despite the protests of his attorney, officers handcuffed him and walked him out of 230 S. Dearborn to 10 W. Jackson, in full public view, at 10:30 in the morning."

                Isn't public humiliation illegal and unlawful? Or in this so-called demo country nobody cares anymore about principles?

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                • #9
                  WHAT?!

                  The INS is becoming worse than Al Capone's gang!

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                  • #10
                    These testimonies are alarming, really. We have read many irrational actions of INS District Offices, but Chicago seems to be totally crazy.

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                    • #11
                      Perhaps it's too cold up there and INS officers have gone a bit chilly

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                      • #12
                        Yep, take a look here

                        http://www.weather.com/weather/local...ocalUndeclared

                        Chicago is in deep freeze

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                        • #13
                          Yesterday should have been really cold I guess, but it's gonna warm up

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                          • #14
                            Excuse me, "illegal humiliation", you say,

                            "...Or in this so-called demo country nobody cares anymore about principles?"

                            You mean, "...in this so-called democratic country..."?

                            Otherwise, if you say "demo country" that would mean a country set up for demonstration purposes, that is to say, an experimental country...is that what you meant, perhaps?

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                            • #15
                              Probably...

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