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US Government Extends the Special Registration for Iranians

Alliance of Iranian Americans

Good news, the Government has extended the Special Registration for Iranians.

We have confirmed the truth of the rumors that persons subject to the two expired deadlines for call-in registration--December 16, 2002 (i.e, for Iranians) and January 10, 2003--will be given a new window period to register between January 27 and February 7, 2003.

Attached please find an advance copy of the Federal Register notices, thanks to AILA.

The Iranians who were afraid to Register, or did not Register for lack of knowledge of the program, are strongly advised to seek the advice of a seasoned immigration attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, contact either National Lawyers Guild ( or American Immigration Lawyers Association (

This is a lesson to all those naysayers who were telling us not to do anything. If it was not for AIA's push for the Justice Department to bring a change in the Special Registration; if it was not for the Iranian Americans' demonstrations in Westwood on December 18th, on January 4th in front of LA INS led by AIA and joined by a variety of other immigrant organizations, as well as other demonstrations in San Francisco, San Diego and New York; if it was not for AIA's Class Action law suit filed on December 24th; and finally if it was not for AIA's Call-in to the White House which was joined by the Iranian Americans all over the US, we would not be where we are now:

  • Except for about 20-30 people (unconfirmed), most Iranians have released from the jails. Note-these numbers are unconfirmed since the INS is not cooperating with us. We are trying to account for all the people who were taken in and not released.

  • The Government, through their argument at the court hearing, and later through the statements of INS District Directors have stated that the people with pending adjustment of status applications with no adverse factors will not be detained. If an NTA is issued, they will be released O.R. if no adverse factors. Furthermore, for people who were previously detained in phase 1(i.e., Iranians): If there was relief available (I-485 pending), then a letter will be sent saying NTA will be withdrawn. If the NTA has already been issued with the Immigration Court, the INS will consider terminating the case on a case by case basis. Note-if the Government is not abiding by these statements, you need to bring it to AIA's attention.

  • The Iranians who have not yet Registered will be given a new window period to register between January 27 and February 7, 2003. Note- this extension IS NOT AN AMNESTY, and you are strongly advised to seek the advice of a seasoned immigration attorney.

The IRANIAN AMERICANS HAVE ACHIEVED A SIGNIFICANT VICTORY through cooperation and by helping each other. All of you Iranian Americans who worked so hard out there, by demonstrating, by not giving up, by calling the White House and by volunteering your time for AIA, SHOULD BE PROUD OF YOURSELVES.

Remember, we can achieve a lot more through unity and cooperation. Let your voices be heard and participate.

Babak Sotoodeh
Alliance of Iranian Americans

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