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TPS Mtg. Still On (Friday, Dec. 5)

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    This is a reminder that the meeting convened to discuss TPS for Sierra Leone and other immigration issues of importance to our community will take place: Date:
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 4, 2003
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      This is a reminder that the meeting convened to discuss TPS for Sierra Leone and
      other immigration issues of importance to our community will take place:

      Date: Friday, December 5, 2003
      Time: 5:30-8:30 PM
      Venue: Bethel World Outreach Church (La Vie sanctuary), 8242 Georgia
      Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland

      Kindly note that NO tape-recording is allowed and the media are NOT invited.

      Regards,
      Daphne


      ----- Forwarded by Daphne Sawyerr-Dunn/Person/World Bank on 12/04/2003 06:34 PM
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      Daphne
      Sawyerr-Dunn To:
      cc:
      11/11/2003 06:59 Subject: TPS mtg. (new date); Refugee countries (new
      PM list)
      32740 ECSSD







      1. TPS; 2. The Refugee Program



      Temporary Protected Status

      The TPS meeting scheduled to take
      place on November 14 has been
      postponed to December 5.  This is
      necessary in order to accommodate the
      needs of some of our guest speakers.
      The attached flier has been revised to
      reflect the new date and time.

      Friends of Sierra Leone (FoSL) regrets
      any inconvenience arising from this
      change in date.

      Kindly note that no tape recording
      will be allowed.

      (See attached file: TPS
      final-mtg flier.doc)


      2. The Refugee Program


      In FY 2004, the United States Refugee
      Program (USRP) will implement an
      expanded, revised family reunification
      category, broadening (to a larger
      group of nationalities) access to the
      resettlement program. Eligibility for
      Priority Three (P-3) processing will
      be expanded from four to nine
      nationalities; also, efforts will be
      made to identify patterns of fraud and
      misrepresentation. In FY 2004, P-3
      eligible nationalities are:

      . Burma
      . Burundi
      . Colombia
      . Congo (Brazzaville)
      . Democratic Republic of the Congo
      . Iran
      . Liberia
      . Somalia and
      . Sudan.

      Effective immediately, the Refugee
      Processing Center (RPC) will begin
      accepting affidavits of relationship
      from voluntary agencies.

      Regards,
      Daphne






      ---- Forwarded by Daphne Sawyerr-Dunn/Person/World Bank on 11/11/2003 06:54 PM
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      Daphne
      Sawyerr-Dunn To:
      cc:
      11/01/2003 05:34 Subject: TPS ending: an update and an invitation
      PM
      32740 ECSSD







      TPS ending: an update and an invitation

      The recent announcement that Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Sierra
      Leone is about to end has sparked numerous calls to Friends of Sierra Leone
      (FoSL). TPS is ending because peace is prevailing in Sa. Leone (albeit with the
      presence of the UN troops). Talk of terminating TPS has gone through "the judge
      and the jury" process, and, overturning the decision now is not easy (though not
      absolutely impossible).

      Since the end of TPS was announced in September, FoSL has not commented
      publicly: it has been strategizing and now has in place a plan of action.
      While this action plan is being implemented on a step-by-step basis, the
      organization has convened a town meeting to discuss immigration issues that are
      affecting Sierra Leone's immigrant population in the United States.
      Participating in this meeting will be:
      · officials from the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services
      · officials from the State Department
      · an immigration attorney.

      Specifically, the discussions will focus on:
      1. TPS
      2. The Refugee program
      3. The Diversity Visa (Green Card Lottery) program.

      The meeting will take place on:

      Date: Friday, November 14, 2003
      Time: 5:30-9:00 PM
      Venue: Bethel World Outreach Church (Taylor Auditorium);
      8242-8252 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910

      Directions to Bethel are embodied in the attached flier.

      In addition to the 3 items on the agenda, "the Sierra Leone Embassy in
      Washington, D.C." will be the subject of a short discussion prior to the
      conclusion of the meeting.

      FoSL looks forward to welcoming you.

      Regards,
      Daphne
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