TPS Mtg. Still On (Friday, Dec. 5)
- 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.
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11/11/2003 06:59 Subject: TPS mtg. (new date); Refugee countries (new
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
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:
. Congo (Brazzaville)
. Democratic Republic of the Congo
. Somalia and
Effective immediately, the Refugee
Processing Center (RPC) will begin
accepting affidavits of relationship
from voluntary agencies.
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11/01/2003 05:34 Subject: TPS ending: an update and an invitation
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
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:
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.