ILW.COM has learned from a reliable source at the INS that it will resume its previous practice for handling H-2A petitions. H-2A temporary agricultural labor certifications even if handled quickly by Department of Labor still take time. The beneficiaries of the petitions harvest crops which ripen in their own good time. Because the DOL and nature are beyond the control of the INS, it has expedited the processing of H-2A petitions. With the inclusion of H-2As in the premium processing scheme, employers were being asked to pay an additional $1000 for the same service they had been receiving for the regular filing fee. An INS source has confirmed that the Service will resume its previous practice of adjudicating these petitions quickly without requiring the premium processing fee.
Our announcement yesterday of teleconference and listserv series "On the Cutting Edge: H-1B Practice and Strategy with Angelo Paparelli and Steve Yale-Loehr," contained an incorrect date. The correct dates are place Wednesdays August 8, September 5 and October 3, 2001. For additional information click here.
Tip of the Day
ILW.COM Visits AILA Conference
Members of the ILW.COM team will be attending the largest annual gathering of immigration attorneys, the American Immigration Lawyers annual conference held this year in Boston June 20-24. We invite you to stop by the ILW.COM booth 319 in the Boston Copley Marriott Hotel, 3rd Floor, University Hall. In addition to the editor of the Daily and other members of the ILW.COM team, the speakers for the upcoming teleconference and listserv series "On the Cutting Edge: H-1B Practice and Strategy with Angelo Paparelli and Steve Yale-Loehr" will be available. Mr. Paparelli will be in the ILW.COM booth on Saturday June 23, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. and Mr. Yale-Loehr from 4:30-5:00 p.m. on both Thursday June 21 and Friday, June 22. Stop by the booth and say hello!
ILW.COM Featured Article of the Day
Federal Judge in Los Angeles Acquits H-1B Employment Contractor and Urges Government to Clarify Regulations
Angelo Paparelli writes about the recent decision by United States District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper who found an H-1B employment contractor not guilty of submitting fraudulent petitions for H-1B computer programmers from India, inducing the aliens to enter the country illegally and harboring them in nearby apartments.
INS Implements NACARA/HRIFA Provision of the LIFE Act
The INS has revised its statement of the implementation of the NACARA/HRIFA Provision of the LIFE Act.
EOIR Takes Disciplinary Action
The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) has taken disciplinary action against nine attorneys after charging them with violations of the Rules of Professional Conduct for Immigration Practitioners.
BIA to Hear Cases in Boston
The Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) will travel to Boston, MA, on June 21 and June 22, 2001, to hear oral arguments in five pending appellate cases.
No Prejudice in Guilty Plea
In Gumangan v. US, No. 00-2642WM (8th Cir. June 19, 2001), the court found that even if counsel had mistakenly advised the Petitioner that she might successfully contest deportation, there was no prejudice in her pleading guilty instead of going to trial.
Immigration in the Press
Waiting for Extraterrestrials to Land in the Mines
The New York Times [registration required] reports that coal company managers want to import miners all the way from Ukraine to work down in the mines of Appalachia.
This Day in Immigration
From June 20, 2000
"AAO Decision Regarding H-1B for Software Design Engineer
The Office of Administrative Appeals granted an H-1B for a software design engineer concluding that the position was a specialty occupation. The AAO rejected the District Director's initial findings of agency, speculative employment, and the Director's request for work-site contracts as well as an inquiry into the ability of the petitioning company to pay the offered wage."
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HELP WANTED: CORPORATE IMMIGRATION PARALEGALS
Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, is the largest law firm in the country practicing exclusively in the area of immigration and nationality law. In order to meet the demands of our growing business, the firm is actively recruiting for experienced paralegals in its ATLANTA, NEW YORK, NEW JERSEY,and CHICAGO offices. The ideal candidate has business immigration experience or a human resources background dealing with immigration issues. Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills and be able to perform multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment. The firm offers superior salaries and exceptional growth opportunities. Please submit cover letter and resume to Anne-Rose van den Bossche, Esq., Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, & Loewy, 515 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10022 or fax 212-750-1121 or email@example.com
CONFERENCE ON IMMIGRATION LAW
2001 AILA Annual Conference on Immigration Law June 20-24, 2001, Marriott Copley Place & Westin Copley Place Boston, Massachusetts.
The Preeminent Law Symposium on Immigration and Nationality Law With an expert faculty and cutting edge programs, the AILA Annual Conference is an unbeatable continuing legal education symposium in terms of scope and value. This event brings together thousands of immigration law practitioners, leading immigration law experts, government officials, and other legal professionals from around the country. Participants spend three and one-half days attending educational sessions and workshops focusing on the latest developments and issues in immigration and nationality law. Attendees can develop their own individualized CLE conference by choosing courses from a wide variety of programs: Core Curriculum, Substantive Practice, Special Mini Tracks, Mock Hearings and Interviews, Litigation Skills Training, Practice Roundtables and Government Agency Open Forums. For detailed program information, and registration forms, please visit the conference portion of the AILA Web site at www.aila.org. American Immigration Lawyers Association, 918 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004, Tel: (202) 216-2400, Fax: (202) 371-9449. Contact: Conference Department or E-Mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
IMMIGRATION LAW SEMINAR
Saturday, June 30, 2001, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at DoubleTree Suites, Falls Conference Center, Mt. Laurel, NJ. A panel of experienced immigration lawyers and paralegals will explain how the administrative system operates and present the information you need to handle basic immigration matters. You’ll also hear directly from several agency representatives about the procedures you need to follow when dealing with these agencies. For details click here.
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