This month, distinguished practitioners Ron Klasko and Tammy Fox-Isicoff begin an unusual and unusually worthwhile telephone seminar course. Many opportunities exist to ask the INS or the DOL or the DOS for each agency's position on particular issues. However, this 3-part seminar course (Ms. Fox-Isicoff's brain-child) is a rare opportunity to confront three of the most knowledgeable government officials from INS, DOL and DOS in one forum to resolve issues where their respective agencies have taken contrary or inconsistent positions. 30 minutes of each of the three sessions in this seminar course are devoted to Questions and Answers from the attendees. Mr. Klasko, a former national AILA President, is an especially knowledgeable immigration practitioner who generously shares his knowledge with fellow members of the Bar. Both Ron Klasko and Tammy Fox-Isicoff are justly reputed to be incisive and energizing speakers. This promises to be the event of the year in immigration law. Don't miss it! The registration deadline is Thursday, September 5th.
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Curriculum For Seminar With INS, DOL, DOS
The following is the curriculum for "INS, DOS, DOL - The Search for Consistency"
FIRST Phone Session on September 10, 2002:
This session will deal with DOL and INS positions on cutting edge issues including:
- Start date of H-1B employment where issuance of social security number delayed
- 245(i) grandfathering based on withdrawn or denied labor certification applications
- Effect of concurrent filing on labor certification substitutions
- Impact of leaves of absence on H-1B aliens and employers
- Effect of changes in employer structure, job description full-time status, salary and location of employment on LCA, I-129, ETA, I-140 and I-485
SECOND Phone Session on October (Date TBA), 2002:
This session will deal with DOS and INS positions on cutting edge issues, including:
- Child Status Protection Act
- Concurrent adjustment/consular processing issues
- Consular readjudication/revocation of INS-approved petitions
- 3 and 10 year bar waivers
- Travel by H-1B portable aliens
- Who is subject to the two-year return requirement?
- Accompanying or following to join
THIRD Phone Session on November 20, 2002:
Speakers for this seminar will include:
- Summary of DOL/INS/DOS positions on cross-agency issues
- Practitioner pointers
- Miscellaneous issues and new developments
Jacqueline Bednarz, Special Assistant to the Executive Associate Commissioner for the Office of Policy and Planning of the Immigration and Naturalization Service in Washington, D.C.
Steve Fischel, the Director of Legislation, Regulations and Advisory Assistance in the visa office of the Department of State.
Harry Sheinfeld, Litigation Counsel in the Employment and Training Legal Services Division, Office of the Solicitor, at the U.S. Department of Labor.
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H-1B Series: More On Making Your Case For An H-1B "Specialty Occupation"
George N. Lester IV continues the H-1B series by presenting more information on specialty occupations.
ABA Series: A Legal Guide For INS Detainees
The Commission on Immigration Policy, Practice and Pro Bono of the American Bar Association provides the 1st of 8 parts of its Legal Guide for INS Detainees.
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Immigration Law News
TPS Extended For Burundi And Sudan
INS extended Temporary Protected Status for Burundi and Sudan.
INS Seeks Comments
INS sought comment on sworn
statement of refugee applying for admission to the United States, Form
Only 17% Of Legal Immigrants Are Employment Based
The Office of Policy and Planning at the INS released its Annual Report for Fiscal 2001 which showed, among other things, that "Sixty-four percent of all legal immigrants in
2001 were family sponsored, 17 percent were
admitted under employment preferences,
10 percent were admitted as refugees or
asylees, and 3 percent were admitted under [NACARA]."
Data On Refugees And Asylees
INS released chapters II and III of its 2000 Statistical Yearbook, giving detailed statistical information on Refugees and Asylees.
INS Data On Temporary Admissions
INS released chapter IV of its 2000 Statistical Yearbook, with a wealth of information on all temporary visa categories including F-1s, H-1Bs, TNs, VWP, etc. Particularly notable is a graph on page 4 chronicling the rise of temporary admissions from less than 8 million per year in the late 1970s to over 30 million per year in the late 1990s - a testament to the jet engine, and the interconnected world we live in. This document is brimming with facts on the nearly 34 million annual temporary admissions to the US.
Adverse Credibility Determination Involving Failure To Evaluate And Discuss Relevant And Potentially Corroborative Evidence Is Reversible Error
In Gao v. Ashcroft, No. 01-3472 (3rd Cir. Aug. 7, 2002, amended Aug. 30, 2002), the court amended its Aug. 7, 2002 opinion where it found that the Immigration Judge (IJ) made an adverse credibility determination without substantial evidence in the record on Petitioner's claim of persecution in China because she was a messenger for (not a practitioner of) Falun Gong, and that the IJ completely ignored highly relevant and potentially corroborative evidence, the failure to evaluate which, and discuss which, was reversible error.
Petition For Review Denied
In Sadiq v. INS, No. 98-1928 (4th Cir. Aug. 30, 2002), the court denied the Petition for Review on the reasoning of the Board of Immigration Appeals.
212(h) Does Not Violate Equal Protection
In Ajetunmobi v. Ashcroft, No. 02-1721 (8th Cir. Aug. 30, 2002), the court considered the Petitioner's argument that 212(h) of the INA violated equal protection by treating illegal aliens better than Legal Permanent Residents and remarked that Congress does not violate equal protection merely because classifications it makes are imperfect or result in some inequality.
House Judiciary Committee Says America Should Not Assume All Legal Immigrants Present A Security Threat
In a letter to the House Select Committee on Homeland Security, the House Judiciary Committee said "Retaining responsibility for immigration services at the Department of Justice, which is
responsible for administering immigration benefits, would also ensure the legitimate needs of legal
immigrants are not subsumed by the massive size and scope of a Department which would be
primarily dedicated to homeland security. It would affirm America’s commitment to welcome legal
immigrants to the United States in a timely and professional manner by personnel who will not
assume that all legal immigrants present a security threat."
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Braceros Lose Lawsuit
Law.com reports on a lawsuit by braceros seeking backpay and the ruling of the District Court against their claims of about $500 million in unpaid withheld wages.
Attorney Says Latinos Are Not Going Away
Writing in Long Island Newsday, attorney Myrka A. Gonzalez says "It is futile to try to block out the sun with a finger. The Latino population will continue to grow. This country needs and uses immigrant labor, ingenuity and determination. All immigrants share common experiences. Latinos died at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11. The first New York State resident to die during Operation Desert Storm was a Latino pilot, Marine Lt. Manuel Rivera Jr."
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