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Immigration Daily April 5, 2004
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Joel Stewart, SWA Representatives To Speak At Labor Cert Seminar

Joel Stewart and Prevailing Wage Specialists from the California and Florida SWAs will be among the panelists for the April 8th session of "Are We All Certifiable?" -- An Insider's Tour Through The Maddening World Of Labor Certification. Also on the panel will be veteran practitioner Josie Gonzalez, with Angelo Paparelli leading the discussion. The deadline to register is Tuesday, April 6th. For more info, including detailed curriculum, speaker bios, and registration information, see: (Fax version:


"Are We All Certifiable?" -- An Insider's Tour Through The Maddening World Of Labor Certification

The loopy challenges of modern-day labor-certification practice have caused U.S. employers and their immigration attorneys to identify with Randle Patrick McMurphy, the all-too-sane character portrayed by Jack Nicholson in the 1975 classic film One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest. In today's deranged world of alien labor certifications, rules are announced, then rules are reversed, procedures are proclaimed, and then they morph into alternate incarnations. The inmates in this virtual asylum are chanting in a frenzy, "PERM is coming, PERM is coming"; "Backlog Reduction, Backlog Reduction", but PERM never seems to arrive, and backlogs grow ever larger.

Despite the seeming insanity of the real world practice of labor-certification, foreign workers still clamor for certified ETA-750s, and legal strictures must in all events be honored. Rather than joining the lunatic fringe, shake off your anomie and sign up with for a cutting-edge teleconference series exploring best-practices and tried-and-true labor certification solutions.

FIRST Phone Session on February 25:

  • The "Dead-Case Cull" and other Tales from the SWA Backlog.
  • Escaping the Straightjacket of Inflexible Recruiting.
  • Grappling with Ever-Higher Wages in the New OES Prevailing Wage Survey.
  • Order out of Chaos: Preparing a SWA-Friendly Application.
  • Quo Vadis, the SWAs: Is There Life after PERM?

SECOND Phone Session on March 18:

  • Standard vs. RIR processing vs. Holding One's Breath for PERM
  • Recruiting and Filing Today While Preserving Options for PERM
  • Fear-Factor: Managing Employer and Alien Expectations
  • Re-Arranging Deck Chairs on the Titanic?: Regional Processing and Backlog Reduction
  • The Carlson What-If Scenarios: Re-Advertising with Newly Stated, Pre-Existing Requirements

THIRD Phone Session on April 8:

  • BALCA Balking - a Full Contact Sport.
  • We Gotta Get Out of This Place: Labor Certification and Portability Strategies
  • Will Justice Prevail?: Advanced Prevailing Wages Issues - Pre- and Post-PERM.
  • Safely Saying Goodbye: Lawful Grounds for Rejection of U.S. Workers
  • Staying Out of Club Fed: Liberty-Preserving Strategies in This Era of Heightened Enforcement.
The deadline to register is Tuesday, April 6th. For more info, including detailed curriculum, speaker bios, and registration information, see: (Fax version:

Featured Article

Presidential Papers Series: Memorandum of Disapproval for the Bill Providing Emergency Chinese Immigration Relief
President Bush sent this message to Congress on November 30, 1989.

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Immigration Law News

DHS Says US-VISIT Program To Commence 9/30/04 For Visa Waiver Program Countries; DHS Seeks To Postpone Biometrics Requirement Until 2006
The DHS announced that visa waiver program travelers will be enrolled in US-VISIT by September 30, 2004, while the biometrics requirement deadline (machine readable passports) will be extended to 2006. For the press release, see here. For the fact sheet, see here. [ Ed. corrected 4/06/04 ]

US Embassy In Kiev Begins IV Processing For Adopted Ukranian Orphans
The Department of State announced that beginning April 19, 2004, the the U.S. Embassy in Kiev will start processing immigrant visas for orphans adopted by US citizens in Ukraine (immediate relative visas IR-3 and IR-4).

Prominent Novelist McEwan's Immigration Woes Can Happen To Other International Artists
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports "The US border travails of prominent British novelist Ian McEwan were causing aftershocks yesterday that may affect both McEwan and American groups that sponsor appearances by foreign artists."

President Bush's Immigration Reform Legislation Receives Criticism From Senators
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports "Bush administration officials faced skepticism in Congress on Thursday as they argued that President Bush's proposed temporary foreign worker program would make it easier to secure the nation's borders."

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Help Wanted: Experienced Immigration Paralegal
Immigration Paralegals needed for a small, downtown, very collegial/lifestyle-oriented Boston general business law firm with an employment immigration practice, including financial services, technology and biotech and medical clients. Looney & Grossman LLP seeks experienced and very detail-oriented individuals with 2+ years experience working at a leading immigration firm or for a leading attorney. Qualified candidate must have well developed web/computer skills, ability to consistently multitask and the flexibility needed for providing excellence in client service. Excellent oral and written communication skills are required. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package and a chance to enhance your already developed immigration skills. Please submit resume to Carolyn J. Fuchs at or fax to: 617-951-2819. EOE.

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Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
The Law Offices of Bernard P. Wolfsdorf seek to hire an associate attorney with 1-2 years experience in immigration for its Pacific Palisades, CA office. Ideal candidates should have experience with all aspects of business immigration. Responsibilities include: preparation of all types of immigrant visa petitions, labor certifications (RIR and traditional), adjustment of status and consular processing applications, and preparation of all types of nonimmigrant visa petitions (particularly Hs, Ls, TNs, and Os). Will manage caseloads with large degree of independence, communicate with and maintain client status reports, prepare bills, and serve as a team resource. Applicants should submit resume + cover letter to T.L. Loke Walsh: fax (310) 573-5093; or email

Help Wanted: Experienced Immigration Attorney
Anthony Olson, P.A.,, an immigration law firm in Sarasota, FL, specializing in employment and family immigration law seeks an experienced immigration attorney. Applicants should have 2+ years employment-based immigration experience (particularly with labor certs, EB-1's, Hs, L's, O/P's) and foreign language skills (particularly Spanish or German). We offer friendly and flexible working conditions + competitive benefits package. Applicants must be conscientious, self-reliant, detail-oriented, and well-organized. Salary is commensurate with experience. Submit resume to Tony Olson by fax: 941-362-7107 or email:

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:
Brazil's retaliation against US VISIT is comical to say the least. Who wants to go to Brazil anyway?

Yatinder Mahajan

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