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Immigration Daily May 20, 2004
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Editor's Comments

Toolbars Wrap-up

Wrapping up our previous discussion on the Alexa and Google toolbars, toolbars are useful when you enter your search term directly without going to a search engine and to block pop-ups. Various toolbars offer other features which some users may find helpful. Toolbars vary in the ease of installation, depending on your particular operating system and version. There may also be privacy issues associated with toolbars. For an explanation of toolbar basics, options, advantages and disadvantages, see here. For an overview on browsers, toolbars, and the desktop, see here. For a comprehensive set of links (with comments) of many toolbars and other browser/search utilities, see here.

We hope that you have found this three-day digression into technology tools helpful. We will return to our usual immigration focus with our next issue.


ILW.COM Focus

Frustration At USCIS Service Centers

Many of today's frustrations in immigration law practice are with issues connected with USCIS Service Center benefits processing. ILW.COM's new seminar series "Grant Me This Much: Obtaining Immigration Benefits From The USCIS Regional Service Centers" will provide immigration attorneys with the tools necessary to alleviate at least some of these frustrations. The speakers are a mix of government officials and distinguished immigration practioners.

The deadline to register is Tuesday, May 25th. For more info, including detailed curriculum, speaker bios, and registration information, see: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/may2004.shtm. (Fax version: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/may2004.pdf.)


Featured Article

Update On Adjustment For Indochinese Parolees
John T. Combs, Esq. writes "At long last, CIS is beginning to process the applications for adjustment of status applications filed by Indochinese parolees..."


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Immigration Law News

Immigrant Law Is Not Immigration Law
In US v. Polar, No. 02-20969 (11th Cir. May 13, 2004), the court said that "Even assuming that the SSN cards that [Defendant's] counterfeit ADIT stamps helped various aliens to obtain were used to [perpetrate] immigration fraud, the fraudulent obtaining of the SSN cards itself was not "necessarily committed in connection with the admission or exclusion of aliens." The court cited the definition of the phrase "immigration laws" at 8 USC 1101(a)(17) and also said that the mere fact that SSNs may be of heightened importance to immigrants does not tranform laws relating to their procurement and use into "immigration laws."

USCIS Rethinks "Good Moral Character" Standard
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports "The Citizenship and Immigration Service in Seattle is rethinking the standard it uses to determine whether immigrants have the "good moral character" required to become a US citizens."


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Classifieds

Immigration Law Conferences
CGFNS Hosts A Special Educational Initiative in Your Community - New U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Visa Regulations for Foreign Health Care Workers. As part of a major change in federal policy affecting hiring of foreign health care workers in the U.S., the DHS has issued new Section 343 rules requiring foreign health care workers who are seeking temporary or permanent occupational visas or Trade NAFTA status to obtain a special visa certification in order to deliver patient care and provide health care services in this country. The Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS)/International Commission on Healthcare Professions (ICHP) are sponsoring a special educational program in your community about the new DHS rules. This timely educational initiative is designed to provide you with important information about the new rules and facilitate the process for foreign health care workers to obtain a visa certificate through the CGFNS/ICHP specially designed Visascreen™ program. The new federal DHS rules apply to: Registered nurses and licensed practical (vocational) nurses, Audiologists, Physical Therapists, Medical Technicians, Occupational Therapists, Medical Laboratory Technologists, Speech-Language Pathologists, Physician Assistants. Session Locations include: Washington, D.C. - Monday, June 14th, Chicago, IL - Thursday, July 8th, Miami, FL - Monday, August 23rd, Philadelphia, PA- Monday, August 16th, Seattle, WA - Monday, September 27th, New York, NY - Monday, October 4th, San Francisco, CA - Monday, October 18th, Atlanta, GA - Monday, November 1st. To register, contact Marla Downing, email: mdowning@cgfns.org, telephone 215-222-8454, x.242. Or visit http://www.cgfns.org/cgfns/newsandevents/specialevents.html

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Are you looking to join a fast-paced, dynamic and friendly team that provides first-rate immigration legal services to global businesses and individuals? Paparelli & Partners LLP, a leading immigration law firm with an established national practice, located in Irvine, California, has an immediate opening for an experienced Immigration Paralegal fluent in Japanese to work at our office in Irvine, California. If you have what it takes, you will work under the supervision of attorneys to serve multinational companies and high-achiever individuals in both employment-based and family-based immigration-related matters. You will use computer software extensively (research databases, Internet, MS Word, MS Outlook, Excel, ProLaw, Immigration Tracker, Power Point, etc.), and become immersed in cutting-edge immigration projects. Please contact us if you have six months or more of U.S. immigration experience, are a multi-talented, multi-tasker, detail oriented, express yourself well in person and on paper, work well on a team, love challenges, are willing to work hard, have a spotless ethical record and character, have a paralegal certificate or are otherwise qualified as a paralegal under California law. To pursue this exciting opportunity, email your resume to Chris McCoy at cim@entertheusa.com. For background, see our web site: www.entertheusa.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
We're looking for our next immigration lawyer. We only want someone who is willing to be an entrepreneur and make a bet on their career. Does this interest you? If so, please email cmusillo@hammondlawfirm.com. Hammond Law Group, LLC with nine attorneys and 25 staff members is one of the ten largest full-scale business immigration law firms in the US. The firm is headquartered in Cincinnati with satellite offices in San Francisco and Seattle. Our client base is wide ranging from Fortune 100 companies to progressive start-ups. Our clients represent a cross range of industries and include those from: information technology, hospitals and other healthcare institutions, financial services, private and public universities, pharmaceutical and scientific research institutions, manufacturing, engineering, telecommunications, restaurants, and re-location.

J-1 Training Visa Sponsor
Discover the ease and flexibility of the J-1 training visa with Aiesec United States. At Aiesec, we provide an unparalleled commitment to customer service, offering 24 to 48 hour turnaround on approved J-1 training visa applications, free consultation on potential training programs and a wealth of information about J-1 training visa regulations. We also offer logistical and cultural reception services in several locations across the country. Our J-1 training visa can be used for individuals to participate in training programs in the following fields: Information Media and Communications, Education, Social Sciences, Library Science, Counseling and Social Services, Management, Business, Commerce and Finance, The Sciences, Engineering, Architecture, Mathematics and Industrial Occupations, Public Administration and Law. You can learn more about Aiesec and the J-1 training visa at http://evp.aiesecus.org or by calling Jim Kelly at (212) 757-3774 ext.222.

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 tloke@wolfsdorf.com.

Credential Evaluation And Translation Service
Are you getting RFE's when you use other credential evaluation companies? American Evaluation and Translation Service, Inc. (AETS) provides 'Expert Opinion' Position Evaluations and Work Experience Evaluations completed by PhD university professors who have the "authority to grant college level credit for work experience and/or training." AETS evaluations are consistently accepted by the USCIS because the evaluations are completed by PhD Professors from four different universities with expertise in most major academic fields. AETS also provides the most competitive rates in the industry -$50 educational evaluations and $200 Position and Work Experience Evaluations. AETS offers a variety of turn-around times, including Same-Day Educational, Position and Work Experience Evaluations. For a complete list of prices and turn-around times, please see: http://aetsinternational.com/applicationforevaluationservices.pdf. Additionally, AETS provides certified translations in over 100 languages, with translators that are specialists in over 80 fields. For a copy of the Application for Credential Evaluation and Translation Services, please contact AETS at (786) 276-8190, visit the website at http://www.aetsinternational.com send an email to info@aetsinternational.com or simply fax the documents to (786) 524-0448 or (786) 524-3300.

Immigration Law Conference
Immigration Law Conference, New York, May 25-26 - Earn up to 9 CLE Credits - Rep. Nadler confirms as lunchtime speaker - The Center for Migration Studies, in association with the Fordham School of Law will present the 27th Annual National Legal Conference on Immigration and Refugee Policy – "Navigating Through the Immigration Labyrinth in Post-9/11 America" on May 25-26, 2004 in New York City. The conference will consist of presentations + Q&A sessions on a wide-range of immigration topics. Immigration professionals, government officials, HR professionals, and non-profit reps should not miss the chance to hear noted experts in the field speak. Speakers will include Stephen Fischel, Fujie Ohata, Michael Aytes, Lynden Melmed, Patty Cogswell, Harry Sheinfeld, Frank Sharry, Fran Berger, Naomi Schorr, Lory Rosenberg, Thomas Mosely, Lucas Guttentag, Cyrus Mehta, Noemi Masliah, Robert Gottfried, Deborah Anker, Michael Patrick, Don Kerwin, Gemma Solimene, Mark Von Sternberg, Jennifer Gordon, Howard Gordon, Austin Fragomen, Randel Johnson and others. Rep. Jerrold Nadler has now confirmed as lunch speaker on Tuesday May, 25. Participants will have the rare opportunity to interact with key policymakers at this unique international event. Topics will include the transition to the DHS, including the impact of both policy and process, as well as an overview of business, family, and asylum issues facing the immigration law and policy community. In accordance with the requirements of the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board, the CMS-Fordham conference will offer up to nine non-transitional credit hours which can be credited toward the professional practice requirement. Discounted rates are available for students, nonprofits and government employees. For more info, including detailed curriculum, speaker line-up, and registration information, visit: http://www.cmsny.org/27th-annual.htm. See http://www.cmsny.org/images/CMS-Program.pdf for the conference program. To register, go to http://www.cmsny.org/images/register-form.pdf.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:
The asylees Mr. Baldwin mentions in his letter will never find the Utopia they're seeking, in the US or anywhere else. There are Americans, just as there are people everywhere, who torture, murder, rape, batter, and do all the ugly things these asylees are trying to escape. However, Mr. Baldwin should point out to them that the true difference between America and the countries they're fleeing is that these acts are NOT socially acceptable, or government-supported. These acts do become public, and that when they do, they are punished. This is in stark contrast to countries where a free press is unknown, and where atrocities are standard operating procedure, and the basis for reward rather than punishment.

Ali Alexander

Dear Editor:
In these challenging and critical times, I am excited to be able to endorse Bernie Wolfsdorf for AILA Secretary. I don't know where he gets his energy, but he fights The Good Fight for immigrants with a fierce dedication and unrelenting dynamism which I greatly admire. He is a passionate advocate for the rights of our clients and ourselves whether in the arena of processing visas at US Consulates, dealing with post 9/11 security and civil liberties issues, or attacking inhumane detention policies. He is committed to improving immigration practice and policy and I urge you to vote for this truly excellent candidate.

Kip Evan Steinberg, Esq.
San Rafael, CA


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