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Immigration Daily May 21, 2004
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Editor's Comments

History In The Making?

AILA members have a real choice in this year's AILA election. They can express their satisfaction with the AILA nomination committee's choice by voting for Mr. Robert P. Deasy, or they can use the never-before-successfully-used petition method of selecting a leader by voting for Mr. Bernard P. Wolfsdorf. If Mr. Wolfsdorf wins, this year's AILA Elections may be historic for the organization. This is so because Mr. Wolfsdorf is running by petition and possibly no one in AILA history has won a seat on the Executive Committee without being nominated by AILA's nomination committee. There is a widespread notion that Ira Kurzban, a past President of AILA, also won when running by petition. However, Immigration Daily has learned that Mr. Kurzban was not opposed because his nominated opponent dropped out after Mr. Kurzban decided to run. The ballots have to reach AILA before May 28, 2004. Vote now, don't delay. If you have cast your vote, consider reminding a colleague or a friend to cast their AILA vote.

This year, competing for the AILA Secretary position are Robert P. Deasy and Bernard P. Wolfsdorf. Seeking your vote for seven positions for Director are eleven candidates: T. Douglas Stump, Brian K. Bates, Royal F. Berg, Lory D. Rosenberg, Marc Van Der Hout, Heather N. Segal, Victor D. Nieblas Pradis, Marcia N. Needleman, Kathleen Moccio, Dagmar Butte, and Laura Lichter. Please see here for statements submitted to Immigration Daily by Lory D. Rosenberg, T. Douglas Stump, Brian K. Bates. In lieu of a statement, Bernard P. Wolfsdorf has submitted a weblink, http://www.bernieforailasecretary.org. (We invited all the candidates listed here to send us their material, four candidates responded to our invitation.)


ILW.COM Focus

Going To Philly?

For those of our readers who will attend the AILA Conference in Philadelphia, and are not sure of the benefits of signing up for our phone seminar series on USCIS Service Center issues, please consider the following:

  • No firm can afford to send every team member to Philly, the hotel/airfare costs would be just too much. For every person from a law firm who makes it to Philly, there will likely be at least one other person at the law firm who would benefit from the information about USCIS Service Center issues in our phone seminar series. ILW.COM phone seminars are a resource for the entire law office - attorneys and paralegals alike. And the cost, when divided among people surrounding a speaker phone is very modest as compared to making a trip out-of-town.
  • With hundreds of attendees in each room at Philly, getting your questions answered may be quite difficult (the time allotted for Q&A at the Philly sessions is quite limited). By contrast, fully 30% of the time in our phone seminars is devoted to questions from the audience. There is a 99% chance that your question to the eminent practitioners and USCIS representatives on the panel will be addressed. Follow-up Q&As by email are also a feature of our seminar series.
  • The sheer number of simultaneous sessions for several days in a row, as happens at AILA annual conferences, makes for a deluge of information that is hard to keep up with. Plus, no one can be at two sessions at the same time, so some interesting sessions may have to be skipped. Our seminar on USCIS benefits processing at Service Centers is broken up into three manageable sessions of 90 minutes each over three months. Unlike the Philly conference, ILW.COM's phone seminar series is not a one-time event - the series is an engagement of the listeners with the panels for May, June and July.

None of the above is to imply that firms should not take advantage of the opportunity to attend the Philly Conference. However, the benefits of attending the ILW.COM phone seminar series nicely complement the benefits of travelling to Philly.

The confirmed speakers for "Grant Me This Much: Obtaining Immigration Benefits From The USCIS Regional Service Centers" include:

  • Immigration Practitioners: Angelo A. Paparelli, Jonathan C. Adams, Adam Green, Kehrela M. Hodkinson, Edward R. Litwin, Mary L. Mucha and Merrilee Snell
  • USCIS: Donald Neufeld, Director of the California Service Center, Brett Gregg and Ernie Leslie, both from the CSC, and Tracy Renaud, the E-Filing point person at USCIS HQ (many other USCIS have been invited)
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.)


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Immigration Law News

DOJ Announces Indictment For 140 Fraudulently Filed I-360s
The Eastern District of Virginia of the US Attorney's Office of the Department of Justice announced that a federal grand jury returned 7 counts of immigration fraud for the fraudulent filing of approximately 140 I-360 petitions received for special immigrant religious workers.

USCIS Announces New EAD Card With Added Security Features
The USCIS announced that new Employment Authorization Document (EAD) cards will be issued with additional features including, a magnetic strip, a two-dimensional barcode. The new EAD cards are expected to become available in June 2004.

Employers File Lawsuit Over H2B Visa Shortage
The Boston Globe reports "Eight Cape Cod companies sued the US government and a state labor agency yesterday in an effort to increase the number of visas granted for temporary foreign workers to more than 100,000 this year from 66,000 in 2003."


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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.

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.

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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

Immigration Law Books
Reserve your 2004 copies now. No immigration attorney should be without a complete, up-to-date reference library for all his/her primary resource needs. The 2004 edition of The Whole Act – INA, provides annotations, footnotes, editorial notes, updated Topical Index with a separate Index of Appendices, and 49 Appendices, to help both novice and experienced practitioners alike efficiently navigate the complex labryinth of immigration statutes. The 2004 edition of regulations in 2 volumes (both immigration regulations – 8 CFR – and all immigration-related regulations of the DOL, DOS, and DOJ) includes the latest changes in the regulations + handy and most detailed Topical Indices for each. The 2004 edition of Patel's Citations, covering the history and treatment of all reported administrative precedent decisions under immigration and nationality law, keeps you abreast of the status and standing of all such immigration citations (e.g., reversed, affirmed, modified, followed or not followed, criticized, distinguished, etc.). This entire reference library consisting of the Act, Regulations, and Citations, is an indispensable reference tool that you will reach for day after day. Reserve your 2004 editions now. We offer a 30-day money-back guarantee. If you're not satisfied with your purchase within 30 days of receipt, you can request a full refund - no questions asked. For more information or to reserve your pre-publication advance copies see here.

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