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Immigration Daily June 23, 2004
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Wednesday Is The Deadline

The speakers for "Grant Me This Much: Obtaining Immigration Benefits From The USCIS Regional Service Centers" are a mix of practitioners and DHS representatives:

  • Immigration Practitioners: Angelo A. Paparelli, Jonathan C. Adams, Jackson Chaney, 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, Steven Zawacki of the CIS Ombudsman's Office, and Tracy Renaud, the E-Filing point person at USCIS HQ
The seminar is offered by phone, so law offices around the country can participate. It is also a great training tool for the entire law firm staff (one registration covers everyone sharing a speakerphone). The seminar includes an in-depth Q&A period where you can pose questions regarding your cases to the distinguished practitioners on the panel. The deadline to register is Wednesday, June 23rd. For more info, including detailed curriculum, speaker bios, and registration information, see: (Fax version:


USCIS Service Center Issues Seminar - Deadline Is June 23rd!

The curriculum for the June 24th seminar on USCIS Service Center issues is as follows:

  • Getting to Yes: Strategies that Spawn Service-Center Success.
  • Dodging the Bullet: Ways to avoid the RFE, the NO, the NOID and the NOIR
  • Shake it Like a Polaroid Picture: Creative Uses of Graphic Evidence
  • Surf's Up: Web-Trolling for Approval Notices
  • What's Your Specialty? - Solutions for Evolving Occupations, Education Mismatches and Workers without Sheepskins
  • Keep on Survivin’: Strategies to Help Battered Spouses and Children
  • Succeeding at Successorship: Service Center Compliance Strategies for Corporate Makeovers
  • Oops I'm Late! - Establishing Extraordinary Circumstances and Reasons for Forgiveness
The deadline to register is Wednesday, June 23rd. For more info, including detailed curriculum, speaker bios, and registration information, see: (Fax version:

Featured Article

Increasing The Supply Of Labor Through Immigration: Measuring The Impact On Native-born Workers
Dr. George J. Borjas for the Center for Immigration Studies writes "Any sizable increase in the number of immigrants will inevitably lower wages for some American workers."

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Immigration Law News

USCIS Says More Than A Dozen District Offices Will Achieve 6-Month Processing Targets By September
The USCIS issued a fact sheet detailing its accomplishments in its first year of existence, excerpts follow: Implemented new backlog reduction goals that will enable more than a dozen of our 33 district offices to achieve our six-month processing targets by the end of FY 2004. Five offices, including San Antonio, Kansas City, Anchorage, Denver, and Portland, Oregon have already met those goals, processed and adjudicated over 6 million applications; and implemented background/security checks on all persons seeking immigration benefits; more than 35 million IBIS (Interagency Border Inspection System) checks were completed this past year.

House Votes To Block USCIS From Considering Outsourcing Immigration Jobs
Government Executive reports "Lawmakers on Friday took the first step toward halting a competitive sourcing study encompassing more than 1,100 immigration services jobs."

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Help Wanted: Experienced Immigration Attorney
Are you looking to join a fast-paced 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, has immediate openings for a moderately experienced Immigration Lawyer to work at its office in Irvine, California. If you have what it takes, you will work with multinational companies and high-achiever individuals to perform the full range of immigration legal services for employment-based and family-based immigration clients. You will use computer software extensively (research databases, Internet, MS Word, MS Outlook, Excel, ProLaw, Power Point, etc.), and become immersed in cutting-edge immigration law issues. This job is for you if you are a multi-talented multi-tasker, detail oriented, express yourself well in person and on paper, work well as part of a team, love challenges, are willing to work hard, have a spotless ethical record, are admitted to practice law in California or another state and have up to three years of U.S. immigration law experience. If you'd like to pursue this exciting opportunity, fax your resume + cover letter to Chris McCoy at 949-955-5599 or e-mail her at For background, see our web site: No phone calls please.

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:, telephone 215-222-8454, x.242. Or visit

Help Wanted: Experienced Immigration Attorney
The Law Offices of Michael J. Gurfinkel, an immigration law firm with offices on both the East and West Coasts, seeks an associate attorney for its Los Angeles, CA offices. Ideal candidate should possess minimum 3+ years extensive experience in all areas of immigration law, including removal/deportation, AOS interviews, family and employment based petitions and consular processing. Position offers opportunity for occasional travel outside Los Angeles, CA area. Please fax or e-mail: resume, salary requirements + writing sample to the attention of Millie at (818) 543-5802 or EOE.

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Letters to the Editor

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Dear Editor:
As a long-time reader of Immigration Daily, I would like to thank you for providing immigration practitioners with reliable, accurate and valuable case summaries. I have yet to find a mistake in your summaries and have saved hours of sorting through appellate decisions.

Yvette Lopez-Cooper
San Diego, California

Dear Editor:
Recent news came out that only 17,000 new H-1B visas will be counted towards next fiscal year's cap of 65,000 available visas demonstrating that a soft economy and proper adjudication of all H-1B petitions is making this category what it was meant to be, a privilege rather than a right. Good job USCIS.


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