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Immigration Daily June 1, 2005
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Family Immigration: I-751 And Other Issues

The curriculum for the June 9th telephonic session of "Current Topics In Family Immigration" is as follows:

1. What family members we should ask about when a prospective client asks about possibly filing an N-400?
2. Alternatives to long family quota waiting periods especially brothers, sisters, unmarried adult sons & daughters
3. Various I-751 issues and documentation

  • Ethical issues in 751 prep and interview prep
  • How to handle difficult spouses
  • What if spouses separate? If don't intend to divorce?
  • What if living abroad temporarily? If filed jointly but now divorced?
  • Additional issues for I-751's in proceedings & judicial review
4. Abandonment of residency - how can family members help?

The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, June 7th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: (Fax version:


Hispurgatory: Innocent Hispanic Students Trapped Between Heaven And Hell In The U.S.
Bill Dahl writes "From a purely historical standpoint, the plight of undocumented Hispanic immigrants residing in the U.S. can be accurately characterized by the term Hispurgatory : A moment in U.S. history when the resident, undocumented Latino immigrant population is caught in a state of legal limbo."

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DOS Introduces New Online Passport Application Procedure
The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs has introduced a new online passport application form procedure, eliminating the need to handwrite personal data to fill out a passport application form.

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Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
The Law Office of Robert L. Lewis, Immigrant Defense Group is accepting applications for immigration attys (entry and experienced). We excel at deportation defense, including asylum, international human rights defenses, discretionary relief, naturalization and family-based immigration. Successful candidate should expect frequent client contact and court appearances; drafting of client narrative declarations, research news and NGO reports to corroborate claims. Must be admitted to a State Bar, have some training or experience in immigration law, good writing skills, strong computer skills, and be highly organized. Spanish or Portuguese fluency a strong plus. First year salary $65 - $85K, depending on training, language skills and immigration experience. Standard health insurance and vacation benefits, plus fee sharing and bonuses. Sunny, high-tech office in historic landmark building at Oakland City Center, 15 minute BART ride to downtown SF/local immigration courts. Submit resume + cover letter to All inquiries treated in absolute confidence. State language skills and immigration experience, if any, with specificity in your cover letter. Please, no calls.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Position available with Pederson Immigration Group, P.C., an established top boutique firm with national and international client base in Washington, DC. Unique positions for the right persons who can initiate independent action when necessary, can exercise sound judgment and assume responsibility. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a great team handling sophisticated and challenging immigration matters. Opportunity to travel to consular posts. Experience with H-1B petitions, labor certifications, J-1 physician waivers and consular processing preferred. 3-5 years experience in the immigration field and computer literacy required. Friendly place to work. Excellent compensation package. If interested please forward in confidence your resume, references and compensation history to Jan Pederson at:

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Laner Muchin in Chicago, IL, one of the nation's oldest labor law firms has potential openings for experienced immigration attorneys in the near future. Laner Muchin successfully recruits quality candidates on a national basis. Laner Muchin provides opportunities to handle challenging responsibilities and exciting projects; we have highly competitive salaries and benefits; we have an informal unpretentious office atmosphere; and we can demonstrate an excellent record of elevating associates to partnership. These positions require excellent academic credentials, 2-4 years substantial experience in all aspects of employment-based immigration and strong case management, communication and writing skills. The ideal candidate must be client-service focused and able to thrive in a challenging and fast-paced environment of congeniality and respect. For consideration, please e-mail cover letter and resume to We are an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Laner Muchin in Chicago, IL, one of the nation's oldest labor law firms has potential openings for full-time immigration paralegals in the near future. As part of our philosophy of providing cost effective counsel, whenever legal tasks can be done by a paralegal, the client benefits. Our paralegals have the opportunity to contribute to a growing immigration practice and do challenging work. The ideal candidates must have at least one year of substantial experience in employment-based immigration, be highly motivated, detailed-oriented and have outstanding communication, case management, computer and people skills. College degree preferred. Spanish and/or other foreign language a plus. Competitive compensation package and excellent benefits offered. Please e-mail cover letter and resume to We are an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Midtown NYC law firm seeking experienced paralegal with 1-2 years of business immigration. Experience in all NIV and IV cases and labor certification desired. Please send resume by email at: or fax resume to (212) 935-7892, Attention: Immigration Department.

Labor Certification Advertising/Recruiting
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Dear Editor:
Perhaps Katelyn Giovino's letter (5/31/05 ID) could explain how Mexicans "who enter illegally could return to their home countries and re-enter through the proper legal channels" when Mexican immigrants can't get green cards if they have no immediate family members through whom to apply. The number of work visas granted to low-skilled laborers is very limited.

Dave Anderson
Gainesville, GA

Dear Editor:
I am tired of letters like those of Katelyn Giovino (5/31/05 ID), which simply refuse to acknowledge how US businesses, and therefore the US economy, benefit from low-wage labor that immigrants provide. It is also a fact that no matter what the rhetoric in Washington, and despite the "minutemen" on the border, enforcement against these employers has been lax, and so they continue to draw immigrants north. It is human nature to try to improve one's situation in life. Many of us are descended from immigrants who came to this country for that very reason. The majority of undocumented immigrants to the US today are propelled by the same urge, and have in fact contributed billions of dollars that they will never see again to our Social Security trust fund. Immigration reform is needed, I don't think anyone who visits ILW.COM questions that, but let's try to be practical and humane about it. These diatribes about kicking all illegal immigrants out and making them stand in some sort of orderly line (as if USCIS were not already awash in backlogs that have led to demoralized staff simply shredding applications) are simply churlish and not conducive to any kind of real solution. And finally, since Mexico is our partner in NAFTA and we are negotiating CAFTA with the rest of Central America, what happens in those economies most definitely does concern us, with the impact on immigration only one part of the overall picture.

Liz Fautsch, La Guia del Inmigrante, Inc.
Encinitas, CA

Dear Editor:
Do you have any data collected on PERM approvals? (5/23/05 ID comment)

Jeff Ross, Esq.

Dear Editor:
I have been informed that ICE Government Attorneys are being instructed to request passports for individuals seeking asylum before the Immigration Court. Once the passport is produced, they confiscate it and refuse to return it. The idea is that they want to keep the passport to expedite removal orders if and when they are issued. There is a concern that ICE Government Attorneys are abusing their power in confiscating the passports. Please be aware of this new tactic implemented by ICE.

Victor D. Nieblas Pradis
City of Industry, CA

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