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Immigration Daily August 30, 2005
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Test Of A Good American

"How do you test for a good American?" - this is the question USCIS must tackle, in its efforts to redesign the naturalization exam, last updated in 1988. An applicant for naturalization must demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of the history and of the principles and form of US government. Critics point out that the current exam fails to test important concepts, instead asking applicants to respond to questions about the colors of the American flag or the 13 original states. Agency officials also aim to make the test more consistent. Currently, immigration officers can tailor their questions based on an applicant's age, education level, and other personal characteristics. Immigration officials hope to have the new test in place by 2008, where over 10 million immigrants will then be eligible for citizenship. Director of DHS's Office of Citizenship Aguilar acknowledged the risk of the redesign process becoming politicized. According to a Chicago Tribune article, Mr. Aguilar, ruled out a bipartisan oversight panel because the ensuing debate would be so contentious that little would be accomplished. No one disputes that the current naturalization exam needs an overhaul - as always, the devil is in the details.

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PQ: The PERM Quarterly - Pre-Publication Discount To End

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The Three And Ten Year Bars Revisited: When It Helps To Be Put Into Removal Proceedings
James D. Eiss and Danielle Rizzo write "There is a critical difference between being "out of status" and being "unlawfully present."


USCIS Promulgates Fee Increase For AAO Appeals And Motions
The USCIS published a final rule in the Federal Register announcing a fee increase, from $110 to $385, for the processing of an appeal, motion to reopen, or motion to reconsider, in cases under the jurisdiction of the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO), effective September 28, 2005.


Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Kapoor & Associates seeks paralegal/legal assistant for busy family- and employment-based immigration law firm located in Midtown Atlanta, GA; Duties include a little of everything, including preparation of immigration documents, case mgmt, and client liaison; Excellent opportunity to learn, grow and advance with expanding practice; Must have a college degree, and prefer someone with immigration experience; Must have excellent computer skills; Multi-linguals preferred. Competitive salary/benefits. Send resume with salary history to Romy Kapoor by e-mail:

Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
AIESEC is the world's premier international youth organization dedicated to increasing cultural understanding and cooperation through running an international work exchange program. AIESEC has an immediate opening for a visa program manager position based in New York City. The visa program manager is in charge of all aspects of Aiesec's Exchange Visitor Program (EVP+). The EVP+ program rapidly provides immigration attorneys and corporations with a fast, high quality J-1 sponsorship alternative, and is a key strategy helping to fuel the growth of our organization. He/she works with more than one hundred immigration attorneys and company HR representatives to sponsor individuals on the J-1 training visa. The manager reviews and sponsors hundreds of individual applications on J-1 training programs. start date: ASAP. Skills and Experience: customer relationship management skills and experience; must be a motivated self-starter, with excellent follow-through skills, who can work independently; exceptional communication, organization, and analytical abilities; legal or immigration industry background, experience and knowledge a plus. If interested, please send a resume and cover letter to Jim Kelly: No phone calls, please.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Growing central New Jersey Law firm seeks aggressive, motivated, take-charge attorney for its immigration group. Successful candidate should have experience with deportation/removal cases and be familiar with business immigration, including H-1's and PERM. Must be able to work independently. Some clientele of your own is a plus but not required. Competitive salary and benefit package to right person. Apply in confidence by email to:

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy (FDBL) seeks to hire an experienced paralegal for its Washington D.C. office. FDBL offers a career position requiring a wide range of skills in a fast-paced setting for the right candidate. Our ideal candidate has 3-5 years experience with all aspects of business immigration and will have the benefit of attorney supervision and guidance. Responsibilities include: preparation of all types of immigrant visa petitions, labor certifications, adjustment of status and consular processing applications, and preparation of all types of nonimmigrant visa petitions (particularly Hs, Ls, TNs, and Os). Paralegal will manage caseload with large degree of independence, communicate with clients regarding procedural and case processing issues, update and maintain client status reports, prepare bills, and serve as a team resource. FDBL offers a comprehensive compensation package. Fax your resume and cover letter to Allison Bettridge, Human Resources/Office Manager, at 202-371-2898. For more information, please contact Ms. Bettridge at 202-223-5515. EOE.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Established immigration and real-estate boutique firm in Aventura, FL is looking for an immigration attorney. Must have minimum 2 yrs. business immigration experience including H, L, E visas, I-140's, labor certifications (PERM), RFEs. Bilingual (English-Spanish) is a must. Compensation commensurate with experience. Generous benefit package. EOE. Please send resume to Mark Katsman: No calls please.

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Career Move
After 15 years at the helm of one of the leading immigrant rights groups in the city and in the nation, Margie McHugh has announced that she will be stepping down as executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition, effective October 15th. Tel: (212) 627-2227 Fax: (212) 627-9314.


Readers are welcome to share their comments, email: (300-words or fewer preferred). Many letters to the Editor refer to past correspondence, available in our archives.

Dear Editor:
That is the most outrageous thing I have ever heard of - giving an American citizen's ranch to an illegal alien (8/25/05 ID comment). They had no business being over here in the first place and should be put in jail. this should never have happened and every radio station in the U.S. should be broadcasting it to the top of their lungs and we should get that judges' name and email and deluge him with objections.


Dear Editor:
The Letters to the Editor have been fascinating the last week or so. A couple of points regarding two letters on 8/22/05 ID: (1) In Elliot Taubman's letter he refers to "Connelly" as being an "English" name. Of course it is an Irish name which explains why there are multiple different spellings from the Irish Gaelic language "O Conghaile". (2) In S. Salike's letter, having seen firsthand many winners from Ireland, I cannot recall even one who was a "burden on the tax payers' shoulder." The Irish winners and their families have given more police officers, builders and contractors, firefighters, and other much-needed new blood to this country, not to mention bringing their traditions of music, dance, and sports to communities across the U.S. which were losing their connections to "the ould sod." Unfortunately, the lottery today has become a cruel joke for the Irish community with only around 200 winners in past years. Keep up the good work.

Susanna Bogue
San Francisco, CA

Dear Editor:
In response to Shah's Involuntary housewife status article (8/26/05 ID), I'm really not sure what the point of the author's article is. To show how rough H1-B spouses have it? The situations that the author described are not unique to women accompanying their husbands on H1-Bs. They're the same thing American spouses go through everyday, especially in two career couples. The only unusual aspect is that the H4 wife needs to get her own visa in order to work, but that's something she and her spouse should have considered before coming here, and planned for. If the wife's interests are not served by the H1-B, perhaps the couple shouldn't take it. I've known American career women who've given up those careers at least temporarily in the interest of their husband's career. I've known of several American couples, each spouse with a career, who have had to live apart for periods of time in order to follow their own careers. One such couple, after a few years in separate states, at times in separate countries, and lots of frequent flier miles, was finally able to find jobs at the same school. The H1-B couples the author described are experiencing real American life, and real American problems, not the "American Dream, happy ever after" impression that many foreigners have of the U.S.

Ali Alexander

Dear Editor:
I read so many articles and letters regarding illegal immigrants who are waiting for their immigration docs in your different published Letters to the Editor. I was in USA since 1998 and I try to get work authorization til now (I am outside of usa). I have not yet received any letter after denial of work permit and my appeal to respected commissioner (USCIS). It's not a matter for special treatment in my case, it's a matter about all who are right now in the USA and waiting for some kind of legal status. I strongly request to all Immigration Daily readers / writers, don't try to force to send them back to their home countries because you don't know how they can survive, now they are all in the U.S. system, so please pass a law. If they can pay taxes, health costs, schoolcosts or whatever US citizens are doing, than they should get authorization to live in the USA. This law may be bring new life to those they have been waiting for a long time, there kids have grown up here, they are getting an education here, etc. If only on an humanatarian basis please allow them to stay here.

Name Withheld Upon Request

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