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Immigration Daily September 27, 2005
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Latest On Retrogression

Our 9/23/05 comment on retrogression suggesting that there were significant numbers available has led to a deluge of letters to the Editor and discussion. We had suggested that there would be a total of 248,000 visas for FY 2006 comprised of 140,000 (regular quota) + 8,000 (overflow from family) + 101,000 (AC 21 recaptures). Immigration Daily has now learned from USCIS Nebraska Service Center Deputy Director Christian who inquired of Charlie Oppenheim at the Department of State as follows:

"I believed the information in [the comment] to be incorrect and inquired of Charlie Oppenheim at Department of State. His response was as follows: "AC21 had recaptured the FY-1999/FY-2000 unused Employment numbers which totaled approximately 131,000. Approximately 101,000 of those numbers remained available for use in FY-2005, and there will be about 8,000 remaining for use in FY-2006. My estimate for the FY-2006 Employment limit will be 156,000 (140,000 + 8,000 (FY-2005 Family) + 8,000 (AC21)."
Thus, the total number of FY 2006 EB visas is 156,000, not 248,000. The information we supplied earlier was the best estimate available at the time. With the revised numbers from the DOS above for which we thank Mr. Christian and Mr. Oppenheim, the EB situation appears to be bleaker than even we had feared. As indicated earlier, it is possible that there may be some disputes about the count which may or may not be litigated.

As this fluid situation develops, we will be happy to address queries which clearly originate from immigration professionals. Immigrants and employers should contact their immigration attorney for the latest information.

We welcome readers to share their opinion and ideas with us by writing to


Detailed Curriculum For "USCIS Service Centers: Current Benefits Issues", Deadline Is Wednesday, September 28th!

We are pleased to announce "USCIS Service Centers: Current Benefits Issues" a 3-part telephone seminar on the current state of affairs in USCIS benefits processing. The detailed curriculum is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on Sep 29:

  • Current issues at Texas Service Center
    1. Filing Applications
      1. How many copies?; Order of documents in applications
      2. Requesting Special Handling: (Requesting Visa Cross-Chargability, Requesting Expedited Processing, Flagging applications to recapture priority dates)
      3. Filing Deadline Cases At TSC
    2. Inquiring About The Status Of Pending Cases
      1. Petition Return from Consulates (How to inquire? How long do they take? NOID letters issued without citing the consulate’s specific findings)
    3. I-485 Questions:
      1. Why 2 approval notices?
      2. What to do if no card arrives?
      3. Wait time for Biometrics appointment after filing?
      4. Reopening based on Service Error
      5. Lawyers receiving approval notices dated after the retrogression
    4. Appeals to TSC
    5. Processing of Derivative Family Members
  • Current issues at Nebraska Service Center
    1. Multi-Year EADs
    2. Asylum Issues
    3. F-1/OPT
    4. EOS/COS & 212(a)(9) Overstays
    5. I-130 Reinstatement Issues

SECOND Phone Session on Oct 20:

  • Current issues at California Service Center
    1. "Interview-waivable" family-based adjustment cases
    2. The effect of PERM on CSC processing of I-140 and I-485 cases
    3. H-1B Issues with CSC
    4. CSC’s mass-RFE project for I-130s
    5. VisaScreen Certificates and AOS
    6. Extensions of NIVs
    7. Late TPS Registration
    8. I-751s
    9. I-212 Waivers
  • Current issues at Vermont Service Center
    1. EAD & Advance Parole Processing
    2. VSC Issuance of NTA’s

THIRD Phone Session on Nov 3:

  • Current issues at National Benefits Center
    1. Items to be provided
  • Current issues at Administrative Appeals Office
    1. Items to be provided
  • Current issues at Office of CIS Ombudsman
    1. Items to be provided

The deadline to sign up is Wednesday, September 28th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: (Fax version:


BIA Finds Service Of OSC On Two-Year-Old Defective For Failure To Serve The Child’s Mother
Andrew Knapp, Esq. writes "Estefany's arguments ultimately prevailed when the Board of Immigration Appeals, on August 22, 2005, ordered her deportation proceedings reopened."


USCIS Publishes Notice Of Fee Increase
USCIS published notice in the Federal Register of an increase in all application fees, ranging from $5 -$15, due to inflation. For the Federal Register item, see here. For the USCIS press release, see here. For a list of fee increases effective October 26, 2005, see here.

USCIS Publishes Latest Cap Count
USCIS published the latest H-cap count.


Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Washington, D.C. - Krupin O'Brien LLC seeks experienced paralegal to support immigration practice. We seek candidates with strong academic credentials and excellent communication skills. We are looking for an experienced immigration paralegal with the ability to prioritize, organize and communicate effectively, and has the flexibility to work overtime. Paralegal will work directly with lawyers and staff in a professional environment. Must be proficient in MS Office. Email resume and cover letter to Evie Baskin:

Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
Largest suburban Maryland law firm seeks detailed, organized legal secretary. 2+ years of immigration legal experience is required with knowledge of immigration procedures. Skills required: attention to detail, organizational, strong client relations, administrative, interpersonal, proofreading, computer proficiency, 70 words per minute typing, and dictaphone. Excellent benefits package. Send resume + salary requirements to: Ms. Maura Bowen, Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker, P.A., Rockville, MD. Fax (301) 230-2891 or email:

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
The Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law is a Los Angeles non-profit that focuses its work on the civil and human rights of insular minorities. For more info, see: and The Center is accepting resumes for its EAF Attorney position. The salary is 36k, 45k (when medical/dental insurance coverage included). Applicants must possess the following: CA State Bar admittance, bilingual in Spanish and English, strong research and writing skills, Lexis training and experience, ability to multi-task. Applicants with immigration experience preferred and should have a strong demonstrated commitment to social justice. Duties relate to program's Equal Access Fund grant's scope of work with the rights of unaccompanied minors, trafficking victims, and legalization and LIFE Act applicants, and include: assistance in development and implementation of training programs, providing technical support to legal services groups, community-based organizations, and eligible clients; reviewing and responding to correspondence; assistance in the research and writing of policy analysis, articles, outreach materials, etc.; providing consultations and referrals to eligible clients seeking legal assistance; representing the Center at governmental and community-based meetings and conferences; coordinating with legal services groups and community-based organizations the preparation of special immigrant juvenile status visa applications. Email cover letter, resume, + list of (3) references to both Peter Schey, Executive Director and Carlos Holguin, General Counsel.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Successful downtown New York City-based immigration law firm seeks a talented immigration paralegal. The ideal candidate should possess 3+ years of corporate immigration experience. A 4-year college degree is preferred. Excellent organizational and computer skills are a must. Submit your resume and respond to this blind ad posting at:

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Downtown Washington, DC firm seeking a mature and responsible paralegal with a minimum of 2 years experience in both family and business immigration cases. Bachelor's degree and excellent writing skills are a must. We are a boutique immigration firm with a fast-paced yet collegial atmosphere and no billable hours requirements. We offer a competitive salary and benefits - both traditional (health insurance) and non-traditional (in-office professional massage). Please send resume and writing sample to Paul S. Haar, Esq., 1150 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20036 or email to

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Small, energetic, progressive law firm in Columbus, Ohio seeks attorney with 0-5 years experience to work immigration litigation practice area. Individual must be highly motivated and well-organized, as this is a dynamic and complex practice area. Position involves extensive client contact and regional travel, with excellent opportunities for growth. French, Spanish or other foreign language preferred. Competitive salary and fringe benefits. Please submit resume and salary requirements in confidence to This is a blind ad posting.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Exceptional and challenging career opportunities available for you at this prominent global immigration law firm in Iselin, New Jersey. The ideal candidate must have 2 + years of exp. in business immigration, possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to perform multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment. College degree, MS Word and Windows 2000 required. The Firm offers highly competitive salaries and excellent growth opportunities. We are conveniently located minutes from the train station and are approximately a 40 minute train ride from Manhattan on NJ Transit. Submit resume, writing sample, + salary requirement to Alaina Shneiderovsky:

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, P.C. seeks immigration paralegals for its Washington, DC (1) and its Nashville, Tennessee (1) offices. Both positions require a BA and 1-2 years of business immigration experience, including preparation of nonimmigrant petitions, labor certifications and immigrant petitions. Must have strong writing skills. Foreign language a plus, but not required. Qualified applicants should send cover letter, resume + writing sample to Betsy Taylor, Office Administrator by fax (202) 220-2235 or email to Please specify desired employment location. No phones calls please. EOE/M/F/H/D/V.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Berry, Appleman & Leiden LLP, a global corporate immigration law firm, is seeking experienced attorneys with a minimum of three years practicing business immigration law, for its Virginia and San Francisco Offices. Our attorneys work in a fast-paced, high volume environment, and utilize carefully developed procedures, advanced practice tools, and a state-of-the-art case management system. Experience in a range of business immigration matters, the ability to provide exceptional client service, experience managing teams of legal assistants, and superb analytical, and organizational skills required. We strive for excellence in legal practice in a collegial environment, promoting cooperation and learning from each other. We offer competitive salary and benefits. Please submit your resume via email to: or by fax to 415-217-4426.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
In-house immigration attorney sought for Pittsburgh, PA based technology company as Director of Immigration Services. This individual will manage day-to-day work of paralegal staff, develop relationships with managers and liaison with subsidiaries and consulates, and participate in developing proactive immigration policy and procedure. Must have a minimum of three years of business immigration experience including H, L, B, PERM, I-9 compliance, and other related issues and be licensed to practice in PA. Interested candidates should email resume and references to or fax resumes to 412.494.0575.

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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:
In Re: Immigration Reform Ahoy (09/26/05 ID comment), Wow. So Mr. Karl Rove actually leaked this closed-door inside scoop to the editors at ILW.COM? I'm very impressed, although he has been known to name drop before.

Michael Walker

Editor's Note: Mr. Lamar Smith's memo to Mr. Rove was reported by a variety of sources, including the link that we supplied in that comment.

Dear Editor:
If any government employee or political scientist thinks that people who are "guest workers" will return to their homeland after six long years of establishing roots in the USA, they are sorely not thinking clearly (09/26/05 ID comment). Would you return to some Third World nation after having a beautiful life in the USA for six years?

Steve Merrill

Dear Editor:
I hope that Immigration Daily is not giving false hope to those in search of an immigrant visa number (09/23/05 ID and response to letters to the Editor 09/26/05 ID) with regards to the 101,000 numbers which Immigration Daily thinks will be recaptured from 1999-2004 pursuant to AC 21. I also subscribe to fellow immigration attorney Carl Shusterman's monthly Newsletter and according to Carl's July Newsletter he wrote "we do know that all of the green cards "recaptured" by AC-21 have already been used up" and in his September Newsletter he states "All of the visa numbers recaptured by AC-21 have been used". Is he wrong on this, or is Immigration Daily? Thanks for getting to the bottom of this story.

Susanna I. Bogue, Esq.
San Francisco, CA

Editor's Note: There is some confusion about the exact count as to visa numbers recaptured. We based our report on the count of an expert in this area. The few people knowledgable as to exact numbers will not speak for publication at this time because there is a good chance that some of the numbers may be subject to litigation in the near future.

Dear Editor:
I read the article "The Day Of The Bandaid Is Over: Visa Retrogression And Our Moment Of Truth" written by Gary Endelman (09/21/05 ID article). My family and I are affected by the retrogression and I not only agree with the article, I also loved his writing style.

Jai Reddy

Dear Editor:
I am curious if the new TOEFL-IBT will be accepted for visa screening purposes by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, and then by BCIS, and ultimately by CGFNS (Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools). If so, it would be helpful to thousands to know what the "passing", or acceptable minimum scores would be.

James A. Rarick

Dear Editor:
It is learnt that an action is being taken to add 108,000 numbers to 140,000 employment-based immigration numbers in FY 2006 bringing the total to 248,000 (09/23/05 ID comment). One can see obviously in the Visa Bulletin of Oct. 2005 that there is no retrogression impact on any persons other than the persons from China and India, because all numbers seem to be currently available to all the persons except the persons from these two countries who are waiting for EB-1 and EB-2 visa numbers. There are lots of people in the family-based preference who have been waiting for the availability of visa number for a period of more than a decade, whereas the persons from these two countries under employment-based do not seem to have waited for so long. Therefore, it will be highly fair and just if these 108,000 numbers are added to the family-based number. Having been separated from their parents for such a long time, the children under the family-based preference have been suffering so much. Considering the sufferings being borne by people of the family-based preference it will be the wisest decision if the US government decides to add 108,000 numbers to the family-based number instead of employment-based.

S. Salike

Dear Editor:
Thanks for your comments for the retrogression (09/23/05 ID comment). You said "This may portend some dramatic improvement in the Visa Bulletin in the balance of FY 2006 but it may not be enough." So when DOS released the disastrous October Visa bulletin, does Immigraton Daily think that they didn't know EB visa number was actually 248,000 instead of 140,000?


Editor's Note: You may wish to consult with your immigration counsel.

Dear Editor:
I read Immigration Daily's "Retrogression, The Real Numbers" (09/23/05 ID comment). The article says "Another one-time 101,000 numbers will be recaptured from FY 1999-2004 and will also be added to FY 2006, bringing the total to 248,000." I closely follow immigration news. I could not find this info anywhere else. As far as I know to recapture visa need the permission of Congress or law. Couple months ago 50,000 Visas were recaptured and given to schedule A but not anything is given to the other retrogressed categery. Could you please tell me what is the source of this info? Am I missing anything? If this news is true I would be really glad since I'm suffering because of retrogression.

Suresh Babu

Editor's Note: You may wish to consult with your immigration counsel.

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