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Immigration Daily November 15, 2005
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PERM On Broadway!

The location of the full-day PERM workshop on Wednesday, December 7th has been finalized: it will be at Holiday Inn Martinique On Broadway, 49 West 32nd Street (32nd and Broadway), New York, NY 10001. Here are the highlights of this location for those who are considering attending:

*** For those coming from outside the NorthEast:
The hotel is located on 32nd and Broadway, in mid-town Manhattan (the commercial and retail district of NYC is in mid-town whereas down-town Manhattan is mostly the financial district), two blocks from Macy's HQ store, two blocks from the Empire State Building, and conveniently located to many other Manhattan business, shopping and fun spots. This particular hotel is on one of the safest blocks in mid-town, and is not as expensive as some others in mid-town (we have a limited number of rooms reserved at a discount rate).

*** For those coming by Amtrak (anywhere from DC to Boston):
The hotel is just one block from Penn Station, you can come to NYC for a day trip (possibly by Metroliner) and avoid the expense of a night's stay.

*** For those coming from New Jersey:
The hotel is just one block from Penn Station (NJ Transit) and across the street from the PATH Station.

*** For those coming from Long Island:
The hotel is just one block from Penn Station/LIRR.

*** For those coming from Connecticut/upstate NY:
The hotel is a 15-minute walk (or a 5-minute cab ride) from Grand Central Terminal.

*** For those coming from Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island:
The hotel is right atop the 34th Street Herald Square station served by the B, D, F, N, Q, R, V and W lines (the 1, 2 and 3 lines are just a block away, and the 6 line is 3 blocks away).

To register on-line, please see http://www.ilw.com/workshops/december2005perm.shtm. To register by mail/fax, please see http://www.ilw.com/workshops/december2005perm.pdf

We welcome readers to share their opinion and ideas with us by writing to editor@ilw.com.


Focus

Deadline Is Wednesday, November 16th For PERM Nuts & Bolts: The Latest Tips For Practitioners

We are pleased to bring a new telephonic seminar on PERM to our readers' attention, the curriculum is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on Nov 17, 2005:

  • What is "identical" for refiling purposes?
  • Refiling and SVP/Job Zone issues
  • Refiling and BEC Interaction/How to withdraw a case
  • Multiple filings and the 8/11/05 FAQ
  • The role of retrogression

SECOND Phone Session on Dec 8, 2005:

  • PW Determination Expirations
  • SVP/Job Zones and Business Necessity
  • Drafting for BS+5 and EB-2 Preference Category Cases
  • Drafting for cases involving a combination of education and experience
  • Calculating Recruitment Dates

THIRD Phone Session on Jan 12, 2006:

  • BEC Update
  • PERM Processing Times
  • EB-2 vs. EB-3
  • Substitutions at CIS and at the BECs
  • Audits and Denials
The deadline to sign up is Wednesday, November 16th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/november2005.shtm. (Fax version: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/november2005.pdf.)


Article

Religious Workers: Federal Lawsuit Challenges CIS Policy Requiring Non-Profit Organizations To Be Tax-Exempt As A "Church" Or A "Religious Organization"
Lawrence Lataif and Karen M. Holland write "The CIS policy is being challenged on grounds that it fails to recognize, and deletes from the statute, the "affiliated organization" by blurring the statutory distinction between bona fide "religious organization" and bona fide "affiliated organization."


News

ESIG eAdjudications Update
The ESIG issued the latest news on the USCIS "eAdjudication" initiative.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Well-respected business immigration practice located in North Potomac, MD with 20+ years experience is now expanding. Seeks committed, energetic attorney with strong client interface skills, meticulous attention to detail, superior writing ability and uncompromising professional ethics. Outstanding professional development and growth opportunity. Small, casual, flexible and collegial office. Contact Denise Hammond at: denise@hammondlegal.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Greenberg Traurig, LLP a large international law firm, has openings in its Tysons Corner, VA location for business immigration paralegals. If you want to join a team of highly-trained and very motivated immigration paralegals in a demanding, fast-paced environment this is the position for you. To join our team you must be very organized with the ability to work independently, manage a large case load, juggle multiple tasks/deadlines, and possess excellent computer skills. Bachelor degree or equivalent required. In our practice we hire the best the field has to offer and make them better. In return, we ask for the very best you can offer. Excellent benefits and compensation package offered. If you are talented and up to the challenge, this job is for you. Send cover letter, resume, salary requirements + writing sample to Cristy Campbell by email: campbellcr@gtlaw.com or fax: 703-714-8374.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP is currently looking for two paralegals to work directly with the Immigration Practice Group in its Washington, DC office. Must be able to work under minimal supervision. The firm offers an excellent compensation and benefits package, outstanding work environment, and comprehensive support to enable our Immigration Paralegals to assume significant responsibility, including contact with clients. Candidates must have at least two years of business immigration experience in employment-based immigrant and non-immigrant categories. Candidates must possess strong organizational, research and writing skills. Knowledge of PC applications and flexibility to work overtime are required. An undergraduate degree is required. Morgan Lewis is an Equal Opportunity Employer. M/F/D/V. Please apply online via the career link of the Morgan Lewis website.

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. Must have a Bachelor's degree and be bilingual in Spanish/English. 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 + writing sample to Paul S. Haar, Esq., 1150 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20036 or paulhaar@aol.com.

Credential Evaluation And Translation Service
Are you getting RFE's when you use 'other' credential evaluation companies? With a 99.9% approval rate, American Evaluation and Translation Service, Inc. (AETS) provides 'expert opinion' position evaluations and work experience evaluations completed by PhD university professors who have the "authority to grant college level credit for work experience and/or training." AETS evaluations are consistently accepted by the USCIS because evaluations are completed by PhD professors from four different universities with expertise in most major academic fields. AETS provides the most competitive industry rates - $50 educational evaluations and $200 position and work experience evaluations. AETS offers a variety of turn-around times, including same-day educational, position and work experience evaluations. For a complete list of prices and turn-around times, see: http://aetsinternational.com/applicationforevaluationservices.pdf. AETS provides certified translations in 100+ languages, with translators in 80+ fields. For a copy of the application for credential evaluation and translation services, contact AETS at (786) 276-8190, visit http://www.aetsinternational.com, email info@aetsinternational.com or simply fax the documents to (786) 524-0448 or (786) 524-3300.


comingsNgoings

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Letters

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

Dear Editor:
Is there a copy of the Wilson Four appeal filed by The Department of Justice? (11/14/05 ID comment).

Julio Cesar Ortiz, Senior Reporter
Univision Arizona

Dear Editor:
Is the Wilson Four IJ ruling documented anywhere, say on Lexis or Westlaw? Cite? (see 11/14/05 ID comment)

Crome Yellow

Dear Editor:
Immigration Daily recently commented that the candidate Kilgore (VA) lost due to ads against illegal immigration (see 11/11/05 ID comment). I hope that was just a guess. I think Immigration Daily is wrong. I hope the American people will be way smarter than this. I value more and more candidates who can demonstrate character and wisdom to yes, cracking illegal immigration and making the right and fair decision to protect Americans against this unfair competition from cheap labor.

MB

Dear Editor:
It is my view that any baby, young child, or minor, brought into the USA by its mother, should be given legal status, and even considered for citizenship, if that child remains in the USA into adulthood ( see 11/14/05 ID comment). It is unfair for a newborn or child, being debarred from education, or citizenship because he or she was brought illegally into The USA by his/her parents. That child is not responsible for his/her current residence. Therefore, should not be debarred from accessing education like every American child is entitled to.

Derryck S. Griffith
New York City

Dear Editor:
Hundreds of thousand of US citizens and legal permanent residents who have engineering, MBA, computer science degrees are getting distressed and depressed in not getting jobs suitable to their qualifications. But foreigners are getting jobs very easily under the H-1B visa. Because of availability of H-1B visa to foreigners, US citizens and LPRs are being unemployed. They apply to all the companies they know. But they are refused jobs having been informed that the vacancys are filled. In fact, companies file applications with the Dept. of Labor to issue in favor of their newly appointed alien employees. When the application for issuance of labor certificate is filed by the employer, the Dept. of Labor also does not seem to seriously look into the application as to why the job that is being given to the foreign worker, is not made available to the USC or LPR. It is known to all of us that the DOL can play a great role for USCs and LPRs to get jobs by deeply investigating the applications that are filed by the employers for issuance of labor certificate. Most of the employers are reported to have mentioned in the applications that none applied for the vacancy, and they requested the DOL to issue labor certificate in favor of the person to whom they recommended. In view of the fact, USCs and LPRs have been suffering from being unemployed the US government should either abolish H-1B visa or announce that the presently unemployed USCs and LPRs of having degrees of engineering, MBA, computer science, etc. are advised to register with the DOL.

S. Salike

Dear Editor:
My husband was left behind when his parents with other siblings immigrated to US as refugees. The reason was simple: he was in the Army (military service was not an alternative in Russia in 1989). After his service was completed, we got married (1992) and he tried to update me to his case. After a few years, we had two children and still tried to add ourselves to the case through the refugee program but without success. In 1997, we came to visit his family in US and filed an I-589 (asylum application). Our application was pending for 7 years (processing time 180 days). Meanwhile, we were granted work authorization (EAD), at least we could provide for our family. We never accesed welfare. In May 2004, we were invited to the interview with an asylum officer. In three months, we received a letter about denial of our petition and about the court which was scheduled already. The reason for denial stated that we didn't establish well founded fear of prosecution in the past and future. So we had very short time to hire immigration attorney and prepare our case. Court also denied our petition and gave us a deportation notice. We also have our newborn citizen, we purchased a home, but no one cares about our ruined lives. All of our close and far relatives are here and eligible, only we are cursed. We have no criminal background, we have done everything legally, didn't break any law and that's how we were rewarded. I can't hear about any relief for illegal or undocumented immigrants while there's no relief for us, documented hard working people.

Galina Korotkov
Tri-Cities Washington


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