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DOL Guidance On Labor Certs Impacted By Hurricanes
The DOL published guidance (TEGL 8-05) related to the filing and processing of permanent labor certifications impacted by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma. TEGL 8-05 replaces and supersedes all prior Division of Foreign Labor Certification hurricane guidance.


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Washington State University, International Programs seeks Immigration Compliance Specialist. Administrative professional, permanent, 12 month, full time position to provide relevant support services to foreign faculty and scholars in achieving legal status in the United States; promote intercultural understanding and knowledge about Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of State, and Department of Labor; assist University departments in hiring qualified foreign faculty and staff. Required: Bachelor's degree in a relevant field and 4 years professional experience hiring foreign faculty/staff. Master's or JD degree may be substituted for up to 1 year of required experience. Preferred: Knowledge of U.S. government regulations affecting international faculty/scholars (DHS, USCIS, DOL, CBP, DOS). Demonstrated experience working with culturally diverse clientele. Five years professional experience hiring foreign faculty/staff. Experience with PR sponsorship, H-1B1, J-1, TN, B-1, and 0-1 status. Overseas experience and/or fluency in a second language. Demonstrated computer skills/experience with databases and electronic reporting systems (ACCESS, FSAtlas, i1440) and with development/production of electronic publications and websites. Salary is competitive with full benefits package. Screening of applications will begin on January 3, 2006. Submit a letter of application, resume, and three letters of recommendation which include reference name, address, phone, and e-mail to: Mary Weitz, Clerical Manager Immigration Compliance Specialist Search PO Box 645121 / Bryan Hall 206 Pullman, WA 99164-5121. WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens and is an EEO/AA Employer and Educator. Members of protected groups are encouraged to apply.

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Dear Editor:
I resent Sebastian's comment (12/08/05 ID) that immigration people are incompetent and lazy. While it is true there may be a few such people in the Service it is unjust to characterize all in that fashion. One should step in our shoes and do our many and varied jobs for a time before making such statements. There are security checks that can take weeks or months. There are missing documents that the alien must supply and that can take months or years before being received. It depends on their interest in their particular case. Don't put all the blame on the Service's side. We have to rely on other agencies for many reasons and some of them are in even worse shape than the Service. As for incompetency, what agency or business doesn't have a few who suffer from this? Perhaps one should take the exam and get a job with the Service, which requires passing the drug screening test and a complete background check. Try to do the job for six months and then see if one feels the same way.

Ralf Topoli

Dear Editor:
I appreciate Mr. Hake's response (12/08/05 ID) to my letter (12/07/05 ID) and for clearing any doubts remaining in my mind about the doubtful ethics of my lawyer. I will certainly report him if he does not send me a copy of the LC and continues to avoid communication. In response to Ms. Moran's letter (12/08/05 ID), thanks for your reply, however it is hard to remain good with no reward other than goodness for 7+ years.


Dear Editor:
In response to MB's letter (12/07/05 ID), why doesn't he ask his employer for proof of the PERM filing? After all this is his sponsor and the person who has the most access to the PERM system, having registered both themself and the lawyer.

Robert Hollander, Esq.

Dear Editor:
I accept virtually everything in Dr. Massey's column (12/07/05 ID), especially in light of Pew Hispanic Center's recent report showing that most Mexican illegal aliens leave jobs in Mexico to come here. However, his conclusion, "Repressive border-enforcement policies simply make it more difficult for such migrants to achieve their ambition of returning home," does not follow from the material his article presents. If all an illegal alien wanted to do was return home, taking what he's earned with him, the US would have no problem. The "problem" would only occur if the illegal alien wants to be able to come and go as it suits him and sees strict border enforcement as an obstacle. But how does having a permanent class of irregular workers, who have no loyalty to or intention of remaining permanently in the US, fit in with our traditional views of immigration and citizenship? How would it impact our security, given that a flow which enables Mexicans to cross the border also allows nonMexicans to do so? If the flow were formalized in the form of a "guest worker" program, then this would require strict border enforcement to ensure that parallell illegal operations did not continue to operate, undermining the program. Furthermore, the history of guest worker programs shows that no matter what Dr. Massey claims about the intent of workers when they first come, the result is that many if not most remain in the host society legally or illegally. I believe that if employers genuinely do need low-skilled uneducated workers that this should be accommodated through adjustment to our usual immigration processes, not guest worker programs or lax border enforcement. Employers should be responsible for showing the need for and financial support for imported workers, and immigration should be open to immigrants other than Mexicans.

Ali Alexander

Dear Editor:
I-539 Form on ILW.COM's website is outdated. The USCIS fillable form has some defect and cannot be filled. It says that this form was updated 10/26/05. 07/30/04 (Fee Change 1/14/05) version also accepted. ILW.COM has 2001 version. Can you please put 2004 version so it is acceptable to USCIS?

Riddhi Desai

Editor's Note: Thanks to our reader for pointing this out. The latest version of Form I-539 is now available.

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