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Immigration Daily January 24, 2006
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Immigration At Sundance

According to a Reuters report, three obscure filmmakers covering undocumented immigration made a splash during the Sundance Film Festival's opening weekend: Tin Dirdamal's "DeNADIE," Joseph Mathew's documentary "Crossing Arizona" and Pablo Veliz's drama "La Tragedia de Macario". For the full story, see here.

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Deadline For Latest In Nurse Immigration (In Cooperation With CGFNS) Is Tuesday, Jan. 24th

ILW.COM is pleased to announce a new 3-part teleconference on the Latest In Nurse Immigration (In Cooperation With CGFNS). The curriculum is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on Jan 26, 2006: DOL & DHS Issues

  • PERM: What are the requirements? Is the PERM system working? Is the Dept. of Labor meeting the estimated processing times?
  • RETROGRESSION: Who is affected? What's the impact on cases? How long will retrogression last? Is there hope for a legislative solution to retrogression?
  • SCHEDULE A: who qualifies? What documentation is required?
  • LICENSURE AND CREDENTIALING: What's the difference between professional licensure and visa certification? Which occupations require Section 343 certification? When does a foreign national need a section 343 certification?
  • WORKING WITH NEW REQUIREMENTS: What's required with the "in-house" media posting? How can one challenge prevailing wages? How to meet the filing deadlines before prevailing wage determinations expires?
  • STAFFING COMPANIES: How to address ability to pay issues? What is necessary to show "permanent" nature of the job? Where to place the internal posting for "roving employees"?

SECOND Phone Session on Feb 16, 2006: Non-Nurse Occupations

  • IMMIGRATION OPTIONS: Which occupations qualify for schedule A? Which occupations qualify for H-1b? Which occupations qualify for TN under NAFTA?
  • LICENSURE AND VISA CREDENTIALING: Which occupations require a license? Which occupations require section 343 healthcare certificate? At what point in the immigration process is a license required? At what point in the immigration process is a healthcare certificate required?
  • DEFINING THE OCCUPATION: What is meant by "professional nurse" for Schedule A purposes? What constitutes a clinical laboratory scientist? What's the difference between medical technologist and medical technician? Can a foreign educated physician qualify for an occupational visa?
  • DEALING WITH DEADLINES AND LIMITS: What's the status on the H-1b cap? Which employers are exempt from the H-1b cap? Which foreign nationals are exempt from the H-1b cap? Who is affected by visa retrogression? What alternatives are available for those affected by visa retrogression?

THIRD Phone Session on Mar 9, 2006: Consular Issues

  • PREPARING FOR THE INTERVIEW: What documentation is required? Does the foreign national need a current letter from the employer? What to do when the consulate is asking for the wage the foreign national will be paid during the time the foreign national enters the U.S. but before licensed?
  • CHANGES DURING THE APPLICATION PROCESS: How to add new family members (a recent spouse or new baby) to the process after the interview has been scheduled? How to change consulates in the case of relocation to another country?
  • EXPEDITING THE INTERVIEW: Is there any way to get an earlier interview date? What happens if a child is turning 21 years old before the interview date?
The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, January 24th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: (Fax version:


SVP/Job Zone Issues And Refiling And BEC Interactions
Sophia M. Zneimer, Esq. provides a presentation on PERM issues.


CRS Report On Expedited Removal
The Congressional Research Service issued an updated version of its report on immigration policy on expedited removal of aliens.


Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Boutique, two-partner NYC firm seeks associate attorney w/ 1+ years experience in family & business immigration, including processing of PERM/ labor certifications. Must be confident managing case load, making appearances and meeting w/ clients. Strong writing skills a plus. Dynamic opportunity to work on a broad range of cases in casual and collegial work environment w/ generous benefits package. Position available immediately in recently relocated Tribeca office. Please send resume & salary requirements to Sharyn Bertisch:

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
The internationally reputed Murthy Law Firm seeks senior level associates with 5+ years' experience in business immigration law. Our practice is dynamic and fast paced with high volume work that lends itself to varied creative solutions within the framework of the law. Applicants must have prior work experience in H1B and nonimmigrant options as well as an in-depth understanding of immigrant processing procedures. We have created a fully customized, sophisticated case-management system and expect the attorney to supervise paralegals and support staff. Good writing and analytical skills are required. Work is in beautiful, scenic Owings Mills, Maryland, convenient to rural settings and to the culture of Baltimore city. We offer a family friendly and collegial atmosphere. Please email resume and cover letter to Kim Rutherford or fax 410-356-4140. All communication will be treated in confidence.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Hodgson Russ LLP seeks associates with five years progressively more responsible business immigration experience to join our Eastside Manhattan office (steps from Grand Central Terminal). The successful candidate will have demonstrated an ability to work independently, have worked on a wide range of business immigration matters, and have excellent communication skills. We also seek an experienced business immigration attorney on a contract or per diem basis. Please send your resume and cover letter to: Mary Kelkenberg at

Credential Evaluation And Translation
As the nation's leader in foreign credential evaluations and translations, American Evaluation and Translation Service, Inc. (AETS) provides the most competitive rates in the industry $50 educational evaluations, as well as $200 'expert opinion' work experience and position evaluations completed by PhD university professors who have the "authority to grant college level credit for work experience and/or training." AETS offers a variety of turn-around times, including same-day service for educational, work experience, and position evaluations. For list of rates and times, see: AETS also provides certified translations in 100+ languages, with translators that are specialists in 80+ fields. For a copy of the Application for Credential Evaluation and Translation Services, please contact AETS at (786) 276-8190, visit, or email:


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New Offices - Miami Beach, FL
Michael L. Work is pleased to announce that the Law Offices of Michael L. Work has moved to new offices, at 927 Lincoln Road, The Sterling Building, Miami Beach, FL 33139 post Hurricane Wilma.


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 the two letters by Sebastian and Ali Alexander (01/23/06 ID), aside from the specific content of each, it is informative to examine the motivational position of these and previous letters. Sebastian's letters generally display a globalist view in favor of foreigners. This is defined by as: "A national geopolitical policy in which the entire world is regarded as the appropriate sphere for a state's influence". This is also known as xenomania which means: "A mania for, or an inordinate attachment to, foreign customs, institutions, manners, fashions, etc". Mr. Alexander's letters views have consistently emphasized a nativist position which means: "Favoring the interests of established inhabitants over those of immigrants". Globalism requires that we sacrifice the interests of American society for the benefit of multi-national corporations whose bottom line is profit, not patriotism, and inviting the world's masses with an open border and liberal entry policies. While this is done for profits, hypocritical facades of compassion and "we are a nation of immigrants" are often used and abused. The extreme acculturation that results from this is dramatic and permanent which is the goal of some. Acculturation: "The modification of the culture of a group or individual as a result of contact with a different culture." Immigration restrictionists believe that to preserve traditional America and an orderly society, we must limit entry, secure borders, deport illegals and defeat globalism. HR 4437 is a fine start if the Senate will not sell US out by pursuing a guest worker amnesty.

R.L. Ranger

Dear Editor:
Sebastian's letter (01/23/06 ID) mentions a straightforward legal route to immigration as giving "bargaining power" to workers to rise from poverty to the middle class. The example his letter quoted, the Marielitos, benefited not only from a legal route, but more importantly, from the relatively low level of competition from other low-skilled workers immigrating at this time. The proposal Dr. Massey made, of integration with Mexico's labor market, or the basis of the "guest worker" programs we now see in Congress is to expand the US labor force to prevent wages from rising and to give control over workers to employers. Sebastian's letter might also take into account that as a result of the boatlift, the US was burdened with criminals and the mentally ill, whom Castro took the opportunity to dump on the US.

Ali Alexander

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