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Immigration Daily January 31, 2006
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The Republican Immigration Vision

President Bush is expected to address the country in the 2006 State of the Union on January 31, 2006. During his speech, expect President Bush to provide more details of his comprehensive immigration reform initiative, consisting of elements of Rep. Sensenbrenner's enforcement legislation and elements of Cornyn-Kyl's guestworker bill - essentially, a Republican view of immigration reform. We believe that the President will be able to carry sufficient Democratic votes in both chambers to enact this Republican vision. Thus, practically speaking, the estimated 12 million undocumented will not be deported; however, neither, will they have the opportunity for legalization. Unfortunately, Democrats failed to seize upon a chance for legalization with McCain-Kennedy in the Senate in the fall and lost the initiative to Rep. Sensenbrenner in the House in early December. On immigration, President Bush will emerge victorious, having fulfilled his promise of immigration reform vis-a-vis a temporary guest worker program while simultaneously taking credit for a hard line immigration enforcement approach.

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Groundhog Day Event On Employment Based Immigration

On Groundhog Day, Feb 2nd, Angelo Paparelli will lead the discussion on significant recent regulatory, administrative and judicial developments in Employment Based immigration. The topics covered will include:

  • Adjustment of status portability,
  • H-1B visa number allocation procedures for Masters and Ph.D. graduates of U.S. universities
  • Recapture of H-1B and L-1 time based on periods spent abroad
  • PERM and backlog reduction developments in labor certification practice
  • H-1B extensions beyond six years using DOL printouts
  • Hurricane-related ameliorative measures and deferral of I-9 enforcement
  • Implementation of the L-1 Visa Reform Act
  • Grandfathering under INA 245(i)
  • Clarified eligibility standards for exceptional ability aliens under Schedule A, Group II
  • New interpretations of the American Competitiveness in the 21st Century Act
  • Equivalency determinations in EB-2 and EB-3 immigrant visa categories
  • Three-year wait for naturalization eligibility for certain Extraordinary Ability Aliens
The deadline to sign up for the Groundhog Day session is Tuesday, January 31st. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: (Fax version:


Who Does What In US Immigration
Megan Davy, et al. write "Over the last few years, there have been significant organizational changes in the structure of the agencies that oversee immigrant-related functions in the US."


DOS Policy On J-1 Agricultural Training Programs
The Department of State published a notice in the Federal Register regarding the Department of State's policy on agriculture training programs.

DOS Policy On J-1 Flight Training Programs
The Department of State published a notice in the Federal Register regarding the Department of State's policy on flight training programs.


Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Microsoft Corporation has an immediate opportunity in our dynamic team in the Legal and Corporate Affairs Department in Redmond, Washington. The position requires excellent academic credentials, 4-6 years experience in all nonimmigrant business visas, labor certifications, and other business-related immigration matters. Strong case management, communication and writing skills are required. Must be customer-service focused and able to thrive in a challenging and fast-paced environment. Prior experience managing legal staff and proficiency with Microsoft technology a plus. Microsoft offers a competitive salary, excellent benefits and casual workplace environment. Please submit your resume in Word format to Kristen at Please indicate job code N145-152245 in the subject line. Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and strongly supports diversity in the workplace.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Mintz Levin is a large, multi-disciplinary law firm with a regional, national and international practice. Our Immigration Section is seeking an associate to join the Boston office. Ideal candidate will have at least 5 years of business immigration experience. Candidates should have a background in the following: PERM Applications, H1B, L-1, O1, J1, E and I-9's. Experience dealing with immigration consequences of merger and acquisition activity is strongly preferred. We look for candidates with stellar academic records and outstanding writing and interpersonal skills. We offer excellent benefits and we are an equal opportunity employer. Interested candidates should send resumes to: Catherine L. Murphy, Lateral Associate Recruiting Manager at or Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C., One Financial Center, Boston, MA 02111.

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

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Immigration Law Conference
The 29th National Legal Conference on Immigration and Refugee Policy "Future Shock: Perspectives on Comprehensive Immigration Reform" will be held on March 13-14, 2006 in NYC. Presented by the Center for Migration Studies, in association with the Fordham School of Law (ILW.COM is the media sponsor for this event). The conference will offer an insider's look at the policy and politics in the growing debate on comprehensive immigration reform. Immigration professionals, gov't officials, HR professionals, and non-profits should not miss the chance to hear noted experts speak on topics such as border control, prospects for a guest worker program, internal worksite enforcement, and many other business, family, and asylum issues. Opportunity to interact with key policymakers at this unique international event. Participants are eligible for up to 9.5 credit hrs. Discounts are available for students, nonprofits and government employees. For more info, see here.


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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 Immigration Daily's editing, you have omitted a single letter "a" that reverses the meaning of the sentence (01/30/06 ID). The reference was about China, "...where (a) few multi-nationals are getting rich..." I hope Immigration Daily can acknowledge this correction. In regards to Richard Baer's letters of compassion towards non-citizens (01/30/06 ID), one might ask why such is so narrowly directed. Is there no compassion left for the ever burdened American taxpayers or for the preservation of our society and hard won battles for rights and liberties? When migration is excessive and illegal, citizens pay a heavy price in overcrowding, increased taxes, job destruction, welfare costs, higher medical costs, dilution of culture, higher insurance rates, more diseases and increased crime from auto accidents and thefts, drug sales, assaults and killings of police and others along with thriving gang warfare. For every story of a struggling Mexican (who is Mexico's charge), a similar tale of an American with as many or more problems could be noted. I suppose it all depends upon where one's loyalty is directed.

RL Ranger

Dear Editor:
There is nothing more permanent than Temporary Protected Status which is about to end for thousands of Central Americans. It is time to send a message that this overly abused and much maligned program will actually come to an end this time.


Dear Editor:
What kind of laws does immigration have? trying to deport somebody for a case that they did when they were 16 years old and that they already did time for. This person hasn't been in trouble since then, they own their own business, he's become a stay at home father.


Dear Editor:
The foreign student who applies for student visa is required to submit his bank balance to the American Consulate showing that the amount he has shown in the balance is sufficient for his study in the US. The US Consulate also seems to be accepting the bank balance in the belief that the bank balance submitted to it is true. In fact, most of the amount shown in the bank balance are not belonged to them who submit to the US Consulate. They borrow the money for a few days from the other person who transfers the required amount to the students' account by charging unbelievable very heavy interest. As soon as the interview at the US Consulate is over, the borrowed money will be transferred back to the lender. The advertisements for borrowing money specially for visa purposes are seen in the prominent daily news papers of South Asia countries. The requirement of submission of bank balance to the US Consulate for the student visa is a great problem for the students especially for the students of South Asia countries, and thus is making the students to be fraud. It is natural that once the student becomes fraud, he is encouraged to do fraudulent works again and again. Therefore, to stop fraudulent works by foreign students the US Government should abolish the requirement of submission of bank balance to the US Consulate by the foreign students or the foreign students should be made required to submit the bank statement that will show their transaction of money with the respective bank for at least six months. This will surely stop the foreign students from becoming fraud.

S. Salike

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