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Immigration Daily May 17, 2006
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Keep The Momentum

President Bush's address last night outlining his five points on immigration reform adopted the key elements of the Hagel-Martinez Senate compromise (for the transcript, see below). Comprehensive immigration reform gained momentum with President Bush's address which was delivered from the Oval Office (Oval Office addresses are uncommon in politics). The Senate has begun to vote on amendments to S. 2611, the Hagel-Martinez immigration reform compromise. The first two votes on the amendments have gone against the anti-immigrationists' side. We encourage our readers to continue to push for comprehensive immigration reform in 2006.

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


Mid-Year Update In Immigration Law Practice

The curriculum for ILW.COM's latest 3-part telephone seminar series is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on May 25, 2006: Business Immigration Issues - Part 1

  • Bi-specialization: where to file new cases? Where to file concurrent I-140/I-485 cases? What's the impact of bi-specialization?
  • Employment Verification and Enforcement: how to prepare clients for an audit? How to advise clients on contractor issues? How to advise employers on "no-match" letters from the social security administration? What civil and criminal penalties are possible from an ICE investigation?
  • PERM and Backlog Update: What issues are leading to Notice of Intent to Deny from the backlog centers? What are the common issues in denial of PERM cases? How to reopen a case at the backlog center that has been erroneously closed? What to do if a "45-day letter" has not been received?
  • Anticipating the H-1b Cap: which employers are exempt from the cap? Which foreign nationals are exempt from the cap? Can foreign students remain in the U.S. while waiting for an October 1st H-1b? Can foreign nationals "volunteer" while waiting for an H-1b? Must employers terminate foreign student employees caught in the H-1b cap or is leave of absence acceptable?
  • Legislative Update: what impact may legislation have on business immigration?

SECOND Phone Session on June 8, 2006: Family Immigration And Removal Issues

  • Non-immigrant visa options for family members: what visa options are available? What are the criteria?
  • Immigrant visas: What's the impact of overstay and/or unauthorized employment? What criminal issues lead to denial? What waivers are available? When is adjustment possible during a removal process?
  • Removal Issues: Is cancellation of removal a good solution? What are the issues connected to Mandatory Detention? Is voluntary removal a good solution?
  • Inadmissibility vs. Removability: What's the significance of inadmissibility and removability? What are the remedies for inadmissibility and removability?
  • Legislative Update: what impact may legislation have on family immigration?

THIRD Phone Session on July 13, 2006: Business Immigration Issues - Part 2

  • Reports from some of the busiest Consulates in East Asia
  • Consular Processing: Inadmissibility- what are the grounds of inadmissibility for non-immigrant visas? What are the grounds of inadmissibility for immigrant visas?, Waivers- what are the criteria for waivers of inadmissibility for non-immigrant visas and immigrant visas? How to apply for a waiver of inadmissibility, Dealing with Delays- Is it possible to expedite an appointment? Is it possible to speed up the security clearance processing? How to handle age-out cases? What impact may legislation have on business immigration?
  • Schedule A cases: Is it possible to expedite processing to avoid retrogression? What if the healthcare worker doesn't have a healthcare certificate at the time of the interview? What if the work location has changed since the approval of the I-140 petition?
  • H-2B and Other Essential Workers: which occupations qualify? How to prove "temporary" need? How to deal with the quota?
  • Late Breaking Hot Topics including H-1B Cap Update
  • Legislative Update: what impact may legislation have on consular procedures and processing times and other business immigration issues?
The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, May 23rd. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: version:


Immigration Issue Could Lead To 3rd Party Candidate
Scott Rasmussen writes "Most current discussion by elected officials starts with a focus on illegal aliens. For most voters, that's letting the tail wag the dog."


White House Fact Sheet On Immigration Reform
The White House issued a fact sheet on immigration reform.

President Bush Address On Immigration Reform
President Bush addressed the nation on immigration reform in a televised speech from the Oval Office.


Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Newark NJ, Gateway One - Immediate opening in 12 attorney prestigious law firm. Ideal candidate possesses college degree, foreign language fluency and 2+ yrs. employment-related immigration experience. Excellent writing and communication skills required. Able to work independently and as a team player. Interact with firm corporate clients. Great working environment, competitive salary and generous benefits. Send resume and cover letter to Anthony F. Siliato, Esq. at

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Hogan & Hartson, LLP, a prominent Washington, D.C. law firm seeks top-notch business immigration legal assistant. Bachelor's degree and minimum 2 years business immigration experience required. Candidate should have solid background in preparation of all business immigration flings: H-1s, L-1s and TNs and labor certifications. Successful candidate should also have superior organizational and interpersonal skills; excellent oral + written communication and attention to detail, plus the ability to work independently as well as part of team. Outstanding benefits and work environment, convenient Metro Center location, 401(k), back-up childcare center, competitive salary and structured bonus program. EOE M/F - please email resume + cover letter to Dayna Lusby, Legal Assistant Manager:

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Midtown NYC - 13 person immigration law firm seeks paralegal with 2+ years of experience with business applications: nonimmigrant and immigrant. Experience with family based, naturalization and other application a plus. Ideal candidate has BA degree, is detail oriented, organized, conscientious. Candidate must also possess excellent writing, communication & case management skills. Competitive compensation package offered. Email resume + cover letter in MS Word format to

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy (FDBL) seeks to hire an experienced paralegal for its Washington D.C. office. FDBL offers a career position requiring a wide range of skills in a fast-paced setting for the right candidate. Our ideal candidate has 2+ years experience with all aspects of business immigration and will have the benefit of attorney supervision and guidance. Responsibilities include: preparation of all types of immigrant visa petitions, labor certifications (PERM), adjustment of status and consular processing applications, and preparation of all types of nonimmigrant visa petitions (particularly Hs, Ls, and TNs). Paralegal will manage caseload with large degree of independence, communicate with clients regarding procedural and case processing issues, update and maintain client status reports, prepare bills, and serve as team resource. Comprehensive compensation pkg. Fax resume + cover letter to Allison Bettridge, HR/Office Manager, at 202-371-2898. For addtl info, please contact Ms. Bettridge at 202-223-5515. FDBL is an equal opportunity employer.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
New York, NY - Full-time and part-time positions available at a boutique business immigration law firm in Midtown. We enjoy a diverse practice with a lot of client contact. Candidates must be detail-oriented, organized, self-starters, with excellent writing and interpersonal skills. Positions available for those with 1-2 years experience, and 2-5 years experience. Salary DOE. Fax resume + cover letter in confidence to: M. Bailey at (212) 818-0625 or email:

Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
Washington DC - Amnesty Intl (AI) seeks a Director for its Refugee Program. Duties: develop dynamic strategies to promote int'l human rights law and standards pertaining to refugees/asylum-seekers/other forcibly displaced persons; develops responses & actions on important policy questions, promotes AI's positions with Congress and federal agencies, and analyzes emerging areas of law; produces reports & activities for AIUSA's members concerning US asylum/refugee policy and works with AIUSA's membership structures to promote needed changes in US policy; maintain AI's standing among coalition partners. The AIUSA Refugee Program works in coordination with other AI national sections. Bachelor's degree required (advanced degree preferred) and 7+ years of professionally related work experience on refugee/asylum issues. Excellent knowledge of int'l legal standards related to asylum/refugee status. Excellent writing and analytical skills. Knowledge of int'l refugee issues and experience working with int'l refugee protection agencies highly desirable. For more info, see here. Send resume + cover letter to or fax 202-546-7142. No calls please. EOE. Position open until filled.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
NYC based Immigration Law Firm, Keshab Raj Seadie, P.C., needs experienced paralegal. Immigration paralegal responsible for about 100 open files (50% PERM labor certs, 50% other non-immigrant visa applications). Job duties include preparing: non-immigrant visa applications, family sponsored adjustment of status, employment-based immigration applications; processing consulate processing; and assisting attorneys in removal/deportation proceedings. Must have at least 2 years of solid experience with positive references. Other requisites include: computer literacy, excellent oral/written communication skills, great organizational skills; attention to detail; self-motivated and professional in attire, demeanor and workmanship; Excellent people skills. Fluency in Japanese or Chinese helpful. Please include salary requirements when submitting your resume to

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
The Law Offices of Lichtman, Trister & Ross, an eight attorney firm, seeks an associate with 2+ years immigration law experience to join its immigration group comprised of two attorneys and two legal assistants. Located in Washington D.C.'s Dupont Circle in a collegial environment, the practice consists primarily of business immigration with some family cases and adjustment of status interviews. Excellent writing skills and attention to detail are essential. Competitive salary and benefits are offered. Send cover letter, resume, + writing sample to Elliott Lichtman,

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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Of Counsel
Pulvers, Pulvers & Thompson LLP is pleased to announce that Frank K. Lipiner is now associated with the Firm heading its immigration practice. 110 East 59th Street, NY, NY 10022-1304. (Tel) 212-471-5108. (Fax) 212-355-9000.


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:
Responding to President Bush's proposal (05/15/06 ID comment), thousands of National Guard troops? Would this be the same National Guard that we couldn't muster enough of to deal with Hurricane Katrina? Or would this be the same National Guard that has been deployed, and deployed, and deployed again to Iraq? Or would this be the alternative to the 9 or 10 thousand Border Patrol Agents that the President refused to authorize or seek budget funding for back in December? After years of talk and then the opposite action, or more properly inaction, by this administration, it is difficult for me not to be cynical and view this as a desperate attempt to shore up the Republican base for the '08 midterm elections. Well Mr. Rove, my part of the Republican base is not buying it and is increasingly disgusted at the comprehensive meltdown of immigration policy, procedures, and laws. I should know as I deal on a daily basis in my practice with the mess this administration and umpteen Congresses have made of the immigration issues. Maybe the President has not only seen the light but actually has the gumption to push something sensible that actually deals with this multiheaded issue. But I am not holding my breath. An increasingly fed up citizen,

Scott Hicks, Esq.

Dear Editor:
President Bush proposed his 5 point plan on immigration reform so I thought I would do the same (05/15/06 ID comment). I suggest electric fences, land mines, quicksand, rottweilers and of course no amnesty.


Dear Editor:
Today there was speech by President Bush (05/15/06 ID comment) regarding immigration and for 12 millions illegals staying in USA. How was the reaction, and when sooner they are going to implement this guest workers program.

Cyril Charles

Dear Editor:
Illegal immigration must stop. Illegal immigrants should be sent back.

BNS Murphy

Dear Editor:
I think that it is totally unfair the things my children are being exploded to on tv regardin the immigration bill. My 13 year old son was very upset about the game of them shooting pregnant women men children as they cross the border. I trully beleive in the amnesty law 100%.

Barbara Brandow

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Publisher:  Sam Udani    Legal Editor:  Michele Kim                        ISSN:   1930-062X

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