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Immigration Daily May 23, 2006
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AILA Elections

This year's AILA elections features 12 candidates running for the 7 Board of Governors positions. We urge AILA members to cast their vote either by mail (ballots have already been sent out) or in San Antonio (site of the 2006 AILA Annual Convention). To view the nominations for AILA's 2006 elections, including statements from AILA candidates, see here (AILA members only).

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


Focus

Deadline Is Tuesday, May 23rd For 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: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/may2006.shtm.(Fax version: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/may2006.pdf


Article

Latest In Nurse Immigration (In Cooperation With CGFNS)
Donna Richardson, et al. offer material from the recently concluded telephone seminar series.


News

CRS Report On L Visas
The Congressional Research Service issued a report on the issues and legislation related to the L visa for intracompany transferees.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Seeks one paralegal to work on freelance basis for lawyers with boutique practices in Manhattan and overseas. This is a work from home job opportunity. Excellent writing & analytical skills & experience with NIV applications (H-1B, O, L, E) & IV applications (EB-1, PERM). Also part-time legal assistants to work in Wall Street area, Manhattan office. Legal assistants will work mainly on O visas for artists and on extraordinary ability green cards. Will liaise closely with clients, most of whom are young, to assemble documentation, do research, draft letters, track filing deadlines and prepare petitions. Good writing & research skills, computer skills, reqd. Fluent written and spoken Japanese essential, background in arts preferred. Send resume (specifying desired position) to lawyersinternational@gmail.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Greenebaum Doll & McDonald PLLC, a regional law firm with 180 attorneys in 8 offices located in the South Central region seeks a immigration paralegal for its corporate and commercial practice group resident in the Cincinnati, Ohio office. Candidates should have excellent credentials, bachelor's degree or other suitable education experience, at least 2-4 years of experience with immigration and/or corporate law matters, strong written and oral Japanese language fluency and work experience with Japanese companies in either Japan or the US. The Firm offers competitive compensation based on individual performance and bonus opportunities available immediately. Ideal candidates will want the opportunity to work independently as part of a cohesive practice group and to handle client work for top-tier private, public and Fortune 500 companies. Email cover letter, resume + references to: Kim Spurlock, HR and Recruiting Manager at kas@gdm.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Alhambra, CA - The Law Office of Daniel Huang, specializing in immigration and nationality law seeks immigration paralegal for growing practice. 2+ years of experience required in the following areas: Labor certification, PERM/RIR, H-1B and E1/E2 visas, K-1 and K-3 visas, adjustment applications and consular processing. Experience with family based petitions required. Ability to speak Mandarin or Spanish a plus. The paralegal will work independently and be able to manage/complete a case from start to finish. We offer (1) friendly work environment, (2) reasonable work hours, (3) competitive pay and benefits. Email resume + cover letter in MS Word format to: abbyxu@pacbell.net or fax to (626) 289-0005.

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 asiliato@meyner.com.

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: LAResumes@hhlaw.com.

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 mneedleman@levittandneedleman.com.

EB-5 Investor Program
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comingsNgoings

Readers can share their professional announcements (100-words or fewer at no charge), email: editor@ilw.com. Readers interested in learning about featuring your event or conference in Immigration Daily, see here.

New Offices
Norma Henning has established Henning Law in Naples, Florida. The firm will provide general immigration law services, concentrating on foreign investors. Ms. Henning is the Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany and a Florida Civil Law Notary. Henning Law, 5633 Strand Boulevard, Suite 304, Naples, FL 34110. Tel: 239.596.6020. Fax:239.596.6051.


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:
In his article, Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies (05/22/06 ID Article), which should more appropriately be called the "Center for Anti-Immigrant Studies", claims that a Zogby poll using "neutral" language shows that most Americans support lower immigration levels and prefer the "enforcement only" House bill to the more welcoming Senate approach. The claim that this poll uses neutral language is just as fraudulent as the rest of the anti-immigrant propaganda with which the public is steadily being brainwashed. Here is an excerpt from one of the "neutral" questions: "How much confidence do you have in the government's ability to screen all of these new applications [for legal immigration] and weed out terrorists and criminals?" Even more deceptively, the poll describes the House bill as a relatively benign measure which would merely enforce the immigration laws and make "illegal immigrants go home over time". There is no mention of the fact that the "time" would be at least a year in jail, not only for millions of "illegal" immigrants, but for millions of legal ones who are involved in technical violations such as reporting a change of address one day late, missing school classes, or being laid off from their jobs through no fault of their own. Nor does the poll mention that millions of US citizens could also wind up in jail for giving any kind of vaguely defined support or assistance to immigrants who have been caught up in this legal morass. If this is an example of a neutral poll, I wonder what a biased one would look like.

Roger Algase, Esq.
NY, NY

Dear Editor:
I ask to those who deny a measure of racism in the current immigration debate: Why is there no clamor for the construction of a wall at the Canadian border? Why the emphasis on English as the "official" language? I think the answer is: because after reading the 2000 U.S. Census many "Americans" got scared, with or without reason, that someday they will be a minority, that their children would have to speak Spanish alongside English.

Jose Monge, Esq.
Lexington, SC

Dear Editor:
Name Withheld's letter (05/22/06 ID) is apparently appealing for amnesty for her husband and illegal aliens because they are "good" people. So are millions of other people outside our borders and they are following our laws. As it is, there are already prescribed remedies in law short of blanket amnesty for Name Withheld's husband to legalize his status, just as there are for many illegal aliens. But the fact is, many illegal aliens are reluctant to make the sacrifices and take the risks necessary, such as leaving the country while a 601 waiver request is filed, or to wait until a US citizen child is old enough to sponsor them. Even illegal alien children raised here have the opportunity to leave the country before they start accruing penalties, and apply to come to the US legally as college students. In other words, having broken the law at least once, they don't even want to make the effort to take the remedies available to them.

Ali Alexander

Dear Editor:
Call 'em like you see 'em. Attrition it is (05/19/06 ID comment). This batch in Congress shames me as a US citizen.

Aetna Thompson

Dear Editor:
I must admit I was somewhat dismayed at Immigration Daily's labeling those who differ with your opinions as "Gestapo" and "Nazi" (05/19/06 ID comment). I realize that Immigration Daily is only six years old, with more maturity, you'll see how silly that was.

Bill Glenn

Dear Editor:
The anonymity of the Internet allows for ever increasing extremism of views (see 05/19/06 ID comment). It is a long-held belief that the first party to brig up / accuse someone of being a Nazi automatically loses the argument. The mere fact that such emotionalism is resorted to is indicative of the complete lack of any rational argument that person may have had left. On the old Usenet, a similar theory was known as 'Goodwin's Law'.

JM

Dear Editor:
I have been watching ILW.COM for years. I am amazed how much it has been deteriorated. You should remove your "Immigration Daily" page since is only focusing on selling advertisements. How can you ignore what is going on in the last months? Every single day there has been heated debates about immigration in Washington you nothing. There have been huge demonstration all over US pro and against immigrants you nothing. I get more coverage on my local paper about immigration than your web site. There is so much going on and you only care of advertising? I am so done wasting my time with ILW.COM.

Lucian Nastase

Dear Editor:
I am a US citizen, I am a tax payer, I help this country grow, I keep this country safe, I do my share all the way around. Now if the senate has agreed to certain changes to the immigration law to accommodate the undocumented aliens. Why are they forgetting about the people who voted for them? I have been waiting for three years to have my wife move to this country. I have fallowed the law without results. Now some Jose Doe Jose is getting an easy way out. I am still waiting and no one I mean no one from USCIS has contacted me to tell me what is going on.

Hassan Elouad


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