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Immigration Daily August 14, 2006
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Immigration Semantics

According to a Star Tribune news report, "Few issues rile up immigration activists more than the words used to describe men and women who cross the border without permission." For the full story, see here.

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


Focus

Immigration For Investors: NIVs And IVs

The curriculum for "Immigration For Investors: NIVs And IVs" is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on August 24, 2006:

Regular EB-5 Program

  • Investment Forms
  • Amount of Investment
  • Job Creation
Regional Center EB-5 Program
  • Targeted Employment Area
  • Indirect Job Creation
  • Inactive Form of Investment
  • No Day-To-Day Management Required
  • Limited Partner has a Policy Making Role
Both Programs
  • Source of Funds
  • Removal of Condition
Investment Due Diligence
  • Analyze Business Investment Opportunity
  • Review Limited Partnership Agreement
  • Review Tax Consequences
SECOND Phone Session on September 21, 2006:

E-2 visas

  • What is a "substantial" investment?
  • How do you show investment funds are "at risk"?
E-1 visas
  • What is "substantial trade"?
  • When is it possible to base an E-1 on "trade in services"?
  • When is the E-1 the better option than the E-2?
THIRD Phone Session on October 5, 2006:

  • Advanced topics in EB-5s
  • Advanced topics in E-1s and E-2s
  • Other options for business owners: L-1s, EB-1s, O-1s, etc
The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, August 22nd. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/august2006.shtm. (Fax version: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/august2006.pdf.


Article

Amnesty Is Not A Four-Letter Word
Tamar Jacoby writes "It's hard to think of a word that scares today's elected officials more. Yet it turns out that voters Democrats and Republicans are much less knee-jerk about the word and what lies behind it than most politicians think."

Rethinking The Last 200 Years Of US Immigration Policy
Aristide Zolberg writes "Conventional histories of US immigration policy generally present the starting point as laissez-faire, or open door, an attitude that only shifted to favor increased restriction after the Civil War."


News

DHS Issues Information On Procedures Implementing EOIR Regulations
DHS issued a fact sheet and Q&A on USCIS and ICE procedures implementing EOIR regulations on background and security checks on individuals seeking relief or protection from removal in Immigration Court or before the Board of Immigration Appeals. For the fact sheet, see here. For the Q&A, see here.

DOJ Announces 22 Measures To Improve Immigration Courts And BIA
Attorney General Gonzales announced the DOJ's implementation of 22 new measures to enhance the performance of the Immigration Courts and the Board of Immigration Appeals.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Raleigh, NC - Maupin Taylor, P.A., an established multi-specialty corporate law firm with offices in Raleigh, RTP and Wilmington, N.C. seeks immigration attorney to head immigration practice in Raleigh office. 5+ years' experience in business immigration and naturalization law, with excellent writing, communication and organization skills, and an exceptional client service approach. NC Bar preferred. Spanish language skills helpful. Competitive compensation and excellent benefits offered in a pleasant office environment. Please send resume in confidence to Anne Webster, Director of Administration and Recruiting, by email: awebster@maupintaylor.com or mail: P.O. Drawer 19764, Raleigh, NC 27619-9764.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Toronto, Canada - Egan LLP, a business immigration law firm allied with Ernst & Young in Canada seeks (2) associate lawyers - one for our U.S. immigration team and the other for our Canadian immigration team - to join our firm of 11 lawyers and 16 law clerks. Demonstrate understanding of Canadian/US business immigration law and effectively apply knowledge. Prepare applications for Canadian/US employment authorizations, permanent residence, citizenship and passport matters. Manage staff. US associate requirements- law degree + US bar admission. 2-4yrs of post-bar business immigration experience. Canadian associate requirements - LL.B. + Canadian bar admission. 3-6yrs of post-bar business immigration experience. Broad exposure to Canadian immigration law. Both positions require excellent managerial, organizational, and verbal/written communication skills. Dual Canadian-U.S. bar admission is plus. Relocation pkg available depending upon applicant. To apply, send resume to Thomas Byun, Egan LLP, thomas.byun@ca.ey.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Sarasota, FL - Anthony Olson, P.A., an immigration law firm specializing in employment- and family-based immigration law, seeks immigration attorney. Seeks applicant with preferably 2+ years of employment-based immigration experience with an emphasis on labor certs., EB-1's, H's, L's, and P's. Experience in deportation defense is a plus. Friendly and flexible working conditions with competitive benefits package. Ideal candidate is conscientious, self-motivated, people- and goal-oriented team player. Salary commensurate with experience. Submit resume to Tony by fax: 941-362-7107 or email: tony@immigrationvisausa.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Pasadena, CA - Reeves & Associates (R&A), practicing immigration law exclusively for more than a quarter of a century, with 65 plus employees in 4 offices. One of the largest full-service US immigration law firms is seeking another supervising paralegal due to continuing growth. Excellent opportunity for qualified candidates with supervisory experience and minimum 5 years experience as business immigration paralegal. Will consider applicants with 5+ years of well-rounded immigration experience. R&A offers continuing legal training, very competitive salary and benefits including 401(k) with matching dollars, fully paid medical, dental and vision plan, LT disability policy, plus a yearly bonus, all in a very friendly environment. Applications confidential. Please send resume, cover letter + salary history by email: hr@rreeves.com or fax: (626) 795-4999.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Valley Stream, NY - Greenberger & Guttikonda, PLLC represents individuals, families and businesses across the US and abroad in immigration matters (NIV - H, L, E, TN, etc; Labor Certs; IV - EB 1/2/3, etc; family) and seeks associate. Candidate must possess demonstrated interest in business immigration. Ideal candidate must be detail-oriented and exhibit highest intellect, writing ability, problem solving skills. Competitive compensation package offered. Please send resume + writing sample to Olga Petrova, Office Manager at olga@tgpglaw.com.

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

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
San Francisco, CA - Pearl Law Group is one of California's top business immigration law firms. Founded in 1995, we have built a solid reputation as the "A+" service provider in our field. Pearl Law Group offers competitive salary and comprehensive benefits, including 401(k), medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance. We currently seek experienced business immigration attorney. Ideal candidate possesses: 5+ years business immigration law firm experience handling full range of IV and NIV matters; ability to manage a diverse corporate caseload; experience in supervising paralegal staff and holding self/team accountable for results; excellent grammar, proofreading and legal writing skills; detail orientation; and references attesting to customer service focus, teamwork, leadership and reliability. For immediate confidential consideration, e-mail cover letter, resume, + original writing sample (5pps. maximum) to hr@immigrationlaw.com. Only qualified individuals with requested experience and complete submission will be contacted.

EB-5 Investor Program
An investor green card with no quota backlog for your clients. A generous finders fee from American Life Inc. for you, if allowed in your state. One of the best-kept immigration secrets... a real estate limited partnership investment of $525,000 in the American Life EB-5 Investor Green Card program in the Seattle Regional Center gives your accredited investor clients speed and freedom. Speedy conditional green card approval, typically in about 1 year. Freedom to live anywhere in the U.S. without being tied to a job or business. No need for day-to-day management of an active business. American Life Inc. manages over 20 properties - over 1,000,000 sq. ft. The oldest active Regional Center, projects range from $5 million to more than $20 million. Want to know more about the immigration benefits of American Life's EB-5 program? Call Mark Ivener at 1-866-767-1800 to answer your EB-5 immigration questions. With more than 30 years immigration law experience and five immigration law books to his credit, Mark Ivener is American Life's Immigration Consultant. For more information visit American Life's website, http://www.amlife.us.


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. To feature your newsletter in Immigration Daily, see here.

Immigration Training - Akron, PA
http://www.mcc.org/us/immigrationtraining/. This intensive five-day, 40-hr. training is designed to provide immigration case workers employed at not-for-profits the foundation to gain accreditation from the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) and to practice before the USCIS, immigration judges, and the BIA. (BIA often cites successful completion of this training as a positive factor in granting accreditation.) Maximum 40 students will be admitted. Register early, limited number of spots for attorneys or paralegals working for private law firms. Contact Jen Linder (717) 859-1152 ext. 370, Fax: 717-859-3875, jlm@mcc.org for more information.


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:
S. Salike's letter (08/11/06 ID) makes an incorrect point. I had to correct a CIS officer on the same point just today. Violations of immigrations laws are not crimes. They are not criminal offenses. The immigration laws are civil laws and the failure to adhere to the immigration laws are violations, not crimes, the legal equivalent of tickets for speeding. If the immigration laws were crimes, then presumably the right to counsel at the governments expense would attach. That would make for a significant change in proceedings. It is hard to imagine what it would be like if everyone in removal proceedings or before the CIS were represented. Where does the American public get this misinformation to think that the Immigration and Nationality Act is contained within a penal volume?

Lila Sljivar, Esq.
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
Responding to R.L Ranger's letter (8/11/06 ID), true Americans understand that all of us, unless you are an American Indian, are immigrants to this land. At one point in the past, because of enabling people to "melt in the pot", America is what it is today, a land of immigrants seeking freedom, opportunity and democracy. And that is exaclty what S.2611 wants to preserve. With regard to Ms. Ranger's opinion that my letter relates more to an immigration attorney or "ethnic enthusiast", I am neither. I am simply an immigrant, legal at that, seeking freedom, opportunity and democracy. Responding to S.Salike's letter (8/11/06 ID), the very reason that S.2611 doesnt mention the word amnesty is because it is not. We can debate what amnesty means but to put it in simple terms, amnesty means "forget criminal offenses." S.2611 was not created to "forget" immigrants illegaly crossing the border or overstaying their visa. It was created so that, as one of its reasons, when we impose a fine, as a consequence, for this "criminal offense", their would be a law to back up such monetary imposition. Paying a fine is not amnesty rather it is recognition of a wrong doing and burdening the consequences of it. Much like J-walking or overspeeding, both of which is entitled to due process. Whatever America decides to do on immigration, illegal immigration will continue as long as other nations, particulary those who borders us, suffer economically.

Alannbert Millendez

Dear Editor:
Now that another terrorist threat was averted we must pause to decide if we want the terrorists to be able to take advantage of our immigration loopholes such as the visa waiver program and broken borders or do we close all easy access and make it harder for all to enter the United States. Our lives, national security and national sovereignty are at stake in this global war on terror so the choice should be obvious.

KO


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


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