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The Indispensable All-In-One CSPA Handbook - Shipping Now!

ILW.COM is pleased to present the Child Status Protection Act Handbook by Charles Wheeler of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC):

  • Chapter 1: Overview Of Age Out
  • Chapter 2: Overview Of The CSPA And Implementation
  • Chapter 3: The CSPA And Family-based Visas
  • Chapter 4: The CSPA And Employment-based Visas
  • Chapter 5: The CSPA And Diversity Visa Lottery
  • Chapter 6: The CSPA And Asylee/Refugee Processing
  • Chapter 7: The CSPA And VAWA
  • Twenty-four Appendices
  • Numerous CD-ROM Resource Materials
For more info on the Child Status Protection Act Handbook, and to order, see here.


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The People Perceived As A Threat To Security: Arab Americans Since September 11
Randa A. Kayyali for the Migration Policy Institute writes "Since the terrorist acts of September 11, 2001, Arab Americans have regularly been featured in the press as a group "of interest" to many federal agencies, particularly the FBI."


News

DOS Says Material Support Inapplicable To Thailand Karen Refugees
The Department of State announced that material support is inapplicable to the second group of Karen Refugees in Thailand.

BIA Says Extension For Briefing Deadlines Is 21 Days, Not 15 Days
The Executive Office for Immigration Review issued a revised news release clarifying extensions of briefing deadlines for detained cases amending information previously released on July 26, 2006. For the revised release, see here. For the original July 26, 2006 release, see here. The initial deadline for filing briefs continues to remain at 21 days for both parties.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, & Loewy, LLP, a global immigration law firm seeks an immigration paralegal with 2+ years of corporate immigration experience for both our New York and New Jersey locations. The ideal candidate will be able to work in a high volume case processing environment and will prepare labor certification (PERM) applications. Candidate will have extensive client contact and will utilize case management and billing systems to prepare, track, and manage cases in process. BA/BS degree and experience with Windows 2000 required. The firm offers highly competitive salaries and growth opportunities. Candidates interested in both the NJ and NY offices please submit resume and salary requirements to kiulo@fragomen.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Small downtown Washington, DC firm seeking a mature, conscientious and detail-oriented experienced attorney (minimum 2 years experience). Must have experience in handling both family and business immigration cases, preferably in a small firm environment. Must have excellent research and English writing skills. Candidates with Spanish language proficiency will be considered first. We prefer applicants who are already local to the Washington, DC area. We are a boutique immigration firm with a fast-paced yet collegial atmosphere and no billable hours requirements. We offer a competitive salary and benefits - both traditional (health insurance) and non-traditional (in-office professional massage). Please send resume + writing sample to Paul S. Haar, Esq., 1150 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20036 or paulhaar@aol.com. No calls please.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Small downtown Washington, DC firm seeking a mature, conscientious and detail-oriented senior paralegal (minimum 5 years experience in an immigration firm). Must have experience in handling both family and business immigration cases, preferably in a small firm environment. Must have excellent research and English writing skills. Candidates with Spanish language proficiency will be considered first. We prefer applicants who are already local to the Washington, DC area. We are a boutique immigration firm with a fast-paced yet collegial atmosphere and no billable hours requirements. We offer a competitive salary and benefits - both traditional (health insurance) and non-traditional (in-office professional massage). Please send resume + writing sample to Paul S. Haar, Esq., 1150 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20036 or paulhaar@aol.com. No calls please.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
New York, NY - Merrill R. Cohen & Associates, PC, a boutique business immigration law firm in Midtown Manhattan seeks experienced lawyer to manage own caseload, primarily consisting of EB1, EB2, PERM, O-1, E-1 and L-1A petitions, with some motions/appeals and family-based work. The Associate will have a great deal of client contact. From time-to-time, he or she will represent clients at Section 245 and EOIR hearings. Our diverse clientele includes research hospitals, small and large businesses, as well as professionals in a wide variety of fields, including actors, musicians and athletes. Ideal candidate will be self-motivated and organized, with excellent writing and interpersonal skills. Minimum 3 years experience. Salary DOE + benefits. Please email resume, cover letter + references to: mbailey@cohenlawfirm.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. Competitive compensation package offered. Email resume + cover letter in MS Word format to mneedleman@levittandneedleman.com.

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Immigation Book
"Alienhood: Citizenship, Exile, And The Logic Of Difference" By Katarzyna Marciniak Univ Of Minnesota Press, 272 pp. Hardcover, ISBN: 0816645760, $67.50 http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0816645760/. Paperback, ISBN: 0816645779, $22.50 http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0816645779/.


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:
Mr. Alexander's letter (08/30/06 ID) claims "that in 1990, the H1-B dramatically changed to allow dual intent and effectively abolished the 'free market'." In truth, the concept of dual intent existed long before the Congress decided in 1990 that it need not even be an issue to discuss with H-1B and L-1 applicants. Companies could always promise to work towards a "green card" for an H-1B worker, although prior to 1970 it was more difficult as the H-1B and permanent jobs needed to be different. H-1s have not be purely temporary since 1970 when the INA was amended to permit H-1s to come to the US to perform services which were either temporary or permanent in nature. As to the GAO, I assume Mr. Alexander's letter is referring to the GAO Report entitled, "H-1B Foreign Workers-Better Tracking Needed to Help Determine H-1B Program's Effects on US Workforce" GAO-03-883 (9/03). That report did not find "widespread fraud in the program." In point of fact it is stated on page 25 of that 52 page report that "While a number of employers acknowledged that some H-1B workers might accept lower salaries than US workers, the extent to which wage is a factor in employment decisions is unknown. Labor's Wage and Hour Division, which is responsible for ensuring that H-1B workers are receiving legally required wages, has continued to find instances of program abuse." Just visit the DOL OALJ's website to actually see how many cases have been a djudicated against employers. There is no way "instances of program abuse" can be considered "widespread fraud in the program." If Mr. Alexander's letter is referring to the GAO Report "H-1B Visa Program Labor Could Improve Its Oversight and Increase Information Sharing with Homeland Security" GAO-06-720 (6/06), that 57 page report also does not make any "widespread fraud" allegations.

Eugene J. Flynn, Esq.
Dallas, TX

Dear Editor:
Ali Alexander's letter's suggestion that H-1B approval be made contingent on proof that an offered job is temporary, as was the case before 1990 is mischievous, because it would in effect destroy the whole program (08/31/06 ID). The fact is that most H-1B jobs are not temporary in nature, something which immigration and visa officers are quick to recognize, and many H-1B workers do not have the intention to return to their home countries. Therefore, the realistic adoption of the "dual intent" doctrine in 1990, as well as the subsequent changes which allow H-1B extension past the six -year limit for green card applicants, are necessary if we believe that hard-working, educated, skilled foreign workers who usually speak English fluently, and who frequently have valuable skills which are useful for our economy, are a benefit to this country. I can understand why there is objection to illegal immigration. I can understand why many people are concerned about the influx of unskilled, uneducated, workers. I share these concerns. But, even if some US skilled workers have to acquire more skills or advance their education in order to compete more effectively in the "free market" for jobs, I cannot understand why there is such frantic opposition to raising, or, yes, removing the H-1B caps so that a few hundred thousand generally highly paid skilled workers can come here legally every year to meet the demand for their services, in a country with a population of 300 million. Or is it just barely possible, by some strange "coincidence", that the furious restrictionist opposition to the H-1B program is because so many H-1B workers are from places like Bombay, Bangalore or Beijing, rather than Berlin, Brussels or Birmingham?

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
As Americans are afraid of Mexicans coming to take their jobs, the British, French etc are also afraid of Poles and others new EU citizens coming from Eastern Europe whose countries joined EU recently. There's nothing such "Americans' job" entitlement in this globalized planet since those jobs can be outsourced as well. We must make difficult choice, are we for free market for all or for protectionism with trade even real wars will follow since every nation will retaliate each other with import taxes, duties, tariffs etc while global consumers anywhere will unfairly suffer of higher prices of commodities to protect these special interests who can't survive and compete without welfare handouts from states. Responding to RL Ranger's letter (08/31/06 ID), one should not expect that US dollar can't and won't fall in value as well since our debt and deficit is growing. We better worry about balancing our budget, our investment on education for our kids, clean renewable alternative fuels and building a stronger competitive and attractive USA than being taking for granted Americans who always feel for automatic entitlement just because we're Americans.

Robert Yang


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