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Immigration Daily October 18, 2006
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Comment

Immigration Connection To Weldon Probe

A Philadelphia Inquirer news story reports on the FBI raid involving Rep. Curt Weldon's daughter and the alleged improper use of her connections to lobby on behalf of Russian energy firms. The story adds that "the Russian clients came from a Philadelphia immigration lawyer, John Gallagher, a friend and longtime associate of Curt Weldon's." For the full story, see here.

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


Focus

CLINIC Explains: I864, CSPA, Crimes

The upcoming telephonic seminar with CLINIC will cover the latest developments with Affidavits of Support, the CSPA and Crimes. The detailed curriculum is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on Oct 26, 2006: New Affidavit of Support Rules and their Effect on Your Practice

  • Counting household size
  • Measuring household income
  • Proving income with tax returns and other documents
  • Change in asset requirements
  • Joint sponsors
  • Exemptions from the affidavit of support due to social security earnings or CCA
  • Common pitfalls in completing the new forms
SECOND Phone Session on Nov 9, 2006: Understanding the Child Status Protection Act
  • Preserving child status for immediate relatives
  • Preserving child status for sons and daughters of LPRs
  • Preserving child status for derivatives in family and employment-based cases
  • Retention of priority date for derivatives who age out
  • Effective date and possible retroactive effect
  • Effect of naturalization
THIRD Phone Session on Dec 7, 2006: Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions

  • Bullets to be Announced

The deadline to sign up is Wednesday, October 25th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/october2006.shtm. (Fax version: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/october2006.pdf.


Article

Our Congress Debated Immigration Reform For Two Years, And All We Got Was This Lousy Fence Bill?
Frank Sharry writes "The past two years has witnessed an extraordinary set of developments in the U.S. immigration policy debate. Itís worth recalling some of the high and low lights."


News

CRS On Immigration Related Document Fraud
The Congressional Research Service issued a report discussing the primary civil, criminal, and immigration-related penalties associated with immigration-related document fraud.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Los Angeles, CA - Expanding immigration law firm seeks experienced full-time immigration attorneys. Qualifications: Knowledge and experience in employment and family immigration law, including various IVs and NIVs. Fluency in written and spoken Korean & English required. Strong organizational, writing, research, and communication skills essential. Send resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to Youngok S. Kim by fax: 213-381-5790 or email: info@kimyoungoklaw.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Chicago, IL - Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd., a 30 attorney firm, seeks licensed attorneys to join its immigration practice group. Our practice serves a diverse clientele with business, family, and removal immigration services. Associate: At least 1 to 3 years of immigration experience; and Senior Associate: At least 4 years of immigration experience, including case management. Fluency in Spanish is preferred for both positions. Please email your resume and cover letter explaining interest in the position to: rfernandez@hsplegal.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
USCIS Office of the Chief Counsel (OCC) is seeking an experienced attorney for the position of Deputy Regional Counsel, USCIS OCC, Western Region, to be located in one of 3 USCIS District Offices: Seattle, San Francisco, or Los Angeles (relocation expenses not available). Applicants must possess J.D. degree, be an active member of any state bar, and have at least 5 years of post J.D. experience. Submit a cover letter that demonstrates the specific skills, experience, and interests that qualify them for the position. Preference is given to applicants with immigration experience, management experience, excellent academic record, and strong writing skills. Applicant should list references, which may be verified, but letters of recommendation not necessary. Applicants must also submit resume + writing sample not to exceed 10 pages. Send to James.Butcher@dhs.gov (all attached documents must be in MS Word or Adobe PDF format). All submissions must be received by close of business on Friday, October 21, 2006. The position is at the GS-15 level and is open until filled. For more info., see here.

Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
New York, NY - AIESEC seeks an individual knowledgeable in J visa administration or immigration law that is interested in working with a mission-driven, entrepreneurial organization that is growing rapidly. Applications for the Responsible Officer for AIESEC US, Inc.'s J Exchange Program position are due 10/18/06. Interviews will be conducted 10/18/06-1/24/06. Start Date: ASAP. Interested applicants, please submit CV or US style resume and completed application. For more information, including the application requirements, see here. If you have any questions about the role or AIESEC US, please feel free to email at paulf@aiesecus.org or call at (212) 757-3774 x241.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
New York, NY - Exceptional and challenging career opportunities available for you at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, & Loewy, LLP a global immigration law firm. Ideal candidate will have 2+ years of business immigration experience and will be able to work in a high-volume case processing environment. Candidate will have extensive client contact and will utilize case management and billing systems to prepare, track, and manage cases in process. College degree, MS Word, and Windows 2000 required. The firm offers highly competitive salaries and excellent growth opportunities. All qualified candidates, please send resume and salary history to kiulo@fragomen.com. EOE.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Midtown Manhattan, NY- New York Immigration law firm specializing in medical immigration matters. http://www.perlitsh.com. Seeking an associate with a minimum of two years experience in immigration law, including preparing and filing O-1, EB1, H-1B, PERM and family based cases. Must have strong research, writing, communication skills and the ability to supervise others. New York State bar license required. E-mail cover letter, resume, writing sample and salary requirements to: rochellen@perlitsh.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
San Jose, CA - Littler Mendelson's Global Corporate Migration Group ("Littler Global") is a multicultural, transnational, full - service corporate migration law practice providing migration solutions for global companies around the world. Seeks associate with 3-7 years of immigration law experience. Candidate should possess excellent academic credentials and should have substantial business immigration experience. If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit your resume online. Please reference Littler Global in your application. We offer a generous benefits package to all full-time employees. Littler Global is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. No telephone calls please. No Recruiters-principals only.

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.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Valley Stream, NY - New York business law firm representing 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) seeks entry level associate. Must have strong research and writing skills. New York State bar license required. Competitive compensation package offered. Please send resume + writing sample to Olga Petrova, Office Manager, Guttikonda Law Firm, PLLC, 195 Rockaway Avenue, 2nd Floor, Valley Stream, NY 11580 or mail to: info@tgpglaw.com

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Busy immigration law firm located outside Philadelphia, PA is looking for an experienced immigration paralegal to join its team. Able to multi-task with great attention to detail and strong work ethic. A minimum of 1-2 years experience in immigration law required, including preparation and filing of business visas petitions and permanent residency applications. The ideal candidate will have strong writing skills, communication skills, and computer skills. Email cover letter, resume, and writing sample to: graham@piverlaw.com.

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New Offices - Chicago, IL
Vaughan and Cascino Law Offices, Ltd., a 20-year-old firm in Chicago's West Loop, announces the opening of its immigration practice. The practice is headed by former U.S. visa officer Benjamin Lowe, Esq., who brings 20 years of combined government and private sector immigration experience to the firm. Located next to the Mexican Consulate at 220 South Ashland in Chicago, the office will handle family and business immigration as well as deportation defense and employer services. See www.looplawyers.com for more information or contact us at (312) 506-6771.


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 response to S. Salike's letter (10/17/06 ID), let's set the record straight: The H-1A program was created by the Immigration Nursing Relief Act of 1989 and provided temporary nonimmigrant visas to qualified nurses. It allowed nurses to come to the US temporarily to fill much needed shortage nursing jobs and was repealed by P.L. 106-95 in 1995 and replaced by the ill-conceived and overly restrictive H-1C program when Pesident Clinton signed into law the Nursing Relief for Disadvantaged Areas Act of 1999. The H-1C nurse program is a failure and has done nothing to ameliorate the nursing shortage in the US and certainly "hundreds of thousands" of nurse visas were not issued under the H-1C program. I would venture a guess that if Ms. Salike's letter is right and "hundreds of thousands" of nurses entered on that visa between 1989 and 1995, the US would not have had a nursing shortage. As to the H-1C visas, according to the USCIS Yearbook of Immigration Statistics, there were no H-1C nurse visas issued during the early years of the program (1999-2002), and in 2003 there were only 48, in 2004 there were only 70, and in 2005 there were only 31 H-1C nurse visas issued in the entire US. Ergo, the H-1C visa has absolutely no impact on American nursing jobs. Regarding Ms. Salike's outrageous claim that, "The appropriations bill signed into law on May 11, 2005 by President Bush allows 50,000 foreign nurses to come to the US to work" is misleading if not disingenuous. In fact, Congress created a special quota of 50,000 permanent residence visas May 2005 specifically designated for nurses/physical therapists due to the shortage of these occupations. Let's all research our facts - it serves nothing in the immigration debate to mislead others just to make a point.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
In reading S. Salike's letter (10/17/06 ID) I was struck by his statement that "It cannot be understood that while American students are very desirous of studying nursing, on the other hand foreign nurses are coming to the US to work." I would argue that there's a very simple explanation for this apparent contradiction. Salike's letter seems to contend that the federal government, which holds power over immigration law and thus determines to what extent foreign nurses are allowed to enter the American labor force, also determines the admissions policies of America's educational institutions. These institutions are, however, financially administered by state and local government, not the federal government. Relevant to an immigration discussion, it's interesting to point out another recent disconnect between state/local government and federal government - the recent barrage of local legislation to curb illegal immigration and punish employers of illegal immigrants, which legally speaking, falls in the province of the federal government. I would posit this fact of American reality: In deference to our innate desire for small, limited, decentralized government, we allow state and local governments to control aspects of our labor market and education system for citizens, while the federal government controls those same institutions for immigrants. This quagmire fleshes out perhaps the oldest problem for American society - the tension between Confederation or Union. It would be ludicrous to allow states to determine each their own immigration policy, yet imagine the outcry if the federal government started to command previously state-run educational institutions to adjust their enrollment policies based on the National Labor Market. If anyone can disentangle this mess, I would nominate them to author the next draft of a comprehensive immigration reform bill. While American consumers benefit from the global economy, do we maintain consistency and approach the labor market in the same way?

Jordan R. Silk


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