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Immigration Daily October 25, 2006
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Charles Wheeler, Jill Sheldon, Margaret Gleason, Mary Holper, And Kathleen M. Weber

The deadline for "CLINIC Explains: I864, CSPA, Crimes" is Wednesday, October 25th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: (Fax version:

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Deadline Is Wednesday, October 25th

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

  • Record of Conviction After Shepard
  • Drug Offenses - as Controlled Substance Offenses and Aggravated Felonies
  • Theft Offenses
  • Domestic Violence Offenses
  • Burden of Proof in cases involving Post-Conviction Relief

The deadline to sign up is Wednesday, October 25th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: (Fax version:


The Case For Immigration
Diana Furchtgott-Roth writes "Similar charges, that immigrants have caused native-born Americans to quit the labor market, have been made by Steven Camarota of the Center for Immigration Studies. But are they true?"


USCIS Announces 1-Year Extension of Returning Worker H-2B Exemption
USCIS announced that the "returning worker" exemption to the H-2B numerical limitation has been extended by the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2007 (H.R. 5122) and will remain in effect until September 30, 2007.


Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Boutique immigration law firm located in beautiful downtown San Diego seeks immigration paralegal to handle employment-based immigration matters, including immigrant and nonimmigrant visa processing. Excellent academic credentials with a minimum Bachelors degree; strong verbal, written and organizational skills; computer literacy; and 2-3 years of employment-based immigration experience required. Ideal candidate has ability to produce high volume of accurate work product in a fast-paced environment. Candidates must also be self-motivated and detail-oriented. We offer a competitive salary + benefits package. Email resume with salary history/requirements to Odette at: No phone calls, please.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, & Loewy, LLP, a global corporate immigration law firm is seeking experienced immigration paralegals for both the New Jersey and New York Offices. The ideal candidate will have 2+ years of corporate based 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. Collge degree, MS Word, and Windows 2000 required. The Firm offers higly competitive salaries and excellent growth opportunities. All qualified candidates interested in working in either our NJ or NY locations please send resume + salary history to EOE.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
North Yonkers, NY - Avoid the commute to NYC. Growing solo practitioner, with offices located near mass transportation, seeks bi-lingual (Spanish) paralegal with 1+ years experience. Experience with family based, naturalization, labor certifications, and professional visas. Ideal candidate is detail oriented and organized with excellent typing, writing and communication skills. Salary negotiable based on experience. Congenial office environment. E-mail resume with cover letter to Donald London:

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Midtown NYC - 13 person fast paced, leading immigration law firm seeks lawyer with 5+ years of business immigration experience. Handling full range of diverse nonimmigrant and immigrant matters. Must have excellent writing, communication and organizational skills. Competitive compensation package offered. Please email cover letter and resume in MS Word format to Marcia Needleman at

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Small boutique firm in West Los Angeles seeking full time immigration assistant/paralegal. The individual will assist attorneys in the preparation of visa packages, non immigrant and immigrant petition applications and some office administration. Experience with family based, business, naturalization and other applications a plus. Ideal candidate has BA degree, is detail oriented, organized and conscientious. Candidate must also possess excellent writing, communication & case management skills. Proficiency in languages other than English a plus. Submit resume + salary requirements to Please indicate in subject line: Immigration Assistant position.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Washington, DC - USCIS Office of the Chief Counsel seeks attorney to work as Associate Counsel in the National Security & Records Verification Law Division (NSRVLD) at USCIS Headquarters. Provide legal advice and consultation in discussions with heads of USCIS units, and will work with USCIS managers to improve security check and fraud detection processes. Assist in coordination of legal issues involving national security, criminal and fraud matters with other agencies and will also provide litigation support in cases before the Federal courts. Experience in immigration-related criminal and national security legal issues preferred. Submit resume, writing sample (max. 5pps.) + cover letter discussing work experience regarding immigration-related criminal and national security issues to: Julia Doig Wilcox, NSRVLD Chief, at (attachments in MS Word or Adobe PDF format). All submissions must be received by close of business Friday, November 3, 2006. Position is at the GS-13 through GS-15 ($77,353-$139,774) levels and is open until filled. No relocation reimbursement offered. For more info., see here.

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:

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:

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 (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 or call at (212) 757-3774 x241.

Back Office Services
We offer a wide range of back-office & clerical support services to immigration attorneys in NIV and IVs, including managing checklists, form completion, drafting cover/employer letters, consular processing assistance, follow-up/correspondence with clients and other related services. Our services cover document generation, data entry, accounts, scheduling/calendaring, clerical & archival. Adnet Services, Inc. Headquartered in New York City, Adnet Services provides the highest quality services to law firms enabling them to cost effectively and securely outsource law firm back office processes, and focus on increasing earning, growth and servicing their clients. We work as your partner offering tailored services that accelerate product delivery. With state-of-the-art communication facilities and infrastructure, our offsite center functions as a virtual extension of your office providing 24 x 7 support and significant cost savings. Convenient billing options are available. For more info. Contact Johaina Mumtaz at or call 212 406-3503 ext 224.

PERM Services
Adnet Advertising Agency Inc. has provided labor certification advertising services to immigration attorneys since 1992. Adnet helps attorneys find appropriate places to run labor cert ads, places the ads, obtains the tearsheets, and offers a variety of billing options. Attorneys can manage the entire ad process through Adnet's secure web-based Ad-managment system. Most of Adnet's services are free since we receive a commission from the newspapers and journals where the ad is placed. Adnet services large international law firms as well as solo practice attorneys. Call us at 212-587-3164, visit, or email us at Contact us today to find out why we are the ad agency of choice for immigration attorneys since 1992.


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New Attorney - Chicago, IL
Azulay, Horn & Seiden, LLC (AHS), based in Chicago, is pleased to announce that Stephen Berman has recently joined the firm. Stephen Berman has merged his solo immigration practice with AHS, and will be heading up the soon to open Milwaukee, Wisconsin office of AHS. Phone: 312-832-9200. Email: Website:

New Appointment - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Mayor McCrory has appointed Charlotte immigration lawyer and Board Certified Immigration Specialist Alan Gordon as Chairman of the Mayor's Immigration Study Commission. Created by Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory in 2005, the Mayor's Immigration Study Commission is a twenty-eight member panel currently studying the effects of immigration in this rapidly growing southern city, the second largest banking center in the U.S. For more information on the Mayor's Immigration Study Commission contact Alan Gordon at (704) 332-2555 or


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:
The conflicting "truths" showing up in Immigration Daily letters to the Editor and well-respected publications, such as Foreign Affairs (current issue) are certainly confusing. I can only testify that in my area of the country - Washington, D.C. metropolitan area - there are far too many jobs for available workers, native or otherwise, even when undocumented workers are taking as many as three each. My understanding is that the US is short 500,000 workers per year, over and above the number that can be provided by the native-born. That statistic certainly is supportable locally.

Paul Good, Esq.

Dear Editor:
Robert Algase's letter (10/24/06 ID) begins by referencing my letter (10/20/06 ID) concerning overseas remittances to Latin America by family members working in the US, which I more fully explained in my (10/24/06 ID) letter. I don't understand Mr. Algase's reference to my letter, because I made no value judgments therein and his letter makes no further mention of the remittances. Since his letter would appear to readers to be commenting on a position I took in my letter about remittances, which I did not take, I certainly hope Mr. Algase's letter's closing remark, " ... if someone wants to beat a dog, he can always find a stick.", was not in reference to my letter, because my letter only quoted a NYT article which quoted a recent study on overseas remittances - an interesting fact. Mr. Algase's letter states that immigrants, legal or illegal, are not solely to blame for all the problems of America. I do not believe there is anyone who would disagree with that statement, but I do not believe any credible person has ever made such a claim - surely not I. I wonder why Mr. Algase's letter was tempted to "...make a list of every evil that was blamed on immigrants in the media and by politicians recently..." Personally, I would like to make a list of every evil that can be blamed on politicians recently, but, like Mr. Algase, I have refrained to do so due to the ID 300 word limit, and, perhaps, because I understand it would be an exercise in futility. Hey, the politicians cannot even solve the immigration problem - how can we expect them to solve education, health care, crime, unfair taxation, the war in Iraq, terrorism or what to do with miscreants who send sexually suggestive emails to House Pages?

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
I am writing partially in part to the letter written by S. Salike (10/24/06 ID). I am a young viable working woman and I can say that I have never been refused a job due to Mexican immagration. Neither has either of my two teenage sons. So I use this opportunity to remind you that we young native born Americans tend to be a little more educated at times leaving the jobs requiring little to no education to these immigrant workers that every one seems to be overrought about. Its jobs that even our native born young think themselves above that are on a daily basis leaving a void for the employer needing its employees. People who go and hire these Mexicans at daily labor sites are only to glad to have help. I doubt they say we shouldn't hire them because of status. We are to proud to go work in the fields to harvest our own food but don't want them to do it for us. Isn't this something. Again this is nothing more than a form of legal racism. Remember our ancestors? And responding to Alexander's letter (10/23/06 ID) which stated I was misundertood about the drug market, I was only referring to the loss of income to the American Pharmecueticals because Americans buy their drugs across the border mutch like the immigrants that send monies home to there families. We are in Afgahnastan a country that wants us out of ther and now, but still we stay there. Here we are dealing with [Mexican] people who need our help and we want to toss them aside because they crossed a border illegally. Throw them in jail with the murderers and rapist. Now thats justice right.

Kim Bilyou

Dear Editor:
We have to admit when we may close the border but it won't guarantee our jobs won't be taken anyway by foreigners, telepresence, telecommuting technology make it easier to outsource jobs. Businesses can move their offices and factories if US labor is incompetitive. We can also impose 50% import duties on all made in China goods, but who are here happy to pay 50% extra on anything they shop at Walmart, Best Buy etc. And don't forget Chinese can retaliate by imposing 100% duties on anything made in USA and possibly dumping US dollar in favor of Euro as its currency reserve instead. Protectionism benefits special interests and hurt US and global consumers as a whole. We should never offer immigrants nor citizens any kind of welfare, "free" schools and medicare, this is wrong because nothing is free. Welfare got to be earned by paying premium or taxes into the system. The only remedy for this never ending debate is by erasing those imaginary political borders. We call nobody as illegal anymore. It wasn't illegal for one's ancestors to immigrate to the USA for better live and opportunity in the past, why it should be illegal now? Let us be free, free to shop, to work, to trade their skills, goods, services and talents for best compensation anywhere without protectionist laws to unfairly protect special interests.

Robert Yang

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