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Immigration Daily October 31, 2006
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Sweet Land

Sweet Land, an independent film currently playing in movie theatres, is the story of immigrant America. When Lars Torvik's grandmother Inge dies in 2004, he is faced with a decision sell the family farm on which she lived since 1920, or cling to the legacy of the land. Seeking advice, he turns to the memory of Inge and the stories that she had passed on to him. In 1920, Inge arrives in Minnesota to marry a young Norwegian farmer named Olaf but her German heritage and lack of official immigration papers makes her an object of suspicion in the small town, and she and Olaf are forbidden to marry. Based on Will Weaver's short story "A Gravestone Made of Wheat", the movie is a poignant and lyrical celebration of land, love, and the American immigrant experience. For more information, including local showtimes, see here.

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Deadline For PERM Pointers, Pitfalls And Puzzles Is Tues, Oct 31st

The curriculum for the phone session on Nov 2, 2006 "After The 9089 Is Filed" is as follows:

  • Should I be concerned about audits and how do I best prepare?
  • What do I do if I get an audit?
  • Do I appeal, file a motion to reconsider, or re-file?
  • What evidence must the employee get to prove qualifications?
  • Was the 9089 properly filled out to make the I-140 process easier?
The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, October 31st. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: (Fax version:


New Deportation Ground: Federal Conviction Of Failure To Register As A Sex Offender
Norton Tooby and Joseph Justin Rollin write "Effective July 27, 2006, Congress passed a law which adds a new deportation ground to the INA making deportable '[a]ny alien who is convicted under [18 U.S.C. 2250]."


CRS Updated Report On Foreign Students In US
The Congressional Research Service issued an updated version of its report on foreign students in the US.


Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Maggio & Kattar, a nationally recognized Washington, D.C. immigration law firm, seeks exceptional Business Immigration Paralegal with minimum two years business immigration experience. Must have excellent writing, communication, and organizational skills. Excellent work environment, salary and benefits. Visit Please email resume, statement of interest and salary requirements to or fax (202) 483-6801. No calls please.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Toronto, Canada - Greenburg Turner, a global corporate immigration law firm, is seeking 2 experienced attorneys with a minimum of two years practicing business immigration law handling a high volume caseload. Candidates must be experienced handling a range of nonimmigrant (H-1B, TN, L,) and immigrant (PERM, permanent residency) matters. Candidate must have the ability to provide exceptional client service and case management skills. Please submit your resume to:

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
New York, NY - Hodgson Russ LLP, a 225-plus lawyer firm with offices in Buffalo, New York City, Albany, Boca Raton and Toronto seeks an associate attorney for our NYC immigration group. We represent multinational corporations, entrepreneurs, athletes, entertainers, scientists and specialized workers. We seek an attorney with experience counseling U.S. and foreign employers. The ideal candidate will have 3-5 years of business immigration experience. Please send cover letter, resume and law school transcript to Mariely Downey:

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:

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. Limited Partners have a policy making role. American Life Inc. manages over 25 properties - over 1,350,000 sq. ft. The oldest active Regional Center, projects range from $3 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,


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New Offices - Saint Paul, MN
Sasha Mackin is pleased to announce SashaMackinLaw, a new immigration law practice devoted to researching and writing appellate briefs for immigration attorneys nationwide. We research and write [corrected Ed. 11/1/06 ID] persuasive and passionate briefs before the BIA, Circuit Courts, District Courts, and issue briefs before IJs. You dictate legal strategy, retain editing control of the final product, and file the brief. I handle asylum appeals, frivolous findings, withholding of removal, Convention Against Torture, Cancellation of Removal, Denial of I-130s, Adjustment of Status, & Motions to Reopen., (Ph) 651-208-1745.


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:
I read the recent Congressional update regarding document fraud (10/30/06 ID). How does this impact on matters relating to immigrant clients who provide the information and who do not divulge the truth about their real status and circumstances? The CSS/LULAC eligibility forms were a disaster for my clients. They applied and were unable to prove to the satisfaction of INS that they qualify. I have come across clients who submitted answers to the questions in order to make a prima facie case and who only wanted to receive the peripheral benefits. This was only made known to me after the fact. We attorneys are concerned that clients give false statements to receive work permits and travel documents then blame an attorney for not meeting the requirements. And now we are faced with INS backlash. Often, an attorney only knows about the real person during the interview before the interviewer who has a thick file on the applicant. I have not signed an application where information was not verifiable. Changes to an application can be made at an interview. Interviewers have intimidated the aliens and have doubted the validity of the evidence. What can be done for us attorneys to be protected from unscrupulous and desperate clients who do not impart the truth to the attorney? Isn't the responsibility on the client? What part does INS play? How can we attorneys who want to do good work protect ourselves?

Attorney's name not provided

Dear Editor:
Congratulations to Ms. Cogill for being well on her way to obtaining her "greencard" (10/30/06 ID). I hope someone appreciates her skills as she is sure they will. It would be nice if she also appreciated the opportunity given to her by this country since she apparently would rather apply her skills here than in her home country.

Baileyville, ME

Dear Editor:
Why, I wonder, is Mr. Murray's letter (10/30/06 ID) so sure that illegal aliens are not working in the auto industry, even though a Pew Hispanic Center study has found them heavily present in many other blue collar industries such as meat packing and construction? I need cite no statistics that illegal aliens are in the auto industry specifically - they are well known to occupy positions in many blue collar industries. Why not the auto industry? It was not my intent, however, to claim that illegals were working in the industry. Furthermore, the auto industry has undergone major plant closings and layoffs, throwing said blue collar workers into direct competition with illegal aliens for other blue collar jobs. Ms. Bilyou's letter (10/25/06 ID) itself raised the issue of illegal aliens and crime, stating, "Throw them in jail with the murderers and rapist. Now thats justice right." One has only to read the daily papers to find instances of illegal aliens arrested for such crimes. How many? I have no idea. But all it takes is one to prove that not all illegal aliens are the innocents Ms. Bilyou's letter portrays them to be. Responding to Mr. Good's letter (10/27/06 ID), help wanted signs in stores don't indicate worker shortages. All it indicates is a perfectly normal churn as workers change jobs or return to school. True shortages would be indicated by rising wages as employers attempt to lure new workers. One also forgets that the holiday season is fast coming up. How many of those positions are going to be around next spring? Finally, while the unemployment rate in his county may be low, Michigan has the highest unemployment rate in the country, over 7 percent. That's generally been the problem with getting agreement on immigration - people focus on their own experiences or their own situation without looking at the impact on the country as a whole, or considering that the illegal aliens they may know and like have more than 10 million companions.

Ali Alexander

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