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Immigration Daily November 6, 2006
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Comment Web Relaunch

USCIS unveiled its redesigned website on November 1, 2006. The "old" USCIS website was a good site and as we all know, good things are hard to improve. Unfortunately, early comments from the immigration bar report that the updated version is significantly worse. The USCIS website is visited by many immigration professionals on a daily basis, and the sudden loss of this valuable resource is surely causing grief to many. We hope that the competent professionals at USCIS sort out these teething troubles in short order.

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Family-Based Immigration: Nuts And Bolts

Our new book, Family-Based Immigration: Nuts & Bolts; Editor: Charles Wheeler of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) features:

++ Chapters: Immediate Relatives And The Preference System, Overview Of The Application Process For Permanent Residence, Adjustment Of Status, Consular Processing, Immigrating Through Marriage, Grounds Of Inadmissibility, Waivers Of Inadmissibility, Affidavit Of Support, Self-Petitions For Abused Spouses And Children, & Ethics

++ 35 Appendices include: Sample Request For Criminal History, Documenting I-130 Petitions, Sample Motion To Reinstate I-130, Consular Processing Instruction Package, Consular Processing Appointment Package, Suggested Evidence Of Bona Fide Marriage, I-601 Waiver Packet Based On INA § 212(h) (Criminal Convictions), I-601 Waiver Packet Based On INA § 212(i) (Fraud Or Misrepresentation), I-601 Waiver Packet Based On INA § 212(a)(9) (B)(v) (Unlawful Presence), & I-212, Request For Permission To Reapply For Admission After Deportation

++ CD-ROM includes: relevant regulatory sections from 8 CFR, 22 CFR, etc., many forms from USCIS, DOS, SSA & IRS, significant statutory provisions, key BIA & Federal cases, selected USCIS memos, public health service documents, etc.

For more info on Family-Based Immigration: Nuts & Bolts, and to order,


Television Portrayals And The 2006 Mid-Term Elections
Gregory Siskind writes "The election is getting closer and there are plenty of reasons to believe that the US House of Representatives will be won by the Democrats."

Undocumented Immigration By Congressional District
Rob Paral for The Immigration Policy Center writes "While [immigration] debate has relied heavily upon estimates of undocumented immigration at the national level, less attention has been paid to the number of undocumented immigrants in local areas—and almost no analyses have considered the size and scope of undocumented immigration in each of the 435 congressional districts."


USCIS Announces Realignment Of Regional, District, Field Offices
USCIS announced realignment of regional, district, and field offices. For the press release, see here. For the fact sheet, see here.

DOS On Professor/Researcher Participants In Exchange Visitor Program
The Department of State published a notice in the Federal Register amended its regulations and extended the permitted program duration from three to five years for professor and researcher participants in the Exchange Visitor Program, effective November 4, 2006.


Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
Oakland, CA - The Law Offices of Chung N. Phang is a recognized immigration law firm that focuses on asylum, deportation defense, and general business immigration. Our clientele draws mainly from Chinese and Southeast national origins. We seek a full time bilingual (Chinese and English) immigration legal secretary with one year plus experience to assist attorneys in the preparation of asylum application, non-immigrant and immigrant visa processing. The ideal candidate has the ability to produce high volume of accurate work product in a fast paced environment. Candidate must also possess strong verbal, written, computer literacy, communication and case management skills. We offer a competitive salary + benefits package. Email resume with salary history/requirements to: or fax: (510) 986-5486.

Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
Midtown Manhattan, NY - ILW.COM seeks immediate full-time admin associate. Unique opportunity to work in fast growing small law publishing company which operates one of the most important immigration law websites in the world. ILW.COM team-members enjoy informal small-company environment with casual dress code policy. Competitive salary. Provide excellent professional customer service (phone, email and mail) to our customers who are immigration attorneys, performing basic web design and internet communications (will train), and handling general office work. Hours are 9-6pm (includes 1 hour lunch). Must have: solid communication skills, both speaking and writing, basic internet and computer skills (MS Word and Internet Explorer), detail-oriented and able to work independently. Right candidate can multi-task and thrives in challenging, intense deadline-oriented environment. Experience preferred. Send resume to No calls please.

Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
Natick, MA - The MathWorks, the leading developer and supplier of software for technical computing and model-based design, seeks immigration specialist to oversee immigration programs. Primary responsibilities include: working closely with petitioners, management and outside counsel, manage all immigration applications and visas within Company policies/practices and INS regulations. Advise management on immigration/visa issues. Work with outside law firms to manage preparation and timely filing of all immigration cases. Develop training programs for foreign nationals, managers and HR staff. Maintain and develop internal systems and Company policies and practices. Set strategy and solutions for complex business immigration related issues. Participate in variety of recruiting related programs (relocation, college recruiting, and temps/contractors). Successful candidate will have: proficiency in Microsoft Windows products, 3 years of relevant work experience, strong knowledge of immigration law and overall immigration practices, experience managing immigration practices including H-1Bs, F-1s, green cards, etc. Send resume to Doug Cohen:

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Downtown Los Angeles, CA - immigration law firm seeks an immigration legal assistant/paralegal. Individual will assist in preparation of visa packages, non-immigrant and immigrant petition applications and general office administration. Candidate should have Bachelor's degree and (2) two years experience in business immigration and PERM. Candidate must also possess excellent writing, communication, and case management skills. Submit resume to: or fax to 213-830-9930. Website:

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Lincoln area, NE - USCIS Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks experienced attorney for the position of Service Center Counsel at the Nebraska Service Center. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, providing legal advice to Nebraska Service Center personnel on issues involving immigration related adjudications, inadmissibility and deportability grounds, and national security. Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), have at least one year of post J.D. experience. Applicants must submit cover letter, resume, + writing sample. Send to: Reid Tilson at All submissions must be received by close of business Friday, November 67, 2006. GS13-GS15 levels and is open until filled. No relocation reimbursement available. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: CIS-COU-2006-0015 at

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
West Los Angeles-15 person leading immigration law firm seeks legal assistant/paralegal. Candidate should have 1+ years of immigration experience. Will be trained to prepare primarily L & E visas. Must have excellent writing, typing, case management and communication skills. BA Degree preferred. Also, must be detailed oriented, organized, conscientious and care about clients. If you are interested in working in a very congenial atmosphere and meet the stated requirements, please e-mail your resume and salary requirements to Mark Ivener at

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 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 6, 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.

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New Position - Washington, D.C.
Thomas H. Tousley, formerly of the Law Office of Thomas H. Tousley, is pleased to announce that he has joined the law firm of Elliot & Mayock LLP in Washington, DC. Phone: 202-429-1725.


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 always enjoy reading Ali Alexander's clear and focused letters, but a little less hypocrisy concerning "enforcement only" would be welcome. His letter (11/03/06 ID) says that, until the border is secure, legalization and guest worker programs will "have to wait". For how long? When will the crowd that opposes immigration in any form decide that the border has finally been "secured" and that it is OK to let in one or two legal immigrants per year (or decade) or actually legalize any illegal immigrants who haven't long since been locked up and deported? Maybe this will happen happen sometime in the next century when our great-great-grandchildren find out that the "war on terror" has been "won" and that is is OK to put an end to warrantless spying on US citizens, torture, and denial of habeas corpus rights. I also suggest that anyone who thinks that "enforcement only" would actually stop illegal immigration, instead of just driving it further underground, should head over to the nearest bookstore (not the library, for heaven's sake - remember the Patriot Act - though bookstores are not much safer) and pick up a biography of King Canute.

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
Out of comments made on H-1B visas (11/02/06 ID Comment), most people supported James Webb for his opposition to this H-1B visa. The comments expressed in Virginia debate is well worth reading. It is widely known to all that this visa is taking away USCs and LPRs' job. James Webb deserves to be applauded.


Dear Editor:
I would like to second the sentiment expressed in Newport Beach Atty David Murray's letter (11/03/06 ID): "I do not believe most people understand just how big the USCIS is, and what a tremendous workload they are under. Given that they have an antique computer system and are severely under-staffed and under-funded, it is a miracle that in the past few years USCIS has implemented sweeping adjudication reform and have gone a long way toward reducing what heretofore was an unacceptable backlog. For this, I applaud the efforts of the USCIS and only hope "comprehensive immigration reform", as the traditionalists view it, will not once again throw us into the chaotic backlog we experienced in the late 1980's through the 1990's." I lived through it investigating the boundless fraudulent applications knowing INS INV had no where the means much less inspiration to filter out the flim flammers (New York cab drivers wining green cards for their work in the hot California sun .......). The 1980's and 1990's ruined morale of many. Those who disagree can take heart. I try to spread the message that USCIS knows it is all but broke, those there "already have day jobs" not to mention the year plus it takes to train new Officers as well as Special Agents. In my opinion advance preparation needs in place before implementing any "path to citizenship" or permanent "guest worker" amnesty in advance programs. Unending efforts trying to educate my Congressional Representative and Senators have been most unsuccessful. Communication especially with Senator Graham impossibility because they "already know my issue". Perhaps that translates to it being all about the greenback and nothing about the "customers" and "users" of the "system". Then USCIS must also add worries about giving green cards to terrorists. We live in difficult times.

Tim Houghtaling

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