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Immigration Daily December 11, 2006
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Air Borne

According to a news story, "A girl delivered aboard a flight from Mexico could be eligible for US citizenship." For the full story, see here.

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Physician Visas: What You Need To Know Now

FIRST Phone Session on Dec 21, 2006: How to Immigrate as a Physician

  • Credentialing and licensing: What does it take to be a US doctor? (ECFMG, residuary, USMLE)
  • Entering to get credentialed
    • B Visas
    • F Visa - study centers
  • Training
    • J-1 Visa - how to get it (no more researcher to doctor switch)
    • J-2 spouses
    • H Visa - What's really required to be an H-1B resident? Which programs are subject to the H-1B cap?
    • O Visa Can it work for a "training" position?
  • J-1 Waivers
    • HPSAs, MUAs, MHPSAs - understanding shortage areas
    • Which federal government agencies sponsor waivers?
    • I'm a specialist, where can I go?
    • State 30 programs
    • Waiver procedures - nuts and bolts
    • Interaction of J waiver and NIW for underserved areas

SECOND Phone Session on Jan 18, 2007: Hs, Os and Green Cards for Physicians

  • H-1Bs
    • a. Basic requirements
    • Cap issues for MDs
    • Prevailing wage determinations
    • Self-employment
  • Os and other alternative non-immigrant categories
  • Labor Certifications
  • National Interest Waivers
  • Other green card categories

THIRD Phone Session on Feb 1, 2007: Nurses and Legislative Update

  • Nurses
    • Non-immigrant options
    • Green card options - impact of retrogression
    • Credentialing update
  • Legislative Update - The impact of comprehensive immigration reform on health care professions
The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, December 19th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: (Fax version:


The Second Generation In The US
David Dixon writes "The degree to which immigrant groups integrate is determined by many factors, including their educational backgrounds, work experiences and skills, and culture, as well as the communities in which they settle."

Agri-Food Industry's Deadly Cycle Feeds Immigration
Eric Holt-Gimenez writes "The U.S. Farm Bureau estimates that immigrant labor adds up to $9 billion of the nation's $200 billion annual agricultural output."


Final Rule On Travel Documents
This rule finalizes the first phase of a joint DHS and DOS plan, known as the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative. Effective January 23, 2007, all US citizens and nonimmigrant aliens from Canada, Bermuda, and Mexico departing from or entering the US from within the Western Hemisphere at air ports-of-entry will be required to present a valid passport.


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.

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 Position - Dallas, TX
Karen Lee Pollak is pleased to announce that she has joined the law firm of Goins, UnderKofler, Crawford & Langdon, LLP where she will continue to practice immigration and business Litigation. Goins, Underkofler, Crawford & Langdon, L.L.P. Renaissance Tower, Suite 4800, 1201 Elm Street, Dallas, Texas 75270. Tel (214) 969-5454. Fax (214) 969-5902. Karen Lee Pollak.


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:
With all respect to Justice Thomas, my longtime writing guide and mentor, William Strunk, Jr., says he is wrong (see 12/08/06 ID comment). According to William Strunk, Jr. (18691946) in "The Elements of Style", II. Elementary Rules of Usage. Form the possessive singular of nouns with 's. Follow this rule whatever the final consonant. Thus write, (1) Charles's friend (2) Burns's poems (3) the witch's malice. This is the usage of the United States Government Printing Office and of the Oxford University Press. Exceptions are the possessives of ancient proper names in -es and -is, the possessive Jesus', and such forms as for conscience' sake, for righteousness' sake. But such forms as Achilles' heel, Moses' laws, Isis' temple are commonly replaced by (1) the heel of Achilles (2) the laws of Moses (3) the temple of Isis.

Angelo A. Paparelli, Esq.

Dear Editor:
It is widely known to all that hundreds of thousand of persons have been patiently waiting for years for availability of immigrant visa numbers to come to the US to join their families. They have been suffering massive hardships from preventing them to unite their families in the US. It is learnt that 246,878 became legal permanent resident under employment based preference in FY 2005. However, the allotment for immigrant visa under this preference was 140,000 only. In the same year, only 212,970 persons got permanent residency under family based preference, though the mandatory for this preference was 226,000. It clearly shows that USCIS did not use 13,030 immigration visas under family based preference. Now the question arises why USCIS did not use full allotted number that was 226,000 under family based preference, whereas it crossed its mandatory by issuing 160,878 more number than it was allotted under employment base preference. It shows that USCIS does not have to follow the laws that Congress make, and does what it likes.

S. Salike

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Publisher:  Sam Udani    Legal Editor:  Michele Kim                 ISSN:  1930-062X