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Immigration Daily March 15, 2007
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Chicken Soup And Immigration

For super-charging your immigration practice for the H-1B cap and beyond, and to grow your career, your staff and your law firm for today and tomorrow, the time for action is now! A constellation of leading luminaries in law firm marketing and law firm practice management (joined by eminent immigration law practitioners) will speak at "Solving Complex Immigration Challenges While Super-Charging Your Career and Your Law Firm" an all-day, in-depth learning event on Friday, March 30th in New York City. The celebrated mavens' brief bios are as below:

  • Joel Roberts - former prime time talk show host on KABC Radio, Los Angeles, one of the nation's premier talk radio venues, during decade in the media, he spent 5,000 hours behind a radio microphone and 1,000 hours in front of a TV camera, founded media and communications consulting firm 9 years ago, many best selling-authors are his clients, including the #1 Chicken Soup for the Soul series (Joel's their official media coach), Stephen Covey, of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, T. Harv Eker, author of Secrets of the Millionaire Mind, rock star Kenny Loggins, other clients include Pfizer, Novartis, Wal-Mart, Target, and Eli Lilly
  • Ari Kaplan - columnist for Law.com, member of the Board of Editors for American Lawyer Media's "Marketing the Law Firm", hired by the largest firms in the country including Shearman & Sterling and Akin Gump, published over 100 articles in legal and non-legal magazines and newspapers, practitioner in New York City for 9 years prior to marketing career
  • Rich Klein - 25 years in journalism and public relations, with extensive experience in law firm public relations and marketing, has written and spoken extensively, has held the top media relations position at the Anti-Defamation League, Proskauer Rose and the New York County Lawyers' Association
  • Paige Stover Hague - an attorney who worked as a senior executive in the legal publishing industry for 10 plus years working on both the product development and sales and marketing sides of the business, was the author of several noted practice manuals in Florida (now out of print) and has edited and contributed content to many legal publications in several jurisdictions, partners with CEOs, managing partners and business owners to retool client acquisition, client service and strategic planning initiatives
  • Joining them will be well known immigration practitioners: Jonathan Adams (Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen and Loewy), Carolyn S. Lee (Miller, Mayer LLP), Andrew Lerner and Christina LaBrie (both of Paparelli and Partners). Leading the discussion will be the renowned Angelo Paparelli.
Don't delay, take advantage of the Save $100 deadline of March 23rd.

For those outside of New York City, please bear in mind that weather.com reports that the average high for late March in NYC is in around 60, and the average low is around 40. In other words, this is a great time to travel to NYC, whether you are just taking the subway/train, or you are flying in. For those from out of town, we have negotiated a special discounted rate with the hotel (write to webmaster@ilw.com) for more info.

To register and for more info on the speakers, location, and curriculum, visit online: http://www.ilw.com/workshops/march2007challenges.shtm.
Fax form: http://www.ilw.com/workshops/march2007challenges.pdf.
Save $100 if you register by the deadline of March 23rd! Don't delay, sign up today!

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


Focus

Filing H-1Bs, I-140 Tips, Etc

The curriculum for I-140 Tips And Resolving Benefits Problems is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on Mar 22: Vermont Service Center & California Service Center

  • Latest information on Filing H1B Applications on April 2nd
  • New Direct Filing Initiative
  • Common Problems & Issues at VSC & CSC
  • Transfer of I-485
  • USCIS Memo on FBI Checks
  • I-130 Issues

SECOND Phone Session on Apr 19: Nebraska Service Center & Texas Service Center

  • I-140 Degree Equivalencies & Ability to Pay
  • New case law on degree equivalencies
  • I-485 Issues
  • Dual EADs (NIV based and AOS based?)

THIRD Phone Session on May 10: National Benefits Center, CIS Ombudsman, & AAO/BIA

  • Recent AAO Decisions & Issues
  • Update on NBC Processing and Common Problems
  • The Ombudsman's Role & Recent Activities
  • Recent BIA Decision on CSPA
The deadline to sign up is Wednesday, March 21st. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/march2007.shtm. (Fax version: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/march2007.pdf.


Article

BIA Rules That Child Status Protection Act Retroactively Applies To Children Of US Citizens
Cyrus D. Mehta writes "The Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) in Rodolfo Avila-Perez, 24 I&N Dec. 78 (BIA 2007) ruled that the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA) applies to beneficiaries of immediate relative visa petitions that were approved before August 6, 2002, its date of enactment."


News

CRS On Number Of Undocumented Aliens In US
The Congressional Research Service issued a report presenting data estimating the number of unauthorized aliens who have been living in the US since 1986.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Houston, TX (Galleria area) - Law office of Judith G. Cooper, P.C. seeks legal assistant with experience in all aspects of employment-based immigrant and non-immigrant law. Candidate should have excellent computer, writing, case management and interpersonal skills. Send resume to Administrator by fax: (713)-622-8078 or e-mail CCooper@immigration-visas.com.

Credential Evaluation And Translation
As the nation's leader in foreign credential evaluations and translations, American Evaluation and Translation Service, Inc. (AETS) provides the most competitive rates in the industry $50 educational evaluations, as well as $200 'expert opinion' work experience and position evaluations completed by PhD university professors who have the "authority to grant college level credit for work experience and/or training." AETS offers a variety of turn-around times, including same-day service for educational, work experience, and position evaluations. For list of rates and times, see: http://aetsinternational.com/applicationforevaluationservices.pdf. AETS also provides certified translations in 100+ languages, with translators that are specialists in 80+ fields. For a copy of the Application for Credential Evaluation and Translation Services, please contact AETS at (786) 276-8190, visit http://www.aetsinternational.com, or email: info@aetsinternational.com.

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, http://www.amlife.us.


comingsNgoings

Readers can share their professional announcements (100-words or fewer at no charge), email: editor@ilw.com. Readers interested in learning about featuring your event or conference in Immigration Daily, see here. To feature your newsletter in Immigration Daily, see here.

New Offices - NY, NY
Nachman & Associates, P.C. is pleased to announce our move and expansion to: Nachman & Associates, P.C., 7 West 36th Street, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10018. Phone (212) 290-8100. Facsimile (212) 290-8101. Please join us in our new office space for a cocktail reception. RSVP by Friday, March 16th: gina_giambalvo@visaserve.com. Date: Friday, March 23, 2007. Time: 5pm-8pm. www.visaserve.com.

Immigration Event - El Paso, TX
Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) & Catholic Charities of Dallas, Immigration and Legal Services present "Bars and Waivers: How to Prepare Waivers to Overcome Grounds of Inadmissibility". March 26-27, 2007. This training will review common grounds of inadmissibility, including health, crimes, fraud, smuggling, and prior immigration violations, and provide guidance on preparing and documenting waiver applications. The deadline to sign-up is February 19, 2007. Registration is limited. To learn more, including summary agenda, fees, and registration information, please see here. ILW.COM is pleased to be a media sponsor for this event.


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:
ID readers, please consider advocating against the proposed fee increases for basic immigration services. As you recall, the USCIS proposed raising its filing fees on 1 February 2007 in the Federal Register (pages 4888-4915, proposed rule). For a summary of current and proposed fees, see pages 4910-4911 of that publication. These proposed fee increases would range from the steep (e.g., raising the filing fee for the petition for an alien relative, form I-130, from $190 to $355 USD) ... to the ridiculous (e.g., raising the filing fee for the citizenship application, form N-400, from $330 to $595 USD) ... to the egregious (e.g., raising the filing fee for the application for permanent residency, form I-485, from $325 to $905 USD). The USCIS cites increased operating expenses to justify these fee increases. However, these fee increases would have the effect of punishing the law abiding while rewarding the USCIS for less than competent service. Instead of charging higher fees from people who have no recourse, the USCIS should seek increased funding from the members of the U.S. Congress, who can hold the USCIS accountable; and it should justify to *them* why increased funding is warranted. Please consider contacting your members of Congress and asking them to oppose USCIS' proposed fee increases.

John Gfoeller, Esq.

Dear Editor:
Zheng Yi's letter to the Editor (03/14/07 ID) apologizes for misconstruing my earlier letter to the Editor. Any lack of clarity in my letter was my fault, not his, but I appreciate the gesture. It is depressing in the extreme to read that conditions in immigration detention facilities are worse than in our regular prisons. I hope that Mr. Yi's letter does not mean to state conditions related to inmate safety are worse in immigration detention facilities, but if his letter does, that would be really depressing. Perhaps the best argument of the decent wall advocates is that it would lessen the pressure on the ICE's overburdened detention and repatriation system by making it far harder for so many people to come in outside the system. My fear is that such a wall would not be accompanied by increased legal immigrant flows. The botched 1986 reform, however, may have made the prospects of simultaneously relaxing our procedural and numeric restrictions on legal immigration at the same time as we do something about our half-assimilated helot class of illegals and doing something that would cut the present flow of illegals. That is a tragedy, because the incentives in our immigration system are all wrong. People who go through the hassle and stress of coming in legally can be forgiven for considering themselves suckers for playing by the rules, whereas most illegals can be forgiven for taking the path of least resistance in the same way they do with their own even more Kafkaesque, and dramatically more corrupt governments. That is not how our system should work, but that is what we have come to, and I do not see how we can slip this Gordian knot.

Honza Prchal, Esq.


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