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Immigration Daily March 28, 2007
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Robert Divine, Ted Chiappari, Stephen Fischel, Robert Frank, Michael Patrick

Robert Divine, Ted Chiappari, Stephen Fischel, Robert Frank, and Michael Patrick will be among the speakers for our upcoming workshop on Thursday. The curriculum is as follows:

9:00am-10:30am: Session 1:Don't Get Lost in the USCIS Mix

  • Where and how to file with USCIS, including premium
  • When receipts are delayed or never come, or cases are lost
  • New change of address mechanics and considerations
  • When circumstances change after filing or approval
  • Correcting erroneous documents
10:45am-12:15pm: Session 2: When the USCIS game gets local: Adjustment and Natz
  • RFEs, EADs, ASCs, and background checks
  • Dealing with past sins about documents, misrepresentation, or arrests
  • Approval, stamps and cards
  • Rescission, reopening, revocation and denaturalization
12:15pm-1:45pm Lunch Program: Includes Lunch and Presentation

1:45pm-3:15pm: Session 3: When the USCIS game gets local: Adjustment and Natz

  • RFEs, EADs, ASCs, and background checks
  • Dealing with past sins about documents, misrepresentation, or arrests
  • Approval, stamps and cards
  • Rescission, reopening, revocation and denaturalization
Session 4: Some head scratching interpretations
  • INA 245(c), (i) and (k)
  • H-1B cap counting and exemptions
  • Factor-based petitions (extraordinary ability, exceptional ability, national interest, etc.)
  • Unlawful presence, maintenance of status, etc.
  • Temporary position
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Focus

Crimes And Immigration: A Definitive Manual For Winning Cases

The following is the table of contents for this definitive work:

  • Chapter 1: Evaluating A Criminal Case For Immigration Purposes
  • Chapter 2: Criminal Grounds Of Inadmissibility And Waivers
  • Chapter 3: Criminal Grounds Of Deportability
  • Chapter 4: Good Moral Character
  • Chapter 5: Detention And Removal Of Noncitizens Charged With Criminal Grounds Of Inadmissibility Or Deportability
  • Chapter 6: Applications For Relief From Removal For Criminal Aliens In Removal Proceedings
  • Chapter 7: Working With Criminal Defense Counsel And The Criminal Courts On The Structure And Amelioration Of Convictions
  • Chapter 8: Judicial Review
  • Numerous CD-ROM Resource Materials
This book is in press. For more info, and for pre-publication orders, please see here.


Article

A Crisis Of Perspective: Why The Right Is Wrong On Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Robert Gittelson writes "I think that with a thorough understanding of the facts, even the most ardent right wing conservatives will be swayed toward instituting comprehensive immigration reform as soon as possible."

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News

DOS Increases Passport Production
The Department of State issued a press release describing the steps the DOS is taking to ramp up passport production in order to meet demand.

USCIS Says Consular Offices Abroad Accepting I-130s
USCIS announced that US citizens, including members of the armed forces, who live abroad, may resume filing Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, with an American embassy or consulate in countries where there is no U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) international office.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Iselin, NJ - Exceptional and challenging career opportunities available for you at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP, a prominent global immigration law firm. We have openings for entry-level assistant paralegals as well as paralegals with 2 + years of corporate employment immigration experience. The ideal candidate is an integral member of our team, working closely with attorneys and paralegals on all aspects of corporate employment immigration. Must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills and be able to perform multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment. College degree (BS or BA), MS Word and Windows 2000 required. Fragomen offers highly competitive salaries and excellent growth opportunities. Please submit resume and writing sample to: ashneiderovsky@Fragomen.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Downtown NYC - Immigration law firm seeks experienced associate attorney to represent individuals before the US Immigration Courts, attend adjustment of status, Stokes, and naturalization interviews. Good research and writing skills needed as individual will gather supporting evidence; prepare affidavits, write briefs, memorandums of law, motions to reopen/remand/reconsider, and federal court briefs. Minimum 2-3 years of related experience desired. Prepare asylum applications, conduct research, interview clients, and witnesses in preparation for hearings. Knowledge of Spanish preferred. Salary based on experience. Submit your resume + cover letter to: Brandstar22@aol.com. All submissions will remain confidential.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Tysons Corner, VA - Greenberg Traurig has openings for business immigration paralegals with the following levels of experience preparing immigrant and nonimmigrant visas: junior (6 mos.-1 yr), mid-level (1-4 yrs) and senior (5+ yrs). Associates degree, paralegal certificate or equivalent work experience required for junior positions. Bachelors degree or equivalent work experience required for mid-level and senior positions. Ideal candidate must be very organized, detail-oriented and able to work independently. Must possess excellent computer skills as well as strong written and verbal communication skills. If you'd like to work in an environment that consists of heavy client contact, high volume, fast-paced with a team of experienced immigration attorneys and professionals who are passionate about the practice of immigration law, then we want to hear from you. We have all the resources of a large, international law firm while preserving our firm's collegial and collaborative culture. Competitive benefits and compensation package offered. Please send resume + cover letter with salary requirements to TCOHIRE@gtlaw.com. EOE.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Grand Central Area, NYC - 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 Immigration Group in NYC. Our group represents 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. www.hodgsonruss.com. Please send cover letter, resume and law school transcript to Mariely Downey, Attorney Employment Manager: mdowney@hodgsonruss.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
Memphis, TN - St. Jude Children's Research Hospital seeks an Immigration Specialist in HR (job #16205). The Immigration Specialist in HR operates under the supervision of the Director of Employment and Immigration Services to provide immigration support, advice and information to all areas of Jude. Provides assistance to customers during and after regular business hours and/or on weekends, as needed. Completes and processes all required immigration forms, work visa applications, and related documents as directed to ensure compliance with applicable federal and state laws, rules and regulations regarding employment and/or training of international workers, students and visitors. Coordinates and assists with engagement and utilization of external legal counsel for preparation and execution of work visas, permanent residency applications and other related immigration matters. Ensures record-keeping, tracking and public access of information is in compliance with federal and institutional requirements. Successful candidate will have: associate's degree in paralegal studies or paralegal certification, (3) years of employment-based immigration experience (e.g. J1, H1B visas, PERM applications), employment-based immigration experience within legal and/or academic setting preferred, experience with an electronic immigration tracking system preferred. Excellent salary + benefits package. Qualified applicants may apply online at www.stjude.org/jobs.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C., a full-service business law firm has an opening for full-time Immigration Paralegal to join our Firm's Immigration Practice Group. The qualified applicant will be detail oriented and have 2 + years of experience in Immigration Law with strong technical skills. Experience with H1B and PERM required. Experience with religious workers, healthcare workers, and multinational transferees a plus. On-line case management experience preferred and strong computer skills required. BA/BS degree and a paralegal degree or certificate from an ABA/AafPE accredited program is preferred. We offer a business casual work environment with a competitive benefit and compensation package with medical, dental, life, disability coverage, 401k, parking stipend and much more. Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C. is an internationally recognized, Missouri-based law firm located in St. Louis. E-mail or send your cover letter and resume to hr@greensfelder.com. Attn: S. Allen, Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C., 10 S. Broadway, St. Louis, MO 63102, EOE.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
The Murthy Law Firm, located in Owings Mills, a few minutes from downtown Baltimore, Maryland, welcomes resumes from attorneys with 7-10 years' experience in business immigration law. With a staff of over 50, we are able to tailor the position to your interests and strengths, so that you augment our team of 12 attorneys, who manage departments and other legal areas. Our practice is dynamic and fast-paced. Applicants must have an in-depth understanding and knowledge of the various immigration procedures and are expected to supervise paralegals and support staff. Good writing and analytical skills required. We utilize our website and our proprietary case-management system to provide the highest quality of service to our clients. As a boutique practice, we're able to maintain the personal connection to our clients that they have come to expect and on which our reputation is built. Salary + benefits commensurate with experience and abilities. EOE. Resume and cover letter should be emailed to: hr@murthy.com, with Attorney Position in the subject line. Your communication will be treated in confidence.

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Immigration Event - Kansas City, MO
Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) presents "Selected Issues In Family-Based Immigration And Presentation By National Benefits Center Staff". April 17-18, 2007. This two-day training will review selected issues in family-based immigration law, including establishing qualifying relationships for family-based petitions, inadmissibility grounds and waivers, adjustment and consular processing procedures, new affidavit of support regulations, and ethics. The deadline to sign-up is April 9, 2007. 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:
I fully agree with Alan Lee's Article (03/26/07 ID). Judge Chase has a sense of fairness and is able to do justice more than many IJs. I illustrate this with a recent example from my personal experience. I had a case, a Chinese client. Yes, she is Chinese, and, yes her claim was based on forced sterilization. Her husband had been ordered deported a few years before wife and two sons arrived in the US. BIA denied reopening of husband's case. At his own initiative, Judge Chase adjourned wife's case (my client) to give her an opportunity to bring husband for testimony because there were dramatic differences in his record. But the husband was genuinely scared to come to testify fearing detention and actual deportation. So, Judge Chase adjourned, again, to give me an opportunity 'to try one more time." IJ Chase began the hearing, clearly not happy for the husband's failure to appear. Judge Chase called the husband, in open court, and we spoke to him. Husband, upon oral assurances from the Judge that, in his courtroom he would not be arrested, agreed to testify. There, came the third adjournment only to give wife an opportunity to present husband for testimony. You can imagine what the outcome of the case was: granted. Would another IJ have allowed three adjournments? One can never say for sure what IJ Chase was thinking. But I can take a guess: he believed that the wife had really been sterilized in the circumstances she described. He saw a need to do justice. And he did justice.

Sokol Braha, Esq.
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
The Visa Bulletin of Mar 8, 2007 clearly shows that immigrant visa numbers under EB-3 are available now for only those persons whose petitions were filed on or before 01 Aug. 2002. But, an employee who is working at a restaurant in Charlotte, NC is reported to have been successful in being issued green card just after passing of one year of filing petition under EB-3. It is very surprising to learn that how this employee was issued green card, whose petition was filed with CIS in Nov. 2005 only. This kind of CIS's action surely arouses indignation of the persons who have been waiting patiently for immigrant visa number for about five years under this preference. The CIS seems to have set aside Congress's mandates sometimes by issuing more immigrant visas than allotted number, and sometimes by issuing green card to the persons who does not seem to have waited for five years under EB-3 preference. 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. This time CIS issued green card to the employee who filed petition under EB-3 just a year ago. It shows that CIS does not have to follow the laws that Congress makes, and does what it likes. It will be fair and just to the persons who abide by the rules if CIS follows mandates that are given to it.

Narsingh

Dear Editor:
Responding to Robert Yang's letter (03/26/07 ID), America made it just fine since my family arrived in 1620 and we were doing okay during the 1950's. That was all alltime high for Americans. We really don't need Walmart, we were better without imports, and there wouldn't be a steel increase in groceries, and restaurent bills would be reasonable too, cause they before nafta, outsourcing, insourcing, massive imports. We really were better off and America could do it again. We made it throught the depression, and we have a depression in 1850 and 1901 and we made it. We fought World War 1 and World War 2 without as well as Korea, VietNam. We were much better then. Your letter's attitude is insulence to our fallen comrades and to the endless memorials of our fallen veterans which your letter feels, their values, are obsolete. Your generation will be replaced by big business. We have no problem with those from any country. I have friends of all nationalities, all races, all religions. I understand people thinking America is a free for all, but it was paid over and over in blood and the day will come when it returns to The American People for which it is rightfully theirs. History does, and history will repeat itself. England and France are having the same problem as the states with illigals. In the next 15 years the world popoulation will be 7 1/2 billion. But invading the major countries will only hinder their existance. Wait twenty years. Will the rich who your letter supports coming in, have any loyalty to you? No. Will the assets of America and its people be able to bail out the world in the next 15 years? No. Not with invasions, poor leaders, no ethics, no values.

David Utterback


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