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Immigration Daily July 13, 2007
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More On VB Gate Debacle

More information is coming to light on VB Gate. According to Jay Solomon's website posting,

"We have confirmed with a knowledgeable official in the Department of State Visa Office that USCIS was requesting visa numbers on Sunday July 1st, and Monday morning July 2nd - and that visa numbers were still being issued as late as the morning of July 2nd!" ... "USCIS did not use all visa numbers before July 2nd. Did USCIS actually use the visa numbers it requested?" ... We believe USCIS exhausted the visa numbers by simply requesting them - not by using them. If so, and for reasons we will post shortly, we believe that over 30,000 visa numbers requested by USCIS will go unused - and will be wasted this year! ...
Rep. Lofgren sent a letter dated July 11, 2007 (see below in news section) to DHS Chertoff requesting response within three days on thirteen separate questions related to VB Gate.

Due to the unprecedented level of consternation among the immigrant and attorney communities, we believe that USCIS owes the country a forthright statement on its policy for the rest of July on this matter. Silence on the part of USCIS is contrary to the public interest and whatever be the agency's position, the public is entitled to a statement by the agency at this time. Stay tuned.

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


Focus

Family Ties And Immigration

The curriculum for the July 19th phone seminar on "Applying for relatives other than the spouse" is as follows:

  • Children and stepchildren
  • Marriage of the unmarried child
  • How does CSPA help
  • Illegitimate children proving the relationship
  • Adopted children
  • Bringing the family from abroad initial processing or following to join
  • What happens if the petitioner dies
  • Avoiding non-criminal grounds of inadmissibility
  • How to waive grounds of inadmissibility
The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, July 17th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/june2007.shtm . (Fax version: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/june2007.pdf.


Article

Law Library Of Congress Global Legal Monitor: Immigration And Nationality Law
Rubens Medina of the Law Library Of Congress tracks recent immigration-related legal developments around the world.


News

USCIS Says CSC Is Issuing Delayed I-797 Approval Notices
USCIS announced that CSC is in the process of generating and mailing the delayed approval notices and affected customers should expect delivery by July 20, 2007.

USCIS Issues TPS Reminder To Honduran And Nicaraguan Nationals
USCIS issued a reminder to Hondurans and Nicaraguans eligible for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to file a re-registration application for TPS by the closing date of July 30, 2007.

Rep. Lofgren Requests Information On VB Gate Debacle
Rep. Lofgren sent a letter dated July 11, 2007 to DHS Secretary Chertoff on information related to VBGate and requesting response within three days.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Houston and Austin, TX - Tindall & Foster P.C., a leading immigration law firm, seeks experienced immigration legal assistant applicants. Position requires a university degree, strong writing skills, and Word, Outlook, Excel and Access proficiency. Competitive salary and benefits. No calls please. Send resume via e-mail to hr@tindallfoster.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Premier Manhattan immigration law firm seeks immigration lawyer with 3+ years experience in corporate immigration law to handle a full range of advanced immigrant and nonimmigrant matters. We require a person of recognized organizational, communication and techncial skills to augment a high standard of client representation. E-mail resume with salary requirements and writing samples in confidence to: resume@wildesweinberg.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Midtown NYC - 13 person fast paced, leading immigration law firm seeks lawyer with 2+ 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 mneedleman@levittandneedleman.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Philadelphia, PA - Primary responsibility will be management + oversight of the national green card sponsorship program for the Deloitte U.S. entities. Focus is on technical aspects of managing the program which requires a high level of communication, managing all program changes and their impacts, identification of trends and oversight of case workflow and resources involved in all aspects of the process from start to finish. Day-to-day responsibilities include case review, individual case strategy development, + managing overall internal compliance details including posting and recruitment requirements. Qualifications: specialized knowledge in immigration law and paralegal experience or related (4 -7 yrs. relevant experience); strong project management skills to lead special projects as required by senior mgmt; excellent customer service and communication skills; ability to manage process effectively and efficiently; excellent analytical and organizational skills with attention to detail; ability to communicate effectively with multi-national employees. Send resumes to: cojohnson@deloitte.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Kent, WA, a Seattle suburb - Hanis Greaney Prothero, PLLC seeks to hire a full-time immigration paralegal. Paralegal will support attorneys with the processing and management of a high volume caseload of all types of immigration petitions. The position requires substantial direct client interaction. Successful candidate must be organized, detail-oriented, with strong interpersonal and communication skills. Applicants should have minimum 2+ years experience as an immigration paralegal and must speak, read, and write Spanish fluently. We provide a collegial atmosphere with high professional standards and offer a competitive salary and benefits package. Please e-mail a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to cirvine@hgzlaw.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
The Washington, DC and San Francisco offices of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP are currently looking for paralegals to work directly with the Immigration Practice Group. Qualified candidates must be able to work under minimal supervision. The firm offers an excellent compensation and benefits package, outstanding work environment, and comprehensive support to enable our immigration paralegals to assume significant responsibility, including contact with clients. Qualified candidates must have at least two years of business immigration experience in employment-based immigrant and non-immigrant categories. Candidates must possess strong organizational, research and writing skills. Knowledge of PC applications and flexibility to work overtime are required. An undergraduate degree from accredited university is required. EOE. M/F/D/V. Please apply online via the career link of the Morgan Lewis website, www.morganlewis.com/careers.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Seattle, WA - USCIS Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks experienced attorney for the position of Associate Regional Counsel, Western Region. Responsibilities include, but not limited to, serving as attorney providing on-site legal advice to local District Office USCIS personnel on issues involving immigration related adjudications, inadmissibility and deportability grounds, and national security. Applicants must possess JD degree, be active bar member, and have at least two (2) years of post JD experience. Applicants must submit resume + writing sample not to exceed 10 pages. Send cover letter, resume, + writing sample to Kelli.Duehning@dhs.gov. All submissions must be received by close of business July 16, 2007. GS14-GS15 levels and is open until filled. No relocation reimbursement available. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: COU-CIS-2007-0007 at USAJobs.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Charlotte, NC - Moore & Van Allen PLLC, a large business immigration practice seeks experienced immigration paralegal. Four-year degree is required. Candidate must be well-organized; have strong writing, communication and computer skills with strong attention to detail; and have the ability to work independently on multiple tasks. Prior employment-based immigration experience in a practice is preferred. Candidate should also have experience working with Fortune 500 clientele and international executives. Salary is negotiable and commensurate with experience with an attractive benefits package. Relocation assistance may be offered to the right candidate. Interested candidates, send resume to stevehader@mvalaw.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
Charlotte, NC - Moore & Van Allen PLLC, a large southeastern law firm seeks legal assistant. This full-time position requires an organized self-starter who is able to prioritize assignments while supporting several attorneys and paralegals. Prior experience as a legal secretary and an interest in internationally related immigration activities as well as a 4-year degree preferred. Must have excellent MS Office and typing skills. Send resume for consideration to: stevehader@mvalaw.com.

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comingsNgoings

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Immigration Event - Manila, Phillipines
July 17, 2007 - Wilner & O' Reilly is pleased to invite you to an informative seminar on US immigration law and consular practices. Speakers Robert J. DuPont, Esq. and US Embassy officials will discuss: (1) immigration developments for coming year (2) employment-based methods of entry (3) family-based petitions, visa categories, CSPA and K1 and K3 NIVs. (4) consular interview preparation and processing. 9-11am and 12-2pm sessions available. Location: AIM Conference Center Manila, Benavidez cor. Trasierra Streets, Legaspi Village, Makati City, 1260 Philippines. Call 888.762.2842 to register. This is a free event, seating is limited. ILW.COM is pleased to be an event media sponsor.


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:
A recent editorial in the Los Angeles Times stated that Microsoft is about to open an office in Vancouver because it is unable to hire enough H-1B workers in the US. For those of us lawyers who handle H-1B cases, the propaganda that is being spewed out about H-1B workers is as obnoxious as it is absurd. When we know how much our clients, particularly smaller ones, are struggling to make sure they are paying the often inflated "prevailing" wages that have their only basis on some Washington bureaucrat's fantasy, trying to comply with the complicated record-keeping requirements, paying thousands of dollars in filing fees which will never be used for any kind of rational purpose, and in many cases, have been looking unsuccessfully for US workers even when not required to do so, we are outraged at all the nonsense about "H-1B wage slaves" and "H-1B fraud". Some of us see nothing inconsistent between standing up for legal, educated, English-speaking professionals from Europe or Asia, and supporting a crackdown on illegal, unskilled Spanish-speaking immigrants from Latin America. After all, the law is the law, and how many millions of low wage, uneducated Mexicans can this country absorb anyway? H-1B and amnesty are two entirely different issues, verdad? I am not so sure that they are. In a future letter, I will argue that they are just two sides of the same immigrant-bashing coin.

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
First at all, I would like to respond to the 07/12/07 ID comment about "Americans' jobs", there's nothing such as jobs just for Americans or Americans' jobs. Being Americans doesn't mean certain entitlement to certain jobs. If politicians or Lou Dobbs of CNN talking about "protecting Americans' jobs" they need to face the reality, no such thing exists. They're living in fantasy. Americans are subject to global jobs market competition. It's about bid and ask mechanism. Employers want lowest costs but higher productivity, employees want highest compensation, best benefits and yet less stressful and energy to do the jobs while global consumers always want to shop for less and less for better deals. Lou Dobbs and those "cons" pundits must be honest to tell their fans about this reality. If it's cheaper for production processes done in the USA, jobs will be here. And many global corporation off course will invest in the USA, but if not, they will go somewhere elses, you may name them. The key of creating jobs here is how to make USA as a competitive and attractive place to invest and do businesses and to spend money. Lower USD exchange rate, multilingual smart labor forces and yet willing to work harder for less are some of the answers. Nobody including Mexicans are exempt from global competition. As Americans complaint about Indians stealing their jobs, so French complaint about Poles do the same or Taiwanese complaint about Mainland Chinese taking their jobs. Pardon moi, but c'est la vie.

Robert Yang

Dear Editor:
Re: "Roger Algase's" recent comments linking deaths of aliens attempting illegal entry to hatred (see 07/12/07 ID). Why is it that if a person is opposed to something (such as illegal immigration) or someone (such as President Bush), it's assumed that they "hate" that person or thing? I'm not a "rocket surgeon" (as someone said), but it seems that a person can oppose something or someone without hating it/them. While I worked the southern border in California as a Border Patrol Agent, I arrested several hundred illegal aliens, and I didn't hate a single one of them. I'm still opposed to illegal immigration, but it's not because I hate illegal aliens. If I "hate" anything, it's what's being done to this country. The fact that men, women and children die trying to get into this country illegally is very sad. But was Mr. Algase's letter implying that we should just abandon our pathetic efforts at controlling our border? It could be argued that, if the borders were secured, aliens would eventually stop trying to enter illegally as they became aware that they wouldn't be successful. For instance, the Del Rio Border Patrol Sector instituted a program to detain illegal entrants, particularly OTM's (other than Mexicans), prior to sending them back. Entries have slowed dramatically. The "word" gets around, whether it's Mexico, Brazil, or wherever. And Mexico could (but won't) make an effort to keep people from attempting to enter illegally.

John Frecker
Baileyville, ME


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