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Immigration Daily July 18, 2007
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Heads May Roll

News of a resolution to VB Gate has been swirling since last Thursday. However, no press release has yet been issued by USCIS. In response, AILF has said, "further delays or incomplete solutions will compel us to move forward with litigation" and Immigrant's List has sent a 10,000+ signature petition to DHS Secretary Chertoff on the matter.

Analyzing the situation, one can reasonably conclude that someone at USCIS will have to take the fall for the VB Gate debacle - probably someone acting in good faith and high up on the food chain. That would explain why tentative settlements reached late on Thursday (7/12) and Monday (7/16) have failed, because the person(s) involved at USCIS is/are powerful enough to temporarily scuttle a settlement. We commend Rep. Lofgren for her aggressive leadership on this issue which is critical to tech companies and we are confident that without her participation, the Executive agencies would have gotten away unscathed, despite dashing the hopes of hundreds of thousands.

USCIS's and DOS's actions, however well-intentioned, send a clear message - that playing by the rules does not pay. Let's all remember what is at stake here: it is not just the hundreds of thousands immigrants ensnared in this confusing web, what is on trial is the legal immigration system itself.

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Secondary Migration: Who Re-Migrates And Why These Migrants Matter
Ayumi Takenaka for Migration Information Source writes "Population movements today are not only circular and transnational but are increasingly sequential, involving more than one destination."


ETA Issues Fraud Rule FAQs
The Employment and Training Administration of the DOL published FAQs to clarify the final rule related to PERM and fraud.

USCIS Launches Inter-Country Adoption Pilot Program
USCIS announced the launch of its SIMS Pilot Program which will be used for inter-country adoption applications. For the press release, see here. For the Q&A, see here.


Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
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Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Chicago, IL - A 30 attorney law firm seeks licensed attorneys to join its immigration practice group. Our practice serves a diverse clientele with business, family, and removal immigration services. Associate: Min. 1-3 years of immigration experience; and Senior Associate: Min. 4 years of immigration experience. Fluency in Spanish is highly preferred for both positions. Please email your resume + cover letter (please indicate position sought in subject header) explaining interest in the position to: This is a blind listing.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
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Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
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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:

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

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,

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 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

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

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Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) present "Bars and Waivers Understanding Inadmissibility Grounds and How to Prepare Waivers to Overcome Inadmissibility" . July 26-27 2007. This training will review common grounds of inadmissibility, including health, crimes, fraud, smuggling, and prior immigration violations, and will provide guidance on preparing and documenting waiver applications. This training is interactive, with large and small group exercises on determining inadmissibility and preparing and submitting waiver applications. 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.


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:
Reading through ID's coverage of VB gate developments and Juan DeKruyff's letter to the Editor (07/16/07 ID) asking if anyone else got a flurry of I-485 approvals, I am reminded yet again of the nightmare that would have occurred had we ended up with the grand immigration compromise that recently went down to flaming defeat. Nevertheless, our Leninist immigration awls are beneath contempt and the law must be respectable to be respected. How then to lessen the crushing pressures for fudging and outright illegality on our overburdened immigration bureaucracy without simply throwing in the towel on immigration law for everyone except licensed professionals? I suggest simply replacing almost every visa category save marriage related and refugee visas, and perhaps additional or cheaper visas for foreign nations that are notably helpful to us overseas and in their domestic politics (el Salvador being a notable example, Poland and Kuwait being others) with a dramatically cheaper investor visa, and replacing H1B visas with an even cheaper version. Workers and immigrants worth sponsoring would have little trouble finding an investor for, say $50,000 and $75,000 for a work visa or a green card, and the system would be transparent, revenue enhancing and would allow DHS personnel to focus on background and health checks and enforcement of the system. Further, those who purchased the right to be here fair and square would be a new constituency for border control, as they would want to protect the value of their investment. Ease of administration, costs savings and enhanced respect for the law as it becomes increasingly logical to enter legally rather than across our dangerous southern border. A trifecta even for those who do not think we could use more people with enough human capital to come up with such monies one way or other.

Honza J. F. Prchal, Esq.
Birmingham, AL

Dear Editor:
The Senate bill on immigration was a good positive start on reform which should have been debated and improved. What practical alternative has been proposed? Deportation? Just how does one go about to deport 12,000,000+ undocumented immigrants? To put this into perspective, 12,000,000 is the approximate equivalent of the population of the entire state of Ohio, the state in which I live.

Richard Baer

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

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