What Is USCIS?
One wonders what is going on at USCIS with the number of reversals coming from the agency in quick succession. For example, the VB Gate debacle - thankfully reversed, e-filing maintenance schedule - reversed, USCIS prepaid mailers policy - reversed, and lastly, premature posting of the new I-485 forms - reversed. Sadly, these incidents paint a picture of a benefits agency that is alienated from its customer base and woefully misguided in its mission. The message that USCIS conveys when it puts on its homepage an image stating "Protecting America, We are USCIS" is that our country is to be on guard with respect to immigrants. It is an affront to the enormous contributions that immigrants have overwhelmingly made to this country. No one denies the importance of homeland security, however, the USCIS is a benefits agency. Money is the milk of politics, they say. Perhaps Rep. Lofgren's recent proposal to void the USCIS fees is what it takes for USCIS to be reminded of its core mission.
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Latest In Business Immigration Law Practice
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FIRST Phone Session on August 30: Impact Of DOL Regulations On Substitution, Validity Of Labor Certifications And Payment Of Attorney's Fees
SECOND Phone Session on September 20: Strategic Uses Of The L-1 Visa
- Limits on Validity of Labor Certifications - What are the limits? Is this beyond their scope of authority?
- What about previously approved Labor Certifications?
- Attorney's Fees: What does the regulation actually restrict? What costs / fees are "related to" the Labor Certification. Are costs related to other petitions also restricted, and can they legally do this.
- What about existing Fee Agreements / Contracts for work that has not yet been done? Does the attorney need to unilaterally terminate existing agreements or risk sanctions?
- Does the DOL have the right to control who an attorney may or may not represent and how?
- Debarrment: When does it apply and is this sanction a valid exercise of power?
- What should Fee Agreements say for the future?
THIRD Phone Session on October 11: EB-1 And Other Options For The Best And The Brightest
- L-1A vs. L-1B: What are the differences? Is one easier to get?
- Executives: Isn't everyone an "Executive?"
- Key Managers: If I'm not an Executive, then I must be a Key Manager!
- Functional Managers: The definition and uses of the extraordinary category.
- Work Locus of an L-1: Can they travel? Can I outsource L-1 employees?
- What is a Blanket L, and when should I consider it?
- New / Start-Up Office considerations
- Mergers & Acquisitions: How changes to business structure can impact the worker.
- Planning Ahead: Can an L-1 help my client get a green card?
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- Extraordinary vs. Outstanding vs. Distinguished
- When there are multiple options to choose from, which is the best?
- Is Self-Sponsorship better than Employer Sponsored?
- What is Schedule A, and is it still an option?
- When is "The Best" not good enough?
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An Immigrant's Tale: Loving Your Job, America Style
Chris Colin writes "I wanted to talk to Erwin because his experience as an immigrant is inseparable from his experience looking for work, which became necessary as soon as he arrived."
The Politics Of Immigration: An Excerpt
Jane Guskin and David L. Wilson provide the answers to many immigration-related questions, including: "What if we deport all the "illegal" immigrants?" and "Are "guest worker" programs a solution?"
DHS Fact Sheet On Immigration Enforcement Measures
DHS issued a fact sheet on measures to be taken to secure our borders and enforce current immigration laws.
Advance Copy of DHS Final Rule On Safe Harbor Procedures For Employers Who Receive A No-Match Letter
We provide an advance copy of the DHS final rule to be published in the Federal Register stating safe harbor procedures that an Employer can follow when it receives a no-match letter from the Social Security Administration or receives a letter regarding employment verification from the DHS.
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An email that I received is another illustration of why the immigration bar and pro-immigration advocates will continue to have a hard time with the public. The second sentence of the opening paragraph which states "With the H2B Temporary Worker Visa program you can most likely hire foreign nationals who are ready to work hard for much less than laborers hired from the local area- and they are perfectly legal." says it all.
Harry Sheinfeld, Esq.
Sid Lachter's letter (08/10/07 ID) correctly points out that it's not a crime to be unlawfully present in the US, although it's illegal. To be a crime, a statute would need to be enacted making unlawful presence a crime, rather than a mere violation of a non-criminal law. It is my understanding that ID is an internet-based basically directed toward immigration lawyers, with the general public welcome to read and benefit from the timely information provided and to express their opinions in the Letters to the Editor column. ID does a fine job of publishing differing opinions, even opinions critical of their own editorials. It is good to have input by lawyers and non-lawyers. I have noticed that sometimes non-lawyers use ID as a vehicle to vent their hatred toward the legal community, or to make unsupported and erroneous opinion-based claims as to statistics or what is immigration law, practice or procedure. Lawyer bashing serves no beneficial purpose and opinion does not constitute law and the danger in expressing erroneous opinion in any public forum is that some readers may read and interpret these misrepresentations as truth, and then may not read a next-day correction or clarification, such as that offered in Mr. Lachter's letter. America is embroiled in an immigration debate of monumental proportion. But there is too much misinformation being circulated. As a result, post 9/11, most of the proposed legislation has been introduced by politicians who really do not seem to understand the broader picture of world migration, and instead have turned the immigration debate into a war on terrorism. Of course, what is, or is not, good law, is the subject of debate - perhaps a sort of "Catch 22" for the country, that may never result in good law, but which has the potential to irreparably divide Americans into "us" against "them".
David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA
China has internal immigration control that won't let Chinese from rural and interior China provinces move to big cities like Shanghai, Beijing etc. on its east coast to avoid social and overcrowding problems. It needs special permits to live in big Chinese metropolis for people who aren't the natives on those cities, but at the other side Chinese government tries to pump billions of dollar to inner provinces and rural areas to improve the infrastructures and living standards there and attract new investments in those areas so they can be at a par with other cities as well. Many Chinese are happy to stay and live in Urumqi, Xinjiang province or Lhasa in Tibet instead of Shanghai, since they're now quite modern and comfortable, jobs and opportunities are plenty. Lhasa has a double tracks new rail connection to other Chinese cities and the economy is improving. The only reasonable ways to reduce immigration to the USA is by helping Central American nations to fight corruptions, gangsters and liberalize their economy to attract investments and helping hands from USA and Canada. Huge economic gap is the reason of why poorer nations citizens keep flowing to wealthier nations legally or not.
I am responding to Steve Landess's 08/10/07 ID letter which stated, "The fact is that "illegal" and "criminal" do not mean the same thing and being in this country illegally is not a crime."
In my dictionary illegal is criminal and criminal is being a crime, so I definitely see the relationship. Illegal entry into our country and visa abusing is a violation (breach, infraction, trespass, infringement, transgression) of our immigration laws. For just a few crimes that are obviously criminal, in massive degree and on going are: stealing people's identification, use, making of, buying or selling fraudulent documents,and/or to use such to obtain money, social services,to work, hiring unlawful workers,tax evasion,harboring, aiding and abetting criminal activity,Smuggling humans, attacks on Americans and threats for speaking out against illegal immigration, drugs and gang activity, entry of those with criminal records from other countries and anyone who participates in such, are criminals and felons. I wouldn't compare any of these crimes to "failing to pay a debt or violating a zoning ordinance".I find this a disingenuous comparison to the rule of law that concerns most people reguarding criminality,interior enforcement and security for the national interest of our country and definitely a disquieting crisis where illegal immigration is concerned.
In response to Sid Lachter's letter to the Editor (08/10/07), to break a
law of a country is a crime, and a person who commits a crime is a
criminal. Illegal is an act that is done against the law or not done
according to the law. To overstay visa is illegal, because this act is
done against our immigration law. Similarly, without visa to entry our
country is also illegal, because it is not done according to our law.
Thus, both crime and illegal are contrary to law.
I am trying to locate the text of Passport Bulletin 96-18. I am having the hardest time doing so. Does anyone have any ideas?
Chad Van Cleave
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