Top Links July 2008
We feature the most accessed links by our readers in July 2008 below:
Top five July Immigration Daily Articles
Top five July Immigration Daily Items
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Back To School: Immigration Issues For Students And Universities
ILW.COM is pleased to announce a new 3-part seminar series "Back To School:
Immigration Issues for Students and Universities". The curriculum is as
FIRST Phone Session on August 21: F, M and J Students - what they are and
how do they apply
SECOND Phone Session on September 11: Student Employment Issues
- Similarities and Differences between the three statuses - Is there a
- NIV Visa issuance: Proving Nonimmigrant intent from troublesome
countries and after IV petitions; and support issues
- The realities of maintenance of status and reinstatement (how to apply
and likelihood of success)
- Personas non grata - flight school issues
- Students who are not F,M or Js (derivatives, asylees, recent
developments e.g. for visitors)
- When D/S is no longer D/S - unlawful presence, departure and
THIRD Phone Session on October 30: Helping educational institutions with
their immigration issues
- The usual rules of engagement for Fs - On-Campus, CPT, OPT, Unforeseen
Economic Hardship and Internships with International Organizations
- Employment of M and J students (including J-1 Student Interns)
- When is an EAD needed?
- The Cap Gap solution for this year
- Interim Final Rule for OPT 4/8/2008 - Science, Technology, Engineering
- Who's included and excluded
- 17 month extension - student applications and employer
- E-Verify employers - how to find them, what E-Verify
means to employers, how and why to convince employers to go
- New Reporting Requirements
The deadline to sign up is Wednesday, August 20th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see:
(Fax version: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/julyB2008.pdf
- SEVIS - history and update for today - What a DSO and lawyer must know
- Understanding H-1 exemptions - collaborations between
universities and the private sector
- Issues Transitioning from student to professor (J-1 waivers,
alternatives to H-1B)
- Special Handling PERM applications; When regular labor certification
- Difficult EB-1s and NIWs (From F, J or M direct to Immigrant -
when, why, how; considerations whether to PERM after all)
- Can a non-resident alien be a resident for tuition?
Changes To The Naturalization Interview Process Of Questionable Value
Alan Lee, Esq. writes "For the most part, the memo recognized that not every office would be able to immediately implement every change, but that offices are encouraged to implement them where possible."
Bloggings on PERM Labor Certification
Joel Stewart shares the latest entries as of August 10, 2008 on his PERM Labor Certification blog.
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USCIS Updates Projected Naturalization Processing Times
USCIS announced that it anticipates naturalization application processing will average 10-12 months nationally by the end of September 2008 – a substantial improvement from its estimated average processing time of 16-18 months first announced last year.
Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Lee's Summit, Missouri - USCIS Office of the Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks experienced attorney for the position of of Service Center Counsel at the National Benefits Center (NBC). Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, providing legal advice to the NBC personnel on issues involving immigration related adjudications, inadmissibility and deportability grounds, and national security. Service Center Counsel are also responsible for writing visa appeal briefs and providing litigation support to the U.S. Attorney's office on cases arising from Service Center adjudications. The Service Center Counsel will be directly supervised by the Deputy Chief Service Center Counsel and the Chief of the Service Center Counsel Division. Applicants must possess a JD degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction) by the entry on duty date. For full details enter COU-CIS-2008-0009 here. Submissions for this announcement are preferred by email (all attached documents must be in MS Word or Adobe Acrobat PDF format) to W. Douglas Craig, Chief Service Center Counsel Division, at William.Craig@dhs.gov. Contact Information: Sheila Fisher. Phone: 949-389-3687. Or write: Office of the Chief Service Center Counsel, USCIS, 101 West Congress Parkway, Suite 560, Chicago, IL 60605.
Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
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as a business immigration paralegal with a top tier law firm or in-house
corporate immigration team, coupled with undergraduate degree, excellent
organizational and communication skills (both written and oral), and ability
to work independently. Please apply with resume, cover letter, + salary req.
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Immigration: Congressional Miscue Could Compromise Federal-State Cooperation
When Congress failed last year to pass a bloated, wrong-headed immigration and border security bill, few expected the legislators to tackle these contentious issues again any time soon.
Reducing Illegal Immigration: How Congress Can Support Federal Initiatives
The "legalization" approach is deeply flawed; it has been tried before and failed miserably.
Congress Tries a Piecemeal Approach to Overhauling Immigration
The prospect of comprehensive immigration overhaul legislation died a public death in June 2007, but the notion of targeted immigration changes has continued to live on in proposals seeking to provide special help for narrow categories of foreigners, one at a time.
Bond Fund Aids Illegal Immigrants With Court Costs
Some illegal immigrants arrested in workplace raids by federal agents will now have a resource to help them post bond and have a day in court.
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Honza Prchal's 08/11/08 ID letter is much appreciated for its clarification about the Chinese exclusion laws, which everyone would have to agree (along with the US Supreme Court at the time, which upheld them) were directed against a particular race, even though job competition was clearly a factor as well. It is also hard to argue with his letter's point that it has often been difficult to disentangle racial considerations from labor market considerations in terms of immigration restrictions. Most Americans this side of David Duke and Patrick Buchanan would agree that race should not be a factor in immigration policy, whereas labor market protection is certainly a legitimate factor. My letters' point has been that many restrictionists have exaggerated the negative effect of certain immigrant groups on US jobs and wage levels for reasons that often have had more to do with race, and that this bias continues up to the present. However, Mr. Prchal's letter makes a legitimate point in pointing out that the bias can also go in the other direction.
Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY
According to David Murray's letter last week (08/04/08 ID), since he's never really heard of Aztlan, it is really not that important as another letter had asserted. Just do a Google search and one can find thousands of references to the pernicious agenda of Aztlan. I guess one hasn't paid attention to the news or talk shows on cables every time the immigration issue comes up: Aztlan is discussed and brought up by conservatives and the immigration-restrictionist side. Or just hang around Cal State Northridge and one will be at the headquarters of student organizations supporting Aztlan.
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