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Immigration Daily August 13, 2008
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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

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


Focus

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 follows:

FIRST Phone Session on August 21: F, M and J Students - what they are and how do they apply

  • Similarities and Differences between the three statuses - Is there a choice?
  • 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 inadmissibility
SECOND Phone Session on September 11: Student Employment 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 and Mathematics
    • Who's included and excluded
    • 17 month extension - student applications and employer reporting requirements
    • E-Verify employers - how to find them, what E-Verify means to employers, how and why to convince employers to go E-Verify
    • New Reporting Requirements
THIRD Phone Session on October 30: Helping educational institutions with their immigration issues
  • SEVIS - history and update for today - What a DSO and lawyer must know now
  • 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 process applies;
  • 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?
The deadline to sign up is Wednesday, August 20th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/julyB2008.shtm. (Fax version: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/julyB2008.pdf


Article

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.

To submit an Article for consideration, write to editor@ilw.com.


News

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.


Classifieds

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
Reston, VA - Feeling undervalued? Goel & Anderson, LLC, seeks experienced business immigration paralegals to provide professional services to its clientele, composed of Fortune 1000 corporations and leading multinational firms. Our compensation and benefits package is commensurate with top-tier law firms, with no billable hour requirement. We offer family-friendly work hours (with little/no OT required), attorneys who are easy to work with, business-casual dress policy, fully paid health/dental/vision insurance premiums, 401(K) plan with generous match, free parking, and occasional additional perks (this year, our entire staff, along with spouses/significant others, was treated to a paid vacation at the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas). Ideal candidates will have 4-6 years of experience 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. to careers@goellaw.com or fax to (703) 796-9232. All submissions kept confidential. No phone calls please.

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Headlines

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.


comingsNgoings

Readers can share their professional announcements (100-words or fewer at no charge), email: editor@ilw.com. Readers interested in learning about featuring your event or conference in Immigration Daily, see here. To feature your newsletter in Immigration Daily, see here.

Immigration Book
Migrating to America: Transnational Social Networks and Regional Identity among Turkish Migrants By Lisa DiCarlo. I.B. Tauris, 288 pp. Hardcover, ISBN: 1845116461, $85.00. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1845116461/.


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 would like to know why I am receiving this newsletter. I certainly never signed up to receive it. [Please remove me from your list.]

Connie L. Hart, Esq.
Phoenix, AZ

Editor's note: You have been unsubscribed from receiving Immigration Daily. Please rest assured that we never subscribe individuals to Immigration Daily but it is possible that someone else subscribed you.

Dear Editor:
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

Dear Editor:
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.

Mike D.


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