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Attorneys To Attorneys

ILW.COM is pleased to announce the launch of our attorney2attorney discussion board. This new discussion board was launched to provide immigration attorneys the opportunity to discuss matters of interest to them in a forum limited to their peers (bar admittance will be verified prior to admittance). Immigration Daily readers who are attorneys are encouraged to join soon and post often as different member levels exist depending on the number of posts. Early adopters have the chance to get in on the ground level and significantly shape this forum through frequent postings on issues that are of concern to them. ILW.COM will do its part to help make immigration attorneys aware of this new outlet. Please take the opportunity to register and check it out firsthand: attorney2attorney discussion board. Together, with your help, we look forward to creating a thriving professional community.

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


Focus

Family Matters - Hot Issues In Family Immigration

ILW.COM is pleased to announce a new 3-part seminar series "Family Matters - Hot Issues In Family Immigration". The curriculum is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on August 28: Obtaining Permanent Residence in Spite of a Conviction

  • Effect of aggravated felony conviction
  • What is a crime involving moral turpitude
  • What is the petty offense exception
  • Obtaining a 212(h) waiver
  • Effect of expungement, vacation of judgment
  • Drug convictions and delinquency dispositions
SECOND Phone Session on September 18: How to Get Around the Grounds of Inadmissibility and Prepare a Winning Waiver of Inadmissibility in Family Immigration Cases
  • Common Grounds of Inadmissibility & Waivers
    1. Misrepresentation
    2. Document Fraud
    3. False Claims to U.S. Citizenship
    4. Unlawful Voting
    5. Inadmissible at Time of Admission
    6. Smuggling
    7. Unlawful Presence
    8. 212(a)(9)(C)
    9. Reinstatement of Removal
  • What is Extreme Hardship?
  • Hardship Factors - Framework for Approaching Your Case
    1. Family Separation
    2. Hardship to Children
    3. Medical Conditions
    4. Bringing in hardship to non-statutory relatives
    5. Conditions in Home Country
    6. Community Ties
    7. Adding it up
    8. Documenting Your Case
THIRD Phone Session on October 2: Affidavits of Support
  • Documentation requirements
  • USC sponsors not residing in the U.S.
  • Household members
  • Calculating assets
  • Joint sponsors and requirements
  • Enforcement issues-use of affidavit of support in family support cases
The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, August 26th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/august2008.shtm . (Fax version: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/august2008.pdf


Article

Immigrants Of The Week: Phil Dalhausser, Kayla Bashore, and Sayaka Matsumoto
Greg Siskind honors the immigrants of this week.

Bloggings on Dysfunctional Government
Angelo Paparelli shares the latest entries as of August 15, 2008 on his Dysfunctional Agencies blog.

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


News

DOS Cable On Annual Update Of Student And Exchange Visitor Issues
The Department of State published a cable providing an annual update of student and exchange visitor visa issues.

DOL Releases PERM, H-1B, H2A Debarment Lists
The Office of Foreign Labor Certification released the names of debarred employers, attorneys, and agents from the PERM program and H-2A labor certifcation programs. The Wage and Hour Division released a list of willful violator employers under the H-1B program. For the PERM and H-2A lists, see here. For the H-1B list, see here.

USCIS Proposes Changes To H-2B Program
USCIS announced a series of proposed rule changes that will streamline procedures for hiring workers under the H-2B program. For the press release, see here. For the FAQs, see here.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Multiple locations - Williams Mullen seeks business immigration mid-level associate to join our ten-member global visa practice. Successful candidate will advise on strategic choices and manage client relations in all immigration areas. Prepare and review NIV, IV filings; handle RFEs; and prepare updates for client newsletters and email alerts. Associate will assist with immigration compliance issues (I-9s, E-Verify, etc.) and will have heavy involvement with PERM filings, EB-1/NIW petitions and foreign work visa applications. Successful candidate will work on in-bound and out-bound projects. Requirements include superb communication, analytical skills, judgment and writing abilities. Our firm is equipped with state-of-the art, web-based software and ample paralegal capacity, which enables our associate to take on meaningful and challenging assignments. Moderate amount of portable business required, as well as proven ability to market and develop business and client contacts. For full details, including job locations, see here. Highly competitive salary + benefits offered. Qualified applicants, send resume to: laterals@williamsmullen.com. EOE.

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.

Website Services
Gain the competitive edge with your new website from INSZoom, the world's largest immigration software company. Choose from a range of template websites, complete with customized logos and images, 60-70 pps. of professionally written immigration law content including news articles, processing dates, and priority times posted directly on your site. Our search engine optimization tools will increase your web traffic and prioritize your site in the major search engines. Our content management tool lets you update your site in real time. Customized intake sheets let you integrate your case management software directly into your site. Biweekly newsletters and email blast tools enable you to stay in constant touch with current clients and strengthen your potential client base. Build leads and maintain a professional presence at a reasonable cost with websites from INSZoom. Learn more online at www.inszoom.com/websites or contact a sales representative at (925) 244-0600 to start the process of launching your new website today.

Border And Consular Assistance
For visa application processing at US-Canada border or at US Consulate in Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa and/or Quebec, please contact Charles J. Leamy at Ogilvy Renault LLP. Mr. Leamy is a Montreal-based AILA member with more than 15 years experience in U.S. immigration law. Ogilvy Renault s Business Immigration team will accompany your client and provide representation at border/consular posts. We have wide-ranging expertise with border/consular issues including all TN visas, L visas and waiver of inadmissibility cases. For more information: Charles J. Leamy at Ogilvy Renault LLP; Montreal, QC; (514) 847-6103; cleamy@ogilvyrenault.com


Headlines

Sen. Murray: Immigration Reform Not Easy, But Still Possible
Comprehensive immigration reform is not going to be easy next year either, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., said in a wide-ranging interview Thursday that also touched on U.S. energy policy, education and the recently passed farm bill.

Some States Seek Integration Path for Immigrants
Behind the national debate over immigration, a handful of Democratic governors are mounting a quiet offensive to integrate, rather than repel, foreign newcomers.

An Odd Example Of Putting Country First
Pressed for a recent example to bolster the claim, a campaign spokesperson said, "It's fairly significant that Senator McCain worked on the immigration reform legislation while he was pursing the nomination of his party," adding that he "reached across the aisle despite a heated primary campaign."

Feds Want More Immigration Prison Space
York County is looking into adding 300 to 600 prison beds and an additional courtroom for immigration detainees at the request of the federal government.


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.

New Executive Director
Human Rights First (HRF) is pleased to announce that Elisa Massimino will become our new Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer in September. Elisa first came to HRF in 1991 and has served as Washington Director for more than a decade. www.humanrightsfirst.org.


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 am a regular reader of your website and find the same very informative. Since long I have been reading about "Immigration law certificate" in the classifieds section of the Immigration Daily. However whenever I try to find out about them I am unable to access them. I had also sent them emails on several occasions but they have not responded to the same. Is this a genuine website? or it is a hoax? Since Immigration Daily is read by thousands of people and has acquired good name and fame all over the world I feel that ID should check the credentials of the advertisement which ID publishes in your Classified. People keep faith and accept as true whatever you say in the Immigration Daily.

Sudhir Shah

Editor's note: Thank you for your email. Your query has been forwarded to CUNY. We have been informed by CUNY that your email will be looked into promptly by CUNY's enrollment team. Please bear in mind that we cannot compel any advertiser to respond in any particular case. However, we would never knowingly accept or carry a fraudulent or deceptive ad. We carry the ads in good faith but caveat emptor applies.

Dear Editor:
This is a historic moment. The letter of R. Algase (8/13/08 ID) finally admits that there are real reasons other than racism for restricting entry. These reasons are many and today includes overcrowding, past lax controls and cultural dilution. The "funny" letter of D. Murray (8/15/08 ID) makes light of Aztlan and the serious CIS study on the effect of high US entry upon CO2 emissions which made no comment that entry "should be stopped". If there is a "modicum of truth" in the study, how can it be "absurd"? While there a may be more urgent reasons to restrict entry, this can certainly be added to the long list. The Aztlaners love their apologists and scoffers which helps keep a low profile while the invasion continues. Globalist Bush condemed Russia's invasion of Georgia with the caveat that "territorial integrity must be respected" while more than 40 times this year, the Mexican military has crossed the U.S.-Mexico border and even held a border guard at gunpoint. In only the Tucson sector, from Oct. 2006 to 2007, the BP reported they apprehended 334,525 illegals (most got away), 9,545 were other than Latino including many Arabic, 765,348 lbs. of marijuana with a value of $6l2,277,988, there were l80 assults, 533 rescues and 170 deaths. It's not the restrictionists who are "full of beans".

Jim Roberts


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