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Immigration Daily December 19, 2008
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Enforcement Milestones

The Austin American-Statesman reports that the Department of Homeland Security released a fact sheet touting its end of the year accomplisments. The accomplishments listed include doubling the size of the Border Patrol from about 9,000 in 2001 to more than 18,000, constructing about 93 miles of border fence this year, removing more than 323,000 undocumented immigrants from the US, and dramatically increasing penalties against employers whose hiring processes violate the law.

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Deadline Is Friday, Dec 19th For Latest In Adjustment Of Status

ILW.COM is pleased to announce a new 3-part telephone seminar series "Latest In Adjustment Of Status" with discussion leader Christina LaBrie and featuring distinguished practitioners as speakers - Nadeen Aljijakli, Daniel Horne, Barbara Wong, and Other Speakers To Be Announced. The curriculum is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on December 22: I-485 RFEs and Adjudication - Hot Topics

  • Medical exams
  • Maintenance of status - why the G-325A is so important
  • Bona fide marriage for employment-based applicants
  • AC21 portability
  • Proving lawful entry
  • NSEERS issues
  • Renewing I-485s in immigration court
SECOND Phone Session on January 15: Adjustment of Status Interviews - Be Prepared!
  • Documents to bring
  • How to prepare your clients
  • How to prepare for employment-based AOS interviews
  • How to deal with a difficult officer
  • Protecting your clients' rights
  • Dealing with criminal issues
  • Special cases - VAWA, SIJ, HIV waivers
THIRD Phone Session on February 5: Lawful Permanent Residence - Rules and Responsibilities
  • Responsibilities and possible penalties
  • Reentry permits
  • Abandonment of LPR status
  • Tax issues
  • Responsibilities of I-864 sponsors
  • Special cases - Asylee/Refugee LPRs
  • Looking forward to naturalization
The deadline to sign up is Friday, December 19th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/december2008. shtm. Fax version: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/december2008.pdf.


Articles

Bloggings on Nurse Immigration
Christopher T. Musillo of the Hammond Law Group shares the latest entries as of December 16, 2008 on his nurse immigration blog.

Immigrants Of The Day: Samuel Gompers of England, Joe Cook of Cambodia, and Safaa Wadi of Iraq
Kevin R. Johnson celebrates the achievements of these immigrants.

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News

USCIS, CBP Final Rule On Changes To Requirements Affecting H2A Nonimmigrants
USCIS, CBP published a final rule amending DHS regulations regarding temporary and seasonal agricultural workers, and their US employers, within the H-2A nonimmigrant classification.

CBP Publishes Notice On H2A Visa Exit Program Pilot
CBP published a notice in the Federal Register announcing that it is establishing a new land-border exit system for certain temporary agricultural workers, starting on a pilot basis, at certain designated ports of entry.

USCIS, CBP, ICE Notice On H2A Petitioner's Employment-Related Or Fee-Related Notification
USCIS, CBP, ICE published a notice in the Fedederal Register announcing the manner in which petitioners must notify U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services regarding their employment of agricultural workers in H-2A nonimmigrant status or job placement fee information.

DHS Notice On Countries Eligible For H2A Program Participation
DHS published a notice in the Federal Register identifying the foreign countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H-2A visa program.

DOL Publishes Final Rule On Modernizing the Labor Certification Process And Enforcement For H2A Aliens
The Department of Labor published a final rule amending its regulations regarding the certification for the temporary employment of nonimmigrant workers in agricultural occupations on a temporary or seasonal basis, and the enforcement of the contractual obligations applicable to employers of such nonimmigrant workers.

EOIR Publishes Final Rule On Professional Conduct For Practitioners
The EOIR published a final rule that adopts, in part, the proposed changes to the rules and procedures concerning the standards of representation and professional conduct for practitioners who appear before the EOIR, which includes the immigration judges and the BIA.

EOIR Publishes Final Rule On Voluntary Departure
The Department of Justice is publishing this final rule to amend the regulations regarding voluntary departure. This rule adopts, without substantial change, the proposed rule under which a grant of voluntary departure is automatically withdrawn upon the filing of a motion to reopen or reconsider with the immigration judge or the Board of Immigration Appeals (Board) or a petition for review in a federal court of appeals.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Washington, DC- USCIS Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks experienced attorneys with 3+ years demonstrated experience in immigration law for the Adjudications Law Division (ALD). The attorneys will serve as advisors to the Chief of the ALD, the Chief Counsel, and to USCIS and other Departmental components on issues relating to U.S. immigration laws. Applicants must possess a JD degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have 3+ years of post-J.D. experience in immigration law. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: COU-CIS-2008-0013 at USAJobs.com. Submit a resume, cover letter + (2) writing samples to: Claudia Salem, Acting Chief, Adjudications Law Division at ALD.ALD@dhs.gov. Please make sure to note in email subject header that you are applying for the Experienced Attorney Position, ALD, at USCIS. Must be received by 5pm, ET, Friday, December 19, 2008. Position is at the GS-13-GS-15 levels. This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive civil service. No relocation reimbursement available.

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Headlines

Immigration And The Economy: A Changing Debate
There's a consensus among economists and policy analysts that immigrant labor benefits the economy on whole -- and dramatically so.

Maryland ACLU Is Probing Anti-Immigrant Policies
The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland has launched a review of local efforts to crack down on undocumented immigrants, saying a patchwork of increasingly harsh policies might be violating some residents' rights.

Obama Tasks Napolitano With Homeland Security Overhaul
Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano, a border-state governor with a background in law enforcement, will inherit what her new boss on Monday called a "sprawling" department in need of reform if she is confirmed as the nation's third Homeland Security secretary.

Immigration Report Finds Citizenship Oaths Delayed
A court prevented nearly 2,000 people from taking the oath of U.S. citizenship in time to register to vote in the November elections, a new report released Wednesday said.


comingsNgoings

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Appointment - Arlington, VA
Bean, Kinney & Korman is pleased to announce that firm shareholder Philip M. Keating has been selected as Chair-Elect of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, and Bean Kinney received the Chamber's annual "Chair's Award" for Outstanding Contributions of Resources to the Chamber and the Arlington Business Community. www.beankinney.com.


Letters

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


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