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Immigration Daily May 19, 2009
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Simpsons On Immigration

Episode 723 of the Simpson show, "Much Apu About Nothing", reminds us that the issue of undocumented immigration is a profoundly human one and that many people may be against undocumented immigration until they realize that they know someone who happens to be undocumented. To watch the show, see here.

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


Focus

Consular Processing For Experts

The curriculum for our new 3-part telephone seminar series " Consular Processing For Experts" is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on May 21: Expanded Attorney Vulnerabilities in International Practice)

  • Mitigating the loss of Attorney-Client Privilege - is there still any Reasonable Expectation of Privacy in international communications?
  • Specific changes in FISA law impacting international lawyers - risks associated with Attorney-Client communications and records systems.
  • The expanded Visa Waiver Program (VWP) - the new ESTA background check system, what gets checked, and derogatory information in DHS data banks.
  • Reviewing VWP and B-1/B-2 applications for 9 FAM grounds of inadmissibility
  • Sec. 214(b) and 221(g) grounds of inadmissibility - differentiating the routine from the permanent - how to deal with Category 1 and Category 2 visa denials.
  • Anticipating the Security Advisory Opinion (SAO) - when and how to communicate with the Visa Office.
  • Discussion of select consular posts
  • Hot topics update
SECOND Phone Session on June 11: A New Universe of Risks - "Random" Audits by Federal Document and Benefits Fraud Task Forces
  • Hard lessons from the al-Haramain and Kuene Cases - Targeted Surveillance of Attorney-Client Communications and Task Force "Sting" Operations against Attorneys with Foreign Clients
  • Practice before multiple agencies pose special risks for immigration attorneys - risks and duties of lawyers along the lifespan of exposure from initial client contact to disposal of closed case records. Multiple agency data mining and information sharing of records obtained in the US and abroad.
  • Everyone's at Risk - random document and benefits fraud audits, ICE data mining process, profiling programs. Avoid being selected for "random" audits.
  • H and L cases, LCAs, evaluations, corporate records - prime targets for joint State Dept DS and DOL investigations, DBFTFs, and other multiple agency task forces.
  • The expanding view of attorney culpability and mandatory Due Diligence requirements in all practice areas before federal agencies -
  • Discussion of select consular posts
  • Hot topics update
THIRD Phone Session on July 16: Consular Posts: Know Your Red Flags and At-Risk Clients. Do Your Due Diligence Like Your Career Depends on It
  • Avoiding Audits and Task Forces: Best Practices in an Environment of Data-Mining and Surveillance of Immigration and Consular Applications
  • Background Checks of Non-Immigrants and Immigrant Visa Applicants - Who Gets Checked, How it Gets Checked, and What to Expect
  • Specific systems and criteria that State Dept. visa officials and USCIS examiners use to identify problems
  • Law Firm Risk Management of high-risk clients
  • Profiling and red flags that DOS and various federal agencies use to assess the persons and entities they investigate
  • Resources for attorneys to develop their own risk assessments, and a practical guide to risk factors and self-audits. Guide to approaching cases like a consular examiner or USCIS examiner
  • Lessons learned from Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and counter-party risk reduction programs of large international banks and accounting firms to reduce/mitigate the risks counsel is ensnared in government databases and potential investigations
  • Approaches for solo practitioners and small companies to develop in-house systems to identify and mitigate risks
  • Discussion of select consular posts
  • Hot topics update
Don't wait to register, Wednesday, May 20th is the deadline. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: Online: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/200913.shtm. Fax form: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/200913.pdf.


Articles

A Sunny Day At A Dreary Place
Brandon Meyer writes "Thus, I arrived at the California Service Center anticipating a silent exchange of written answers to previously submitted and carefully vetted questions with no interaction between the external stakeholders and the CSC."

The Basics Of E-Verify, The US Employer Verification System
Marc Rosenblum for Migration Information Source writes "Overall use of E-Verify more than tripled between 2006 and 2008, from 1.7 million to 6.6 million queries, covering about one out of 10 people hired in the US in 2008."

Bloggings On PERM Labor Certification
Joel Stewart writes "Due to current high levels of unemployemtn during the current world financial crisis, most employers can find workers, but may still be hard put to find qualified workers who are able, willing and available to work in specific job opportunities."

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


News

DOJ Immigration Litigation Bulletin: March 2007
We carry The Department of Justice Office of Immigration Litigation's March 2007 issue of its publication, Immigration Litigation Bulletin.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Atlanta, GA - USCIS Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks experienced attorney for the position of Associate Regional Counsel, USCIS OCC, Southeast Region. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, providing legal advice to the Atlanta, GA and other field offices within the District on immigration benefits and related matters including adjudications involving issues of national security. Applicants must possess JD degree, be an active member of the bar and have 1+ years of post JD experience. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: COU-CIS-2009-0004 at USAJobs.com. Submit cover letter demonstrating specific skills, experience, and interests qualifying candidate for position. Applicant should list references but recommendation letters not necessary. Applicants must also submit a resume + writing sample (max. 10 pps) to: Michael P. Conricode, Regional Counsel, USCIS, Southeast Region: SER-COU@dhs.gov. Must be received by close of business Friday, May 22, 2009. Position is at the GS-13-GS-15 levels. No relocation reimbursement expenses available.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Reston, VA - Goel & Anderson, LLC has an immediate opening for an experienced business immigration paralegal. Ideal candidates will have 5+ years experience as an immigration paralegal handling employment-based NIV and IV cases. Prior experience should include demonstrated ability to manage large caseload, while effectively/accurately preparing wide range of employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant petitions, with strong emphasis on H-1B and L-1B matters. Experience with PERM, I-140, adjustment of status, and complex RFE responses essential. Successful applicants will possess thorough knowledge of immigration law and procedure, excellent writing, communication, organizational, and computer skills, and ability to conduct legal research, analyze issues, and effectively interact with corporate petitioners, beneficiaries, and law firm staff. Five years of prior experience, a four-year college degree, and solid references required. Goel & Anderson is a nationally recognized business immigration firm that offers an outstanding compensation and benefits package. Apply with resume, cover letter, + salary req. to careers@goellaw.com. Principals only. No phone calls.

Credential Evaluation
Foreign credential evaluations. Specializing in difficult cases. Excellent approval rates after Denials and RFE's. 1.800.771.4723 No charge detailed analysis of RFE's, Denials, and NOIDs, as well as 3 year degrees, AMIETE, Chartered Accountancy, ICAI, ICWAI, or any difficult education evaluations. All 3-year degrees are at risk.http://www.cciFree.com. For no charge 48 hour analysis, our clients say it best: "... At last we succeeded. My I140 was approved today. I really appreciate you on this. Your evaluation did magic (3 year degree, EB2)" .... "I gave up after the denial for my Chartered Accountancy degree but I got an approval after your evaluation and the professor's letter. I am forever grateful ..." "Everyone said I could not get the EB2 approval with a 3 year degree after getting denied. But I did. You did. You gave my attorney excellent information and we were approved." See our case studies at http://www.thedegreepeople.com/case-studies/. Sheila Danzig Director, Career Consultants International, TheDegreePeople, 1.800.771.4723.

J-1 Visa Program
Discover the ease and flexibility of the J-1 Visa with Global Current, a service of AIESEC U.S., a leader in international exchange and professional training for over 50 years. Unlike other visas, the J-1 does not require a lengthy petitioning process, has few restrictions and can be processed at any time of year to facilitate the quick and simple implementation of an Exchange Visitor Program. Global Current has developed a streamlined sponsorship process supported by J-1 experts that allows us to maintain an unrivaled 48 hour turnaround time on complete applications. Global Current provides J-1 Trainee and Intern programs in a variety of occupational categories including law, engineering, finance, architecture, graphic design, marketing and fashion. For more information on eligibility requirements and a complete list of occupational categories, visit www.globalcurrentexchanges.org or email Melany Hamner at melanyh@globalcurrentexchanges.org.

Website Services
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Headlines

Can Immigration Loosen Our Rustbelt?
"(The Midwest) doesn't come out and talk about immigration. It's the dirty 'I' word here," Richard Herman, a Cleveland immigration lawyer, author, and Rustbelt activist says.

Can Immigration Reform Save Social Security?
There are good arguments to be made on either side of the issue, but those who oppose legalization of any kind have to come up with a better alternative than deportation or greater harassment.

South Carolina Agency Lacks Money For Immigration Hotline
A South Carolina agency says it doesn't have the money to start a hotline and database for an immigration crackdown approved last year.

Tough Times Raise Immigration Question Again
So let's talk about illegal immigration in a serious way.


comingsNgoings

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Honor And Award- Austin, TX
Thomas Esparza, Jr. Attorney at Law and Board Certified Specialist is pleased to announce that he has been elected to the Executive Committee of the Immigrant Services Network of Austin, a collaborative organization of immigration statkeholders from throughout Travis County, Texas.


Letters

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