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Immigration Daily June 12, 2009
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Waiting For Godot

A Wall Street Journal opinion piece highlights the plight of hundreds of immigrants stuck in their home countries away from their jobs and lives here in the US. "Yet when they returned to India -- to attend a brother's wedding or visit a dying parent or simply take a vacation -- they were informed that they could not come back until the U.S. government had done a security screening. Many arrived in India with only a suitcase. By the time I heard of their stories they had been forced to abandon apartments, cars and families in the U.S. while they waited to hear from the State Department."

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


Focus

The Consular Posts Book, 2009-2010 Edition Shipping Now

The Table of Contents for "The Consular Posts Book", 2009-2010 Edition, shipping now, is as follows:

PART I. MAJOR CONSULAR POSTS
Chapter 1: Argentina - Buenos Aires, By Christi Hufford
Chapter 2: Armenia - Yerevan, By Alice Yardum-Hunter
Chapter 3: Australia - Sydney, By Noah Klug
Chapter 4: Brazil - Sao Paulo, By Kristina Rost
Chapter 5: Canada -Toronto, By Dharamchand " Randy" Depoo
Chapter 6: China - Beijing, By Frederick W. Hong; Guangzhou, By Jakob Lipman and Adam Lee; Shanghai, By Christy Nguyen
Chapter 7: Colombia - Bogota, By Luis A. Pinilla
Chapter 8: France - Paris, By Curtis Pierce
Chapter 9: Germany - Frankfurt, By Steven A. Culbreath; Munich, By Magdale Labbe Henke
Chapter 10: Haiti - Port au Prince By Jose E. Latour
Chapter 11: India - Chennai, By Vic Goel; Kolkata, By Poorvi Chothani; Mumbai, By Priscilla Jones; New Delhi, By Poorvi Chothani
Chapter 12: Jamaica - Kingston, By Claire D. Nilson
Chapter 13: Nigeria - Lagos, By C. Valerie Ibe
Chapter 14: Philippines - Manila, By Emmanuel S. Tipon
Chapter 15: Taiwan - Taipei, By Lesa M. Lawrence and Jessica L. Rodriguez
Chapter 16: Trinidad and Tobago - Port of Spain, By Claire D. Nilson
Chapter 17: United Kingdom - London, By Edward S. Gudeon
Chapter 18: Vietnam - Ho Chi Minh City, By Marc Ellis

PART II. THEORY AND PRACTICE
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: New Attorney Vulnerabilities in International Practice
Chapter 3: Trade and Immigration Tightening? NAFTA, WTO, GATS Soup to Nuts
Chapter 4: Tips for Avoiding B-1/B-2 Visa Denials and Correcting other Refusal Issues with the Consul
Chapter 5: The Visa Waiver Program (VWP): Not As Simple and Easy As It Looks
Chapter 6: Non-Immigrant Classes and Their U.S. Tax Obligations
Chapter 7: E-1/E-2 Treaty Traders and Treaty Investors
Chapter 8: The Consular Role in L-1 Blanket Petitions
Chapter 9: H-1B "Dependent Employees": From Labeling to Lawbreaking
Chapter 10: Temporary Assignment of H-1B Employees to Client Work Sites
Chapter 11: State Department Name-Checks and Security Advisory Opinions (SAOs)
Chapter 12: ICE Data-Mining and Federal Benefits Fraud Task Forces - Send In the Marines: Best Practices to Survive Audits and Task Forces
Chapter 13: What to do if Your Client's Visa is Denied: Visa Office Advisory Opinions
Chapter 14: A Template for Attorney Risk-Assessment

PART III. THE CONSULAR POSTS RESOURCES ON CD-ROM
Selected excerpts and documents: Statutes, Regulations, Foreign Affairs Manual, Forms, Executive Orders, Department of Commerce, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of Labor, Department of State, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Customs and Border Patrol, Citizenship and Immigration Services, Government Accountability Office, Federal Bureau of Investigations, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Internal Revenue Service, The White House, ILW.COM, Miscellaneous, Web Links

For contributor bios, more info, and to order, please see: http://www.ilw.com/books/ConsularPosts.shtm . Or for fax, please see: http://www.ilw.com/books/ConsularPosts.pdf


Articles

Bloggings on Updates in Immigration Law
Carl Shusterman writes "Only if Congress acts to pass pending legislation like the Reuniting Families Act which would allow for the recapture of 400,000 lost visa numbers could disaster be averted."

Bloggings on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration
Christopher T. Musillo writes "The USCIS will be issuing Guidance for all PT/OT cases that were denied as a result of the misapplication of a Masters Degree standard in PT and OT cases." To submit an Article for consideration, write to editor@ilw.com.


News

USCIS Updates H-1B Cap Count
USCIS announced that as of June 5, 2009, approximately 44,400 H-1B cap-subject petitions and approximately 20,000 petitions qualifying for the advanced degree cap exemption had been filed.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), an Arlington, VA not-for-profit national organization dedicated to addressing the needs and rights of refugees and immigrants, is seeking a highly motivated proven leader to serve as Vice President. Responsibilities include oversight, implementation, and accountability for quality of programs and delivery of services. The Vice President reports to the President and CEO and works as part of the Senior Management Team. Strong and significant experience in program growth, development of proposals, project design, implementation and management, is required. He/She will have budget, fundraising and supervisory responsibilities. For a more detailed job description and application process please visit job openings at www.refugees.org

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
New York, NY - Klasko, Rulon, Stock & Seltzer, LLP, a nationally-known immigration law firm, has an opening for a paralegal with 2-3 years of experience to handle a variety of employment based immigration matters for hospitals and research organizations from its New York City office. You will work with attorneys, have contact with scientists, managers, and other professionals to determine their skills and background, draft documents to establish their eligibility for immigration benefits, and help guide them through the immigration process. If you are interested in international/intercultural issues; are a good writer; are able to understand complicated rules and procedures; and have a Bachelor.s degree with excellent academic credentials along with 2-3 years of immigration experience, please email your resume and a brief writing sample to: hrpa@klaskolaw.com. Information about the firm can be found at www.klaskolaw.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Leading immigration law firm, Foster Quan, LLP, seeks experienced immigration legal assistants for its Houston and Austin, TX offices. Applicants must have two years of employment based immigration experience. A university degree is required, as well as strong writing and communication skills and proficiency with Microsoft Word, Outlook and Excel. Foreign language fluency is preferred. Must be detail oriented, able to multi-task and have strong analytical and organizational skills. Send resume and cover letter via e-mail to hr@fosterquan.com, referencing the position title in the subject line.

Website Services
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I9 Audit Services
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Headlines

Overdue Due Process For Immigrants
Attorney General Holder took a step towards restoring a semblance of constitutional protection to all Americans last week, when he overturned the decision of Attorney General Mukasey in Matter of Compean, an Immigration Court matter pertaining to ineffective assistance to counsel.

Group Recommends Immigration Court Improvements
A national advocacy group recommended Wednesday improving the country's beleaguered immigration court system by reforming how judges are selected and promoting impartiality.

Newspaper Subscribers Get Petitions On Immigration
Illegal immigration opponents are paying for their petitions to be sent to newspaper subscribers in at least three Washington counties this week with a goal of gathering more signatures for a statewide initiative.

Utah AG Launches Immigration Strike Force
Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff has launched a new strike force to focus on felony crimes committed by and against undocumented immigrants.


comingsNgoings

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Letters

Readers can share comments, email: editor@ilw.com (up to 300-words). Past correspondence is available in our archives

Dear Editor:
Wednesday's brutal murder at the Holocaust Museum by a crazed anti-Semite and white supremacist underscores the danger of allowing racial hatred to go unchecked. The 88 year old suspect in this horrendous crime was hardly operating in secret; he had already served time in jail for a racial attack and was an open hate group member, in addition to having his own racist blog. A half century ago, it was hardly unusual for many, if not most, white, Christian Americans to despise Jews and people of color, as Robert Yang's letter (06/11/09 ID) also points out. Violence against minorities was all too common, including but by no means limited to black victims of hatred in the South. Today, the main objects of hatred for many white Americans have changed; the prime targets are now Latino, Asian and Middle Eastern immigrants rather than native born Jews and African-Americans. Nor are anti-immigrant groups advocating physical violence, except for the lunatic fringe. But their calls for mass incarceration and deportation of millions of minority immigrants seeking a better life in this country, but who have no access to legal visas under our current, antiquated immigration laws (as well as their legal, American-born, US citizen children) are motivated by the same feelings of racial hatred that led to Wednesday's killing. Lou Dobbs, for example, lost no time in trying to tie Muslims in with the Holocaust Museum murder, even though it was committed by a follower of Adolf Hitler who had no connection with Islam whatsoever. America needs to focus less on persecuting immigrants and more on combating the hatemongers among us, including those who have hijacked our immigration policy and are blocking reform.

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY


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