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Consular Processing For Experts

ILW.COM is pleased to announce a new seminar series “Consular Processing For Experts” with speakers Liam Schwartz (discussion leader), Brian Bolton, Poorvi Chothani, Douglas Hauer, Kehrela Hodkinson, Michelle Lazerow, Lois Gimpel Shaukat and other speakers to be announced. The curriculum is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on September 24: Consular Waiver Practice: Updates and Tips

A wide-ranging discussion on waivers of inadmissibilities in the NIV and IV contexts. Our panel of experienced professionals will address topics including the following:

  • Detailed overview of the full gamut of waivers, for both immigrants and nonimmigrants
  • Discussion of when is the best time to proceed with a waiver case
  • Tips on how to maximize your waiver request's chances of success
  • Examination of whether the element of "rehabilitation" is important for obtaining a waiver
SECOND Phone Session on October 29: India

Post-specific updates on visa processing issues at as many of the U.S. visa processing posts in India as possible, including:

  • Best practices for L-1 and H-1B visa processing in India
  • Tips for successful B-1 visa processing.
  • Updates on the Security Advisory Opinion process.
  • Dealing with visa denials
THIRD Phone Session on November 24: Cyber Consul: Consular Officers Speak Their Minds about Visa Processing and Immigration Attorneys

Want to hear what Consular Officers really think about their roles as visa adjudicators and their relationship with immigration attorneys? Two Consular Officers – diplomats by day and bloggers by night – join us in an open and candid discussion of these issues, facilitated by the anonymity of Cyberspace, points to be discussed include:

  • Are Attorneys the Enemy?
  • The Art of Visa Adjudication
  • Visa Interview Pet Peeves
  • The Visa Application Process: What Needs to be Fixed – and What Doesn't
  • Consular Officers and Immigration Attorneys: Suggestions for Creating a Constructive Working Relationship
  • Late breaking items
Wednesday, September 23rd is the deadline to sign up. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: Online: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/200923.shtm. Fax form: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/200923.pdf. Don't delay, sign up today.


Articles

Tempering Justice With Mercy: Waivers Of Inadmissibility In Consular Processing
Brian Bolton writes "An inadmissibility finding by a U.S. Consular Officer is not necessarily the end of the road for aliens who wish to travel or immigrate to the US."

Moving To The Land Of Milk And Cookies: Obesity Among The Children Of Immigrants
Jennifer Van Hook, Kelly S. Balistreri, and Elizabeth Baker for Migration Information Source write "We discovered that children of newly arrived immigrants are particularly vulnerable to this growing health problem."

Bloggings On PERM Labor Certification
Joel Stewart asks "Have you ever wondered about the separation between State and Federal Governments in the context of PERM applications?"

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


News

DOS Publishes Final Rule On Expedited Passport Processing
The Department of State published a final rule effective September 17, 2009 revising the expedited passport process and changes the definition of expedited passport processing from three business days, beginning when the application arrives at a passport agency or when the request for expedited processing is approved, to the number of business days published on the Department's Web site.


Classifieds

Help Wanted - Immigration Paralegals
Downtown Washington, DC (K Street area) - Fast-paced boutique immigration law firm seeks legal assistants. 1-2 yrs exp req.d in business/family immigration law. Interesting work and clientele; no timesheets; latest technology; competitive salary and benefits (401K, health insurance, paid vacation, etc). Successful applicants will be detail-oriented, able to handle volume, highly organized and strong communicators. Email resume, cover letter and salary reqs to jobs@immigrationgroup.com. No calls please. EOE.

Help Wanted - Immigration Paralegal
Austin, TX - Paul Parsons, P.C. is a busy immigration law firm practicing the following areas of immigration law: family-based visas, adjustment of status, nonimmigrant visas, PERM, employment-based visas, and naturalization. Seek bilingual legal assistant with family-based immigration experience. FT position. Ideal candidate will manage own caseload with high level of independence under supervision of attorney. This person must be bilingual in Spanish/English with at least one year of family-based immigration experience, excellent research and writing skills, efficient, resourceful, with keen attention to detail. Must be able to meet deadlines and multitask; and be a quick learner. Consular waiver experience preferred. Competitive salaries + excellent benefits. EEO. Submit cover letter, resume, + writing sample (in Word or PDF only) to sibrian@immigrate-usa.com or fax: (512) 479-6903. No calls, please. EEO.

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.

Case Management Technology
Offering enterprise-level software and unparalleled US-based support, TrackerCorp is the most flexible and dependable immigration management solution on the market today. Designed by immigration attorneys and paralegals, ImmigrationTracker is often praised for its ease of use, intuitive features, and built-in immigration knowledge. As one of our customers noted, "If we had two years and unlimited funds to design our ideal immigration management system, Tracker would be it." Phil Curtis, Chin & Curtis. Find out for yourself why Tracker is the choice of: 83% of practicing Past Presidents of the AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association, through June 2007); 86% of the 25 largest immigration law firms (IndUS Business Journal 2006); 75% of the AmLaw 200 (largest US law firms, American Lawyer Media, 2006); 3x as many globally ranked immigration attorneys as compared with other software vendors (Chambers Global and the International Who's Who of Business Immigration Lawyers, 2007). Schedule your private demo: Call 1-888-466-8757 ext. 278 or email sales@trackercorp.


Headlines

Alien-ating Illegals
The Senate budget chief threw his own long-awaited health-care reform plan into the mix yesterday - and it includes tough measures to block illegal immigrants from getting aid.

Mexicans Making Use Of Business Visas To Reach U.S.
None of his wealth could protect Mexican entrepreneur Pierre Oliver Gama Valdes from organized criminal gangs threatening his family for money; if anything, business success put a bull's-eye on his back.

AZ Immigrant Advocates Disappointed in Reform Delay
Arizona activists are disappointed in the lack of congressional action this year on comprehensive immigration reform.

Immigration Reform Is The Next Daunting Task
When all else fails, blame the immigrants. It is a time tested, proven strategy that has been around since the beginning of our nation.


comingsNgoings

Readers can share professional announcements (up to 100-words at no charge), email: editor@ilw.com. To announce your event, see here

Immigration Event - Washington DC
Migration Policy Institute is pleased to present "Closing the Distance: How Governments Can Strengthen Ties with Their Diasporas" with Dovelyn Rannveig Agunias, MPI Associate Policy Analyst; Richard Cambridge, World Bank African Diaspora Program Adviser; Carlos González Gutierrez, Consul General of Mexico in Sacramento; and Kathleen Newland, MPI Director of the Migrants, Migration, and Development Program. Tuesday, September 22, 2009, 9-10:30 am; MPI Conference Room, 1400 16th Street, NW, Suite 300, Third Floor, Washington, DC 20036. To RSVP: http://contact.migrationpolicy.org/site/Calendar?view=Detail&id=4361; email events@migrationpolicy.org, or call 202-266-1929.


Letters

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

Dear Editor:
In response to the letter of Mr. Roberts (9/21/09 ID), I was not criticizing any "prudent objections" as his letter so innocently phrased the rabid misrepresentations swirling about the drafts of legislation coming out of Congressional Committees. Shouts of "Obamacare will provide benefits for illegal aliens" are not "prudent objections" in my book, but wild and unsubstantiated accusations and ravings, put out there to stoke fear and loathing among the anxious, and which bring nothing to a reasoned discourse of the issues. When a final bill emerges from Congressional reconciliation conferences to the floors of Congress for a vote, then the public will have a clear idea of what is in the bill, and what Congress intends. If and when a bill is passed and federal agencies promulgate and publish regulations, there will be an additional comment period during which the general public and any interested group can weigh in with suggested revisions or tightening or loosening of any proposed provisions of the regulations. If after final regulations are published, members of the public are still dissatisfied that the regulations do not adequately restrict undocumented aliens, then the public can make their allegations that "Obamacare will provide benefits for illegal aliens". That does not necessarily mean that the screamers will be right, it just means that they have actually waited to see what was in the actual bill and the detailed implementing regulations before shooting their mouths off.

Robert R. Gard, Esq.
Chicago, IL

Dear Editor:
No doubt to the disappointment of some ID readers, I am interrupting my September ID letter-writing "sabbatical" to congratulate Robert Yang for his letter denouncing Republican hypocrisy toward government spending. As his letter mentions, Republicans never complained about the sky high costs of the war in Iraq, which, as no less of an authority than Alan Greenspan admitted in his memoir, was all about oil (09/21/09 ID). But when it came to covering a few thousand additional low income children by government funded health insurance, much less reforming the entire system, the Republicans screamed as if the world were coming to an end. The only greater hypocrisy is the Republicans insistence on deporting every single last illegal Latino, African and Asian, without exception, in the name of "upholding the law", while demanding that Bush-era officials who may have broken the laws against torture get off scot-free. I may be old fashioned, but I happen to think that torturing people for any reason is a more serious crime than crossing the border illegally, even when the latter offense is committed in its most aggravated form - namely EWL, "Entry While Latino".

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
I only read of the hardship Black people had to endure. The behaviour that Wilson showed well,only President Carter could have said it the best. President Obama is not being taken serious in my opinion by many Americans,we still have others who are addressing him as "Mr.Obama". Our country finally got a President that we all went to the polls to show our support. We cannot expect a "quick fix"remember people we was "screwed' for eight years. I wanted to know where was Wilson when our former President was fabricating his Tales.

Samantha Anderson

Dear Editor:
This is with reference to 8 USC 1427(a) that requires, among other things, an alien to have resided in the US continuously for five years as a legal permanent resident to be eligible for naturalization. I suppose the intent of this requirement is to preclude, from becoming citizens, aliens who clearly have not had enough time to assimilate into American society. If that is the only intent of this requirement, I am wondering why dual-intent non-immigrant statuses such as H1B or L1 cannot count toward the 5 year period as well. I am not suggesting a radical circumvention of immigration limits, where naturalization is thrown open as an option for aliens who have stayed long enough in this country in one legal status or the other. All I am suggesting is that aliens who have already become permanent residents pursuant to all the limits and regulations in place today, be allowed to naturalize faster if they have stayed long enough in this country, legally and with intent to immigrate. What could be the harm in that?

Trivikram Krishnamurthy

Dear Editor:
I agree with ID that now is the time to get our terminology straight. And there my agreement ends. People who enter this country after leaving their native lands are "immigrants." If they enter without documents, they are "undocumented immigrants." ID will want to make a similar case for "illegal aliens." My problem with ID's preferred term, and that of a growing number of American citizens who are sick of the malignity inherent in much of of the anti-immigrant sentiment, is the pejorative weight of both the words "illegal" and "alien." So why use a dehumanizing, denigrating term when one can use a more neutral and equally, if not more, appropriate term for hard-working, law-abiding people who have done nothing more than you, one hopes, would do were your family in equally desperate straits.

Rachel Heuman

Dear Editor:
Responding to Jose Fernandez's letter (09/21/09 ID), right on. What we need is more 1st generation americans to stand up for immigration reform

John J. Brannigan

Dear Editor:
I am against comprehensive immigration reform, because I am pro-immigrant. Look what happened to the attempt to pass CIR two years ago. In return for an illusory "amnesty" which wound up having so many conditions (after all the Republican amendments) that almost no one could have qualified, the legal immigration system was butchered. If the amended bill had passed, family immigration quotas would have been slashed and all of the employment quotas would have been abolished. They would have been replaced by a point system that maybe a couple of Nobel Prize winners could have come in under. This is only a slight exaggeration. I cannot understand why Lou Dobbs and Tom Tancredo were not out in the streets campaigning for the bill in its final version. It would have fulfilled their dream of putting an end to "mass immigration", especially by Mexicans and other brown skinned people, while giving "amnesty" to very few. But that was two years ago, when immigrant-hating was less of a national sport than it is now. Look at all the anti-immigrant enforcement provisions that are now being added to the health care "reform bill". But if a bill like this, which might lead to desperately sick people being yanked off emergency room operating tables to be locked up in hellhole detention centers awaiting deportation, can be considered seriously, one can only imagine what will wind up in CIR if it is taken up now.

C.R. Guerrero


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