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Immigration Daily November 12, 2009
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Talent Squeeze

Maclean's reports that Canada is actively promoting to and recruiting the skilled immigrants squeezed out by US immigration laws. "Most of the workers have been educated at US universities, the document went on, obtaining degrees in valued fields like biomedical research or software engineering... Microsoft last year opened a 70,000-sq.-foot "development centre" in the Vancouver suburb of Richmond to house 300 workers hailing from more than 40 different countries. Many have "immigration challenges" preventing them from working in the US."

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


Focus

Today Is Deadline For Employer Compliance For Beginners

Wednesday, November 11th is the deadline for ILW.COM's new seminar series "Employer Compliance For Beginners" with speakers Maggie Murphy (discussion leader), Donald E. Smith, William Stock, Steve Thal, Robert White and Other Speakers To Be Announced. The curriculum is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on November 12: Public Access File Compliance

  • Detailed overview of required documentation and retention requirements
  • Audit Triggers: How an economic downturn and renewed focus on employer enforcement is increasing the risk of public access file audits
  • The Department of Labor's focus on wage issues
  • Penalties for noncompliance
SECOND Phone Session on December 10: Worksite Enforcement
  • Employer Responsibilities under IRCA - Completing and retaining Forms I-9 for every employee and penalties for noncompliance
  • Dealing with Social Security No-Match Letters - Complying with DHS regulations while avoiding liability for discrimination
  • Addressing Common E-Verify Questions: What is it? How do I know whether a company is required to enroll? Are there any risks involved with enrolling?
THIRD Phone Session on January 14: PERM Compliance
  • How to proactively plan for a PERM audit - maintaining required documentation and ensuring compliance with recruitment requirements
  • Don't miss the deadline! Key timing considerations for PERM cases
  • Dealing with a PERM audit - Audit triggers, employer responsibilities, and the risk of supervised recruitment
Wednesday, November 11th 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/200929.shtm. Fax form: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/200929.pdf. Don't delay, sign up today.


Articles

When It Really Is The Immigration Lawyer's Fault v. Rethinking "Ineffective Assistance" Of Immigration Counsel
Jose Latour writes "Justice unfolds only when the USCIS treats each applicant as an individual, property sanctions those who participate in fraud, and grant reconsideration to those who have been victimized by incompetent representation."

The Economics And Politics Of Discrimination
George C. Leef for the Foundation For Economic Education writes "There is probably no institution in society where color is as irrelevant as in the free market. In the commercial world, making money is what counts, and discrimination gets in the way of doing that."

Bloggings On Immigration Law And Policy
Greg Siskind writes "And despite a stated concern for workers, Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Charles Grassley (R-IA) really think of workers as widgets - interchangeable cogs in the world of business."

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


News

USCIS Temporarily Accepts H-1B Petitions Without LCA
USCIS announced a 120-day period in which it will temporarily accept H-1B petitions filed without Labor Condition Applications (LCAs) that have been certified by the Department of Labor (DOL).

USCIS Accepts Old G-28 Form
USCIS announced that the previous version of the Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Representative (Form G-28) will be accepted until further notice.

CRS Report On Border Security
The Congressional Research Service released a report on "Border Security: Barriers Along the U.S. International Border".


Classifieds

Co-Counseling Offered
Practitioners with challenging extraordinary ability cases or any other complex immigration cases including appeals, may wish to co-counsel with PJ Patel, an attorney experienced in O, EB-1, NIW, and any complex matters for many years. Mr. Patel is known for his compilation of the INA, 8 CFR & 20/22/28 CFR for the past 25+ years. For more information, see his website at www.immigrationbypatel.com. Mr. Patel can be reached at pjpatel@immigrationbypatel.com 212-279-3230. All cases will be kept in strict confidence.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Cleveland, OH - Margaret Wong and Associates, LLP seeks to hire experienced immigration removal attorney for immediate hire. Candidate must be an excellent researcher, communicater, and writer. Must have graduated from top 10 percent of law school class. Excellent advancement opportunities offered, including partnership track. Send resume + cover letter to: wong@imwong.com. All resumes will be treated in confidence.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Passaic County, NJ - Experienced immigration paralegal for senior paralegal position law office. Must have excellent writing skills and people skills, working long hours is required, salary offered commensurate. Must speak foreign language. College degree preferred. Send resume and writing sample to: melinda2006@gmail.com.

Immigration Law Certificate
Master the complex and ever changing maze of immigration policies and regulations with the Immigration Law Studies Certificate Program offered by CUNY's School of Professional Studies. This graduate-level certificate program, consisting of (3) three-credit classes, offers students who complete it a comprehensive understanding of the laws, regulations, and processes surrounding the status of immigrants in the US, including family and employment-based immigration and deportation defense. It is designed for individuals working in law firms, companies, government agencies and nonprofit organizations where they interact with immigrants and immigrant legal concerns on a regular basis and would therefore benefit from greater knowledge of the laws and regulations surrounding immigration. Beginning this spring, the program is also being offered online. For more information on class schedules, tuition and fees, course applications and to register, see here.

PERM Services
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Headlines

Potential San Francisco Showdown Over Immigration
Setting up a potential showdown with the mayor, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors reinstated an ordinance on Tuesday requiring that juvenile offenders who are illegal immigrants be convicted of a crime before they are turned over to the federal immigration authorities.

King County Passes 'Don't Ask' Immigration Law
The council passed a law Monday that prohibits county agencies and employees from asking a person's immigration status.

Northrop To Upgrade Communications At Immigration Agency
Northrop Grumman Corp. will enhance information communications at Immigration and Customs Enforcement under a five-year task order that could be worth as much as $46 million.

Hawaii Senator Co-sponsors Bill To Aid WWII Vets
A U.S. senator is co-sponsoring legislation that would allow the children of Filipino World War II veterans living in the United States to become permanent U.S. residents.


comingsNgoings

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Firm Announcement
Stone & Grzegorek LLP is pleased to announce that Helen A. Sklar has merged her practice with the law firm. Ms. Sklar is certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as a certified specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law. Helen Sklar has nearly 25 years of experience, specializing in complex cases in most areas of immigration law. www.lskglaw.com


Letters

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

Dear Editor:
In the (09/12/05 ID) issue [date corrected Ed. 11/12/09], ID published my preface to a humorous letter that I had then recently sent to the National Visa Center. My wife and I had filed a joint I-864 Affidavit of Support on behalf of a family friend and the NVC had requested proof that I was currently self-employed. Due to space limitations, you published my preface to the letter but not the letter itself. As I believe your readers would enjoy reading this letter, I want to inform them that they can now view it on my website, which can be found by typing my name in Google. It is posted there under Successful Cases, in the category I-864 Affidavit of Support.

Oscar Abraham Jaeger, Esq.
Brooklyn, N.Y.

Dear Editor:
Regarding the headlines "These two debates don't mix" and "Health care debate focuses on legal immigrants" (11/11/09 ID), why should the Obama administration be given a pass on immigration? Anyone who thinks that Obama is postponing action on immigration reform only because he is too busy with health care might just as well go to Iraq to look harder for Saddam Hussein's WMD or find the people who helped Saddam "plan" the 9/11 attacks. The candidate who once spoke out against scapegoating immigrants is so far turning out to be the most anti-immigrant president America has had since Calvin Coolidge signed the Northern Europeans only immigration law of 1924. By sending out USCIS and ICE inspectors to go on more than 25,000 fishing expeditions looking for minor employer paperwork violations or alleged fraud under every mattress and blade of grass, while allowing racist local officials to terrorize Latino neighborhoods and break up minority US citizen families under 287(g), and at the same time throwing thousands of darker skinned people, including US citizens and legal immigrants, out of work using defective "E-Vilify" and "no-match letter" databases, the president is trying to make immigrants scapegoats for the recession. The cowardly Democrats in Congress are just as much to blame for trying to exclude recent legal immigrants from health care benefits. This will hit Spanish-speaking and Asian families the hardest. Call off the attack dogs, Mr. President, or face the consequences at the polls.

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY


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