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Comment: Obama Worse Than Arpaio? - Obama has been "worse than Joe Arpaio" on immigration, claims Alfonso Aguilar, a conservative strategist who is spearheading an effort to close presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney's gap in polls among Hispanic voters. Aguilar points to the record number of deportations, but acknowledges Romney's handicap given the hard-line positions he staked out on immigration during primary season. According to many forecasters, Romney must somehow find a way to win 40% of the votes in that demographic to have a chance at victory in November, a number which has been reached by only one Republican nominee in the last 40 years. Can Romney do it with the help of people like Aguilar and perhaps throwing support behind the GOP version of the DREAM Act, or has he dug himself into too deep of a hole to climb out? Is Obama as bad as Aguilar suggests? Share your thoughts with us at and, to read the full article, click here

Article: Protecting Personal Data On I-9 Forms by Ann Cun

Article: Immigrants Of The Week: Christopher Plummer and Dirk Nowitzki by Greg Siskind

Bloggings: Some (Unsolicited) Advice For The Anti-Refugee Crowd by Jason Dzubow

Bloggings: NLRB Discusses What To Do When Labor Law And Immigration Law Intersect by Bruce E. Buchanan

Bloggings: Family Reunited After 10 Years Of Separation: I-601 And I-212 Waivers Approved! by Jacob Sapochnick

News: CRS Report On Border Security: Immigration Enforcement Between Ports Of Entry

Focus: Consular Processing For Experts
Wednesday, May 30 is the deadline to sign up for the Thursday, May 31 phone session of "Consular Processing For Experts" with Rami Fakhoury and other speakers to be announced. The curriculum is as follows:
FIRST Phone Session on May 31: Consular Compliance Issues for Business Immigration

  • The Assumption of Fraud in Business Immigration and Consular Proceedings - Who's at Risk?
  • The Shared Risks of Clients and Attorneys Dealing with USCIS/ICE/USDOL/USDOS.
  • The Federal Task Force Approach to Compliance and the Importance of Self-Audits, Pro-active Petition Amendments, and Internally-Consistent Records and Statements.
  • The Road to Revocation: The escalating process of FDNS-DS investigation (RFEs and site audits), Service Center I-129 denials, referrals for ICE Investigation, that lead to DOS Consular Investigation, Visa Revocation Requests of petitions previously approved for Company Executives, and potential federal prosecution.
  • Discussion and Analysis of Case Examples.

SECOND Phone Session on June 21: Special Scrutiny Visa Categories and Targeted Enforcement of Business Immigration in Certain Industries

  • Partial Suspension of B-1 Issuances for IT industry at Consulates in Indian.
  • Suspension of issuance of L-1 visas pursuant to approved blanket petitions.
  • Elevated L-1B standards. Selective application of Matter of GSTechical Services
  • Neufeld memo "control" application to L-1 owner/directors
  • Special scrutiny and elevated standards imposed on H-1B recent graduates.
  • Equivalency Issues related to Indian 3 year degrees
  • Avoiding and overcoming 214(b) issues with foreign student entrepreneurs
  • Other trends impacting IT and Service workers at various consular posts (visa renewal issues, excludability issues, SAO categories that delay issuance)
  • Special Issues arising at Specific Consular Posts

THIRD Phone Session on July 5: Waivers and Review in Consular Processing

  • Commonly applied grounds of Inadmissability and Denial
  • Escalating Requests for Consular Reconsideration and Review
  • Grounds and Procedures for Request for Advisory Notice review by DOS Central Office, Foggy Bottom
  • Nonimmigrant Visa Waivers of Inadmissibility.
  • 212(d)(3)Eligibility and equities requirements.
  • Procedures for requesting a 212(d)(3) waiver and timelines for adjudications.
    • Appeal procedures if consular officers refuses to make favorable recommendation and winning strategies.
  • Criteria considered in waiver request/approvals.
    • Matter of Hranka
    • Balancing test; weighing the equities against the negative factors. How this works in practice.
  • Immigrant Visa Waivers of Inadmissibility
    • Form I-601 filed with consular officer for most grounds.
    • Consular officer must forward I-601 to DHS office overseas for adjudication.
  • Alternative routes to entry
    • Humanitarian Parole
    • Visa Waiver at port-of-entry
    • 212(d)(4) waiver at land border port of entry.
  • Strategies for Attorney intervention when there is a problem at entry.
  • Consequences of visa revocation/expedited removal at port-of-entry
Wednesday, May 30 is the deadline to sign up. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: Online: Fax form: Don't delay, sign up today.

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Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
Reston, VA - Help Wanted: A prominent business immigration law firm is seeking an experienced immigration professional to research, write, edit, and post timely news, analysis, and articles to the firm's websites and e-newsletters on a daily basis. This position requires strong knowledge of immigration law, outstanding writing ability, and experience in effectively using website content management systems to publish content and seed keywords and metadata. Ideal candidates will be detail oriented, motivated, and possess sound judgment while working with minimal supervision. This position requires 1-3 hours of work daily (M-F), offers flexible hours, and is ideal for telecommuting. Interested parties should apply with resume and cover letter to All submissions will be kept strictly confidential.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Chicago, IL - Immigration Attorneys, LLP, a law firm practicing in all areas of immigration law, is seeking an experienced attorney to immediately join our practice in Chicago, IL. All candidates must be licensed and have 2+ years attorney experience with a diverse immigration caseload. The ideal candidate is multi-lingual, has handled immigration litigation matters, petitions and visa applications for families and businesses, and has some federal court experience. Candidates must have exceptional research, writing and computer skills; excellent organizational and time management skills; and, a commitment to client service. Salary offered will be commensurate with experience. Candidate will be immediately eligible for benefits. All applications should be submitted via email to Please include a cover letter, resume, writing sample as well as references.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Washington, DC - Seyfarth Shaw LLP is seeking an immigration paralegal to join Washington, DC office. This position will participate in all aspects of the firm's national Business Immigration and Global Mobility practice, including assisting in the management of client relationships, preparing and filing employment-based nonimmigrant and immigrant petitions, and serving as a contact to numerous prominent clients. Our clients include Fortune 500 corporations, major academic and medical institutions, and performing artists. The ideal candidates must be able to successfully multi-task, in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment, to communicate effectively in writing and verbally, to use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions and approaches to problems, must have strong time management and organizational skills. Applicants must possess a Bachelor's degree and a strong desire to work in a team-oriented environment to meet client objectives related to their foreign national employees. Prior immigration-related experience is preferred but not required. Salary is commensurate with experience. Please send resumes to Seyfarth offers an outstanding benefit package which includes: medical/dental, 401k with employer contribution; life insurance; generous paid time off policy; short-term and long-term disability policies; an opportunity for professional development and growth. EOE

Law Firm Merger
New York, NY - Long-established, mid-sized New York immigration law practice is seeking a suitable practice for merger opportunity. All replies kept in confidence. Reply to

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ComingsNGoings: Immigration Event
Teleconference, May 31 - USCIS invites you to participate in one of two teleconferences on May 31, 2012 from 8:00 am to 9:00 am or 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (Eastern) to discuss the transition to centralized Lockbox filing of Form I-601, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility, filed by applicants outside the U.S. To RSVP, please email the Public Engagement Division no later than May 30, 2012 at

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Publisher:  Sam Udani    ISSN:   1930-062X
Advisory Board: Jason Dzubow, Rami Fakhoury, Matthew Kolken, Chris Musillo, Greg Siskind, Joel Stewart, Margaret Wong