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Immigrant's Weekly Feb 5, 2006
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Unprecedented Rise In Immigration Fees

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officials announced a proposed increase in immigration fees that is unprecedented in U.S. immigration history. For example, the current fee of $330 to apply for citizenship would rise to slightly less than $600.

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DNA Diagnostics Center

DNA Diagnostics Center (DDC) is the world's leading provider of DNA testing for immigration purposes. Our unique experience with immigration clients and agencies from more than 168 countries worldwide sets us apart as the most trusted provider of DNA testing services for immigration. Since 1995, DDC has been providing the most reliable paternity, maternity, and other family relationship DNA tests to clients around the world. With the following qualifications and advantages, we are able to provide high-quality services to clients who need DNA testing to satisfy immigration requirements: Our laboratory is accredited by AABB and other organizations. DDC is highly commended by AABB and is recognized by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), U.S. embassies, and many immigration offices around the world. We have a special Immigration Department that offers multi-language services. Our team is experienced with the immigration DNA testing process and has established great working relationships with the U.S. embassies and USCIS centers around the world. We have the most extensive network of sample collection sites. We have more than 5,000 collection sites in North America, and we can send DNA collection kits to U.S. embassies and embassy-approved panel physicians around the world. For a free consultation with our Immigration Department, call +1-513-881-7800 (outside the United States) or 1-800-681-6598 (toll-free, within the United States). You can also email us at contact@dnacenter.com or visit our website at http://www.dnacenter.com/immigration/dna-test.html

The Law Offices of Morley J. Nair

The Law Offices of Morley J. Nair is an immigration law firm serving both corporate and individual clients looking for fast and economic service. Focusing on employment-based immigration, our practice mainly involves services in the areas of H-1B visas, L-1 Visas, PERM Labor Certification, and processing permanent residence (Green Cards) in EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 categories. Based in Philadelphia, PA, we cater to clients from all the 50 states. Having processed thousands of H1B visas and hundreds of employment-based green cards, we take pride in our ability to be timely and sensitive to the needs of our clients who come from a diverse background. We respond to most of our phone messages and emails the same day. We have a strict 24-hour turnaround policy on documents as well. Our clients feel valued every step of the way. Further, our rates are one of the most competitive in the market. We strive hard to keep up our reputation that has been built up in most part by word-of-mouth publicity. Give us a try, and you will experience the quality of our services! Contact us at: The Law Offices of Morley J. Nair, 6035 Castor Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19149. Phone: (215)744-5100 eMail: mjnair@visaworks.com Website: www.visaworks.com

Paparelli & Partners LLP

Paparelli & Partners LLP is a multi-jurisdictional law firm with offices in Irvine, California and New York, New York, dedicated to the practice of all areas of U.S. immigration law. The firm represents Fortune 500 businesses, privately-held and emerging-growth companies in a wide array of industries, entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, artists, athletes, universities and national law firms. The firm has gained special expertise in legislative advocacy, due diligence and immigration compliance in mergers, acquisitions and corporate restructuring, immigration PR messaging, Sarbanes-Oxley style audits of immigration-related business practices for publicly-traded and private companies, representation in immigration-related enforcement actions against employers, management guidance in formulating immigration-related corporate policies and collaboration with international tax attorneys, employment lawyers and criminal-defense counsel in sophisticated "white-collar" immigration matters. Contact Us: CALIFORNIA: 4 Park Plaza, Suite 200, Irvine, CA 92614 Phone: (949) 955-5555 Fax: (949) 955-5599 NEW YORK: 60 East 42nd Street, Suite 956, New York, NY 10165-0918 Phone: (212) 599-5755 Fax: (212) 808-5598 E-mail: info@entertheusa.com Website: www.entertheusa.com

Berd & Klauss, PLLC

Berd & Klauss, PLLC - www.berdklauss.com - is a full service Immigration Law Firm and members of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). The firmís clients include employees of international and U.S. companies, world class actors and athletes, internationally renowned professors, and computer specialists. We offer free phone/email consultations nationwide. Our services include deportation defense, business immigration, family-based green cards, tourist and student visas/status, and visa applications. -- Deportation Defense: We have a quick response Anti-Deportation Group to deal with any unlawful presence and deportation matters. Deportation Hearings, Appeals and Motions to Reopen/Reconsider in Immigration Courts, Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) and Federal Courts. Dealing with Aggravated Felonies, Crimes involving Moral Turpitude and Controlled Substance Offenses. -- Business Immigration: Visas and Change of Status for executives, managers and specialists opening corporate branches in the U.S. (L-1). Temporary work visas (H-1B, H-2B, H-3, J-1, P-1/3, O-1, R-1 and others). Employment- based Green Cards: Perm Labor Certification, EB-1/EB-2(including NIW)/EB-3/EB-4. Family-based Green Cards: Visas for Fiance/Fiancee (K-1) and Spouses (K-3). Removal of conditional permanent residence status. Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Adjustment of Status and Naturalization interviews, mandamus actions in Federal Courts. Family reunification of spouses, parents, children and siblings. Filing of fraud (212(i)) and criminal waivers (212(h)). -- Tourist and Student Visas/Status: Processing and extension of Tourist (B-1/B-2) and Student (F-1, J-1, M-1) visas, change of status from and to F-1. Reinstatement to an F-1 status. J-1 waivers. -- Visa Applications: Visa application to the American Consulates abroad. Section 214(b) INA. Criminal and unlawful presence waivers (3/10 years bar). Contact us at: Berd & Klauss, PLLC, 44 Wall Street , 12th Floor, New York , New York 10005 . Tel: (212) 461-7152. Email: info@berdklauss.com. Web: www.berdklauss.com

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PERM Process Involved At Employer/Attorney Office, DOL Office And Case Status Check
Jagan Tamirisa and Vamsi Tamirisa write "All clients frequently ask how much time it takes to process the PERM Labor Applications and what are all the steps involved in the process etc. So we thought we post this information as to what is usually involved in the process."

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Letters

Readers are welcome to share their comments; send your letters to weeklyeditor@ilw.com.

Dear Weekly Editor:
I am international Student from Burma currently studying at University of Toledo , Ohio . My best Friend as well as my roommate was just arrested yesterday (01/25/06) under immigration Act in Toledo , Ohio . Two Immigration Officers came in and arrested him under the violation of Immigration Act. He arrived to American on the 17th of April 2001. He was a sailor and he got down from the ship where he was working due to some political issue. After he got down from his work place, he went of political asylum petitions. It was some how rejected by the judge for two times. As he applied for Political Asylum Petition which makes him impossible to go back to Burma . Although, he has attorney to handle his situations, unfortunately the lawyer who he appointed since NOV 2005 was just cheated him and do nothing for him. Yesterday then we realized the situations. The immigration officers told him that he will be sent back to Burma according to Deportation rule. I am very sure that he will get arrested once he steps in to Burma . When he applied for Asylum , Burma government has already know that he went of political Asylum petition in the United State . So me and his families back in Burma are so worry about him. I hope you will help us. He was so happy that he is going to get status soon after listening President State of Union Address. Unfortunately, he got arrested at the end.

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Dear Weekly Editor:
Everybody is so worried about all the Illegal Immigrants in the US but what about the families they leave behind when you deport them. Nobody seems to think about us and how we will survive thats why so many people go on welfare because you take our families from us and we can't support ourselves let alone our children they way the economy is now. I wish that somebody would address this situation in a reasonable manner and try to understand what it is that we are going through. I worry everyday because I don't know if there going to come and take the father of my child. Then how will we survive. My child will then have to grow up not knowing who her father is and where she came from she will know nothing about her heritage and her fathers and thats not right it's bad enough that americans have to go through that just because there dads don't wonna be around or support there kids.

Shannon Smalley

Dear Weekly Editor:
What ever happened to the "Bracero Program", in effect in Calif way back in the 70"s ? Seems to me , we had a good program in effect then .....and now mr Bush proposes such an undertaking .......Who told him about it??

Bob Warren
Fontana, CA

Dear Weekly Editor:
President Bush is right, you can only secure the border if a law will be passed to make it legal to enter the border thru a guest worker visa. It is a fact, whether we like it or not, that foreign workers are needed for some jobs that cannot be filled up by Americans. And those that are here, legalize those that have been paying taxes and is working. Those that do not meet at least these basic requirement should be sent back and let them line up with those that are applying to become guest workers.

Gladys Roman

Dear Weekly Editor:
Last year, President Bush indicated a willingness to sign a comprehensive immigration bill, which included an earned citizenship pathway for those who are here illegally. Senators McCain and Kennedy crafted a bill. Through compromise, a bill by Senators Hagel and Martinez was passed by the Senate. But the House refused to pass a bill and work in conference with the Senate on a compromise solution. The person who stalled the process was Dennis Hastert. He was Speaker of the House. But he is that no longer. Hastert refused to allow a bill to go forward because he had a "majority of the majority" rule - a majority of Republicans had to support a bill being brought forward for a vote. Otherwise, that bill got bagged. CIR was one of those bills. Nancy Pelosi now has the opportunity to allow a CIR bill to go forward. If she does, a majority of the House, which will comprise members of both political parties will support it. The key to CIR is in Speaker Pelosi's hands. This reader hopes she acts sooner, rather than later.

Sundeep Kothari, Esq.
Sandy Springs, GA


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