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Arthur L. Zabenko, Esq., Legal Editor
Nina Manchanda, Esq., Assistant Legal Editor
Marc Ellis, Esq., Chat Transcripts Editor
April 9, 2001
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The largest section of today's issue is the Classifieds. In addition to two help wanted ads and four announcements of upcoming immigration law related events, we have an ad from an immigration attorney seeking a position. With over 6,335 subscribers to the e-mail version of the Daily, the classifieds section is a way to reach the community of people concerned with immigration law. In addition to help wanted and position sought ads, those with something to offer the immigration law community such as credential evaluators and translators may find the Daily an efficient way of getting their message to the people who need to hear it. Carrying this type of information not only helps us fulfill our role as the hub for immigration information, it also allows us to remain an independent voice in a field which has been dominated by two giants. For information on classifieds write to

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ILW.COM Featured Article of the Day

245(i) Translated
Arthur L. Zabenko offers an overview of 245(i) information in languages other than English.

Federal Register News of the Day

GAL 1-01 Requires 48 Hour Notice for H-2A Workers
In General Administration Letter No. 1-01 the Department of Labor clarifies that abandonment of employment by a H-2A worker requires employer notification in writing to the SESA no later than forty-eight (48) hours after the employer becomes aware of abandonment, and in the event of the employer terminating H-2A worker(s) for cause, the employer is to notify the SESA in writing of such termination no later than forty-eight (48) hours.

Authority Delegated to ESA
Authority delegated to the Employment Standards Administration includes responsibility for compliance with H-2A regulations and investigation of H-1C complaints.

INS News of the Day

Der-Yeghiayan to Be Sworn in as Immigration Judge
Samuel Der-Yeghiayan was to be sworn in as an Immigration Judge during an investiture ceremony at 4:00 p.m., April 6, 2001, in the United States District Court, Ceremonial Courtroom, 25th Floor, 219 South Dearborn, Chicago, Illinois.

Immigration News of the Day

The End of Ellis Island: Bush Abandons the American Immigrant Ideal while Democrats Dither
Paul Donnelly writes in The American Prospect that the Bush Administration is following a dangerous policy of separating immigration from political rights.

Ruling a Victory for Holders of H-1B
The San Jose Mercury News reports that a San Mateo County Superior Court judge has ordered a Bay Area consulting firm to drop restrictive clauses from its employment contract including those with H-1B employees.

ILW.COM Chats and Discussions of the Day

Chat with Alice Yardum-Hunter
Alice Yardum-Hunter will answer questions on all aspects of immigration law on Monday, April 9, 2001, at 9:00 p.m. Eastern (New York) time. Questions will be accepted starting 15 minutes before the beginning of the chat.

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:

My husband filed an I-130 petition for me last year (receipt June 2000). It is already well past the "projected maximum time" printed on our receipt notice. As requested on the INS web site, we did not make any inquiries until the maximum projected time has passed. After 357 attempts (really!) I finally succeeded in getting a fax inquiry through to the ONE number for the entire USA for family service requests. That was a month ago and we have had no response. My husband's congress rep. also wrote and has had no response.

Compounding our concern is the fact that on the AILA data "processing times" which you publish, it appears that INS have not moved even one spousal petition since last December! Actually they seem to be going backwards! In Dec/Jan 2000-01, they said they were processing May 2000 petitions, and now in Feb/March updates, they are saying April 2000! While we certainly realize the vast volume of spousal petitions and are reasonable people who waited the requisite time, this seems absolutely ridiculous.


Dear Editor:

I have received my approval petition notice (I-130) as of 2/21/01 and the notice stated that my file has gone to visa processing center. When I contact NVC, I was told take between two to four weeks for receiving the file, As of today 4/5/01 they have not received my file. It has been ten months since I have filed for my wife (6/5/00).


Classifieds of the Day

ILW.COM carries classified ads for immigration related positions. $100 for single insertion, $250 for five consecutive insertions, payable in advance. Contact us for details. We will also carry for no charge announcements such as immigration related events. We reserve the right to refuse any ad and to make minor editorial and formatting changes. Send to

Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, is the largest law firm in the country practicing exclusively in the area of immigration and nationality law. In order meet the demands of our growing business, the firm is actively recruiting for experienced paralegals in its NEW YORK, NEW JERSEY, STAMFORD and CHICAGO offices. The ideal candidate has business immigration experience or a human resources background dealing with immigration issues. Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills and be able to perform multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment. The firm offers superior salaries and exceptional growth opportunities. Please submit cover letter and resume to Anne-Rose van den Bossche, Esq., Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, & Loewy, 515 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10022 or fax 212-750-1121

Experienced Immigration Legal Assistants sought for Nashville, TN office of Baker Donelson Bearman & Caldwell, P.C., a full service firm with 250 professionals in 10 cities and an expanding immigration practice headed by Robert Divine, author of Immigration Practice (comprehensive law book). Requires detail oriented, highly organized, computer-competent individual with bachelor's degree. Clear verbal and written skills are a must. Spanish fluency a plus but not required. Salary dependent on experience. E-mail resume to Susan Schultz (Nashville associate attorney).

Attorney with four years experience in family immigration, asylum, deportation defense, and naturalization seeks position with small to medium size firm in central-southern New Jersey (Newark and south) or Philadelphia area. I am looking for a busy, diverse immigration practice, in an atmosphere of collegiality and attention to quality. I do not have employment-based immigration experience but would be able to quickly learn. I speak good (albeit rusty) French and a little Spanish. Please contact me at

SYMPOSIUM: Low Wage Immigrant Workers: Essential to Employers but Neglected Under Our Immigration Laws
All interested persons are invited to attend. No fee or reservation is required. Monday, April 16, 2001, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. New York City Bar Association, 42 West 44th Street. For details click here.

Face the Music in Austin, Texas: Learn the Latest Immigration Dance. Texas Chapter AILA proudly presents Spring 2001 Immigration Law Conference, April 27-28, 2001, Radisson Hotel & Suites on Town Lake, Austin, TX. For details click here.

The Practising Law Institute, a not-for-profit Continuing Legal Education Organization offers a program on Basic Immigration Law at PLI Conference Center, 810 Seventh Avenue at 53rd Street, 20th floor, New York City on Tuesday, May 1, 2001, from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. For details click here.

2001 AILA Annual Conference on Immigration Law June 20-24, 2001, Marriott Copley Place & Westin Copley Place Boston, Massachusetts. The Preeminent Law Symposium on Immigration and Nationality Law With an expert faculty and cutting edge programs, the AILA Annual Conference is an unbeatable continuing legal education symposium in terms of scope and value. This event brings together thousands of immigration law practitioners, leading immigration law experts, government officials, and other legal professionals from around the country. Participants spend three and one-half days attending educational sessions and workshops focusing on the latest developments and issues in immigration and nationality law. Attendees can develop their own individualized CLE conference by choosing courses from a wide variety of programs: Core Curriculum, Substantive Practice, Special Mini Tracks, Mock Hearings and Interviews, Litigation Skills Training, Practice Roundtables and Government Agency Open Forums. For detailed program information, and registration forms, please visit the conference portion of the AILA Web site at American Immigration Lawyers Association, 918 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004, Tel: (202) 216-2400, Fax: (202) 371-9449. Contact: Conference Department or E-Mail

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