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Arthur L. Zabenko, Esq., Legal Editor
August 7, 2001
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The first of Angelo Paparelli and Steve Yale-Loehr's three-part teleconference and e-mail listserv series titled On the Cutting Edge: H-1B Practice and Strategy with Angelo Paparelli and Steve Yale-Loehr will take place Wednesday August 8, from 1:00-2:30 p.m. Eastern (New York) time. The deadline to sign up for the first teleconference is 11:59 p.m. Eastern (New York) time Monday, August 6, 2001. If you missed the cut off for the first seminar, you can still sign up for the remaining two scheduled for September 5, and October 3, 2001. If you have already signed up you should have received an e-mail with the log on information for Wednesday's teleconference. If you signed up but did not receive the information please immediately contact

The text of S. 1259, the "Rural and Urban Health Care Act of 2001," and S. 1265, the "Children's Adjustment, Relief, and Education Act," is now available.


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Two Significant Developments: President's Legalization Proposal and Section 245(i)
Cyrus D. Mehta writes about President Bush's leglaization proposal and Congressional action on 245(i).

Immigration News

Minimum Wages for H-2As
The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) announces 2001 adverse effect wage rates (AEWRs) for employers seeking nonimmigrant alien (H-2A) workers for temporary or seasonal agricultural labor or services, the allowable charges employers seeking nonimmigrant alien workers for temporary or seasonal agricultural labor or services or logging work may levy upon their workers when they provide three meals per day, and the maximum travel subsistence reimbursement which a worker with receipts may claim in 2001.

H-1B Numbers
The INS announced that as of July 25, 2001, approximately 138,000 H-1B workers had been approved against the 195,000 limit for FY 2001, which ends on September 30, 2001, and an estimated 39,000 pending petitions that may be counted against the H-1B cap.

Border Patrols Search Trauma and Rescue Team
Thirty-two new members have been added to the Border Patrols Search Trauma and Rescue (BORSTAR) team after receiving specialized training on conducting search and rescue operations in remote border areas, how to provide the immediate medical assistance necessary to stabilize patients and transport them to areas accessible to paramedics, helicopters and other advanced emergency medical services.

Immigration in the Press

INS Penalty System Falls Down on Job
According to the Los Angeles Times employer sanctions, touted 15 years ago as the nation's key tool for stemming illegal immigration, failed in practice, offering a cautionary tale as the nation once more focuses on the issue of undocumented workers.

INS to Raise Immigration Fees; Increases Expected to Average $17
The Associated Press reports that the INS plans to raise the fees it charges immigrants for services such as processing green card applications and taking fingerprints.

This Day in Immigration

From August 7, 2000

"AAO Remands for Waiver of 212(e) The Office of Administrative Appeals sustained the appeal of a denial of a request for a waiver of the 212 (e) two-year home residency requirement where there was evidence of the applicant's US citizen spouse's psychological problems, his inability to adapt to foreign cultures and his financial dependence on the applicant."

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:

The plan of President Bush to give legal status to millions of undocumented Mexicans is laudable. This country has always understood the essential role that immigration has played in its history. However, as correctly pointed out by one of your readers, the benefits should be extended far beyond Mexico. Many aliens from this country came from other nations and they are as hard working if not more than the Mexican people. While we understand the concern of other people that it might create a pandora's box and would open a floodgates of undocumented aliens, I still believe that America is what it is today because of the immigrants who came to its shores. The call of five year moratorium on almost all categories of immigration by Rep. Thomas G. Tancredo (R-Colo) was based on the belief that that massive cost of immigration has skyrocketed far beyond the country's ability to handle it. In fact, there is a grain of truth in it. Some aliens have abused the generousity extended by this country. However, for every unscrupulous alien who abused their privelege, thousands others are hard working and well educated that help propel the economy of this nation. They pay taxes, create employment oppurtunities, and acquire proper education to be of service to this nation. Immigrants are not a burden to society, they are its backbone. If you dont believe this statement just look at your nearest Social Security office and determine for youself who is applying for benifits. Look also at your local jail to see who are criminals convicted of felonies. Lastly, let's take a look to California who has the most number of immigrants. This state which is just one of the fifty on this great country is producing $1.3 trillion worth of goods and services which makes it the sixth stongest economy of the world. This inspite of or maybe due to the immigants. Your answer is as good as mine.



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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 to meet the demands of our growing business, the firm is actively recruiting for experienced paralegals in its ATLANTA, NEW YORK, NEW JERSEY,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 or

Be Part of a Winning Team! Bratter - Krieger, LLP, a S. Florida immigration law firm is expanding into new cities. We now have immediate needs for bi-lingual attorneys and paralegals with immigration experience for our Miami, Las Vegas, Phoenix, San Antonio, El Paso, Los Angeles and Durham, NC offices. All our team members receive an aggressive compensation package. Reply in confidence to Matthew Krieger -, fax resume to 305-695-4398 or call us at 1-800-946-0301.

State Department Tightens Diversity Visa Lottery Photo Requirements. Steptoe & Johnson Law Firm and Sears Portrait Studios Team to Help Applicants at Immigration Lawyers: The State Department has just announced that it will require a passport-type photo for EACH family member to be attached to an application for this year's Diversity Visa (Greencard) Lottery, and an established American law firm and the nation's leading portrait studio have teamed to make application easy, reliable and affordable. A website developed by the 88-year old law firm of Steptoe & Johnson,, provides an online application process and a Sears Portrait Studio discount coupon for the required photos, valid at over 1,000 locations in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. People without Internet access can call toll-free to 1-877-WIN-VISA to receive an application kit. The annual October lottery awards greencards to 50,000 aliens, entitling them to live and work permanently in the U.S. Last year the State Department rejected 3 million applications to the Diversity Visa Lottery for "failing to follow instructions." This year your clients can use and be sure their application won't be one of the millions rejected for mistakes. Applicants just answer questions on, and then print out and send their completed form and a passport-type photos to us, where we will check for accuracy and assure delivery to the Kentucky Consular Center for filing. The cost is only $45 for a single application, or $75 for a husband and wife -- comparable to that charged by so-called "submission service" firms. We ask applicants if they have an immigration lawyer, so we can notify you if your client wins. The website is currently in English, and very soon will also be available in German, Portuguese and Spanish Natives of all countries EXCEPT the following are eligible for this year's lottery: Canada, China (mainland born), Columbia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom and dependent territories, and Vietnam. Persons born in Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, Taiwan and Northern Ireland ARE eligible. For more information, e-mail George E. Carenbauer, Responsible Attorney Steptoe & Johnson, PLLC.

Angelo Paparelli and Steve Yale-Loehr will conduct a three-part teleconference and e-mail listserv series titled On the Cutting Edge: H-1B Practice and Strategy with Angelo Paparelli and Steve Yale-Loehr. The teleconferences will take place Wednesdays August 8, September 5, and October 3, 2001, at 1:00-2:30 p.m. Eastern (New York) time. They are open to attorneys, employers, HR professionals and anyone else interested in the H-1B process and strategy. For more information or to register click here.

American Immigration Lawyers Association 2001 Fall CLE Conference "It's a Border Thing" September 14, 2001, La Mansion del Rio Hotel, San Antonio, Texas. Register before August 24, 2001, and save $$. Receive discounted hotel rates when you make hotel reservations by August 20, 2001. Visit the Conference section of to obtain registration and hotel information. Don't Miss This Exciting Conference!

Saturday, October 13, 2001, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Ramada Inn, Fairfield, NJ. A panel of experienced immigration lawyers and paralegals will explain how the administrative system operates and present the information you need to handle basic immigration matters. Youll also hear directly from several agency representatives about the procedures you need to follow when dealing with these agencies. For details click here.

An Important disclaimer! The information provided on this page is not legal advice. Transmission of this information is not intended to create, and receipt by you does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship. Readers must not act upon any information without first seeking advice from a qualified attorney. Correspondence to Letters may be edited and may be published and otherwise used in any medium.
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