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Immigration Daily March 14, 2007
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All Star Team Teaches Immigration And Crimes

Lory Diana Rosenberg (formerly on the BIA), Matthew L. Guadagno (Bretz and Coven), Dan Kesselbrenner (National Immigration Project), Bryan Lonegan (Legal Aid Society), Peter Markowitz (Professor, New York University), Angelo A. Paparelli (Paparelli and Partners), Sunita Patel (Legal Aid Society), Judy Rabinovitz (ACLU), Laura Kelsey Rhodes (Allbright and Rhodes) and Manny Vargas (New York State Defenders Association) will be the speakers at "Fighting Crime: A Workshop for Immigration Lawyers" an all-day, in-depth learning event on March 26th in New York City.

This superlative group of speakers will focus on what is the fastest growing sub-practice in immigration law: Crimes. The average case in this area of practice is close to five-figures, and this area usually presents intellectual challenges as well. The time to learn from the pre-eminent speakers above is now! Don't delay, take advantage of the Save $100 deadline of March 19th.

For those outside of New York City, please bear in mind that reports that the average high for late March in NYC is in the high-50s, and the average low is around 40. In other words, this is a great time to travel to NYC, whether you are just taking the subway/train, or you are flying in. For those from out of town, we have negotiated a special discounted rate with the hotel (write to for more info.

Learn from the best minds in the hottest area of immigration practice! To register and for more info on the speakers, location, and curriculum, visit online:
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Save $100 if you register by the deadline of March 19th! Don't delay, sign up today!

We welcome readers to share their opinion and ideas with us by writing to


Filing H-1Bs, I-140 Tips, Etc

The curriculum for I-140 Tips And Resolving Benefits Problems is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on Mar 22: Vermont Service Center & California Service Center

  • Latest information on Filing H1B Applications on April 2nd
  • New Direct Filing Initiative
  • Common Problems & Issues at VSC & CSC
  • Transfer of I-485
  • USCIS Memo on FBI Checks
  • I-130 Issues

SECOND Phone Session on Apr 19: Nebraska Service Center & Texas Service Center

  • I-140 Degree Equivalencies & Ability to Pay
  • New case law on degree equivalencies
  • I-485 Issues
  • Dual EADs (NIV based and AOS based?)

THIRD Phone Session on May 10: National Benefits Center, CIS Ombudsman, & AAO/BIA

  • Recent AAO Decisions & Issues
  • Update on NBC Processing and Common Problems
  • The Ombudsman's Role & Recent Activities
  • Recent BIA Decision on CSPA
The deadline to sign up is Wednesday, March 21st. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: (Fax version:


Pre-Registration: A Proposal To Kick-Start CIR
Nolan Rappaport and Greg Siskind write "We propose supplementing the legalization program with a pre-registration program that would provide modest interim benefits and also raise funds for the start-up costs of the larger legalization program without requiring an appropriation." (Editor's note: Today's Featured Article was referenced in yesterday's Comment and provides more detail on the new twist that is likely to emerge during the upcoming CIR debate in the Senate. Also see related news item below on user fees.)


Memo To House Judiciary Committee On User Fees
The Congressional Research Service released a memorandum on various approaches that might be followed in funding a new spending initiative that also involves the imposition of a fee on program applicants.

Updated CRS Report On Visa Waiver Program
The Congressional Research Service issued an updated version of its visa waiver program report.


Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Houston, TX (Galleria area) - Law office of Judith G. Cooper, P.C. seeks legal assistant with experience in all aspects of employment-based immigrant and non-immigrant law. Candidate should have excellent computer, writing, case management and interpersonal skills. Send resume to Administrator by fax: (713)-622-8078 or e-mail

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
13-person midtown NYC immigration law firm seeks paralegal with 2+ years of experience with business applications: nonimmigrant and immigrant. Experience with family based, naturalization and other applications a plus. Ideal candidate has BA degree, is detail oriented, organized, conscientious. Candidate must also possess excellent writing, communication & case management skills. Competitive compensation package offered. Please email resume + cover letter in MS Word format to Marcia N. Needleman, Esq. at

Back Office Services
We offer a wide range of back-office & clerical support services to immigration attorneys in NIV and IVs, including managing checklists, form completion, drafting cover/employer letters, consular processing assistance, follow-up/correspondence with clients and other related services. Our services cover document generation, data entry, accounts, scheduling/calendaring, clerical & archival. Adnet Services, Inc. Headquartered in New York City, Adnet Services provides the highest quality services to law firms enabling them to cost effectively and securely outsource law firm back office processes, and focus on increasing earning, growth and servicing their clients. We work as your partner offering tailored services that accelerate product delivery. With state-of-the-art communication facilities and infrastructure, our offsite center functions as a virtual extension of your office providing 24 x 7 support and significant cost savings. Convenient billing options are available. For more info. Contact Johaina Mumtaz at or call 212 406-3503 ext 224.

PERM Services
Adnet Advertising Agency Inc. has provided labor certification advertising services to immigration attorneys since 1992. Adnet helps attorneys find appropriate places to run labor cert ads, places the ads, obtains the tearsheets, and offers a variety of billing options. Attorneys can manage the entire ad process through Adnet's secure web-based Ad-managment system. Most of Adnet's services are free since we receive a commission from the newspapers and journals where the ad is placed. Adnet services large international law firms as well as solo practice attorneys. Call us at 212-587-3164, visit, or email us at Contact us today to find out why we are the ad agency of choice for immigration attorneys since 1992.


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New Offices - Westfield, NJ
Laurie Woog, Esq. has opened a new office focusing on employment-related immigration, particularly scientific, academic and artistic applications. She also handles family-related visas and naturalization. Address: 506 North Avenue East, Westfield, NJ 07090; (908) 233-0076;


Readers are welcome to share their comments, email: (300-words or fewer preferred). Many letters to the Editor refer to past correspondence, available in our archives.

Dear Editor:
I wish to correct a misstatement in my letter of March 13. That letter implied that Honza Prchal's March 12 letter had misinterpreted Peter Griswold's letter of March 6 by suggesting that the special prisons for Mexican citizens were to be in the US, rather than Mexico. In fact, Mr. Prchal's letter correctly stated that Mr. Griswold's letter had suggested building the prisons in Mexico and I apologize for my misunderstanding. I also agree with Mr. Prchal's letter's statement that Mr. Griswold's proposal may have been made tongue in cheek. Any disagreement, therefore, is over the question of what Mr. Griswold's letter meant by the phrase "Mexican citizens held in US prisons". Mr. Prchal's letter interprets this as referring to criminals in the regular prison system, not illegal immigrants in administrative detention. I believe, to the contrary, that Mr. Griswold's letter was referring primarily to illegal immigrants, many of whom are in fact held in regular US prisons, where the conditions, by the way, are generally said to be better than the terrible ones reported from many immigration detention camps. From this standpoint, Mr. Algase's letter's facetious suggestion that the whole population of Mexico should be locked up in order to prevent illegal immigration to the US makes sense because it raises the question whether locking up tens or hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people is really the way that a civilized country like the US should be dealing with this issue.

Zheng Yi

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