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Immigration Daily April 3, 2007
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Here are the top five March Immigration Daily Articles:

  1. State Of The Union: The Prospects For Comprehensive Immigration Reform In 2007 by Gary Endelman
  2. Current Immigration Highlights - March 2007 by Alan Lee, Esq.
  3. Permissible B-1 Activities by Paula N. Singer, Esq.
  4. A Crisis Of Perspective: Why The Right Is Wrong On Comprehensive Immigration Reform by Robert Gittelson
  5. Asylee Eligibility For Resettlement Assistance: A Short Guide by Laura Burdick of Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.

Here are the top five March Immigration Daily Items:

  1. CRS On Foreign Investor Visas
  2. Text Of STRIVE Act
  3. ICE Announces Indictment Of Two Immigration Attorneys For Visa Fraud
  4. USCIS Announces Direct Filing Under Bi-Specialization Initiative
  5. CRS On Number Of Undocumented Aliens In US

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Deadline Is Tuesday, April 3rd For How To Prepare For ICE Raids And Possible Criminal Prosecution

The curriculum for the April 5th phone seminar on ICE, etc is as follows:

  • What rights do employers and employees have?
  • When is the right time to involve employment and criminal counsel?
  • Cooperating with government - how far to go?
  • How to handle workers you think are unauthorized
  • What are the company's potential penalties?
  • Lesson learned from the Swift & Company raid
The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, April 3rd. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: (Fax version:


Understanding The FBI Name Check Policy That Is Causing Naturalization Delays
Cyrus D. Mehta writes "A detailed internal memo from the USCIS explains the labyrinthine FBI name check procedure that has caused delays to many people applying for citizenship or other immigration benefits, such as permanent residence."

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Aytes Guidance on Accepting H-1B FY 2008 Petitions With "Screen Print" of Certified LCA
USCIS Michael Aytes, Associate Director, Domestic Operations, issued guidance on accepting H-1B petitions for the FY 2008 filing period with a "screen print" of a certified labor condition application.

Aytes On Adjustment Of Status For K2 Aliens
USCIS Michael Aytes, Associate Director, Domestic Operations, issued a memo to remind officers that K-2 aliens seeking to adjust status are not required to demonstrate a step-parent/step-child relationship with the petitioner.

USCIS Reminds Of Revised I-129 And I-539 Filing Instructions
USCIS reminds customers that, effective Monday, April 2, 2007, all Forms I-129 and I-539 are to be filed directly with the California Service Center or the Vermont Service Center, whichever is applicable.


Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Washington, DC - Steptoe & Johnson LLP, an international law firm, seeks an immigration paralegal. Successful candidate has demonstrated experience with business and family immigration practices. We prefer candidates with strong academic credentials, excellent personal qualities, relevant experience in business & family immigration and the ability to work independently and supervise others. We encourage any qualified candidate to apply directly by sending a cover letter & resume to: or fax: 202-261-0627. EOE.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Dallas, TX - Reina & Associates is the largest immigration law firm in North Texas. The Firm currently consists of ten full time attorneys in addition to the two positions available. Job description: Perform initial consultations with clients; represent clients before immigration court and CIS; manage heavy case load; oversee paralegals and other administrative staff; complete legal research; draft legal briefs; and complete and review immigration forms. Emphasis in family base immigration and deportation defense. Requirements: JD degree from an ABA accredited law school or a LLM and must be admitted to practice law in the US. 1-2 years immigration law experience or training preferred. Candidates must be resourceful, intelligent, and able to multitask in a fast paced environment. Competitive salary plus comprehensive benefits package offered. Please email resume, cover letter, law school transcript, and a writing sample to Maria Maldonado:

Help Wanted: Immigration Professionals
Berry, Appleman & Leiden LLP, a global corporate immigration law firm, has immediate openings for experienced global visa associates in its San Francisco and Dallas offices. This position presents an exciting opportunity to join the global visa department of a rapidly growing firm. We are seeking someone to participate in the development and execution of our global visa team, as well as the expansion of our client base. We offer a one-stop, comprehensive solution with centralized tracking and global compliance assurance. We have the most up to date technology available, with on-line tracking and management of visa requirements, and cutting edge global immigration services. Candidate must have excellent communication skills, both written and verbal; ability to work well with all levels of personnel. A minimum of five years experience in corporate immigration, with a strong focus on the global visa market. Email resume + cover letter to or fax to 415.217.4426. Only qualified candidates will be contacted.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Washington, DC - Steptoe & Johnson LLP seeks associate for its business immigration law practice. Ideal candidate has extensive and substantive experience in dealing with clients and supervising paralegals and has substantive knowledge about business immigration. We are an international law firm with 8 offices in 3 countries and more than 450 attorneys worldwide. We encourage any candidate with strong academic credentials, relevant experience in business immigration, and excellent personal qualities to apply directly by sending cover letter, resume, + law school transcript (a copy of your academic record is required) to: Rosemary Kelly Morgan, Director of Attorney Services and Recruiting, Steptoe & Johnson LLP, 1330 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036-1795, Fax: 202-828-3661, EOE.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Downtown Manhattan - Bretz & Coven, LLP, is an AV-rated, full-service immigration firm with a national reputation. Renowned for providing high quality service, the firm has also distinguished itself through federal litigation that has led to significant changes in immigration law. We seek an associate eager to work in a fast-paced, cutting-edge environment that is committed to excellence in delivering legal services. We offer services in all areas of immigration law, including nonimmigrant visas, family- and employment- based immigration, citizenship, asylum, deportation defense, and federal litigation. Qualified candidates should have minimum two years of experience in immigration law practice. Please send resume, salary requirements & writing sample to:

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Iselin, NJ - Exceptional and challenging career opportunities available for you at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP, a prominent global immigration law firm. We have openings for entry-level assistant paralegals as well as paralegals with 2 + years of corporate employment immigration experience. The ideal candidate is an integral member of our team, working closely with attorneys and paralegals on all aspects of corporate employment immigration. Must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills and be able to perform multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment. College degree (BS or BA), MS Word and Windows 2000 required. Fragomen offers highly competitive salaries and excellent growth opportunities. Please submit resume and writing sample to:

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Downtown NYC - Immigration law firm seeks experienced associate attorney to represent individuals before the US Immigration Courts, attend adjustment of status, Stokes, and naturalization interviews. Good research and writing skills needed as individual will gather supporting evidence; prepare affidavits, write briefs, memorandums of law, motions to reopen/remand/reconsider, and federal court briefs. Minimum 2-3 years of related experience desired. Prepare asylum applications, conduct research, interview clients, and witnesses in preparation for hearings. Knowledge of Spanish preferred. Salary based on experience. Submit your resume + cover letter to: All submissions will remain confidential.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Tysons Corner, VA - Greenberg Traurig has openings for business immigration paralegals with the following levels of experience preparing immigrant and nonimmigrant visas: junior (6 mos.-1 yr), mid-level (1-4 yrs) and senior (5+ yrs). Associates degree, paralegal certificate or equivalent work experience required for junior positions. Bachelors degree or equivalent work experience required for mid-level and senior positions. Ideal candidate must be very organized, detail-oriented and able to work independently. Must possess excellent computer skills as well as strong written and verbal communication skills. If you'd like to work in an environment that consists of heavy client contact, high volume, fast-paced with a team of experienced immigration attorneys and professionals who are passionate about the practice of immigration law, then we want to hear from you. We have all the resources of a large, international law firm while preserving our firm's collegial and collaborative culture. Competitive benefits and compensation package offered. Please send resume + cover letter with salary requirements to EOE.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Grand Central Area, NYC - Hodgson Russ LLP, a 225-plus lawyer firm with offices in Buffalo, New York City, Albany, Boca Raton and Toronto seeks an associate attorney for our Immigration Group in NYC. Our group represents multinational corporations, entrepreneurs, athletes, entertainers, scientists and specialized workers. We seek an attorney with experience counseling U.S. and foreign employers. The ideal candidate will have 3-5 years of business immigration experience. Please send cover letter, resume and law school transcript to Mariely Downey, Attorney Employment Manager:

Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
Memphis, TN - St. Jude Children's Research Hospital seeks an Immigration Specialist in HR (job #16205). The Immigration Specialist in HR operates under the supervision of the Director of Employment and Immigration Services to provide immigration support, advice and information to all areas of Jude. Provides assistance to customers during and after regular business hours and/or on weekends, as needed. Completes and processes all required immigration forms, work visa applications, and related documents as directed to ensure compliance with applicable federal and state laws, rules and regulations regarding employment and/or training of international workers, students and visitors. Coordinates and assists with engagement and utilization of external legal counsel for preparation and execution of work visas, permanent residency applications and other related immigration matters. Ensures record-keeping, tracking and public access of information is in compliance with federal and institutional requirements. Successful candidate will have: associate's degree in paralegal studies or paralegal certification, (3) years of employment-based immigration experience (e.g. J1, H1B visas, PERM applications), employment-based immigration experience within legal and/or academic setting preferred, experience with an electronic immigration tracking system preferred. Excellent salary + benefits package. Qualified applicants may apply online at

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PERM Services
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Immigration Event - Kansas City, MO
Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) presents "Selected Issues In Family-Based Immigration And Presentation By National Benefits Center Staff". April 17-18, 2007. This two-day training will review selected issues in family-based immigration law, including establishing qualifying relationships for family-based petitions, inadmissibility grounds and waivers, adjustment and consular processing procedures, new affidavit of support regulations, and ethics. The deadline to sign-up is April 9, 2007. To learn more, including summary agenda, fees, and registration information, please see here. ILW.COM is pleased to be a media sponsor for this event.


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:
The Administration's unveiling of some elements of a comprehensive immigration reform legislation on March 28th is dead even as a starting point. The proposal allows for current undocumented to qualify for three year "Z" visas in which all Z visa holders would pay $3,500 every three years and, after an interminable waiting period with no realistic end, pay a $10,000 fine on top of undisclosed application fees to obtain permanent residence. The Z visa is indefinitely renewable. However, the proposal doesn't include an increase in immigrant visa numbers, only a restructuring to place parents on a waiting list, eliminate the F-2B and F-3 visa categories for adult children of permanent residents and USC, the F-4 category for siblings of USC, and the DV lottery program. This proposal would also require fresh applications for all backlogged family preference cases already filed along with the collection of updated information, biometric identifiers, and a $500 per person fee. The Bush Administration justifies the heavy fees for Z visa holders under the rubric that "while substantial, these penalties are modest compared to smuggler's fees and, especially, the economic benefit to the migrant of coming to the U.S." The Administration appears to forget that coming to the U.S. illegally or staying in the U.S. illegally is a civil offense and not a felony. It's apparent that the proposal would not entice many of the undocumented to emerge. A family of four having to apply for two extensions of Z visas (nine years) would pay $82,000 to immigrate under the figures of the proposal. That figure would not include application fees for the green card which were not disclosed. Hopefully this proposal is dismissed by Congress as an affront to realistic comprehensive immigration reform. The proposal is truly a disappointment.

Alan Lee, Esq.

Dear Editor:
It is reported that an immigration plan being circulated by the White House on Capitol Hill includes a creation of "temporary workers" also. It is a long awaited plan. Hundreds of thousands of foreign people are working as temporary workers in Gulf and Arabian countries, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan these days. After the period of their contract of work is over, these temporary workers must go back to their respective countries. Furthermore, their status will never be adjusted to permanent resident. Mostly the foreign workers in these countries are doing the jobs people of their host country are not doing. If the White House is actually advocating for this kind of temporary workers program, there will not be any obstructions to invite foreign skilled and unskilled workers needed for our agriculture, industry, etc., to work in our country under this plan. Congress will also surely pass this kind of temporary workers legislation.

S. Salike

Dear Editor:
Responding to the article by Bill Dahl, "Hispanimation"(04/02/07 ID Article), I guess that is the difference between being legal, or illegal. I have a big house, and enough food for my family, even movie tickets. All earned. First by hard work and studies, then by waiting for for the right opportunity and job to legally enter the USA, and limiting the size of my family to no more than I can comfortably afford. I now pay taxes, have health insurance, pay for school tuition with many donations, and never look over my shoulder for fear of being caught. Sad thing is, the wait for labor cert. and greencards has been a very long one, I have on many occassions thought I would be better off had I sneaked accross the border. Where is the logic in that? Illegals, Stop whinning. Being here illegally is a choice made before you packed up your bags, and all choices have consequences.

Linda Cogill

Dear Editor:
I just read the article REAL ID Consequences (04/02/07 ID comment). It is very scary.


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