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Immigration Daily June 29, 2007
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The Bigots Win

Cloture failed overwhelmingly today (46/53). Anti-immigrationists achieved great success in having their voice heard by the media, Congress, and the American public. Sadly, proponents of legalization could not equal them. Thankfully, today's news has a silver lining. Standalone immigration benefits of any kind were stalled for the past two years pending the disposition of the CIR initiative. Now that CIR is not in the cards, standalone benefits are back on the table. Immigration Daily expects a number of immigration benefits provisions to move forward, probably including AgJOBS and DREAM which both received overwhelming support in the Senate earlier this decade (it is likely that a Democratic House will back these two bills). Stay tuned.

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The Authoritative PERM Resource

THE PERM BOOK has over 900 Pages of information. Every purchaser of THE PERM BOOK receives the most up-to-date PERM book in print because included with THE PERM BOOK purchase, are all the published issues of PQ: The PERM Quarterly (currently, this means the first and second issues). For more info on THE PERM BOOK, and to order, please see here. For the fax version, see here.


Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers
Paula N. Singer, Esq. writes "To comply with U.S. income tax filing requirements, an individual must have a U.S. taxpayer identification number (TIN)."


ETA Modifies Procedures For Processing H-2B Temporary Labor Certs
The Employment and Training Administration issued Training and Employment Guidance Letter, no. 21-06, change 1, modifying certain procedures to process H-2B labor certification applications.

USCIS Announces Temporary Suspension I-140 Premium Processing
USCIS announced the temporary suspension of premium processing service for Form I-140, immigrant petition for alien worker, in accordance with 8 CFR 103.2(f)(2), lasting for 30 days beginning on July 2, 2007 and ending on August 1, 2007.

USCIS Says CSC Experiencing System Delays
USCIS announced that the California Service Center (CSC) is experiencing systems problems that are causing delays in the printing of certain notices.


Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Charlotte, NC - Moore & Van Allen PLLC, a large business immigration practice seeks experienced immigration paralegal. Four-year degree is required. Candidate must be well-organized; have strong writing, communication and computer skills with strong attention to detail; and have the ability to work independently on multiple tasks. Prior employment-based immigration experience in a practice is preferred. Candidate should also have experience working with Fortune 500 clientele and international executives. Salary is negotiable and commensurate with experience with an attractive benefits package. Relocation assistance may be offered to the right candidate. Interested candidates, send resume to

Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
Charlotte, NC - Moore & Van Allen PLLC, a large southeastern law firm seeks legal assistant. This full-time position requires an organized self-starter who is able to prioritize assignments while supporting several attorneys and paralegals. Prior experience as a legal secretary and an interest in internationally related immigration activities as well as a 4-year degree preferred. Must have excellent MS Office and typing skills. Send resume for consideration to:

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
NYC mid-town law firm seeks paralegal with immigration experience preparing I-485 applications. This is a temp position. Send resume to: Melanie Smith, Employment Manager,, fax 716-819-4669.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Boston, MA - Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C., has immediate opening for an experienced immigration paralegal for a very busy immigration practice. Experience in business immigration law, including preparation of H-1B visa petitions and labor certification cases required. Responsibilities include preparation and filing of business and employment-related immigration documentation and communications with government agencies and clients. Qualified candidates must have excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, accuracy, consistency and job ownership. Must possess excellent written and oral communication skills. A bachelor's degree and minimum 3+ years experience required. Qualified candidates, please send cover letter + resume to EOE.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Boston, MA - Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C., a large international law firm with more than 450 attorneys in eight offices, seeks an immigration associate for the Boston office. Ideal candidate will have at least 4-5 years of business immigration experience. Candidates should have a background in the following: PERM Applications, H1B, O1, J1, E, and I-9's. Experience dealing with immigration consequences of merger and acquisition activity is strongly preferred. Interested candidates should submit a resume Catherine L. Murphy, Lateral Associate Recruiting Manager by mail: Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C., One Financial Center, Boston, MA 02111 or email:

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Cutting-edge law firm seeks paralegal with 3+ years of substantial experience in the US employment-based immigration processes, including drafting and preparing labor certifications, H1B, E and L visas. Experience with family based, naturalization and mandamus a plus. Fluency in a foreign language preferred. Excellent salary and benefits. For immediate consideration, send resume and cover letter to: Debra Villegas at or fax at (954) 527-8663.

Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
The NYC Human Resources Administration (HRA) seeks a dynamic and dedicated leader for its next Executive Director for the Office of Refugee and Immigrant Affairs (ORIA). Oversee, evaluate, and manage practices and new initiatives regarding refugees and immigrants and limited English-speaking individuals; consult with and train program areas in aspects of determining eligibility of applicants for public benefits; provide community education to external organizations; collaborate with other gov't agencies regarding immigrant issues; represent HRA at immigration-related and language access meetings. Guide HRA's interpretation and translation activities and determine scope for contracted language services; oversee the procurement process; monitor contracts; and supervise subordinate staff. Requirements: 4-year degree from an accredited college + 4 years of professional experience, including 18 mos. of executive, managerial, administrative or supervisory experience. Preference will be given to candidates with a law or master's degree in related field. NYC residency required within 90 days of employment. Salary Range: $56,158 - 119,833. Comprehensive benefits package offered. Send resume to: Donald Shire at or 180 Water Street, 4th Floor, NY, NY 10038. EOE.

Expert Witness Services
Are you involved in litigation requiring an expert witness with a sophisticated knowledge of immigration law and agency practice? Look no further. Angelo Paparelli and Lory Rosenberg offer their services as expert witnesses. Their litigation experience includes business, tax, employment, personal injury and family disputes as well as criminal-defense. Angelo has twice been named by his peers as the world's leading authority on corporate immigration and received the AILA President's Award for his work in mergers and acquisitions. Lory is a former Judge on the Board of Immigration Appeals, adjunct professor, co-author of the treatise, "Immigration Law and Crimes", and the recipient of AILA's prestigious Edith Lowenstein award. Offices in CA, NY & MD; Services: worldwide. To discuss how we can assist you with your case, contact Angelo Paparelli at 949-955-5555 or

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Immigration Event - Raleigh, NC
Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) present "Immigration law and the Impact of Crimes" . July 11-12 2007. This two-day training program will review crime-based inadmissibility and deportability issues, waivers and remedies, and practice pointers for representing an immigrant with a conviction or a pending criminal charge. Proving good moral character for naturalization and other applications will be discussed. 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:
S. Salike's letter claims (06/28/2007 ID), "Congress created H-1A and H-1C visas that allowed hundreds of thousand of foreign nurses to enter the US to work." Hundreds of thousands? I question that statistic. The H-1A program was only around for a short while and was discontinued so long ago I can't even remember when it was discontinued. Suffice to say, it was many, many years ago, back when I was young and had no gray hair. And according to the US Department of Labor, only 14 hospitals in the US qualify for H-1C visa issuance. The H-1C program is totally ineffective and there have been very few nurses brought into the United States in this ill-conceived visa category. S. Salike's letter also claims that, "In addition, the appropriations bill was signed into law on May 11, 2005 by President Bush allowing 50,000 foreign nurses to come to the US to work." That statement is also incorrect. That appropriations bill allowed a total of 50,000 visas to be issued to the primary nurse applicant and their immigrating families, so unfortunately for the nursing shortage there were not 50,000 nurses, since many of the visas went to the nurses family members - spouses and children - and actually did little to ease the nursing shortage. Meanwhile, the permanent residence process through Schedule A has run into snags and has slowed down the importation of nurses. If American colleges and universities need to create more nurse slots, then that's what they should do, and should have done twenty years ago or more. This is not really an immigration problem - this is an education problem, as it is with scientists, engineers and high tech. So don't blame the foreign nurses or the law.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
Reference to S. Salike's letter to the Editor (06/28/07 ID). My wife is a USC and a Filipino. Filipinos are the second immigration group into the US, and they are legal. Filipinos whose spouses are Americans, go to the Philippines to take up nurshing because The Philippines has many good nursing schools and to your surprise the worlds Heart Association award for best heart surgeon was trained in the Philippines. Most Filipinos come to the US legally and get lower pay than Americans. My wife, had a college degree from the Philippines, but small companies, hiring all whites except one Filipino, one black perhaps, somewhat boycotted Filipinos. The Philippines is a poor country, but its president is committed to helping its people as opposed to the U.S. I moved with my five children to the Philippines because theres no job opportunities in the U.S. and college education is indeed a strugge for Americans. In the Philippines, the students families suffer much to send their daughters to nursing school and then they must work intern for no pay. Then they must go thru hoops to get into the US. I have five American children, and I see no future for them in the U.S. Your letter's point is summed up in the fact that the US doesn't care about its own populus. Americans are indeed becoming nothing more than peasants, surfs, but the majority of Americans have their heads in the sand like the Germans did in 1935 when millions of Jews were hauled off to concentration camps. Filipino's are genuine, good citizens, not waiving a foreign flag, and working hard in America to acculturate into the society.

David Utterback

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Publisher:  Sam Udani    Legal Editor:  Michele Kim                        ISSN:   1930-062X