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Immigration Daily November 5, 2007
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What Part Of Illegal Don't You Understand

A New York Times op-ed says "Good thing I am not an illegal immigrant. There is no way out of that trap. It's the crime you can't make amends for." For the full opinion, see here.

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


Current Nurse Immigration Issues (In Cooperation With CGFNS)

ILW.COM is pleased to announce a new 3-part telephone seminar on current nurse immigration issues in cooperation with CGFNS. Speakers include Donna Richardson (discussion leader), Maryann Alexander, Virgina Alinsao, Sylvia Boecker, Sherry Neal (more speakers will be added). The curriculum is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on November 15: Hot Topics

  • Ability to pay
  • AC21 impact due to late receipting by USCIS on I-485 applications
  • Prevailing wage when there are multiple locations
  • Permanent nature of the job
  • Thriving during retrogression
  • NCLEX testing overseas
  • Abandoned I-140 petitions when employer goes out of business
SECOND Phone Session on December 13: Nurse Retention, Recruitment, Culture
  • How the shortage of healthcare professionals is affecting recruitment
  • Working with contract/independent recruiters - Criteria used to choose an independent recruiter, Individual healthcare facility's involvement in the recruitment process
  • How do healthcare professionals adapt to the new environment - Interactions with colleagues, patients, and the community, Common challenges seen: language, customs and working within a different healthcare system
  • Has the pace of international recruiting increased, decreased or remained the same?
THIRD Phone Session on January 10: State Licensure
  • Variations of state licensure of internationally-educated registered nurses
  • Obtaining social security numbers
  • Canadian nurse licensed by endorsement without NCLEX-RN
  • License by endorsement state-to-state
  • Expiration of the VisaScreen certificate before the nurse immigrates. The VisaScreen certificate must be used within 5 years of issuance. What happens if it expires?
The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, November 13th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: . (Fax version:


Variable Impacts: State-Level Analysis Of The Slowdown In The Growth Of Remittances To Mexico
Aaron Matteo Terrazas for the Migration Information Source writes "Migrants' remittances are widely recognized as among the most stable sources of external finance for developing countries."

Naming Conventions (Immigration)
Wikipedia writes "This is a proposed guideline for the use of the terms "undocumented immigrant," "illegal immigrant," and "illegal alien" on Wikipedia."


DOS Final Rule On Exchange Visitor Program Sanctions
The Department of State published notice in the Federal Register of a final rule, effective 30 days from November 2, 2007, amending its regulations to add to and modify the existing actions for which the Department may sanction a sponsor.


Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
The Murthy Law Firm is pleased to announce that we are entering a phase of planned expansion. Seeking attorneys for increasing client volume and growth into new areas of practice, including: (1) junior attorneys with 2+ years business immigration law experience (should have intense business-immigration work with excellent academic credentials); (2) senior-level attorneys with 5+ years business immigration law experience. Senior-level applicants should have real-world experience, be up to date on recent changes in immigration laws and regulations, and should have ability and interest needed to supervise legal staff; (3) immigration attorney with litigation experience. Dynamic and fast-paced, with high standards regarding integrity, work ethic, and quality. Our attorneys work both as team members and team leaders. Successful candidates will join a dozen high-caliber colleagues, all supported by cutting-edge technology and top-notch legal and administrative staff in congenial atmosphere. Good writing and analytical skills required. Candidates with law firm or government experience considered. Forward resume + cover letter to with "Attorney for expansion plan 2007/08" in subject line. All communication treated in confidence. Salary + benefits commensurate with experience and abilities. EEO.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Reeves & Associates (R&A) seeks associate with immigration and federal litigation experience for its Pasadena office. R&A has been practicing immigration law exclusively for more than a quarter of a century and has 60+ employees including 16 attorneys in 4 offices. Ideal candidate should have 5+ years in immigration with federal immigration litigation experience. The job requires the ability to handle immigration appeals including mandamus, and declaratory relief in the US District Courts. The position also requires exceptional writing ability, case management skills and ability to supervise support staff. Excellent career opportunity for qualified candidate licensed to practice law in California. Competitive salary & excellent benefits package including fully paid medical, dental and vision plan, 401(k) with matching dollars, long term disability, CLE expenses, commissions, plus a yearly bonus offered, all in a friendly environment. All applications confidential. Please submit resume with cover letter + salary history to or fax to (626) 795-4999.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Rockville, MD - Seeking proactive, result-oriented immigration associate with 3+ years of attorney experience in immigration law including employment-based IV (including EB-1, EB-2, EB-3), and NIV (including E-1, E-2, H-1B, L-1A, L-1B, O-1, TN), family-based IV, naturalization, adjustment of status, consular processing, I-9 compliance/employer sanctions, and litigation. Work with a team of experienced immigration attorneys and professionals who are passionate about the practice of Immigration Law in a fast paced, collegial setting with all the resources of a large law firm. We offer an excellent salary/benefits package. Submit resume to: Ms. Maura Bowen at: or fax: (301) 230-2891.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
San Diego, CA - Larrabee / Mehlman / Albi / Coker LLP, a leading business immigration law firm has openings for senior associate attorneys and associate attorneys. Both positions require experience in labor certs, NIV categories (senior position requires experience in all NIV categories), AOS and consular processing as well as NIW, extraordinary ability, multi-national and researcher petitions in high volume, fast-paced immigration firm. Sr. Associate Attorney - must have 5+ yrs of business immigration experience with direct management of corporate clients' immigration legal needs. Experience should include managing support staff. Associate Attorney - must have 2 yrs. business immigration experience. Strong writing and verbal communication skills required for both positions. Excellent benefits. Salary commensurate with experience. Great place to work and enjoy your chosen career. CA bar membership a plus. Send resume with salary expectations to:

Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
New York City - Mount Sinai Medical Center seeks senior immigration specialist. Manage case files, prepare and process non-immigrant, employment-based immigrant petitions, and processing permanent residence applications. You will use Immigration Tracker software and have knowledge of the breadth of immigration procedures. Good writing and analytical skills required. Requires positive attitude + effective communication skills. Applicants must have strong work ethic and demonstrate initiative, as well willingness to work as team-player. Fast paced office with high case volume. Excellent opportunity to learn all areas of immigration law for a dedicated professional. College degree and 3+ years immigration experience required. No lawyers please. For complete details and to apply online, visit The Mount Sinai Careers website (Requisition # 07-47803).

Immigration Law Certificate
Master the complex and ever changing maze of immigration policies and regulations with the Immigration Law Studies Certificate Program offered by CUNY's School of Professional Studies. This graduate-level certificate program, consisting of (3) three-credit classes, offers students who complete it a comprehensive understanding of the laws, regulations, and processes surrounding the status of immigrants in the US, including family and employment-based immigration and deportation defense. It is designed for individuals working in law firms, companies, government agencies and nonprofit organizations where they interact with immigrants and immigrant legal concerns on a regular basis and would therefore benefit from greater knowledge of the laws and regulations surrounding immigration. Beginning this spring, the program is also being offered online. For more information on class schedules, tuition and fees, course applications and to register, see here.

Immigration Consulting Services
Angelo Paparelli, a nationally-renowned expert with an outstanding breadth of immigration law knowledge and expertise, is available to provide immigration- related consulting services to corporate executives, general counsel, HR departments, foundations, attorneys and law firms in private practice. He consults on employment-based immigration, job portability, remedies for status violations, mergers and acquisitions, immigration-related corporate policies, crisis communication, government investigations, employer sanctions, legislative advocacy, waivers of ineligibility and litigation. Offices in CA & NY. Services: worldwide. To discuss how he can consult on your case, contact Angelo Paparelli at 949-955-5555 or


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Immigration Event - Chicago, IL
Chicago, IL - Workplace Enforcement & Immigration, November 14, 2007, Northwestern University School of Law. The Federal Bar Association and the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education are pleased to sponsor this event which will provide practical guidance on issues arising from DHS enforcement measures. Keep abreast of the most pressing issues and initiatives undertaken by the government and the best practices associated with them. For details, including how to register, see here. Additional questions can be directed to program chair Peggy McCormick: or (tel) 312-267-4610. ILW.COM is pleased to be an event media sponsor.


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:
Robert Yang's letter (11/02/07 ID) reminds me of the racial profiling of African-American drivers that led to the saying that the police were arresting people for the "crime" of DWB, "Driving While Black". The irrational hysteria against New York Governor Spitzer's sensible and humane proposal to give driver's licenses to illegal immigrants shows that the "crime" is now also DWL, "Driving While Latino". Despite the attempts of anti-immigrant groups to stir up animosity between these two minority groups, both of which have suffered from white supremacist racism for so long, they still have much in common in fighting against discrimination, as US citizen members of both groups found in 2000 and 2004, and will without any doubt find again in 2008, when they try to vote.

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
An unpublished decision of the BIA, Matter of Chen, A79 717 355 (BIA 10/9/07) discusses timeliness of appeal and discrepancies in a Stokes interview. The decision is interesting in reminding appellants that the 30 days for appeal of a USCIS decision begins with the postmark date of the envelope if the decision is mailed, and that the citing of many alleged discrepancies in a Stokes interview is not fatal where there are good solid reasons rebutting the "discrepancies". On the merits of the appeal, the Board pointed out the reasons for which it found the petitioner's explanations reasonable including the transcript supporting the consistency of the couple's answers in the discussion of the bank balance, and the reason for which the beneficiary and the husband's children had not met. It stated that other discrepancies concerned relatively minor areas of disagreement or apparently related to Chinese cultural differences and still others pertained to information that the other marital partner would not necessarily know. The Board accepted the petitioner's explanation that the beneficiary did not know the name of the husband's father who was living in China because she referred to him only by the traditional honorific "Father" and that she simply did not know the date the husband's mother passed away because he had not told her. The Board further rebuked the District Director's lack of discussion about the areas in which the parties gave consistent answers and lack of detailed analysis of the joint financial documents submitted by the petitioner. The Board remanded the matter to the District Director to allow for both the petitioner and DHS to present elevant evidence, and for the District Director to issue a new decision fully addressing the new evidence as well as the interview areas in which the parties gave consistent answers.

Alan Lee, Esq.

Dear Editor:
US president wannabees are facing though questions and constituents. In one extreme they must satisfy the nativist citizens and at the other side they must satisfy the Hispanic as growing bloc of minority voters. Flip flopping is common and I completely understand of how difficult it is to make everybody happy at the same time. It's hard to tell the voters that they can't rely on US Presidents, Representatives and Senators to create protectionist policies on immigration and trade to shield them from global competition and to enable them to take anything for granted just being Americans. Everybody is this planet is subject to the competition locally, regionally and globally. The only promise President candidates can offer to the American public is that we won't go on costly wars anymore that create global disasters and won't benefit us at all and we will invest Americans' tax dollar into top notch education, health care and infrastructures. Americans should be the best educated and skilled people on Earth that earn decent income and living by merits not just by their citizenship. The candidates must be honest about the cost of protectionist policies on trade and immigration, rising prices on the retail stores. Protectionism cost jobs and will for many businesses to outsource to automated systems or to cheaper overseas labor.

Robert Yang

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