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Immigration Daily October 2, 2008
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Vaccination Controversy

The Wall Street Journal reports "Even as the medical community debates the widespread use of Gardasil, a vaccine that helps prevent cervical cancer, the government has made it a mandatory treatment for young women [ages 11-26] seeking to immigrate to the U.S." For the full story, see here.

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


Consular Practice: A Comprehensive View

ILW.COM is pleased to announce a new 3-part telephone seminar series "Consular Practice: A Comprehensive View" (with Liam Schwartz, Bryan Funai, Rachel C. Graciano, Kehrela M. Hodkinson, Stephen Pattison, Michael S Rosenfeld, Lois Gimpel Shaukat and Other Speakers To Be Announced). The curriculum is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on October 16: E-1 and E-2 Visas: How to Avoid Being Intimidated by Obscure Terminology and Cumbersome Procedures and Maintain a Satisfying E Visa Practice

  • E Visa Terminology in Bite-Sized Easily-Digested Portions
  • E Visa Practice and Procedure
  • Building an E Visa Strategy: Tips for Human Resources Managers (and Attorneys Too!)
  • Company Relocation Policy and the E Visa
SECOND Phone Session on November 13: Learning from the Leaders: How In-house Immigration Counsel Approach the Visa Application Process
  • Identifying visa processing issues in advance
  • Tips for preparing an applicant for the visa interview
  • Crisis management: how to deal with visa delays (PIMS, SAOs, etc.) and denials
  • Blanket Ls and Es: special considerations
  • TCN Canada/Mexico vs. Home Country visa processing
THIRD Phone Session on December 4: My Client, Your Applicant: A Roundtable with Visa Consuls and Visa Attorneys
  • Challenges Faced by U.S. Visa Consuls in the Visa Application Process
  • Best Practices for Attorneys in the Visa Application Process
  • Tips for Problem Solving at Consular Posts
The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, October 14th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: . (Fax version:


New Interpretations On Section 245(k)
Cyrus D. Mehta writes "A Memo from Donald Neufeld, Acting Associate Director, USCIS, dated July 14, 2008, provides further clarification on the applicability of 245(k)."

Bloggings On Immigration Law And Policy
Greg Siskind shares the latest entries as of September 24, 2008 on his immigration law and policy blog.

Law Library Of Congress Global Legal Monitor: Immigration And Nationality Law - December 2007
Rubens Medina, Law Librarian of Congress tracks recent immigration-related legal developments around the world.

To submit an Article for consideration, write to


Presidential Determination On FY 2009 Refugee Admissions
President Bush authorized the admission of up to 80,000 refugees to the US during Fiscal Year 2009.

USCIS Announces 18 Month TPS Extension For El Salvador Nationals
USCIS announced that it will extend temporary protected status for nationals of El Salvador through Sep. 9, 2010.


Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Lincoln, NE- USCIS Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks experienced attorney as Service Center Counsel at Nebraska Service Center. This is a full-time position. Provide legal advice to NSC personnel on issues involving immigration related adjudications, inadmissibility and deportability grounds, and national security. Applicants must possess a JD degree, be an active member of the bar by entry on duty date. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: COU-CIS-2008-0011 at Submit a resume, cover letter + writing sample to: W. Douglas Craig, Chief of the Service Center Counsel Division at Must be received by close of business Friday, October 10, 2008. Position is at the GS-13-GS-15 levels, open until filled. No relocation reimbursement available.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Washington, DC - USCIS Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks experienced attorney for its Refugee and Asylum Law Division. This is a full-time position. Provide legal advice on domestic asylum law and practice, overseas refugee resettlement programs, temporary protected status, and CAT. Strong legal research and writing skills, and ability to complete assignments with short deadlines essential. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: COU-CIS-2008-0010 at Submit a resume (or Optional Application for Federal Employment, OF-612) + cover letter discussing related work experience to: Ron Whitney, Refugee and Asylum Law Division Chief at Must be received by close of business Friday, October 3, 2008. Position is at the GS-13-GS-15 levels, open until filled. No relocation reimbursement available.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Metropolitan Washington, D.C. law firm seeks associate with 3+ years of experience in employment and family-based immigration law. Excellent salary/benefits. This is a blind ad posting. Qualified candidates, send resume to:

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Downtown Washington, D.C. - Boutique immigration firm seeks senior business immigration paralegal. Small, friendly environment with no billable hours requirements. Bachelor's degree required and 5 + years of business immigration experience preferred. Must be proficient in preparation of PERM cases, H-1B, L-1, O-1 and E-1/E-2 visas, I-140 EB-1, EB-2 and EB-3 petitions, adjustment applications and consular processing. Bilingual English/Spanish preferred, but must have excellent English writing skills. Must be comfortable with extensive client contact and have the ability to multitask effectively. Compensation commensurate with experience and skill level. Please send resume with cover letter and salary requirements to: No calls please.

EB-5 Investor Program
There is no need to wait for the Regional Center program to be extended before it sunsets on September 30, 2008. This is a 300 acre project in Southern California near San Juan Capistrano. The Project will create at least 300 new full-time jobs through the development of a resort hotel/spa & corporate retreat, an upscale equestrian centre with 1000 stalls, arena, training and boarding facilities and, along with a vineyard, an olive orchard, and 30 estate view lots. The developers and general partners have extensive experience in high profile developments. The Project qualifies under the EB-5 Investor Visa program for an immigrant investor in need of a permanent residence in the US "Green Card". The project is a Targeted Employment Area (TEA) requiring investments at the reduced $500,000 level. Visit for more information or contact a USA Global Development representative by e-mailing or calling (949) 296-3078 or complete contact us section of our website. Not an offer to purchase or sell securities. Only qualified investors can offer to subscribe after reviewing the full program and submitting a signed subscription agreement for consideration.

PERM Services
At Jon Byk Advertising, Inc., we provide a wide range of services that will help fulfill your PERM recruitment requirements quickly, cost-effectively, and efficiently. With 15+ years of experience working with one of the nation's largest immigration law firms, our customer service is unparalleled. We understand the importance of meeting DOL requirements with regards to ad content, media selection, ad documentation (tear-sheets), and deadlines. We will locate publications that meet DOL and EDD requirements by geographic region, provide upfront pricing, and timely deliver original tear-sheets for all ads (print, online or broadcast). Our experience in recruitment solutions means valuable time saved for you. For more info and a free quote, contact Mya Le at 310-476-3012 or


Group Seeking Immigration Curbs Launches Web Ads
But to make sure it's not forgotten, the immigration-restrictionist group NumbersUSA is launching a $1 million Web-based ad campaign targeting voters worried more about population growth and competition for resources than illegal border crossers.

Sri Lankan Man Wins Seven-Year Battle For Asylum
Seven years after his arrival, Nadarajah's ordeal is finally coming to an end.

Minuteman Media: Immigration Anger Often Due To Slow Paperwork
Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., introduced legislation allowing unused family and worker visas from previous years to be made available for current use, a day after a heated debate over a similar bill in a House Judiciary subcommittee.

Border Patrol Expands Transportation Checks
Border Patrol agents are stepping up surprise inspections on domestic trains, buses and ferries, nabbing illegal immigrants far from the border.


Readers can share their professional announcements (100-words or fewer at no charge), email: Readers interested in learning about featuring your event or conference in Immigration Daily, see here. To feature your newsletter in Immigration Daily, see here.

Immigration Event - Orlando, FL
Oct 24-25, 2008 - With the EB-5 program scheduled to sunset at the end of the month, what options do you have for your wealthy clients seeking residency? The EB-5 Investor seminar will discuss available options for your clients + latest developments from Washington and across the country. Regional Center principals, IIUSA and AILA experts will be on hand to discuss the program. 15 CLE credits approved. Reserve your seat for this not-to be missed event. 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:
I have searched ILW.COM for any news about the decision of Attorney General Mukasey certifying for his review of three unpublished Board decisions dealing with ineffective assistance of counsel claims, Matter of Compean, Matter of Bengaly and Matter of J-E-C-N. Have you published this news and I am not seeing it or am I right that ILW.COM did not mention this important topic to its readership?

Mary L. Sfasciotti, Esq.
Chicago, IL

Editor's note: Thank you for bringing this to the attention of our readers. We welcome readers to share immigration-related cases with us.

Dear Editor:
I saw your article / comment entitled "Election Bullseye" (09/29/08 ID comment), which states that the EB-5 program was extended in the continuing resolution, however, having read the text of the bill and searching 357 pages, I cannot find confirming evidence. Please advise which page you are seeing the EB-5 information on.

Hans Thomas

Editor's note: Sec. 144 of H.R. 2638 extended the EB-5 regional investor pilot program.

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