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Immigration Daily October 21, 2008
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Bracero Justice

The Los Angeles Times reports "More than six decades later and after a lengthy court battle, thousands of the bracero guest workers may finally get a chance to collect their full pay." For the full story, see here.

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Deadline Is Wed, Oct 22 For EB-5 Immigrant Investors: Here And Now

ILW.COM is pleased to announce a new 3-part telephone seminar series "EB-5 Immigrant Investors: Here And Now" (with Lincoln Stone, Edward Carroll, Kevin Cummings (USCIS), Robert Divine, Carolyn Lee, Joseph Whalen (USCIS) and Other Speakers To Be Announced). The curriculum is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on October 23: Essentials for Developing Expertise in EB5

  • Tackling recurring problem issues with EB5 petitions
  • Planning for the petition to remove the conditions
  • Professional responsibility
SECOND Phone Session on November 20: USCIS Administration of the EB5 Program
  • Recent developments at USCIS with the EB5 program
  • Hot issues at USCIS in EB5 adjudications
  • Expedites and other processing pointers in EB5 adjudications
THIRD Phone Session on December 11: EB5 Practice with Regional Centers
  • Overview of EB5 regional center law
  • Identifying problem issues with regional centers
  • Practice pointers
The deadline to sign up is Wednesday, October 22nd. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: . (Fax version:


When Laws Become Contemptible
Garry Reed writes "According to news reports, immigration advocates are advising illegals that their best bet against deportation is to clam up and say nothing when the cops come calling."

Update From The National Visa Center
Kristina Karpinski provides a summary of a visit to the National Visa Center in Portsmouth, NH.

Bloggings on PERM Labor Certification
Joel Stewart shares the latest entries as of October 13, 2008 on his PERM Labor Certification blog.

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DOS Publishes Final Rule On Uncertified Foreign Health Care Workers
The Department of State published a final rule, effective October 20, 2008, stating that certain foreign health care workers now need to present certificates establishing competency in a specific health care field.

EOIR Adds 12 New Legal Orientation Program Sites
The Executive Office for Immigration Review announced that 12 new Legal Orientation Program sites will become operational by December.


Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
New York, NY - Klasko, Rulon, Stock & Seltzer, LLP, a nationally-known immigration law firm, seeks experienced immigration paralegal. This position will handle employment-based immigration matters for universities, hospitals, research organizations and corporations. Our firm provides paralegals with a collegial atmosphere with high professional standards. Excellent academic credentials at a minimum of a Bachelor's degree level; strong verbal, written and organizational skills; and computer literacy required for this position. Successful paralegal candidates should have 3+ years of employment-based immigration experience. Fax resume and salary history/requirements to (215)-825-8699 or E-mail:

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
El Paso, TX - USCIS Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks experienced attorney for the position of Associate Regional Counsel. Responsibilities include providing on-site legal advice to the local District Office USCIS personnel on issues involving immigration related adjudications, inadmissibility and deportability grounds, and national security, and providing litigation support to U.S. Attorneys' Offices on cases arising from local District adjudications. Applicants must possess a JD degree, be an active member of the bar (any jusrisdiction) and have 2+ years of post JD experience. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: COU-CIS-2008-0012 at Submit a resume, cover letter + writing sample to: Must be received by close of business Friday, October 24, 2008. Position is at the GS-13-GS-15 levels, open until filled. No relocation reimbursement available.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Atlanta, Georgia (Midtown/Buckhead) - Boutique international corporate firm seeks experienced (5-10 years) attorney to maintain the firm's immigration practice. This of counsel position will primarily focus on investment and employment based visas for the firm's corporate clients, as well as some LPR and naturalization. Must have sustainable book of business, be willing to promote firm's practice, and familiarity with dual citizenship and expatriation. Please send CV to:

J-1 Visa Program
Discover the ease and flexibility of the J-1 Trainee visa with AIESEC United States. For 50 years, AIESEC U.S. has offered foreign nationals the opportunity to grow both personally and professionally by sponsoring exchange visitor traineeships. Enjoy unparalleled customer service, including in-depth guidance on J-1 Trainee visa regulations and the changes effective July 2007. We also offer logistical and cultural reception services in locations nationwide. Expect a 24-48 hr. application processing time. The J-1 Trainee visa can be used for individuals to participate in training programs in the following fields: information media and communications, education, social sciences, library science, counseling and social services, management, business, commerce and finance, the sciences, engineering, architecture, mathematics and industrial occupations, public administration, and law. Attorneys interested in learning more about AIESEC United States and the J-1 Trainee visa, please email Melany Hamner:

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.

Credential Evaluation And Translation
As the nation's leader in foreign credential evaluations and translations, American Evaluation and Translation Service, Inc. (AETS) provides the most competitive rates in the industry $50 educational evaluations, as well as $200 'expert opinion' work experience and position evaluations completed by PhD university professors who have the "authority to grant college level credit for work experience and/or training." AETS offers a variety of turn-around times, including same-day service for educational, work experience, and position evaluations. For list of rates and times, see: AETS also provides certified translations in 100+ languages, with translators that are specialists in 80+ fields. For a copy of the Application for Credential Evaluation and Translation Services, please contact AETS at (786) 276-8190, visit, or email:


Immigration Agencies Moving From Iconic Miami Headquarters
The cottage industry orbiting the immigration building at Biscayne Boulevard and 79th Street is moving on as federal agencies move to new digs.

Candidates Agree On Reforming Immigration
Indeed, immigration reform may be the singular issue of the 2008 presidential campaign in which Obama and McCain agree the most.

On Immigration, Rivals Share Moderate Stances
Anyone who favors mass deportation of illegal immigrants will have a hard time finding a major presidential candidate to support this fall.

Muslims Fighting Citizenship Delays May Have Ray Of Hope
But there finally may be light at the end of the tunnel for longtime legal permanent residents waiting for citizenship.


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New Offices - Chagrin Falls, OH
Please be advised that Karen K. Meade & Associates has moved and our new address is as follows: Karen K. Meade, Attorney, 10 Center Street #4, Chagrin Falls, OH 44022. 216-696-3327 (Vonage), 440-247-8442 (Chagrin Falls, Ohio).


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:
Re. USCIS' press release on its "better, not harder" new naturalization test (10/20/08 ID). Too bad USCIS could not claim "more accurate." Assuming that no one has to opt for the new test before January 21, 2008 - based on CIS' interview lag time, CIS' answers to 6% of the test questions are completely or partially wrong. (4% of the questions for senior applicants.) For example, in q. 78 only 2 of the 5 conflicts lists are correct answers according to the U.S. Constitution; q. 53's first "correct" answer claims the U.S. does not condone dual nationality; 80% of q. 55's choices could be exercised by Iran's President, not just an American; 100% of q.'s 28 and 29 answers are wrong; q. 100 claims we have "national" holidays rather than "federal" ones. At least Darth Vader was not offered as a correct choice for q. 29.

Paul Good, Esq.

Dear Editor:
Immigration Daily is a great source of information, I will appreciate if you can add some information about 'Administrative Processing' which is like a black hole for people who wish to visit US. Presently hundreds of thousands of visa applicants are facing frustration and uncertainty as their passports are stuck in the consulates for months (in my case more than 4 months) with out any information what is going on and how much more time it will take. ID's advice or guidance may not accelerate the process but may reduce the frustration of many people.


Dear Editor:
Romania allowed us to put base(s) there when we began the Iraq debacle. The American embassy in Bucharest refuses visas for no valid reason and then uses the excuse that they can't be part of the visa waiver program because they have one of the highest rate of refusal. They told "new grandmothers" they couldn't go as they knew they wouldnt return (even with husbands and other kids still in Romania) and they would steal babysitting jobs from Americans. They told one women who wanted to visit her daughter that she shouldn't reapply til her marital status changed. She is a widow. Is she supposed to go out and find a new husband or bring back to life the one who died. This woman owns property in Romania, has a good job and is the sole caretaker of her elderly mother. She brought all this information to her interview. It wasnt even looked at. She has applied 5 times. They just looked at a computer and told her "denied" Another couple had to wait til their daughter became a citizen. They were told that since all their kids were either in the U.S. Or Canada they knew they wouldnt come back so now they have green cards and are forced to live in the U.S. Six months a year so they won't lose them and all they want is to visit a month or so a year or every other year but can't get a B visa. These are just a few stories. How pathetic is this?

Marcia S. Kupferberg

Dear Editor:
Why do we want more immigrants, we don't have jobs here for US citizens and you want to send more illigals here to take the jobs we don't have. No more immigrants.

Sharon McElroy

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