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Immigration Daily November 20, 2008
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Immigration Poll

The San Antonio Express-News reports "Europeans and Americans are equally concerned about the impact that immigrants have on their societies, a new survey released Tuesday found." For the full story, see here.

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PERM Practice Tips

ILW.COM is pleased to announce a new 3-part telephone seminar series "PERM Practice Tips" (Joel Stewart, Robert Banta, Gary Endelman, Cyrus Mehta, Lawrence H. Rudnick and Other Speakers To Be Announced). The curriculum is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on November 26: Key Terms & Concepts Under the PERM Regulation

  • Powers and Duties of Agent or Attorney
  • Area of Intended Employment
  • Types of Employement entities
  • Full-Time Employment
  • Job Opportunity
  • Professional and Non-Professional Occupations
  • Tax Exempt Entity
  • All About O*Net
  • Specific Vocational Preparation Update
  • United States Worker
  • Role of State Workforce Agency
SECOND Phone Session on December 18: With or Without Perm: Preparing Applications for 1st or 2nd Preference
  • Comparison of Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate or Beyond
  • What Does "Or Equivalency Mean" ?
    1. Foreign Equivalencies
    2. Combinations of Experience and Education
    3. Current View of DHS
    4. What is Training?
  • 2nd Preference National Interest Waivers
  • 2nd Preference Exceptional Ability Petitiones
  • A Close Look at Schedule A
  • Tips on 1st Preference Alternatives:
    1. persons of extraordinary ability,
    2. outstanding professors and researchers, and
    3. multinational executives and managers
THIRD Phone Session on January 8: PERM Practice Problems
  • Attorney Representation in PERM Applications
  • Dangers in Attestations
  • Review of Notice Requirements
  • Preparing and Retaining Record Files
  • Substitution of Employers
  • On-Line Registration of Employers
  • Business Necessity for Job Level Four
  • Gaining Experience on the Job
  • Alien Influence and Control
  • Post Denial Options: Reconsideration or Appeal to BALCA
The deadline to sign up is Tuesday November 24th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: (Fax version:


Perspective - Natural, Not National, Rights
Sheldon Richman for the Foundation For Economic Education writes "Somewhere in my reading about immigration I encountered the deceptively simple point that its not immigration we should be talking about but migration."

Bloggings On Immigration Law And Policy
Greg Siskind shares the latest entries as of November 12, 2008 on his immigration law and policy blog.

To submit an Article for consideration, write to


DOS Says Record High Student Visas Issued
The Department of State announced that in fiscal year 2008, a record high of 710,631 F, J, and M student and exchange visitor visas were issued.

USCIS Fact Sheet On Hague Adoptions
USCIS released a fact sheet reminding prospective adoptive parents to submit complete application and petition packages for international adoptions under the Hague Adoption Convention to ensure timely processing.


Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Sherman Oaks, CA - The Law Offices of Jessica Dominguez has an immediate opportunity for an immigration attorney to work on a wide range of cases in a diverse, full-service immigration law practice. Attorney must be bilingual in English and Spanish. Attorney will represent clients before immigration officers and in immigration courts including employment-based IV, NIV, family-based IV, and naturalization. Excellent legal research/writing and outstanding communication skills needed. Ideal candidate has 2-4 years of experience - exceptional, motivated candidates with less experience also encouraged to apply. Right candidate shows initiative and works independently. Great office environment and wonderful clients. We are pleased to offer an alternative work-plan schedule that allows its employees to take one Friday off every 8 weeks. Send cover letter, resume, + writing sample to Jessica Dominguez: Replies will be treated in strictest confidence and references will not be contacted without prior approval.

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:

EB-5 Business For Sale
US EB-5 opportunity - Lumber manufacturing, Barnes Manufacturing Co., Kenbridge, VA, Lunenburg County. $2.7 million USD. No debt or inventory included. To view pictures and an appraisal report, see here. To discuss further, contact Thomas Barnes at: or call 434-955-0595 (after 10 am EST). All inquiries will be kept confidential.


Mass. Wants Immigration Detainees Freed
The head of Massachusetts' social services on Monday called for the release of about 20 factory workers arrested in an immigration raid, saying many have children with no one else to care for them.

Shortage Of Court Interpreters Worsening In U.S.
An existing shortage of certified court interpreters is worsening, court officials say, as law enforcement agencies step up actions against illegal immigrants.

Latinos May Push Obama On Immigration
After months on the sidelines, Hispanics who voted for Barack Obama in record numbers may put immigration reform back on the agenda once he becomes U.S. president in January.

Bills Targeting Illegal Immigration Likely To Fuel Clashes In Legislature
For starters, on Monday Rep. Leo Berman, R-Tyler, introduced a series of bills aimed at putting the brakes on illegal immigration in Texas, including one that would make English the official language in the state.


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.

New Offices - Washington, DC
Please be advised that the Capitol Immigration Law Group LLC has moved and our new address is as follows: Capitol Immigration Law Group, 1725 I Street NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20006. Toll-free phone: 888-878-4721.


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:
Anyone who is going to drive in this country should be able to apply for, and receive, a driver's license, regardless of immigration status (11/19/08 ID comment). Denying people licenses will not stop people from driving or from being in the U.S. "illegally." All it will do is put a bunch of untested, uninsured drivers on the road. This does nothing to enhance US security or the well-being of people legally here. By issuing driver's licenses to all qualified drivers, the government obtains at a minimum the person's name, date of birth, picture and address. This only adds to national security. By doing everything it can to ensure that all drivers are tested and insured, the state adds to public safety. Denying driver's licenses to so-called "illegals" is tantamount to cutting off one's nose to spite one's face. It serves no constructive purpose whatsoever.

Donna C. Becker, Esq.

Dear Editor:
It is time to admit that it is a disgrace, and a wasted law enforcement opportunity to deny driver's licenses to unlawfully present aliens (11/19/08 ID comment). My cousin was a victim of the 9/11 attacks as a passenger of one of the airplanes which crashed into the World Trade Center Towers on the fateful day. If the states and the federal government would issue a driver's lisence who would otherwise qualify, the list of drivers could be compared with the lists of known or suspected terrorists. Imagine that we might catch an undocumented terrorist or two in our presence. Also, some victims of accidents might be able to recover for their property damages and property damage because the undocumented in our midst would find it easier to get liability insurance. Wake up, America. An easy, relatively inexpensive source of law enforcement leads which can be used to catch real terrorists is right in front of our noses and you are not letting the Government do anything about it. I am disgusted with the lack of common sense in our nations handling of terrorism issues.

Peter Hill, Esq.

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