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Immigration Daily December 16, 2008
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Caveat Emptor

The Washington Post reports "The leader of a group that claims to be an American Indian tribe was sentenced Friday to five years in prison in an immigration fraud case that ensnared about 12,000 people who believed tribal membership gave them U.S. citizenship (for the full story, see here.)

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Latest In Adjustment Of Status

ILW.COM is pleased to announce a new 3-part telephone seminar series "Latest In Adjustment Of Status" with discussion leader Christina LaBrie and featuring distinguished practitioners as speakers - Nadeen Aljijakli, Daniel Horne, Barbara Wong, and Other Speakers To Be Announced. The curriculum is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on December 22: I-485 RFEs and Adjudication - Hot Topics

  • Medical exams
  • Maintenance of status - why the G-325A is so important
  • Bona fide marriage for employment-based applicants
  • AC21 portability
  • Proving lawful entry
  • NSEERS issues
  • Renewing I-485s in immigration court
SECOND Phone Session on January 15: Adjustment of Status Interviews - Be Prepared!
  • Documents to bring
  • How to prepare your clients
  • How to prepare for employment-based AOS interviews
  • How to deal with a difficult officer
  • Protecting your clients' rights
  • Dealing with criminal issues
  • Special cases - VAWA, SIJ, HIV waivers
THIRD Phone Session on February 5: Lawful Permanent Residence - Rules and Responsibilities
  • Responsibilities and possible penalties
  • Reentry permits
  • Abandonment of LPR status
  • Tax issues
  • Responsibilities of I-864 sponsors
  • Special cases - Asylee/Refugee LPRs
  • Looking forward to naturalization
The deadline to sign up is Friday, December 19th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: shtm. Fax version: df.


Court Grants Important Interim Relief To Religious Workers
Patricia S. Mann writes "[T]his class action lawsuit had a rocky beginning, insofar as the Government quickly reacted to the initial complaint and motions for temporary restraining order and class certification by granting the I-360s of most of the named plaintiffs, thereby mooting out the class."

The New American Electorate: The Growing Political Power Of Immigrants And Their Children
Rob Paral And Associates For The Immigration Policy Center write "The ranks of registered voters who are New Americans, or Latino or Asian, have been growing rapidly this decade and are likely to play an increasingly pivotal role in elections at all levels in the years to come, particularly in battleground states like Florida, Colorado, Nevada, and New Mexico."

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Neufeld Memo On Taiwan As Country Of Former Nationality
USCIS Acting Associate Director, Domestic Operations Neufeld and USCIS Associate Director, Refugee, Asylum & International Operations Scialabba provided field guidance and the Adjudicator's Field Manual update on the use of Taiwan as the country of former nationality on Certificates of Naturalization or as country of birth on Certificates of Citizenship.

USCIS On I9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form
USCIS announced that it has submitted to the Federal Register an interim final rule that will streamline the Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) process. For the press release, see here. For the Q&A, see here.


Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Washington, DC- USCIS Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks experienced attorneys with 3+ years demonstrated experience in immigration law for the Adjudications Law Division (ALD). The attorneys will serve as advisors to the Chief of the ALD, the Chief Counsel, and to USCIS and other Departmental components on issues relating to U.S. immigration laws. Applicants must possess a JD degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have 3+ years of post-J.D. experience in immigration law. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: COU-CIS-2008-0013 at Submit a resume, cover letter + (2) writing samples to: Claudia Salem, Acting Chief, Adjudications Law Division at Please make sure to note in email subject header that you are applying for the Experienced Attorney Position, ALD, at USCIS. Must be received by 5pm, ET, Friday, December 19, 2008. Position is at the GS-13-GS-15 levels. This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive civil service. No relocation reimbursement available.

Case Management Technology
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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.


Settlement Opens Up Amnesty For Tens Of Thousands Of Immigrants
That rule, however, created a new problem: How to prove that the government knew about their violations?

Feds Do Right By Easing Rules On Temp Visas
The federal government is to be commended for making long-overdue changes to a visa program for seasonal workers that should streamline the process and allow American companies to get more of the labor they need.

Consider Conservative Policies
On significant matters of disagreement - such as health care and immigration - we urge Mr. Obama to at least consider more centrist-to-conservative arguments.

Minority GOP Still Holds Some Cards In Congress
In just a few weeks, Republicans will no longer control the White House and they'll count on even smaller numbers in both the House and Senate. But don't write them off just yet.


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New Partners - Washington, DC
Duane Morris LLP is pleased to announced that Andres Benach and Thomas Ragland have joined as partners in its immigration practice group in the firm's Washington, DC office. Benach and Ragland were formerly shareholders at immigration law boutique Maggio & Kattar, PC, where they served as the leaders of its immigration litigation practice.


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:
All I would like is for the URL be placed at the top of the e-mail so that I can click to the webpage right away and forget about the e-mail. Otherwise I need to navigate down to find the URL. This is a lot easier solution and changing settings.

Richard Kuslan, Esq.
New Haven, CT

Editor's Note: Thank you for your suggestion. We have sent your great idea to our tech guru to implement as part of our next upgrade scheduled in early 2009.

Dear Editor:
It is a hopeful time because we have to wait until Presient Elect gets in to know how he will deal with this inhumane situation of the immigrants and that of the employers. This nations has never been so harsh until now with the immigrants who has help where we are today.

Gladys C. Farris

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