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Immigration Daily April 9, 2009
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ICE Bites CBP Officer

The New York Times reports that James Slaughteran, an outraged US Customs K-9 officer at the San Luis land port in Arizona has filed a lawsuit in Federal District Court in Phoenix accusing the Department of Homeland Security of violating his Fourth Amendment rights after five armed ICE officers raided his home. "They bullied their way into my house - the same organization that I work for, doing 16-hour shifts, Mr. Slaughter said. "I bleed red, white and blue. I serve my country, and then they do this to me?" The lawsuit is seeking $500,000 from each of the five officers.

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Today Is Deadline For H-1B Post Filing Issues

Today is the deadline to sign up for the April 9th phone session of H-1B For Beginners with series speakers: Russell C. Ford, Loan T. Huynh, Cora D. Tekach and Roger Tsai (discussion leader Karen Weinstock). The curriculum is as follows:

  • How to responding to the dreaded RFE?

  • Obtaining H-1B Extensions

  • AC21 portability and current issues with transfers

  • Dealing with gaps in employment post-filing including lay-offs, downsizing, leaves of absence

  • When can my client travel abroad and still be able to come back to resume H-1B employment?

  • Planning the case from H-1B to Permanent Residency, and why you should

  • 7th year H-1B extensions vs. concurrent filing of I-140 and I-1485

  • How to deal with changes in the H-1B job, location, or corporate changes?
Don't wait to register. Wednesday, March 11th is the deadline! For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: Online: Fax form:


Living Under Silva-Trevino
Norton Tooby and Dan Kesselbrenner write "Using its own language, counsel can argue forcefully that its principles have equal application to both parties."

Opening The Floodgates: Why America Needs To Rethink Its Borders And Immigration Law
George Leef for the Foundation For Economic Education writes "For the most part, the strident voices of the anti-immigration crowd have drowned out and intimidated those who do not believe that illegal immigration is a threat to the nation."

Bloggings On Immigration Law And Policy
Greg Siskind writes "John McCain, upset that Hispanics didn't vote for him in large numbers, is telling immigration reform advocates not to expect him to take a lead in pushing for passage of a bill."

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USCIS Continues To Accept H-1B Petitions
USCIS announced it continues to accept H-1B nonimmigrant visa petitions subject to the fiscal year 2010 (FY 2010) cap.

USCIS FAQs On Citizenship Grant Program
USCIS published FAQs on the Fiscal Year 2009 Citizenship Grant Program which provides funding to support citizenship preparation programs for legal permanent residents (LPRs).

DOS Publishes Au Pair Final Rule
The Department of State published final rule permiting qualified au pairs to participate again in the au pair program after completing a period of at least two years of residency outside the United States. This final rule adopted without change the regulations contained in the interim final rule published on June 19, 2008.

ICE Issues SEVP Policy Guidance
ICE/SEVP issued policy guidance to DSOs of SEVP-certified schools with F-1 students who are eligible for or pursuing post-completion OPT.


Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
NYC - Established boutique law firm seeks experienced paralegal who desires to work from home, part-time. We specialize in O-1 and EB-1A in the arts and entertainment, with a selection of H-1, L-1 and family cases. The ideal candidate will: 1) have experience in our practice area, 2) have an interest and talent for organizing, excerpting and summarizing evidence in a lengthy submission letter (for O-1 and EB-1 cases), 3) be self-motivating, and will 4) work efficiently, timely and in an organized fashion. We communicate via emails and couriers. The candidate will augment our current team of telecommuting paralegals. We project 5-15 cases per month. The candidate must have necessary computer equipment, software and skills for this position. We pay by the hour or per case. Please forward detailed resume, writing sample for EB-1A case, and two references to:

Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
New Orleans, LA - Tulane University seeks a dynamic immigration professional for the position of Program Manager in the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS). The Program Manager: ensures Tulane's compliance with US immigration regulations and procedures with regards to H-1B and TN visas; is principal contact for the hiring of Tulane int'l faculty and staff; ensures intl'l faculty/staff receive proper immigration documentation and understanding of US immigration procedures; assists with F-1 and J-1 visa processing; helps retain int'l students to successfully complete academic course of study through programming. Requirements include: bachelor's degree and 2+ years int'l education experience at college level or equivalent. Salary is $34,080-$43,000/yr, depending on experience. To view full job details (scroll down to Manager, Program) and to apply visit here (refer to job listing #102583).

I9 Audit Services
Do your clients need substantive due diligence for the employment provisions of the INA? Omega Secure Solutions (OSS), Inc. offers a cost effective option to review your client's I9s which can help your law firm gain competitive advantage. OSS has a national workforce of retired immigration investigators. All our Associates have a minimum 25+ years as distinguished INS / ICE senior special agents. OSS provides a comprehensive plan to demonstrate to the satisfaction of ICE that your business clients are serious about complying with the INA so that devastating adversarial action does not become a reality. We understand the law and the bureaucracy that administers that law. Omega ... the last word in Homeland Security support. To learn more about our services including HR training, employer-worksite compliance programs, I-9 audits, all at competitive rates, contact Bob McGraw, President, Omega Secure Solutions at or 410-263-9500.

Case Management Technology
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Credential Evaluation
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Do We Need Foreign Technology Workers?
For the high-tech industries, particularly, foreign-born workers on temporary H-1B visas are an important labor pool.

Help The Economy And Federal Deficit By Raising H-1B Caps
Allowing the appropriate levels of high skilled workers into the United States helps the American worker, the economy, and America's federal budget.

State Officials Looking At Effects Of New Immigration Statutes
Preparations are moving forward on upcoming implementation of new Utah immigration statutes as state officials wait to see how pending federal policy changes could affect enforcement efforts.

Latinos Drive Record Surge In US Naturalizations
Nearly half of the record-setting 1 million new U.S. citizens sworn in last year were Latino immigrants - a 95 percent increase among that ethnic group from the previous year, according to an analysis by an Hispanic advocacy organization.


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Immigration Event - Colorado Springs, CO
CLINIC's 12th Annual Convening will offer workshops and plenary sessions on selected topics of interest to immigration practitioners. Workshops are designed to offer practical information and valuable practice pointers. Workshop sessions: Naturalization, Asylum, Family-Based Immigration, Consular Processing, T & U Visas, Program Management, Religious Immigration, Immigration Law and Crimes and many others. For more info see:


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