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Immigration Daily April 29, 2009
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Recession Strategy

The days where an attorney could hang up his/her own shingle and practice immigration law are long gone. Over the past several years, the field of immigration law has seen consolidation as market pressures force larger law firms to merge and/or acquire in order to become national in scope and better service a global clientele. Solo practitioners also find that an "of counsel" relationship with a law firm helps them broaden the array of practice areas that they can offer their clients. It is increasingly rare to find a general immigration law firm. Instead, immigration law firms find themselves specializing in a specific practice area: family, business, removal, etc. The downturn in the economy has exacerbated the pain already felt in the field. Successful practice of immigration law requires attorneys to have good command of substantive immigration law as well as marketing ability.

Marketing is a long term initiative, and can be compared to planting a field. One hopes that the seeds you plant today will bear fruit in the future. A garden must be tended to in good and bad weather alike. Similiarly, marketing efforts need to be undertaken in good times and bad. Despite the slowdown in business that almost all areas of immigration law are experiencing (save removal and compliance), marketing should not be viewed as a discretionary expense but rather an important and necessary business expense. If you are a law firm that understands the value of marketing and wishes to remain before potential clients, consider placing an ad with us. ILW.COM has 200,000+ visitors each day. We offer a variety of advertising options for law firms at different price points, to learn more see here or write to A recession requires one to work harder and smarter - let ILW.COM be your partner in helping your law firm increase its standing among the immigrant community.

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Today Is Deadline For Consular Processing For Beginners

ILW.COM is pleased to announce a new 3-part telephone seminar series with Discussion Leader Rami Fakhoury and speakers Kevin Aiston, Steven Garmo, Joel S. Guberman, Angelo Paparelli, with other speakers to be announced. The curriculum is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on April 29: Role of the State Department in Visa Processing

  • Information gathering
  • New FISA law
  • Visa Waiver Program - eligibility, ESTA system
  • 9 FAM - ground of inadmissibility
  • Security Advisory Opinion (SAO)
  • Discussion of select consular posts
  • Hot topics update
SECOND Phone Session on May 27: Coordination between USCIS/ICE, CIA, FBI and DOS
  • Investigations by Bureau of Diplomatic Security Service
  • Data mining process, profiling programs - H and L cases
  • Documents and Benefits Fraud Task Forces (DBFTF) and other multiple agency task forces
  • Discussion of select consular posts
  • Hot topics update
THIRD Phone Session on June 24: Set Up of Consular Posts: Who's Who Behind the Glass Wall, and How to Get Them to Work With You
  • Practical guide to risk factors and self-audits
  • Risk management profile - client, your firm, client counter-parties
  • What to expect at two dozen foreign consulates
  • Due diligence steps in your application
  • Discussion of select consular posts
  • Hot topics update
For more information and to register see: Online: Fax form:


Big Law Reports Of Death May Be Somewhat Exaggerated
Mark Ross writes "Although by no means in a state of denial as to the seriousness of the current financial meltdown, I got the distinct impression that he was firmly focused on the opportunities available as a result of the crisis."

The 2006 Swift Raids: Assessing The Impact Of Immigration Enforcement Actions At Six Facilities
Jerry Kammer for the Center for Immigration Studies writes "The raids at the six Swift plants provide a good case study of what happens when illegal immigrant labor is removed from the workplace."

Immigrants Of The Week: Alejandro Mayorkas, and Leslie Nielsen
Greg Siskind celebrates the achievements of these select individuals.

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USCIS Revises I90 Filing Instructions
USCIS announced that it will change filing location and filing instructions for the Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card (Form I-90). For the USCIS release, see here. For the Federal Register notice, see here.

USCIS Issues Flu Preparedness Information
USCIS issued information on swine flu preparedness.


Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Long time NYC practitioner seeks young lawyer as associate (or not so young) with or without own practice to work with a view towards parnership and sucession. I wish to work less now and much less later but not retire completely. Harry DeMell (212) 732-2767.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Small Northern Virginia immigration law firm seeks associate with 2+ years experience in Immigration Court/BIA litigation. Good writing skills. Spanish speaking preferred. Salary commensurate with experience. Good benefits. Send resume to

Translation Services
Eurasia Translations, Inc. has been proud to serve immigration attorneys and individuals since 1993 with the translation of personal documents, academic credentials, criminal clearance letters, etc. Our customers can rest assured that all of our translations are prepared in accordance with USCIS requirements and are accompanied by a notarized certificate of accuracy. For more information, please call 888-887-1884 or visit our website. For a free quote, please complete or fax your document at 818-907-9763.

Expert Witness Services
Muslim World Expert Dr. Shaul M. Gabbay is pleased to offer expert testimony on immigrants from Muslim countries/societies, including the former Soviet Union (USSR). I have testified in 150+ Immigration Court cases nationwide (asylum, cancellation of removal) and to USCIS (asylum interviews, hardship waivers) with very high success rates. For more info, including detailed biography + testimonials from lawyers who have worked with me in the past, see: Please contact me with any additional questions: Dr. Shaul M. Gabbay, Muslim World Expert, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver, Denver, Colorado,, (303) 871-2560. For countries outside of my expertise, I may be able to recommend an expert in that area.


It's Called Swine Flu, But Don't Blame The Pigs
The pigs may not be the lone target. At least one anti-illegal immigration activist has dubbed the virus the "Mexican flu."

Getting Beyond The A-Word On Immigration Reform
Screams of "amnesty" will be the first volley of an opposition campaign from those whose prime motivation is irrational fear.

N.J. Supreme Court To Weigh High Bail For Illegal Aliens
In a case that stems from Morris County, the state Supreme Court is poised to hear arguments Tuesday in Trenton on how much impact a deportation detainer can have on the setting of bail on criminal charges against illegal immigrants.

Law Firms in Mexico City Ponder Swine Flu Precautions
The masks were one of several precautions the office's 30 workers have taken since Mexican government officials announced on Thursday that a deadly strain of swine flu had hit the country.


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New Offices - Troy, MI
Siegel & Gross PC is pleased to announce its relocation from its previous office in Troy Michigan to the following new address: 800 N. Crooks, Clawson, MI 48017, Tel: (248) 439-1595, Fax (248) 439-1591.


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