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Immigration Daily June 30, 2009
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Become The Ombudsman

Many members of the bar may be well positioned to become the next CIS Ombudsman, but dont know the ropes about how to apply. This fact was recently brought to our attention by the first-ever CIS Ombudsman, Prakash Khatri, who has now returned to private practice. The Ombudsman is an appointed, political position, not a career civil service position. Such appointments by the President are made by the Office of Presidential Personnel at the White House. There is a website for applying (see here for the online application, and see here for the mail/fax version). There are also informal guidelines in general circulation within the Beltway on who would make a good appointee, here are the basic requirements: The successful applicant (1) Must be a card-carrying Democrat for at least 5 or 10 years, preferably longer (occasionally, extremely qualified members of the other party may be appointed, but this is rare); (2) Must be active in participating in local/state Democratic party this includes contributing to party fund-raisers, volunteer work for the party, etc; (3) Must be sponsored by one of the 3 members of their Congressional delegation, i.e. Representative, the two Senators (since some otherwise qualified candidates are represented by Republican representatives from states with two Republican Senators, in these cases the sponsor would be a Democratic representative from the applicants state). Many members of the immigration bar are long-time Democrats and several would qualify based on the above 3 criteria. The CIS Ombudsman position is co-equal with that of the USCIS Director, within the DHS hierarchy. The organic Act creating the CIS Ombudsman position empowers the right office-holder to really shake things up for immigration benefits. We encourage interested members of the bar to apply for this open political position in the Obama administration.

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Employer's Immigration Compliance Desk Reference Only $99

ILW.COM is pleased to feature The Employer's Immigration Compliance Desk Reference by Gregory H. Siskind, co-published by ILW.COM and the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM). The book features:

  • Part I: Complying With Immigration Laws: Form I-9 General Concepts; Completing the I-9 Form; Reverification; Recordkeeping; Electronic I-9 Systems; Knowledge of Unlawful Immigration Status; Unfair Immigration Practices; Penalties and Other Risks; IRCA Compliance Tips; Conducting an I-9 Self-Audit; E-Verify, IMAGE, and SSNVS; Social Security No-Match Letters; Mergers and Acquisitions; State Employer Immigration Laws Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia
  • Part II: An Overview of the U.S. Immigration System: Nonimmigrant Visas, Immigrant Visas (the "Green Card"), Asylees and Refugees
  • Appendices: Notable ICE Worksite Enforcement Operations in 2006-2008, M-274, Handbook for Employers, Electronic I-9 and E-Verify Vendors
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Consular Corner: June 2009
Liam Schwartz writes "A recent modification to 9 FAM 41.1 included a restatement of the classes of aliens exempt from the passport and visa requirements that generally apply in connection with the admission of foreign nationals to the U.S."

The State Of The Nation's Housing 2009
Marcia Fernald et. al of The Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University write "A deep, prolonged recession would likely suppress immigration to levels that are never fully made up."

Bloggings On PERM Labor Certification
Joel Stewart writes "The PERM process varies according to the type of job for which the Employer is seeking certification."

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USCIS Issues Religious Worker Notice
USCIS announced that individuals with a pending Form I-360 religious worker petition with USCIS, may be eligible for benefits under Ruiz-Diaz v. United States, No. C07-1881RSL (W.D. Wash. June 11, 2009). For the USCIS notice, see here. For the court issued notice in Ruiz-Diaz v. US, No. C07-1881RSL, (June 11, 2009), see here.

USCIS Says Current I9 Form Remains Valid Beyond June 30th
USCIS announced that the Employment Eligibility Verification form I-9 (Rev. 02/02/09) currently on the USCIS Web site will continue to be valid for use beyond June 30, 2009.


Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
The Murthy Law Firm is seeking immigration attorneys with at least three years of experience in business immigration law, with or without litigation experience. Our practice is dynamic and fast-paced. We have high standards with regard to integrity, work ethic, and quality. Successful candidates will have the ability to work both as members of a team and as team leaders. They will join over a dozen high-caliber colleagues and have quality support in the way of legal and administrative staff, as well as technology. They will bring in-depth understanding and knowledge of the breadth of immigration procedures, and are expected to supervise paralegals and support staff. Good writing and analytical skills are required, as well as experience dealing with complex immigration law cases. Litigation experience a plus. Interested candidates may visit for details regarding the unique benefits of working at the Murthy Law Firm. Resume + cover letter should be forwarded to All communication will be treated in confidence. Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience and abilities. We are an equal opportunity employer. Final interviews of candidates are at our office in Owings Mills, MD, a few minutes from downtown Baltimore, Maryland.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Small immigration law firm in Northern Virginia seeks associate with 2+ years of experience in litigation before administrative tribunals. Good writing skills. Send resume at Must be fluent in Korean. Salary commensurate to experience. Good benefits.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Small immigration law firm in Northern Virginia seeks immigration legal assistant with 2+ years of experience in business immigration law. Send resume at Must be fluent in Korean. Salary commensurate to experience. Good benefits.

J-1 Visa Program
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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.

Case Management Technology
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Our View On Coming To America: Recession Freezes Immigration Debate But Points To Answers
But while eyes have been averted, the recession has been teaching some useful lessons about how to ease the crisis.

Sen. Nelson Rallies Against Student's Deportation
Sen. Bill Nelson has called for authorities to halt the deportation of a Miami man whose immigration story has inspired protests and riled up immigration activists throughout South Florida.

New Roadblock For Immigration?
Business and labor need to find common ground on guest worker program so immigration reform can move forward.

Texas Legislators Join Obama In Immigration Talks
The Texas lawmakers on hand emerged with varied assessments of Obama's willingness to break a sweat in order to break an impasse on immigration.


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New Website
The Law Office of Laurence E. Stevens, in Guilderland, New York, has a new website. Law Office of Laurence E. Stevens 826 Creek Court, Slingerlands, N.Y. 12159. (518) 488-4154.


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Dear Editor:
I have been in the US with an H1 and TD visa for more than 10 years. Three of my employers tried to apply for my green card, and all we did was to waste our time and money, without mentioning the stress caused by the wait. I probably have spent around $10,000 in lawyer fees, trying to do every according to the law. A lot of Americans like to say that this is a country of laws, and that was actually one of the reasons I wanted to move from my country of origin to the USA, among other reasons because I always admired the system, the honesty of the vast majority of the public servants, the rule of law, and the civil behavior of the people in general. However, the immigration system is so deficient, that I don't feel welcome in this country anymore. I have a friend who came to the USA illegally. Some years ago he paid a fine for $1,000, and got his green card two years later. I understand that there is a humongous amounts of requests in the BCIS, but if they can make it any faster, they could at least consider status of things on the date when the documents were filed, instead of the date when they start processing the documentation. For example, the now famous "60 Minutes" case of the widows of American citizens. Besides the questionable and notorious practices of removing a widow and his/her American children from the country, this happens in part because the spouses die before the process has been completed. If things don't get better, I will have to move to Canada. I don't want that because my child is an American citizen, but we may not have an alternative.

Luis Colorado

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I have been a reader for over four years and i can attest that you guys do a great job. Keep up.

Szabolcs Vasas

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