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Immigration Daily July 17, 2009
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USCIS Website Improvement

USCIS is conducting a "online site improvement survey" which will take "approximately 20-30 minutes to complete". Puzzlingly, the survey page claims that "Your information will help us to analyze the results of this survey" obviously a drafting error. Lawyers apparently have to claim to be AILA "representatives" to respond. We have not been thru the rest of the survey, but with such a start page, other gems are likely, perhaps our readers will send some of these in thru letters to us in the coming days. In the past, we have congratulated USCIS publicly for a well-designed website, our kudos are in the Immigration Daily archives. We hope that this survey represents an aberration, and that USCIS will indeed make its website increasingly well organized and user-friendly. The immigration bar relies on the web just as much as everyone else online, and USCIS would be doing a service to the bar by taking the bar's input in redesigning its website.

We welcome readers to share their opinion and ideas with us by writing to


The Immigration Compliance Book

The Immigration Compliance Book, Editors Angelo A. Paparelli, L. Batya Schwartz Ehrens, and Dan Siciliano features the following:

  • Sections: Understanding I-9 Concepts, I-9 Advanced Topics, Employer E-Verify Considerations, E-Verify Advanced Topics, DHS Enforcement Through ICE Raids and Audits, Specialty Topics
  • Sample Proposed I-9 Policy and Procedures, Sample Form I-9 Verification Procedures Guideline for Employers, Sample Checklist for I-9 Audit and Correction Guidelines
  • Critical Resource Materials: Selected Statutory Provisions, USCIS Memos, Executive Orders, USCIS Publications on I-9s and E-Verify, USCIS Press Releases/Q&As/FAQs, etc
  • Resource Materials on CD-ROM: 100+ Relevant Cases from OCAHO, BIA, Federal District and Circuit Courts, Important Statutes, Regulations, Forms, Weblinks, etc.
  • 750+ pages, 850+ footnotes
  • 33 authors: Adam Ketcher, Angelo A. Paparelli, Bonnie K. Gibson, Cynthia Lange, Cyrus D. Mehta, Dan Siciliano, Douglas D. Hauer, Francis E. Chin, Greg Wald, Jason Burritt, Jay Jorgensen, John Fay, Johanna Marmon, Julie Pearl, Justin A. Rymer, Kevin Lashus, Kristin Major, L. Batya Schwartz Ehrens, Laura Danielson, Loan Huynh, Lynn O. Tarran, Maggie Murphy, Matthew Warren, Michael Patrick, Michael J. Wildes, Olivia M. Sanson, Philip C. Curtis, Richard Gump, Robert F. Loughran, Steve Trow, Susanne C. Heubel, Susan Kelly, Vinh C. Trieu
For more info on this book, see here (fax version, see here).


Bloggings On Nurse and Allied Health Immigration
Christopher T. Musillo writes "Predicting the progression of Visa Bulletin dates is a somewhat impossible exercise."

Bloggings on Updates in Immigration Law
Carl Shusterman writes "History tends to repeat itself, and this is no exception. Back in 1994, a bunch of zealots put anti-immigrant Proposition 187 on the ballot."

To submit an Article for consideration, write to


Neufeld Memo On P1 Essential Support Personnel
USCIS Acting Associate Director, Domestic Operations Neufeld issued a memo on procedures for applying the period of authorized stay for P-1s nonimmigrant individual athletes' essential support personnel.


Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Midtown Manhattan - Boutique law firm seeks two attorneys: 1) Senior attorney with 3-7 years experience to manage own caseload of employment-based immigrant and non-immigrant visa petitions for a wide range of professionals, including research scientists, artists/designers, athletes, IT professionals, etc, family-based petitions, motions & EOIR matters. May also handle some litigation matters. 2) Junior attorney with 1-3 years experience to assist Senior attorney with business & family immigration matters and handle personal injury/no fault and matrimonial litigation. This position requires admission to NY Bar; admission to NJ Bar is a +. Both positions require great initiative and follow-through, as well as excellent writing and interpersonal skills. Ideal candidates will have graduated in the top 1/3 of their class and have Journal experience. Salary DOE. Please email cover letter and CV to

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Downtown Washington, DC (K Street area) - Fast-paced boutique immigration law firm seeks legal assistants. 1-2 yrs exp req.d in business/family immigration law. Interesting work and clientele; no timesheets; latest technology; competitive salary and benefits (401K, health insurance, paid vacation, etc). Successful applicants will be detail-oriented, able to handle volume, highly organized and strong communicators. Email resume, cover letter and salary reqs to No calls please. EOE.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Lincoln, Nebraska - USCIS Office of the Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks an experienced attorney for the position of Service Center Counsel at the Nebraska Service Center (NSC). Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, serving as an attorney providing legal advice to the NSC personnel on issues involving immigration related adjudications, inadmissibility and deportability grounds, and national security; writing visa appeal briefs and providing litigation support to the U.S. Attorney's office on cases arising from Service Center adjudications. J.D. degree, active bar membership by the entry on duty date. For full details enter COU-CIS-2009-0005 here. Applicants must submit (1) resume , (2) writing sample (10 pps. max), (3) references to All submissions must be received by close of business on July 17, 2009. GS-13/15, position open until filled. No relocation allowance offered.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Las Vegas, NV - The Law Offices of Garcia-Mendoza & Snavely seeks an experienced paralegal to perform all types of business and family visa packages under supervision of attorney. Minimum 3-5 years experience required. Salary to be negotiated. Firm provides benefits including paid vacation and sick leave plus profit sharing plan. Located in a free standing building on ground level in downtown. Parking is free. Submit resume + cover letter to All replies remain in confidence.

Case Management Technology
Offering enterprise-level software and unparalleled US-based support, TrackerCorp is the most flexible and dependable immigration management solution on the market today. Designed by immigration attorneys and paralegals, ImmigrationTracker is often praised for its ease of use, intuitive features, and built-in immigration knowledge. As one of our customers noted, "If we had two years and unlimited funds to design our ideal immigration management system, Tracker would be it." Phil Curtis, Chin & Curtis. Find out for yourself why Tracker is the choice of: 83% of practicing Past Presidents of the AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association, through June 2007); 86% of the 25 largest immigration law firms (IndUS Business Journal 2006); 75% of the AmLaw 200 (largest US law firms, American Lawyer Media, 2006); 3x as many globally ranked immigration attorneys as compared with other software vendors (Chambers Global and the International Who's Who of Business Immigration Lawyers, 2007). Schedule your private demo: Call 1-888-466-8757 ext. 278 or email

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.


U.S. Sen. Grassley: DHS Hampers State And Local Law Enforcement's Ability To Apprehend Illegal Aliens
Senator Chuck Grassley today said that the Department of Homeland Security is making it more difficult for local law enforcement personnel to investigate, apprehend and detain illegal aliens.

Ex-Judge Accused of Filing False Immigration Forms, Bilking Clients
Former Manhattan Civil Court Judge Salvador Collazo was arrested early Tuesday morning by federal authorities for a conspiracy to commit visa fraud and overcharge clients.

Visa Doubts: But Schumer Promising Reform Bill By Labor Day
For the second time in as many weeks, confusion has spanned the Atlantic over the precise chances of a bilateral visa deal being reached between the U.S. and Irish governments.

Few Options For Veterans Who Await Deportation
Thirty-two years after his honorable discharge, Cervantes is wearing the bright-orange shirt of a detainee at the El Centro Service Processing Center, where he has been held since the end of a three-year prison term last year for possession of methamphetamine for sale.


Readers can share professional announcements (up to 100-words at no charge), email: To announce your event, see here

Immigration Event - Washington, DC
The Migration Policy Institute is pleased to invite you to attend 'E-Verify: An assessment of its strengths and weaknesses' 11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m., Monday, July 20, 2009, RSVP: Contact Lisa Dixon at: or at (202) 266-1929.


Readers can share comments, email: (up to 300-words). Past correspondence is available in our archives

Dear Editor:
ID's analysis of what DOL is doing is harsh, but its conclusions cannot be faulted (see 07/09/09 ID comment). In fact, ID readers should listen to a tape of the Department of Labor Open Forum held at the Las Vegas annual conference. At that Friday morning forum, Dr. Bill Carlson chided immigration attorneys for their repeated complaints about the lengthy processing time. He pointed out that any targeted times were listed in the preamble and not the regulations, therefore, there was no regulatory requirement of any "timeliness" in the adjudication of a PERM application. I will not attempt to more specifically quote Dr. Carlson, but listening to the recording will be quite revealing (if I have mischaracterized his remarks, please let me know). Conversations between immigration attorneys reflect on how long it will take before we are back to the "good old days" where labor certifications were taking two to two and a half years to be adjudicated. There is a sneaking suspicion among some attorneys that the move to have the Atlanta adjudicate all PERM applications was by design not happenstance: (1) Between Atlanta and Chicago, Atlanta was languishing in their adjudications times, so this process was given to the slower of the two processing centers (2) Now there is no second office to make comparisons with. Therefore, Atlanta can only be compared to itself and it has a poor record as far as efficiency and speed. I, too, like all other immigration attorneys with integrity, want to see fraud brought out and dealt with. That should be able to be done in individual cases or with individual attorneys without jeopardizing the program for the rest of us attorneys, let alone the employers who have a need where shortages can be evidenced.

Edward R. Litwin, Esq.
South San Francisco, CA

Dear Editor:
David Murray's letter (07/16/09 ID) states with the regard to the fee for filing for U.S. citizenship (naturalization), "I believe $675 is a small price to pay for a piece of the pie that so many seek". I have a different perspective, I agree with Linda's letter, I think it is an outrageous price to pay for something that only cost $195 a few years ago when my husband (also Canadian) applied (he was sworn in just before George W. began his first term, so we are not talking about ancient history here). I think there may have been some inflation during the Clinton/Bush years, but not that much. Chelasveg's letter states (incorrectly) "Everyone in this country is an immigrant." Ever heard of the Native Americans? The forgotten people who welcomed the rest of us here and who didn't charge us $675 to do so. In fact, didn't we rob them?

Susanna Bogue, Esq.
San Francisco, CA

Dear Editor:
Despite being the country where most people in the world want live, our immigration fees are already very low and the processing times are very short. In Sweden, for example, it takes 12 years to immigrate. Norway only allows in 30 to 40 people per year. If we are the most desirable country in which to live, why would we want to eliminate immigration fees? We should be doing just the opposite. Our fees should be at least ten times higher than they are. Our standards for immigration should be much higher. We should only permit people into this country who can add value to it, not live off it's fruits and contribute nothing. If you were selling the most desirable car in your city, would you give it away, or would you get the best price for it?


Dear Editor:
When US can print money at will and spend it like a Santa Claus and continue living at large and well beyond its means at the expenses of the rest of global population, but not for other countries to do the same "tricks and magic", we should never call it as "equal footing". When a person with better skills, experience, work ethics, education must be happy to get paid less than his counterparts because of his less "fortunate" citizenship and his opportunity is restricted to certain geographical and national boundaries, I must call him as the victim of global "affirmative action policy" and apartheid trade and immigration laws. Talking about our role as "global police", do we really care to fight and sacrifice for freedom on other lands for other people that have no oil and gold that give us none for profitable return? Why nobody seems really concerned about the over 1 trillion cost of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that can be useful to fully fund our Universal Health Care program, building our own infrastructures and schools to help us staying competitive in the globalized economy and helping states with their budget problems without creating more debt and paper money but got very vocal and angry of the associated costs by illegal immigrants? Why none balks on their fellow Americans, who are able bodied, healthy, sane and in productive age but still milking welfare without shame? Talking about faiths, people of faiths should read their Holy Books and act accordingly on the words of God regarding solidarity, charity, tolerance and equality for all.We have too much hypocrisy and inconsistencies on many social issues in this country from immigration, same gender marriage, gun rights etc, and I can't stand it.

Robert Yang

Dear Editor:
I thought I had lost my most important e-mail correspondence (07/16/09 ID comment). You do not have an idea how important ID is to a person that lives in a very small town with very little information available of immigration and what is happening. This State is a beautiful scenary state but lacks knowledge when it comes to that of immigration and what to do in case of a new program or help an individual to direct him/her on legalization per se. Thank you for sending Immigration Daily.

Gladys C. Farris

Dear Editor:
If automatic citizenship is denied to children born in U.S. to illegal parents the influx of illegal immigrants would automatically come to an end. I would request you to target one more cause related to immmigration: Children of legal immigrants who turn 21yrs due to the delay or backlog(8-10yrs) in processing of their parents green card.Suddenly from legal status they are termed illegal and face deportation.Those who are lucky and are able to come back on students visa have to stand in queue all over again. I often hear them saying that they wish their parents had come illegally because children of illegal immigrants are more fortunate than them. This fractured system needs to be fixed.Not allowing children age 21yrs and above as dependents to enter U.S. is perfectly appropriate. Deporting them after being in the country legally for several years due to delay in processing is criminal. This sends a very wrong signal to the prospective immigrants who want to abide by law but are forced to think otherwise. Address this you will get tremendous support from legal immigrants.

Jyoti Baidslonolyant

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