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Immigration Daily August 12, 2009
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Real Estate Relief

The Miami Herald reports that South Florida's distressed real estate market is attracting foreign investors - with the opportunity of becoming a US resident acting as an added incentive. "As the region's real estate market continues to buckle under unsold properties, widespread foreclosures and failed condo projects, new interest in investor visas is helping whet the already hearty appetite of foreign nationals being drawn to the market by steep bargains."

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Deadline Is Tuesday, August 11 For Selecting the Best J Visa Category and Exchange Program for Your Client

Tuesday, August 11 is the deadline for the August 12th phone session of "The J Visa and Exchange Program", the curriculum is as follows:

  • Categories and purpose
  • Attorney's role in advising clients
  • In-house program vs. umbrella program
  • Considerations when choosing a sponsor
  • Late breaking items
Don't wait to register, Tuesday, August 11th is the deadline. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: Online: Fax form:


Foreign-Born Entrepreneurs Have Created Million Of Jobs For Americans
Richard Herman writes "Maybe President Obama should ask Andy Grove, Sergey Brin, Vinod Khosla, Pierre Omidyar, Elon Musk and the other immigrant job creators and innovators, to stand with him on stage as he begins to make the case that America's future will follow its past - in welcoming immigrant talent, innovation, entrepreneurship and investment. "

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USCIS Issues Instructions On Case Status Inquiries
USCIS issued instructions on making inquiries regarding case status related issues with the agency's four Service Centers.

USCIS Explains Notification Requirements For Religious Workers
USCIS issued an announcemnet explaining the manner in which petitioners for religious workers must notify USCIS regarding their employment of nonimmigrant religious workers in R-1 status.


Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Washington, DC - Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy seeks an experienced Paralegal for its D.C. office. This is a career position requiring a wide range of skills in a fast-paced setting for the right candidate. Our ideal candidates have 2+ years experience with all aspects of business immigration, including H-1B and L-1 visas, PERM, Immigrant Visa Petitions, and Applications to Adjust Status. The Paralegal will have the opportunity to manage caseloads with a large degree of independence; communicate with clients regarding procedural and case processing issues; update and maintain client status reports; prepare bills; and serve as a team resource. Very competitive salary and benefits for the right candidate. Please email your cover letter, resume, and writing sample (Word or Adobe formats only) to Robert F. McCafferty, Human Resources/Office Manager, at Or fax same to 202-371-2898. EOE.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Washington, DC - USCIS Office of the Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks experienced attorneys for its Refugee and Asylum Law Division in Washington, D.C. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, advising the Division Chief, the Chief Counsel, and USCIS on issues relating to US immigration laws and international treaty obligations, and providing legal advice on domestic asylum law and practice, overseas refugee resettlement programs, temporary protected status, and the Convention Against Torture. J.D. degree, active bar membership, 1+ years of post-J.D. experience required. For full details enter COU-CIS-2009-0007 here. Applicants must submit (1) writing sample (5 pps. max) (2) resume (3) cover letter, to All submissions must be received by close of business on August 14, 2009. GS-13/15. Position open until filled. No relocation allowance offered.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Dallas, TX - USCIS Office of the Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks an experienced attorney with experience in immigration law and training for the Training and Knowledge Management Division (TKMD). Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the development of course materials and delivering of instruction, developing and managing content with the USCIS Knowledge Management Center, and serving as an advisor to the Chief of the TKMD, the Chief Counsel, and to USCIS on issues relating to immigration laws. J.D. degree, active bar membership, 3+ years of post-J.D. experience and experience in classroom instruction required. For full details enter COU-CIS-2009-0006 here. Applicants must submit (1) cover letter (2) resume , (3) two writing samples (10 pps. max) to OR Mail to: Janice Neetenbeek, Chief, Training and Knowledge Management Division, OCC, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, 8801 N.W. 7th Ave., Suite 2012 Miami, Florida 33150. Applications faxed or submitted through USAJOBS will not be considered. All submissions must be received by close of business on August 14, 2009. GS-13/15. No relocation allowance offered.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Midtown NYC - Attorney for nationally recognized immigration firm specializing in immigration for physicians, scientists, and business professions. Will train but experience with O-1's and EB-1's a plus. Please send resume + writing sample 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.


Job Security But No Advancement From Bottom Rung
The phenomenon of Americans shunning farm jobs is nothing new - the influx of Mexicans and other foreign-born workers to fill vacancies has fueled a long, sometimes contentious immigration debate.

Janet Napolitano On The border, Immigration And More
She sat down with a Times reporter Monday to discuss a number of issues, including the Mexican drug war, immigration detention in the U.S. and legislative reforms.

Obama Sets Immigration Changes For 2010
Flanked by his counterparts from Mexico and Canada, President Obama on Monday reiterated his commitment to pursuing comprehensive immigration reform, despite his packed political agenda and the staunch opposition such an initiative is likely to face.

29 Arrested In Immigration Operation
A total of 29 gang members and gang associates, including many with serious criminal histories, are in custody following a three-day multi-agency gang enforcement operation in Las Vegas and Mesquite last week, spearheaded by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).


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Dear Editor:
I like Robert Yang and find it odd that anyone would have thought him not a citizen after reading all his letters, some of which make reference to his citizenship. I find it especially odd that Mr. Murray's letter (08/07/09 ID) would do so, as his letters are a fairly careful and measured. That said, Mr. Yang's letter's (08/10/09 ID) assertion that foreign wars are bankrupting us and preventing the adoption of a health insurance for all of us flummoxes me. The cost of our foreign entanglements is a drop in the bucket compared to entitlements. Furthermore entitlements are what make immigration seem a bum deal for locals. It is the exaggerated sense that immigrants are living off the dole that makes us "lazy Americans" (in Mr. Yang's letter's words, not mine) fear unlimited waves of new arrivals. The welfare state militates against relatively free immigration for the entirely logical reason that without it immigrants must either pay their own freight or convince an individual or firm to do so for them, and thus clearly do not drain many resources from society as a whole. Rationally self-interested citizens of a welfare state (Swedes, Ivorians, Japanese, Dutchmen, Taiwanese, Mexicans and Danes, for example), in contrast, rightly fear the creation of a culturally dissimilar ward of the state class, the nightmare vision of which was the infamous shoe-bomber, Richard Reid, who lived off a European welfare check and used his surplus to learn to hate Western tolerance and the welfare state. Rational citizens of a free market country are far more likely to take the attitude that the more new entrants to this country, the better, as they drive up the prices of assets we already hold and increase the opportunities for mutually beneficial market exchanges.

Honza Prchal, Esq.
Birmingham, AL

Dear Editor:
Regarding the letters of (8/11/09 ID), some are enlightened, some are not. Some of the latter have Esq. after their names, some do not. Why anyone would want to draw attention to the fact that their views and/or efforts will be determined by who ever pays their fees is beyond me. Despite D. Murray's letter's (8/11/09 ID) explanation, most would doubt whether the practice is solely to identify the group with no expectation of increased status and credibility. In contrast to DM's supurb critique of lax entry law and amnesty (8/10/09 ID), other letters including his latest reverts to mere chat, idle curiosity and befuddlement. The letter asks: "So what are we going to do about the Amnesty issue in CIR? and charges my letter "with not "adding anything meaningful". I would think that making first illegal entry here a felony with enforcement would be "meaningful" as would ending birthright citizenship by illegals and denying any benefits to illegals which are the proper solutions, not CIR shamnesty. No one would go to Disneyland but for the attractions. The T.E. Mosely's letter (8/11/09 ID) was informative except for the "looniness" label about "birthers" who only seek to require BO to stop hiding all of his records which prevent a valid determination of his qualifications, a mere Constitutional requirement. The R. Algase's letter's (8/11/09 ID) obsession and tirade against Sheriff Joe displays a real "vicious bigot" and "hatred" against a man defending America against the "brown skinned" invasion, many of whom would be welcomed on a legal, limited, selected basis. It is not the Sheriff who is "masquerading" and the question still goes unanswered as to why RA's letters and those of others place compassion and rights for non-citizens above those of our own citizens?

Jim Roberts

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