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Immigration Daily September 23, 2009
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USCIS Launches New Website

USCIS today launched its redesigned website incorporating text messaging and emails to help improve customer service and increase transparency. Readers are encouraged to visit the new website and share their comments with Immigration Daily.

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Today Is Deadline For Ever Changing Dynamic of Social Group Claims

Tuesday, Sep 22nd is the deadline for the third session of "Asylum for Beginners", the curriculum is as follows:

  • FGM
  • Sexual Orientation claims
  • Domestic Violence: Matter of R-A-, where are we now?
  • Gang cases: Are they winnable? Matter of S-E-G-
  • Family as a social group
  • Family planning claims
  • Late breaking items
Don't wait to register, Tuesday, Sep 22nd, is the deadline. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: Online: Fax form:


Immigration Reform Debate Prep 101: Understanding Your Opponents Arguments
Robert Gittelson writes "Realizing that I was addressing a predominantly "anti-CIR" audience, I tried to show them that we were perhaps not as far apart on this issue as some of them may have suspected."

Children Of Temporary Foreign Workers In Alberta And Ontario Can Now Apply For Open Work Permits
David Cohen writes "Working-aged dependents of Temporary Foreign Workers in Ontario and Alberta can now obtain Open Work Permits, giving them the ability to contribute to the Canadian workforce alongside their parents."

Immigrants Of The Week: Karim Rashid, and Shoreh Aghdashloo
Greg Siskind celebrates the achievements of these select immigrants.

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CIS Memo On Inadmissibility Based On HIV Infection
In a memo addressed to the executive leadership, a CIS memo directs USCIS officers to hold in abeyance any waiver application and associated benefit request which would be denied under current law, if the only ground of inadmissibility was that the applicant had been diagnosed with HIV infection.

USCIS Launches Redesigned Website
USCIS announced the launch of a redesigned USCIS website, a major effort which fulfills President Obama's pledge to offer enhanced navigation tools for the public to access immigration information and review case status.


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.

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.

E-3 Treaty Visa
Job Expo Australia - Sydney in March 2010 - Melbourne in October 2010. Hire Australians using the E-3 Treaty Visa. It is good business to hire Australia's robust, educated and English-speaking job seekers. Employers happily find that Australians do not have the cultural assimilation or English language challenges of many workers from other countries. Can't make the Expo - utilize our Rsum Service. The Icon Group of Poulsbo, Washington USA produces Job Expo Australia. Icon has been producing world class international job expos for 12-years. Excellent, high profile, Sponsorship opportunities are available that will bring you to the attention of job seekers before and during the Expo! Outstanding hotel and airline discounts welcome you. Visit our website at Contact us at Australia(at) with your questions and requirements. Now is the time to plan and reserve your 2010 job fair participation. A portion of the Expo proceeds will benefit The Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve - Australia Zoo. Review the National Press Release -


NJ Candidates On Immigration
Immigration reform may not be the main issue in the New Jersey gubernatorial race, but it remains a priority for many voters.

Reverse Immigration Jeopardizes U.S. Economy
While the US Border Patrol has its hands full trying to stop the flow of illegal aliens into our country, a Duke University professor says the nation is in danger of losing too many legal immigrants to their native homelands.

Cuomo Issues Subpoenas In Immigration Services Scam
Expanding its investigation into immigration fraud, the office of state Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo Monday issued more than 30 subpoenas to New York City groups or individuals accused of posing as legitimate immigration service providers or providing legal services they weren't authorized to provide.

Cardinal Says US Immigration Policy Must Change
The Yakima Herald-Republic reports Catholic Cardinal Francis George said during his visit that current immigration policies are unsustainable.


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

Immigration Event
CIS Ombudsman invites you to attend "USCIS Fee Waivers: How Are They Working for You," will be held on September 30, 2:00 -3:00 p.m. EST. RSVP by responding to As always, if possible, send us any comments, suggestions, or other information on this topic in advance to help us prepare.


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

Dear Editor:
Mr. Yang's letter (09/21/09 ID) complains that his political opponents oppose his viewpoints and accuses these letters of hypocrisy, listing a variety of sins, real discourtesy at some town halls, not holding the line on spending when they had narrow Congressional majorities and imagined, Sarah Palin's allegedly illegal shopping spree which was recently cleared by the FEC. That's politics. It will always happen. Think back to the "dissent is patriotic" days of people now in power making fools of themselves when they were on the outs. The key for those of us wanting to get something accomplished with our legal immigration, our not sure if it is legal or illegal immigration problem and our larger illegal immigration problems is to get over that realization and try to convince people to support or at least not oppose our causes or enthusiasms. Hypocrisy is part of the human condition. We are almost certain to all be guilty of it at some point. Let's stick to immigration. Ranting about the supposed evils of our opponents is rhetorically ineffective. Nota bene how much tea parties grew after they were tarred with an overbroad brush of racism or how opponents of the Iraq war multiplied when proponents tried to lump them all in with people like CodePink and Perhaps a better argument for illegal immigrants getting healthcare might be the threat of communicable diseases posed by leaving them in the US but without access to public health and government subsidized care. They won't give anyone cancer or heart disease, but they sure can spread drug resistant TB and parasitic diseases to a population (ours) where our health system, believing these health threats all but eradicated, is arguably unprepared to treat, much less diagnoses these diseases. I doubt Victor's or Mr. Yangs anguished appeals will actually, well, appeal to most American voters.

Honza Prchal, Esq.
Birmingham, AL

Dear Editor:
Have other ID readers had trouble with the new LCA filing? Got a denial with no reason for the denial stated. Filing seemed to be okay.

Paul Strack, Esq.

Dear Editor:
How do I obtain the 'A' number of an alien scheduled for a public court hearing? The court schedule is all listed by the 8 digit 'A' number. No names.

Mark Esposito

Dear Editor:
We must abolish family based immigration categories for good and replace it with merits and skills based one because we can't afford to have unskilled, unhealthy, uneducated, non English speaking family members of any US citizens to immigrate here just because they are related by bloodline, and they will likely become public burden and collecting public welfare assistance later. Canada, Australia, New Zealand and UK and many other countries use merits and skills based system which makes more sense and fairer. Having family ties to US citizens or legal residents can add some points to increase the likeliness that their immigration applications can be approved but it's not the highest points awarded to achieve the minimum scores to secure an immigrant visa. US citizens can absolutely sponsor their parents to come here by using long term temporary resident visas with condition that they will cover all of their parents' expenses and provide health insurance coverage out of their own pockets, and their parents can't never be US citizens who can later sponsor other children to immigrate and creating chained never ending mass immigration that we can't afford. Their parents won't ever be able to collect Social Security benefits they never contributed at the first place for sure and they can't take up employment offers while in this country. It's time to put fairness and common sense back to our laws and policies, be them health care, immigration, foreign policies etc.

Robert Yang

Dear Editor:
Regarding 9/21/09 ID Comment and Letters, astronaut Jose Hernandez's, "marveling at a world without borders" and support of, "legalization of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. shortly after his return to Earth" is only all too typical of many "son(s) of migrants" or illegal aliens as the D. Murry letter correctly pointed out, as if "circling the globe in 90 minutes" made him an expert on entry, able to set aside the wisdom and need to establish borders and limits. Excessive entry including the illegal variety leads to excessive views when the normal assimilation processes are overloaded to traditional America's detriment. However, JH's view does coincide with the real Globalist's perspective who view borders as impediments to be eliminated or ignored in their quests for worldwide profits and controls overriding the interests of citizens. The R. Yang letter similarly would have US believe that because some break moral and civil laws that we should not have any standards of law or about illegals. Does the fact that many ignore speed limits or commit other crimes call for the foolish elimination of these laws? Regarding the Letters of 9/22/09 ID, the R. Gard letter seems to believe that repeating the twisted logic, name calling and demonization regarding health care opposition, gives his previous letter more validity. It does not. The other letters display the fallacy that there is some delusional "human right" that would allow anyone to come to US, in any numbers, and without any regard to our interests and sovereignty. Their is no such right and illegal presence should be made a felony to emphasize the fact.

Jim Roberts

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