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Immigration Daily September 24, 2009
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Immigration Recession

The Wall Street Journal reports that the number of foreign-born US residents have declined for the first time in four decades. "About 38 million foreign-born people lived in the U.S. in 2008, or 100,000 fewer than in the previous year... Between 2000 and 2006, the U.S. foreign-born population increased by about one million people a year; in 2007, the number dropped in half."

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Today Is Deadline For Consular Processing For Experts

ILW.COM is pleased to announce a new seminar series "Consular Processing For Experts" with speakers Liam Schwartz (discussion leader), Brian Bolton, Poorvi Chothani, Douglas Hauer, Kehrela Hodkinson, Michelle Lazerow, Lois Gimpel Shaukat and other speakers to be announced. The curriculum is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on September 24: Consular Waiver Practice: Updates and Tips

A wide-ranging discussion on waivers of inadmissibilities in the NIV and IV contexts. Our panel of experienced professionals will address topics including the following:

  • Detailed overview of the full gamut of waivers, for both immigrants and nonimmigrants
  • Discussion of when is the best time to proceed with a waiver case
  • Tips on how to maximize your waiver request's chances of success
  • Examination of whether the element of "rehabilitation" is important for obtaining a waiver
SECOND Phone Session on October 29: India

Post-specific updates on visa processing issues at as many of the U.S. visa processing posts in India as possible, including:

  • Best practices for L-1 and H-1B visa processing in India
  • Tips for successful B-1 visa processing.
  • Updates on the Security Advisory Opinion process.
  • Dealing with visa denials
THIRD Phone Session on November 24: Cyber Consul: Consular Officers Speak Their Minds about Visa Processing and Immigration Attorneys

Want to hear what Consular Officers really think about their roles as visa adjudicators and their relationship with immigration attorneys? Two Consular Officers diplomats by day and bloggers by night join us in an open and candid discussion of these issues, facilitated by the anonymity of Cyberspace, points to be discussed include:

  • Are Attorneys the Enemy?
  • The Art of Visa Adjudication
  • Visa Interview Pet Peeves
  • The Visa Application Process: What Needs to be Fixed and What Doesn't
  • Consular Officers and Immigration Attorneys: Suggestions for Creating a Constructive Working Relationship
  • Late breaking items
Wednesday, September 23rd is the deadline to sign up. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: Online: Fax form: Don't delay, sign up today.


USCIS Liberalizes And Amending Rules For I-751 Petitions To Assist In Timely Filing And Deal With Changed Circumstances After Filing
Alan Lee, Esq. writes "In a recently released memorandum dated April 3, 2009 by Donald Neufeld, Acting Associate Director of U.S.C.I.S. titled, "I-751 Filed Prior to Termination of Marriage," the Service has finally given an avenue of relief for two confounding questions in this area."

Paving the Road to Serfdom
Becky Akers for the Foundation For Economic Education writes ""The United States took a giant leap toward this harsh horror with the REAL ID Act."

Bloggings On Dysfunctional Government
Angelo A. Paparelli writes "DHS should support Graham's green card proposal for verifiable entrepreneurs."

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USCIS Answers National Stakeholder Questions
USCIS published its responses to national stakeholder questions from its May 5, 2009 USCIS National Stakeholder meeting.


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Immigration Law Certificate
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The Real Health Care And Immigration Questions
It is now crystal clear that no issue of importance can be determined smoothly and comprehensively as long as 12,000,000 people live, work and raise children in the U.S. but float in limbo because of our broken immigration system.

Ohio Immigration Bill Returns
A local state senator is taking another stab at a controversial change to Ohio law that would give county sheriffs more leeway to enforce immigration laws.

Immigration Agency Launches New Web Site
The Obama administration launched a new Web site on Tuesday that officials hope will make citizenship and other immigration services more accessible.

Virginia Woman Gets 3 Years For Immigration Fraud
Federal prosecutors say a Falls Church woman has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for defrauding immigration applicants.


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Immigration Event - Washington, DC
October 1 - The Migration Policy Institute is pleased to present "Paper Citizens - A Book Discussion" with Dr. Kamal Sadiq. For more info see


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

Dear Editor:
We are losing our competitive edge against the world when we restrict qualified immigrants, especially put undue restrictions on students who are in the technical fields, like math, science and technology. I have to often break the news to these very qualified individuals that it will take many years and and bureaucratic hurdles for them to become permanent residents. We are encouraging these bright individuals to go to Canada, England, Australia and Europe. Our recession should not be an excuse to exclude, but to include and encourage every resource to increase our technological edge that comes from employing the brightest, who have trained in our universities, on whom we have spent precious and scarce resources to train, only to lose them to other countries. I only hope we don't come to regret these policies later.

Nalini S. Mahadevan, Esq.
Clayton, MO

Dear Editor:
Thank you for your September 23rd issue (09/23/09 ID). Not only was Robert Gittelson's piece, "Immigration Reform Debate Prep 101: Understanding Your Opponents Arguments" uplifting and a good practical how to guide to finding some common ground on reforming our dysfunctional immigration apparaat, but Robert Yang's letter's advocacy of a points based immigration system makes a lot of sense and was very convincing.

Honza Prchal, Esq.
Birmingham, AL

Dear Editor:
Robert Yang's letter (09/23/09 ID) wants to eliminate family immigration and replace it with a point system under which family ties would be only one element. This may or may not work in the other English-speaking countries that his letter mentions, but nothing could be more against America's traditions of family unification and family values. If America had had the kind of elitist immigration system that Mr. Yang's letter recommends when our ancestors came here, how many of us who now have the privilege of calling ourselves US citizens would be here today? Moreover, Mr. Yang's letter, by stating that even family members likely to go on welfare or with dangerous diseases are allowed in under the current system, shows an utter lack of knowledge of the immigration law. This law excludes would be immigrants who are likely to become public charges, have certain communicable diseases, or fall within any one of a long list of other grounds for inadmissibility. Most of these grounds apply no matter how close the family connection, even the one between spouses. I can understand that some people who are lucky enough to be in this country only because their parents or grandparents happened to come to the right place at the right time would like to pull up the ladder to stop other people's families from immigrating the same way that their own families did, but at least they should read the law first before making wild and inaccurate statements in their letters.


Dear Editor:
Robert Yang's letter (ID/09/23) in favor of eliminating family immigration is only the latest in a long list of ID letters suggesting that America needs to cut down on both legal and illegal immigration in order to be restored to economic, environmental, or any other kind of health. Many people think that cutting off immigration completely is needed in order accomplish these goals. 200 years ago, physicians used to believe that the way to cure disease was to use leeches in order to draw blood. It is said that this kind of "treatment" killed George Washington. People who think that reducing or cutting off immigration, the life blood of America, will make this country safer, less polluted or more prosperous are engaging in the same kind of distorted thinking. Their treatment will only make the patient worse.

Linda A.

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