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Immigration Daily September 28, 2009
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USCIS Releases I485 Inventory

On September 23, 2009, USCIS for the first time published an inventory of I-485 data online (for the item, see below). Applicants can more reliably estimate their expected waiting time for green cards and thus, finally make informed life decisions in career development, family, and becoming new Americans. Congratulations to USCIS, particularly Deputy Chief of Service Center Operations Robert Kruszka and his team, for working with stakeholders including the Legal Immigrant Association in particular and recognizing the importance of making this inventory public.

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The Consular Posts Book, 2009-2010 Edition Shipping Now

The Table of Contents for "The Consular Posts Book", 2009-2010 Edition, shipping now, is as follows:

Chapter 1: Argentina - Buenos Aires, By Christi Hufford
Chapter 2: Armenia - Yerevan, By Alice Yardum-Hunter
Chapter 3: Australia - Sydney, By Noah Klug
Chapter 4: Brazil - Sao Paulo, By Kristina Rost
Chapter 5: Canada -Toronto, By Dharamchand " Randy" Depoo
Chapter 6: China - Beijing, By Frederick W. Hong; Guangzhou, By Jakob Lipman and Adam Lee; Shanghai, By Christy Nguyen
Chapter 7: Colombia - Bogota, By Luis A. Pinilla
Chapter 8: France - Paris, By Curtis Pierce
Chapter 9: Germany - Frankfurt, By Steven A. Culbreath; Munich, By Magdale Labbe Henke
Chapter 10: Haiti - Port au Prince By Jose E. Latour
Chapter 11: India - Chennai, By Vic Goel; Kolkata, By Poorvi Chothani; Mumbai, By Priscilla Jones; New Delhi, By Poorvi Chothani
Chapter 12: Jamaica - Kingston, By Claire D. Nilson
Chapter 13: Nigeria - Lagos, By C. Valerie Ibe
Chapter 14: Philippines - Manila, By Emmanuel S. Tipon
Chapter 15: Taiwan - Taipei, By Lesa M. Lawrence and Jessica L. Rodriguez
Chapter 16: Trinidad and Tobago - Port of Spain, By Claire D. Nilson
Chapter 17: United Kingdom - London, By Edward S. Gudeon
Chapter 18: Vietnam - Ho Chi Minh City, By Marc Ellis

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: New Attorney Vulnerabilities in International Practice
Chapter 3: Trade and Immigration Tightening? NAFTA, WTO, GATS Soup to Nuts
Chapter 4: Tips for Avoiding B-1/B-2 Visa Denials and Correcting other Refusal Issues with the Consul
Chapter 5: The Visa Waiver Program (VWP): Not As Simple and Easy As It Looks
Chapter 6: Non-Immigrant Classes and Their U.S. Tax Obligations
Chapter 7: E-1/E-2 Treaty Traders and Treaty Investors
Chapter 8: The Consular Role in L-1 Blanket Petitions
Chapter 9: H-1B "Dependent Employees": From Labeling to Lawbreaking
Chapter 10: Temporary Assignment of H-1B Employees to Client Work Sites
Chapter 11: State Department Name-Checks and Security Advisory Opinions (SAOs)
Chapter 12: ICE Data-Mining and Federal Benefits Fraud Task Forces - Send In the Marines: Best Practices to Survive Audits and Task Forces
Chapter 13: What to do if Your Client's Visa is Denied: Visa Office Advisory Opinions
Chapter 14: A Template for Attorney Risk-Assessment

Selected excerpts and documents: Statutes, Regulations, Foreign Affairs Manual, Forms, Executive Orders, Department of Commerce, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of Labor, Department of State, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Customs and Border Patrol, Citizenship and Immigration Services, Government Accountability Office, Federal Bureau of Investigations, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Internal Revenue Service, The White House, ILW.COM, Miscellaneous, Web Links

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Bloggings on Deportation And Removal
Matthew Kolken writes "The main subject matter of this blog is going to be issues relating to Immigration Court proceedings, deportation defense, and issues of inadmissibility and deportability (known under the generic term "removability" )."

Bloggings On Dysfunctional Government
Angelo A. Paparelli writes "Congress, or better yet, investigative journalists and documentary filmmakers, should take a cue from Deep Throat when it comes to pulling the covers off the scandal of immigration user fees."

Bloggings On The H-1B Visa
Anthony F. Siliato and Scott R. Malyk write "The much-anticipated October visa bulletin issued by the Department of State did little to give new hope to the long line of skilled workers waiting for available immigrant visa numbers."

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USCIS On Pending I485 Inventory
USCIS provides a QA on its pending employment-based form I-485 inventory tracker. For the QA, see here. To view the related report, see here.

USCIS Announces ENotification Capability
USCIS announced the launch of its E-Notification initiative for immigration applications and petitions filed at one of three USCIS Lockbox facilities in Chicago, Phoenix, and Lewisville, Texas.

USCIS Launches My Case Status
USCIS announced that on the redesigned website, My Case Status replaces Case Status Online and adds a new option for customers to receive alerts through text messages sent to their mobile phones.


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Case Management Technology
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Immigration Law Certificate
Master the complex and ever changing maze of immigration policies and regulations with the Immigration Law Studies Certificate Program offered by CUNY's School of Professional Studies. This graduate-level certificate program, consisting of (3) three-credit classes, offers students who complete it a comprehensive understanding of the laws, regulations, and processes surrounding the status of immigrants in the US, including family and employment-based immigration and deportation defense. It is designed for individuals working in law firms, companies, government agencies and nonprofit organizations where they interact with immigrants and immigrant legal concerns on a regular basis and would therefore benefit from greater knowledge of the laws and regulations surrounding immigration. Beginning this spring, the program is also being offered online. For more information on class schedules, tuition and fees, course applications and to register, see here.


Administration Will Cut Border Patrol Deployed on U.S-Mexico Border
Easterling said this week that as of now the Border Patrol still has the same 894 miles of border under effective control that it had under effective control as of May 31.

Obama Drops Ball On Immigration
And the same president who seems to understand that the longer he waits to accomplish health care reform, the more difficult it will be to get, doesn't seem to understand the same is true with immigration reform.

Cartoonists Take On Illegal Immigration
"The now-infamous Capitol shout-out from South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson was blogged, scribed, tubed and 'tooned to death, but precious little commentary actually dealt with illegal immigration, the spark that lit his short fuse.

CNN: It's Time to Deport Lou Dobbs
This week, America's Voice is launching a campaign to air our new TV ad targeting CNN. The goal: to get CNN to drop Lou Dobbs.


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New Position
Bernstein Osberg-Braun & de Moraes is pleased to announce that Jose Latour has joined the firm. Bernstein Osberg-Braun & de Moraes, 11900 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 700, Miami, FL 33181. Tel. (305)895-0300, Ext. 3228.


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

Dear Editor:
Regarding yesterday's Comment (9/25/09 ID), "Dream Rallies", the problem with such rallies seeking undeserved benefits of any kind including amnesty is that all such have become a nightmare to US citizens who can no longer afford them (if we ever could) in the numbers that now seek them. Uncle Sam has become Uncle Sap to these advocacy groups, but we cannot financially or morally continue to grant benefits or citizenship for hoards of those who broke our laws upon entry. Restrictionists have heard of Sun-tzu also, and recognize all of the phony arguments and attempts of pacification that entry enthusiasts use, including R. Gittelson's, "Immigration Reform Debate Prep 101: Understanding Your Opponents Arguments" (9/23/09 ID) where his Article openly admits Restrictionists are the "enemy" with whom stratagems, pacifications, ploys, American apple pie, brotherhood, compassion, etc. are proper tactics to use in the unholy, self-centered quest to give foreigners the same or higher rights than US citizens so that some can profit at the expense of others. The basic, immutable problem is that there is no actual way to make that which is illegal, legal, as even Humpty Dumpty understood, but shamnesty advocates don't. Our laws clearly calls for the deportation of illegals which is only tokenly done and entry advocates have no historical credibility for any scheme to the contrary. If the latter were truly sincere, they would join Restrictionists in a entry moratorium to stabilize and reduce past excesses by deporting illegals, fully securing borders, enforcing entry laws, make illegal entry a felony and ending undeserved benefits of all kinds to illegals including birthright citizenship. When this has been done would be the proper time to again consider selected, limited entry that would be in America's interests, not that of illegal, non-citizens and special interests.

Jim Roberts

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