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Immigration Daily November 3, 2009
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Consular Processing For Beginners

Wednesday, November 4th is the deadline for ILW.COM's new seminar series "Consular Processing For Beginners" with speakers Brian Bolton (discussion leader), Shanni Alexandrovitz, Magdale Labbe Henke, Joan Squires-Lind, Liam Schwartz, Nita Upadhye And Other Speakers To Be Announced. The curriculum is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on November 5: Applications for Non-Immigrant Visas

  • What happens once an H-1/L-1 petition is approved by USCIS
  • What is the role of the Department of State
  • Non-immigrant visa application process
  • Documentary requirements
  • Grounds for denial
  • Security clearances/waivers of grounds of inadmissibility
  • Visa Waiver Program/ESTA system
SECOND Phone Session on December 3: Applications for Immigrant Visas
  • Application process
  • Immigrant Visa Interview
  • Documentary requirements
  • Affidavit of Support issues
  • Validity of immigrant visa
  • What happens if client isn't quite ready to re-locate to U.S.?
THIRD Phone Session on January 7: Proactive Lawyering
  • How to avoid surprise delays/denials
  • Know procedures at the consulate
  • Use the FAM as primary research tool
  • When/how to request advisory opinion
  • How to overcome issues of inadmissibility
  • How much is too much supporting documentation
Wednesday, November 4th 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.


Restrain Thy Hope About Employment Based Visa Numbers
Robert C. Divine writes "The charts and explanation are confusing because they fail to clarify that the people with pending adjustment applications are not the universe of people affecting the waiting time for a visa number, in two different ways."

J-1 Programs - Why Companies Host
Melany Hamner writes "The U.S. Department of State and J-1 sponsors are deeply invested in J-1 exchange programs due to the far-reaching diplomatic effects of large-scale cultural and educational exchange."

Bloggings On PERM Labor Certification
Joel Stewart writes "In a recent case, BALCA issued an interesting decision based on a Kellogg analysis."

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USCIS QA On Adopting Orphans From Russia
On March 30, 2009, USCIS assumed responsibility from the DOS for adjudicating any Form I-600, Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative, filed within the Russian Federation, this release provides responses to commonly asked questions on the issue.

CRS On Mexico - US Relations
The Congressional Research Service released a report discussing the related issues for Congress with respect to relations between the US and Mexico.


Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Passaic County, NJ - Experienced immigration paralegal for senior paralegal position law office. Must have excellent writing skills and people skills, working long hours is required, salary offered commensurate. Must speak foreign language. College degree preferred. Send resume and writing sample to:

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Translation Services
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New Focus On Immigration Reform
But this bill is just the beginning of what will be a long conversation in Congress and around the country, and we commend Gutierrez for kicking it off.

Asking For A Rethink On US Immigration Diplomacy
The process should be delivered in a professional and courteous manner as Americans have been enjoying and expecting in other countries.

Obama Lifts a Ban on Entry Into US By HIV-Positive People
The president had promised to end the ban before the end of the year.

Governor Perry Against Illegal Alien Transfer Program 11/1/09
It's called the "Transfer and Exit Program, and it moves more than 34,000 illegal aliens per year through Presidio.


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New Name - The American Immigration Council
The American Immigration Law Foundation announcs a name change to accompany a more ambitious mission for the organization. The new name, American Immigration Council, reflects the expansion of the organization to assume a larger role and greater involvement in the immigration policy, education, and exchange communities.


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

Dear Editor:
I would like to take an informal poll of ID Letters to the Editor readers in conjunction with the remark of Jim Roberts' 11/02/2009 letter, "It is the DM letters continual pointless critiques of others and the mindless name calling of the RY letters that adds nothing to the debate." Hey, all out there. I would like to know if other readers agree that my letters are "continually pointless critiques of others." If that's what they are, and if they don't add anything to the immigration debate, then I will surely stop writing. For what's the use? Why should I waste my time if it adds nothing to the debate? After all, I don't get paid for this. And I wonder if ID readers believe that Robert Yang's letters are offensive because his letters "calls names"? Personally, I don't believe so. His letters have never called me a name, and from what I can recall, his letters have never called any specific person a name, but his letters have criticized those basic groups of bigots he believes need criticism. And bully for him. I don't always agree with everything Robert Yang's letters say, but I have definitely learned from him and I respect and appreciate his point of view. And I wonder, do other ID readers, whether or not they agree with Roger Algase's well crafted letters' focus on the racial motivations of anti-immigrationists, believe his letters deserve the type of unbridled thrashing he has continually received from you know who in the past? I for one do not believe so, and I for one am tired of Bible quotations and references to Babel. What do ya'll think? It's time to speak out, and then let's get back to trying to fix the system of legal immigration.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
I have something to say about all of this immigration stuff. the only thing I have to say is, they have been allow to stay work, get electric, gas, water, rent houses for years. Now all of a sudden they are not good enough to work, stay, nor live. The americans are yelling they are taking our jobs. That's an lie, an american is not going to work with an pig, cow nor chicken. They get in trouble and have an felony and can't work or don't want to work the weekend or they got drunk and don't want to go to work, Or they want to much money for an job that is not worth getting paid that much. I think america is big enough for every body to live and go to school. I read they get food stamps, taking from the goverment. I know alot of mexicans, peruivans,hondrian, ect.., and they pay cash for everything they are very proud people, who want to live and see their children go to school, and to eat and have an home. And I don't see nothing wrong with it.. We are all immigrate from some where or somebodies grandfather, granmother who came here years ago all wasn't here legally. And we are all still here. We all should live and help one another and love in God's country. It's not always about money. That's the problem now. Our country has paid out to much money to different things over the years and they have to set blame some where why not the immigrates.. Not trying to take anything from any body. What has our country come to?

Cherly Rodriguez

Dear Editor:
The last Mr. Roberts' letter (11/01/09 ID) written that BO signed Anti Hate Crime Bill that excludes the majority groups in this country wasn't only a blatant lie but also absurd and ridiculous. If I may quote the "holly books" again, I think God will cast liars into hell for sure. The conservatives and restrictionists are quick to judge and yell at BO and all liberals on spending and morality, Universal Health Care plan, blame illegal immigrants on their own reckless financial and living beyond their means spending habits, yet they're amazingly silent on how Republicans spent the money on wars and giving tax cuts to the wealthiest people and when the same or worse hypocrisy and sex scandals of their own emerged and have betrayed their own "family values and moral standard". Didn't the Lord said, "Don't judge or ye will be judged by the same standard and those who are without sins shall throw the stones to the sinner there". The dark and shameful history of Western colonization, imperialism, annexing and stealing others' properties and lands is no secret to anyone, it's widely available in most history books worldwide. If restrictionists got their "Christmas presents list wishes", no more illegal immigrants living in the US, no more foreigners coming again as immigrants legal or not and 100% complete isolation of USA, then I bet they will complaint again of how expensive their goods and services as the result of lack of open market competition. Protectionism always creates backlash form our foreign trade partners and we are the one who will be the biggest loser because foreigners are holding our huge debt burden and have the leverage to switch our currency as de facto global reserve into other currencies instead, we can't afford this from happening, period.

Robert Yang

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