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Immigration Daily December 16, 2009
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Today Is The Deadline For Special Problems with PERM

Wednesday, December 16, 2009 is the deadline for signing up for the Thursday, December 17 phone session of PERM For Experts. The following topics will be discussed:

  • Restrictive Requirements:
    • Actual Minimum Requirements
    • Special Requirements, Foreign Languages
    • Combination of Occupations
    • Alternative Requirements
    • Combinations of Education, Experience, and Training
    • Layoffs
    • Alien Influence and Control
  • Anti-Fraud Rule
  • Audit Letters and Final Determinations
  • Post Denial Practice:
    • Motions to Reconsider to Certifying Officer
    • Requests for Appeal to BALCA
    • Federal Court Litigation
  • BALCA Case Summaries:
    • Harmless Error
    • Challenging the Zero Tolerance Policy
    • Defining the Record File
    • Remands from BALCA
Wednesday, December 16th is the deadline to sign up. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, see: Fax: Don't delay, sign up today.


Court Rules Sponsors Not Automatically Accountable For Family Members Social Assistance Debt
David Cohen writes "Earlier this month, the Ontario Court of Appeal ordered governments to stop automatically charging individuals, who have sponsored relatives to come to Canada as permanent residents, for social assistance debt sustained by those relatives."

Immigrants Of The Week: Clark Blatteis and Sheba George
Greg Siskind celebrates the achievements of these select immigrants.

Illegal Immigrants And HR 3200: Estimate Of Potential Costs To Taxpayers
Steven A. Camarota for the Center for Immigration Studies writes "Based on our analysis of Census Bureau data, we estimate that there are 6.6 million uninsured illegal immigrants in the United States who could be covered by the new health care reform bill (HR 3200)."

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USCIS On New Filing Addresses For Forms I-800(A) And I-600(A)
USCIS announced new addresses, effective immediately for: (1) Form I-800 (2) Form I-800A (3) Form I-600, and (4) Form I-600A.

USCIS To Process Applications of Widowers of Deceased USC
USCIS released a fact sheet along with related questions and answers on the removal of the two-year marriage requirement previously necessary for a widow(er) to qualify for permanent resident status as an immediate relative of his or her late U.S. citizen spouse.

USCIS To End U Nonimmigrant Interim Relief Program
USCIS will now end U nonimmigrant interim relief for individuals who were previously granted interim relief but who have not filed Form I-918 or Form I-918, Supplement A filed on their behalf by December 31, 2009.

EOIR Releases Overview Fact Sheet
The Executive Office for Immigration Reform issued a fact sheet providing an agency overview at a glance.


Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
INSZoom seeks software sales executive to generate new business by cold calling to develop new markets in the US immigration law firm vertical. Requirements include: Excellent usage of MS Outlook, Word, and Excel, meticulous organizational skills, proven sales track record, confidence with cold calling, skilled at online demos, strong communication skills, ability to multitask, travel required (10-20%). Earn while you learn - success will be amply rewarded. $48-$50K base + commission. Competitive benefits package offered. Qualified applicants encouraged to apply. Please send cover letter + resume to: with subject line indicating position. No calls please, all applications must be submitted to: Principals only.

Forensic Psychology Services
Forensic Psychology Group - nationwide service - 800-852-2160. The Forensic Psychology Group provides nationwide expert witness services in all areas of immigration law. It is led by Stephen Reich, PhD, JD, and Grace P. Lee, PhD, JD, who are both clinical psychologists and attorneys, and also AILA members. The Group's experts - all licensed psychologists or psychiatrists - have extensive experience in working collaboratively with immigration lawyers on a wide range of forensic psychological issues. We offer nationwide service in the following areas: psychological consultation, psychodiagnostic evaluation, psychological reports, expert witness services, courtroom testimony, political asylum evaluation, extreme and exceptional hardship evaluations, spousal abuse, citizenship waivers. Dr. Stephen Reich, the Group's founder and director, is a nationally known forensic psychologist who holds a BA, JD, and MBA from Columbia University, and an MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology from Fordham University. He has been on the faculty of Weill Cornell Medical College and on the Attending Staff of New York Presbyterian Hospital for 30+ years. Visit The Forensic Psychology Group. The right experts make a real difference.

J-1 Visa Program
Discover the ease and flexibility of the J-1 Visa with Global Current, a service of AIESEC U.S., a leader in international exchange and professional training for over 50 years. Unlike other visas, the J-1 does not require a lengthy petitioning process, has few restrictions and can be processed at any time of year to facilitate the quick and simple implementation of an Exchange Visitor Program. Global Current has developed a streamlined sponsorship process supported by J-1 experts that allows us to maintain an unrivaled 48 hour turnaround time on complete applications. Global Current provides J-1 Trainee and Intern programs in a variety of occupational categories including law, engineering, finance, architecture, graphic design, marketing and fashion. For more information on eligibility requirements and a complete list of occupational categories, visit or email Melany Hamner at

Co-Counseling Offered
Practitioners with challenging extraordinary ability cases or any other complex immigration cases including appeals, may wish to co-counsel with PJ Patel, an attorney experienced in O, EB-1, NIW, and any complex matters for many years. Mr. Patel is known for his compilation of the INA, 8 CFR & 20/22/28 CFR for the past 25+ years. For more information, see his website at Mr. Patel can be reached at 212-279-3230. All cases will be kept in strict confidence.


Want To Create Jobs? Import Entrepreneurs
Despite pressure to do something - anything - to improve the job market, Congress isn't likely to move any time soon on the startup visa proposal.

With Fewer U.S. Opportunities, Home Looks Appealing to Expats
With unemployment at 10% and prospects for finding work bleak, foreign-born professionals who came to the United States in search of better job opportunities and prosperity are now retreating.

Immigration Reform Bill Introduced By House Progressives
Luis Gutierrez and a host of House members from the Congressional Tri-Caucus (Hispanic, Black and Asian/Pacific Islander) and Progressive Caucus are holding an event at this hour, introducing the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for Americas Security and Prosperity Act of 2009.

Immigration Reform Will Resuscitate The Stagnant US Economy
It is in large part thanks to these immigrants that the United States has prospered over the past few centuries.


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Dear Editor:
If I understand Honza Prchal's letter (12/15/09 ID) correctly, it seems to say that there would be nothing wrong with a US immigration system that plays ethnic or "cultural" favorites. His letter appears to recommend skewing national origin immigration quotas in order to allow greater numbers of people to immigrate from countries whose citizens are more likely to "assimilate" to American culture quickly, while reducing quotas for countries whose citizens are more likely to create "slow assimilating ghettos". This idea is not a new one. It inspired the Know-Nothings to persecute Irish immigrants in the 19th Century, because their Roman Catholic religion was considered to make the Irish unable to assimilate quickly to American culture. Toward the end of that century, the US Supreme Court held that Chinese immigrants were inherently unable to assimilate to American culture and that the Chinese exclusion laws were therefore Constitutional. In 1924, Congress, motivated by popular stereotypes to the effect that immigrants from Eastern Europe (including the territory that is now part of Mr. Prchal's native Czech Republic, according to his letters) would tend to create the equivalent of slow assimilating ghettos (though less polite phrases were in use at the time), cut off almost all immigration from that part of the world. Perhaps a future letter by Mr. Prchal will be able to explain how that act of Congress was any different from the suggestion in his own above mentioned letter.

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
Responding to the Yang letter (see 12/14/09 ID), all his letter's arguments are just personal opinions with no real solutions, studies or posit that anyone can use as tools to untangle the immigration issue. His letter refers to Jesus' principles, then reverts to Old Testament principles "The Bible suggests persecution and death penalty for gays, unruly kids ..." that was Mosaic law. Jesus fulfilled the "law" and initiated "grace" which includes gays, unruly kids, etc. If you want to review these, I refer you to His sermon on the mount in the New Testament, which explains in great detail. The failure is not in religion but is instead in man. Even though the vast majority of people in this country are Christians, our politicians have steadily legislated Jesus out. Unless this country again decides to put their trust in God again. Ref. the Yang letter (12/14/09 ID) where his letter states that "anyone stop using Biblical or other religious references in this debate" then himself proceeds using religion to continue his discussion. All these arguments are just personal opinions with no real solutions, studies or posit that anyone can use as tools to untangle the immigration issue. Example - his letter refers to Jesus' principles, then reverts to Old Testament principles "The Bible suggests persecution and death penalty for gays, unruly kids..." that were Mosaic laws. Jesus (God in the flesh) fulfilled the "law" and started "grace" which includes gays, unruly kids, etc. The failure is not in religion but is instead in man. This country has steadily legislated Jesus out. Indeed religion should not be an issue in the immigration debate unless this country again decides to put their trust in God again because God doesn't ordinarily bless those who don't believe and trust in Him.


Dear Editor:
I keep asking those in favor of "immigration reform" ... who want illegal aliens to get amnesty. Then what limit will they and their advocates do to help prevent future illegal alien entrants from the these United States of America?

Peter G.
Los Angeles, CA

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