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Immigration Daily December 29, 2009
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Sun Youth Forum

The Las Vegas Sun reports "Many older generations think young students are numb to the issues that surround them, but, in reality, students are more concerned and have opinions that could actually better the community." For the full story, see here.

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PERM For Beginners

Tuesday, December 29 is the deadline for ILW.COM's new seminar series of "PERM For Beginners" with speakers Ellen Freeman (discussion leader), Ferzana Hashmi, Janet Henner, Elizabeth Thompson and Other Speakers To Be Announced. The curriculum is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on December 30: Understanding the PERM Process

  • Who, what, where, when, and how of the labor certification process
  • Analyzing the position in question
  • Immigrant visa preference categories
  • Devising minimum job requirements
  • Analyzing whether these job requirements are normal (DoT (SVP) v. O*Net (job zones))
  • Drafting job description
  • Securing prevailing wage determination (dealing with State Workforce Agencies)
  • Documenting the foreign national employee's qualifications
  • Business necessity documentation
  • Dealing with foreign language requirements, closely held family business, combination of occupations, training and distinguishing former and current positions with the same employer
SECOND Phone Session on January 13: Preparing & filing PERM application
  • Devising recruitment campaign
  • Employer registration and attorney sub-account on federal and state levels
  • Placing Job Order with a state Department of Labor
  • Roles of attorney, employer and foreign national
  • Notice of internal posting
  • Mandatory Printed Ads - elements, placement, considerations
  • Professional positions and the necessary additional recruitment
  • Schedule A and Special Handling positions
  • Recruitment Report and audit preparedness
  • Drafting and submitting Form ETA-9089
THIRD Phone Session on February 10: Addressing PERM Post Filing Concerns
  • Proving Business Necessity
  • Responding to Audit
  • Addressing layoffs
  • Corporate reorganization during and after the filing
  • Demonstrating employer's ability to pay
  • Correcting typos and other errors after the filing
  • Reconsideration and Appeal
  • Supervised recruitment
  • Summary of best practices
Tuesday, December 29th 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.


Why We All Must Unite In The Call For An Accurate Census
Robert Gittelson writes "One of the privileges inherent in living in the free and open society that is the United States of America, is that it is acceptable for friends and colleagues to openly disagree with each other, and to discuss their disagreements in an open and civilized manner."

ILW.COM March 2009 Citations
Karen Weinstock, Sofia Zneimer, Angelo Paparelli, Elizabeth Rompf Bruen, Aron Finkelstein, et al. share the citations from all March 2009 ILW.COM seminars.

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Neufeld Memo On Continuance Residence Exception For N400 Applicants
USCIS Acting Associate Director, Domestic Operations Neufeld released a memo providing guidance on the continuous residence exception for naturalization applicants who worked as translators in Iran or Afghanistan.

CRS On Border Surveillance
The Congressional Research Service released an updated version of its report examining the pros and cons of the use of unmanned aerial vehicles to survey the US land border.


J-1 Visa Program
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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.

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.

Case Management Technology
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Immigration Reform In For A Tough Fight
President Barack Obama's campaign promise to overhaul immigration laws next year faces an uphill battle in Congress, and it could hurt Democrats in the 2010 midterm elections whether it succeeds or fails.

Book Explores Immigrants' Role In U.S. Economy
Cleveland authors write that highly skilled foreign-born entrepreneurs bring vitality but Northeast Ohio isn't doing enough to welcome them

Obama Quietly Changes U.S. Immigration Policy
Beginning next month, the DHS said, those who arrive in the US fleeing torture or persecution abroad will no longer automatically be welcomed with handcuffs and months in a jail cell.

Repeal of Nebraska Tuition Bill Draws Support
Nebraska lawmakers are set to again consider repealing a law that offers tuition breaks to some illegal immigrants, and the looming debate is already drawing support.


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Dear Editor:
Janet Napolitano's Department of Homeland Security's inexcusable failure to prevent a Nigerian on the terror watch list from boarding a US bound plane shows the full extent of the bankruptcy of her policy of going after immigrants who pose no threat to this country, instead of focusing on the real danger. She should resign immediately and President Obama should make a sea change in his administration's policy of caving in to anti-immigrant bigotry though its "enforcement-only" mania. Unfortunately, the change will probably go in the other direction, namely of breaking up even more immigrant families and shutting down even more business that hire immigrants, while continuing to divert DHS resources away from their primary function of keeping this country safe.

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
We are seeing some action going now on what seem to preserve the safety of the nation. Somehow what happen in September 11 2001 has no name even if there is no oubt in our nation of the tragic event. I believe somehow we need to understand that war is not pretty and those who considered our Nation a blasphem dot should pay the prize.

Gladys C. Farris

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