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Immigration Daily March 16, 2012
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Comment: EB-5 Sunset - The sunset of the EB-5 program is scheduled for September, 2012. Fortunately, some steps have already been taken to ensure the renewal of this important program. In January, Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy held hearings called "Reauthorizing the EB-5 Regional Center Program: Promoting Job Creation and Economic Development in American Communities," which brought attention to this important topic. Today, the EB-5 program is more vital to the American economy than ever - as banks' willingness to lend capital to developing projects continues to tighten, this program allows for the infusion of much-needed money into U.S. business ventures, while creating jobs in the areas that need the most help. Please call your representatives and encourage them to support the permanent extension of this program.

Article: How To Fix A Broken Border: Disrupting Smuggling At Its Source by Terry Goddard for the Immigration Policy Center

Article: Immigrants Of The Week : Ana Hernandez Luna and Gerda Weissman Klein by Greg Siskind

Bloggings: Dispelling ICE Misinformation about Deportation Priorities by Matthew Kolken

Bloggings: Everyone in America suffers from letting anti-immigrant hate go unchecked by Roger Algase

News: Social Security Administration Updates Manual On New Method For Verifying I-94

Focus: PERM For Experts
Tuesday, March 20 is the deadline to sign up for the Thursday, March 22 phone session of "PERM For Experts" with Joel Stewart, Nathan Waxman, and other speakers to be announced. The curriculum is as follows:

PERM for Experts will synchronize changes in the Regulations, FAQs, Stakeholder Meetings, Memos, and BALCA decisions to bring an up-to-date of difficult issues in PERM processing.

FIRST Phone Session on March 22: Substitutions and Modifications

  • Important Definitions
  • Attorneys, Agents and Preparers of Forms
  • Illegal payment of Fees and Costs
  • Schedule A: Physical Therapists, Professional Nurses, and Aliens of Exception Ability in the Sciences or Arts or in the Performing Arts.
  • Second and Third Preference Issues
  • Prevailing Wage & Scope of Validity
  • Alien Ownership or Family Relationships

SECOND Phone Session on April 12: PERM Update 212 - Form 9089 Preparation, DOL Standards Notice, and Recruitment

  • Special Problems with Form 9089
  • Notice of Filing
  • Professional v. Non-Professional
  • SVP, SOC and O*Net
  • Advertisements and Other Recruitment Efforts
  • Special Problems with SWA's
  • Recruitment: Resumes, interviews and Contacts with US Workers

THIRD Phone Session on May 3: PERM Update 212: Post Filing Issues

  • Calculating Time Periods
  • Audits and Requests for Documentation
  • Reconsideration : Government or Regular Queue
  • Supervised Recruitment
  • Preparing Requests for Review to BALCA
  • BALCA en banc and Leading Panel Decisions
  • Administrative Appeal v. Filing under the APA in District Court

Tuesday, March 20 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.

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Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
New York, NY - Mid-size firm located in downtown Manhattan is seeking an experienced immigration attorney. The ideal candidate must be able to work independently, and handle PERM cases, H-1B & other NIVs, and have 1+ years of experience. Send your cover letter and resume at

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
New York, NY - The Law Offices of Merrill R. Cohen & Associates, PC is seeking an immigration attorney to handle own caseload of complex business immigration matters, including EB-1, EB-2, PERM, O-1, E-1, E-2, E-3, H-1B, L-1A and L-1B petitions and similar. Our new associate can expect to have significant responsibility for cases and enjoy much client contact. The ideal candidate is a self-starter with excellent organization, writing and interpersonal skills and has 3+years of relevant experience. Salary D.O.E. Part-time possible. Please email CV and writing sample to

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Boston, MA - Seyfarth Shaw LLP is seeking junior and senior level immigration paralegals. These positions will participate in all aspects of the firm's national Business Immigration and Global Mobility practice, including assisting in the management of client relationships, case review and analysis, preparing and filing employment-based nonimmigrant and immigrant petitions, including PERM processing, and serving as a primary contact to numerous prominent clients. Our clients include Fortune 500 corporations, major academic and medical institutions, and performing artists. The ideal candidates must be able to successfully multi-task, in a fast-paced, deadline driven enviroment, to communicate effectively in writing and verbally, to use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems, to manage one's own time of others. Junior level applicants must posses a Bachelor's degree and a strong desire to learn the fundamentals of immigration law (in practice and theory). Senior level applicants must posses a Bachelor's degree and 4+ years of progressively responsible business immigration experience. Salary is commensurate with experience. Please send resumes to

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Letters of the Week: Honza Prchal, R Yang, Jay McTyier, Roger and Lynn Bloxham (2), jkwolstenholme iters

ComingsNGoings: New Position
The Executive Office for Immigration Review announced that Director Juan P. Osuna has appointed Robin M. Stutman as the new Chief Administrative Hearing Officer, effective Mar. 26, 2012. Ms. Stutman has served as the agency's general counsel since August 2009. JuanCarlos M. Hunt, deputy general counsel, will serve as the agency's acting general counsel.

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