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Immigration Daily August 22, 2003
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Immigration For The Spirit, Body, And Soul

Our new 3-part telephone seminar "Immigration For The Spirit, Body, And Soul: Entertainers/Artists/Athletes, Chefs/Cooks, Religious Workers" focuses on hot areas of immigration practice. This telephonic seminar series will feature an in-depth, cutting-edge discussion on the latest in these areas of immigration law and will provide key insights and important practice pointers. This seminar is essential to any immigration practice involved with Entertainers/Artists/Athletes, Chefs/Cooks/Hospitality Workers and/or Religious Workers. Being on the cutting edge will give you a competitive edge. You can attend our upcoming telephonic seminar "Immigration For The Spirit, Body, And Soul: Entertainers/Artists/Athletes, Chefs/Cooks, Religious Workers" from the comfort and convenience of your office (no airplane/hotel costs) and you won't lose an entire day away from your office. It is also a great training tool for your entire law firm, as everyone can listen together around a speaker-phone for only one registration fee. Greg Siskind will lead the discussion, joined by distinguished immigration attorneys for the three panels of this seminar series. Don't delay! The deadline to register is Monday, August 25th. For more info, including detailed curriculum, speaker bios, and registration information, please see: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/august2003.shtm. For the fax version, please see: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/august2003.pdf


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Greg Siskind, Jonathan Ginsburg, Frieda Wong Et Al

Greg Siskind will lead a discussion on Entertainers, Athletes and Artists in our telephonic seminar on Wednesday, August 27th "Immigration For The Spirit, Body, And Soul: Entertainers/Artists/Athletes, Chefs/Cooks, Religious Workers". Joining him on the panel will be distinguished practitioners Jonathan Ginsburg (of Fettmann Tolchin & Majors) and Frieda Wong (of Wolfsdorf and Associates). Other panelists will shortly be announced for the panels on Cooks, Chefs and other hospitality workers (the September session) and Religious Workers (the October session). Being well-versed and up-to-date on these areas of immigration law will give you a competitive edge, learning just one important practice pointer would be well worth the time and money invested in listening to this 3-part seminar series. You can attend our upcoming telephonic seminar "Immigration For The Spirit, Body, And Soul: Entertainers/Artists/Athletes, Chefs/Cooks, Religious Workers" from the comfort and convenience of your office (no airplane/hotel costs) and you won't lose an entire day away from work. It is also a great training tool for your entire law firm, as everyone can listen together around a speaker-phone for only one registration fee. Don't delay! The deadline to register is Monday, August 25th. For more info, including detailed curriculum, speaker bios, and registration information, please see: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/august2003.shtm. For the fax version, please see: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/august2003.pdf


Featured Article

Immigration Policy At The Edges: International Migration To And Through The US Island Territories
David S. North for the Center for Immigration Studies explains why outlying US island jurisdictions cannot be ignored in the broader effort to overhaul our immigration policies and procedures.


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Immigration Law News

BCIS Employer Information Bulletin On Aliens with Extraordinary Ability (O-1)
The Office of Business Liaison of the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services of the DHS released an employer information bulletin on Aliens with Extraordinary Ability (O-1) and the Accompanying/Assisting Aliens (O-2) including standards for O-1 and O-2 classification.

BCIS Employer Information Bulletin On Employment of Canadian And Mexican Professionals Under NAFTA
The Office of Business Liaison of the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services of the DHS released an employer information bulletin on the employment under NAFTA including general information, TN admissions procedure, and schedule 2 professions.

BCIS Employer Information Bulletin On Temporary Religious Workers (R-1)
The Office of Business Liaison of the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services of the DHS released an employer information bulletin on temporary religious workers, including eligibility, standards, and procedural requirements.

No Meaningful Review Possible Where BIA Provides No Explanation
In Awolesi v. Ashcroft, No. 02-2435 (3rd Cir. Aug. 15, 2003), the court could not perform meaningful review of the Board of Immigration Appeal's order because "[it] was given no indication why the BIA denied Petitioner's petition and [it] could not determine whether it acted arbitrarily." The court also said that it was particularly concerned about being able to give meaningful review to the BIA's decision where the BIA reverses the Immigration Judge without explanation.

Stateless Palestinian's Petition For Review Denied
In Ahmed v. Ashcroft, No. 02-3315 (3rd Cir. Jul. 16, 2003), the court amended its original opinion dated Jul. 16, 2003, where it said that "it appears that the disadvantages [Petitioner] faces in Saudi Arabia apply not just to Palestinians but more broadly to all foreigners, who are also denied Saudi citizenship." The court also said that "stateless alone does not warrant asylum" and said that it was unwilling to consider Saudi Arabia's treatment of stateless Palestinians as persecution. The court further noted that the challenge to the BIA's curt review procedure was currently pending before the 3rd Circuit en banc.

Arthur Helton Was One Of First To Focus Exclusively On Refugee Protection
A New York Times obituary on Arthur Helton writes "Arthur was one of our most respected senior fellows and a noted expert on refugee and humanitarian issues and international law," Richard N. Haass, the [Council on Foreign Relations's] president, said in a statement. "The world has lost a devoted and talented champion of the rights of the dispossessed."

Couple Allegedly Paid By Chinese To Secure Fake Visas
The Denver Post reports "A Colorado couple accused of bringing Chinese nationals into the US on bogus visas has pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud the federal government."


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Experienced Canadian Immigration Attorney
The Law Offices of Bart Klein seeks an experienced attorney in Canadian immigration law for a full-time position based in Seattle, WA. Minimum 2 years experience in Canadian immigration law required. Attorney will advise clients on Canadian Immigration law and NAFTA. Must either possess or be eligible for WA State bar license or foreign law consultant license. Salary DOE. Send resume to: Law Offices of Bart Klein via fax at 206-624-6371.

Books - 8 CFR, Includes 2003 BCIS Changes
We are pleased to announce that the latest edition of the Immigration & Nationality Act (INA) is now available. This reference tool is invaluable while writing to the INS about a RFE or preparing a petition. Attorneys have been using the exhaustive topic indices in the 8 CFR Plus and The Whole ACT - INA (Annotated) to do just that for years. Whether you are a seasoned practitioner or a less experienced attorney entering the immigration law field, these books are a must-have. For information on our various publications, see here. (A Supplement is provided Free of cost updating the 8 CFR Plus as of June 1, 2003. All BCIS related changes have been included in this Supplement as well as a complete index to ALL 8 CFR Sections updated as of June 1, 2003.)

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:
While I knew Arthur Helton well and served on the ABA Commission on Immigration with him, I am not sure I am deserving of the honor of memorializing this great man. Arthur's legacy in the area of refugee and asylum law is legendary and arguably his contribution is unsurpassed in the history of US refugee law. He will be remembered by students and practitioners of immigration law for generations to come as one of the true greats who devoted his life to advancing human rights and helping refugees and immigrants. I first got to know Arthur when I came to the US in 1979 and applied for political asylum based on my anti-apartheid activities. Despite his prominence and overloaded schedule, he not only found the time to counsel and guide me through my application, but he even took the time to reassure me and allay my fears and anxieties, serving as fatherly friend as well as legal counselor. He later assisted me when I took on asylum clients of my own, always finding the time to provide expert counsel. If the ultimate measure of a human life is the positive impact one has had on one's fellow human beings, Arthur Helton will deservedly go down in history as one of the great human beings of the world. His passing is a tragic loss for all who knew him as well as for the many thousand more whose lives and opportunities were improved by his seminal contributions and dedication.

Bernard P. Wolfsdorf
Los Angeles, CA

Dear Editor:
Does every immigrant in the US, and every aspiring immigrant in the rest of the world, have a personal computer, and a highly sophisticated knowledge of how to use it? If not, they can just forget about applying for the visa lottery. Starting with the DV-2005 lottery, entries must be submitted electronically between Saturday, November 1, 2003 and Tuesday, December 30, 2003. Anything submitted by U.S. Postal Service will be ignored. Can a poor person n the U.S., much less in Ethiopia, have a chance? I guess not. Henceforth, the lottery will be for the well off and the well-connected, which seems to me to be a flagrant violation of the humanitarian principles that should guide the immigration law at its best. See here for the full story from the US State Department. Bureau of Consular Affairs, Visa Services, can be found at The hardship that the new electronic requirement will pose for ordinary people is well illustrated by the instructions on how to send photos, which used to be so easy. Here is what they say, at page 2: "Each applicant, his/her spouse, and each child will therefore need a computer file containing his/her digital photo (image) which will be submitted on-line with the EDV Entry Form. The image file can be produced either by taking a new digital photograph or by scanning a photographic print with a digital scanner." There are many more lines of equally intimidating instructions, but these first few lines will suffice. Pages 10-11 have a list of countries in Africa and Asia, which are eligible for the lottery this year. There are a few that are famous for their computer-literate population, but many or most are among the poorest countries in the world, where access to a computer for ordinary citizens would be out of the question. Are there key players in the State Department who wish to eliminate the visa lottery? If so, they should come before Congress and make their pitch. What has been done, instead, is to quietly make the lottery impossible for ordinary people of modest means, here and abroad. Does anybody care about this?

Carl R. Baldwin

Dear Editor:
Here's an interesting decision on Cambodian adoptions that may be of interest to Immigration Daily readers.

Michael J. Sheridan, BCIS attorney
Helena, MT


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