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Immigration Daily December 23, 2003
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Santa's Visas

Have you ever wondered how Santa Claus would gain entry to the US to accomplish his annual pilgrimage of gift delivery? Today's Featured Article answers just that, from an immigration law perspective. Written as a collaborative effort by Sheela Murthy and her colleagues at The Law Office of Sheela Murthy, P.C. and MurthyDotCom, the article reviews the visa options available to Santa Claus a.k.a. Kris Kringle. You'll sure to be entertained from this whimsical and humorous piece. For the original item, see below.


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The Featured Speaker for the December 30th workshop will be Peter Boyd, who is a Florida attorney and president of PaperStreet Web Design, Inc. He has consulted on over 100 web sites since he began designing in 1996 and has launched over 50 in the past two years. His articles on web design and marketing for lawyers have appeared in numerous law-related publications.

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Featured Article

How Is Santa Claus Coming To Town?
Sheela Murthy et al. write "While scientists frequently discuss whether it is mathematically possible for Santa Claus to travel around the world in just one night, they generally overlook the legal implications of the jolly man's travels. Here, we explore his visa options in order to help him attain admission to the US this December 24th."

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Immigration Law News

104 Year-Old Becomes US Citizen
The USCIS announced that a 104 year-old Russian immigrant became a US naturalized citizen, one of the oldest on record to have become a US naturalized citizen.

AILA President- Elect Answers Questions On Student Visas
BusinessWeek reports "At a Dec. 17 live event on BusinessWeek Online, [Paul Zulkie, president-elect of AILA] fielded questions from an audience of international students on how to get visas to study in the US."

Undocumented: Problem That Needs Addressing
A Passadena Star News op-ed of California says "What is America and California in particular to do with an increasing number of undocumented immigrants?"

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Greenberg Traurig, a large international law firm, has openings in its Tysons Corner, VA office for experienced immigration specialists/paralegals. Positions require a Bachelors degree and a minimum 2+ yrs of experience in the immigration field. Strong organizational, written, computer and verbal skills are required. Fluency in Spanish preferred. Excellent benefits and compensation package offered. Send resume + cover letter, including salary requirements by (fax) 703-714-8378 or (email)

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Help Wanted: Experienced Paralegals
The Law Offices of Bernard P. Wolfsdorf seek to hire experienced paralegals for its South Bay, Southern CA office and New York, NY offices. Bachelor's degree required. Ideal candidates should have experience with all aspects of business immigration. Responsibilities include: preparation of all types of immigrant visa petitions, labor certifications (RIR and traditional), adjustment of status and consular processing applications, and preparation of all types of nonimmigrant visa petitions (particularly Hs, Ls, TNs, and Os). Paralegals will manage caseloads with large degree of independence, communicate with clients regarding procedural and case processing issues, update and maintain client status reports, prepare bills, and serve as a team resource. Applicants should submit resume + cover letter to specific desired location: South Bay applicants: fax Michele Buchanan at 310-540-3147 or email to; New York applicants: fax Frieda Wong at 212-899-5041 or email to The Law Offices of Bernard P. Wolfsdorf is an equal opportunity employer.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:
In his letter on 12/18/03, Justin Randolph, Esq., wrote that he believed ..."that most of the 9/11 hijackers were in status on valid visas or otherwise and not illegals. Only a couple were in violation of the immigration laws". I've been trying to do a little research and to see if things had changed since I retired from the Border Patrol in 1995, but am fairly confident that these people were illegal from the time they were admitted or obtained their visas. Section 212 of the INA says that any alien who is a terrorist or belongs to terrorist organizations is inadmissible. Section 212(a)(3)(A) and (B) define nation security violations and terrorism. No alien can legally obtain a visa if their intent is to come to the U.S. to commit an act of terrorism or engage in terrorist activities. If they weren't "excludable at entry", they certainly were "deportable" at the time they set into motion their deadly plans. It's possible that some of the conspirators came to the US with good intentions, but I don't think many people believe that. As for the letter from "Lynne Barrows" to "Chucky", here in Maine we mow our own lawns and other "Maine-iacs" put "vegetables on our tables" and "bus our tables when we dine out". So far we're surviving quite nicely without a huge pool of illegal labor.

John H. Frecker
Baileyville, ME

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