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Immigration Daily March 19, 2007
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UPL And Software

According to a Findlaw news story, "Legal software vendors beware. The Ninth Circuit recently held that a seller of web-based bankruptcy software qualified as a bankruptcy petition preparer and, as such, engaged in fraud and the unauthorized practice of the law." For the full story, see here.

We welcome readers to share their opinion and ideas with us by writing to editor@ilw.com.


Focus

Filing H-1Bs, I-140 Tips, Etc

The curriculum for I-140 Tips And Resolving Benefits Problems is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on Mar 22: Vermont Service Center & California Service Center

  • Latest information on Filing H1B Applications on April 2nd
  • New Direct Filing Initiative
  • Common Problems & Issues at VSC & CSC
  • Transfer of I-485
  • USCIS Memo on FBI Checks
  • I-130 Issues

SECOND Phone Session on Apr 19: Nebraska Service Center & Texas Service Center

  • I-140 Degree Equivalencies & Ability to Pay
  • New case law on degree equivalencies
  • I-485 Issues
  • Dual EADs (NIV based and AOS based?)

THIRD Phone Session on May 10: National Benefits Center, CIS Ombudsman, & AAO/BIA

  • Recent AAO Decisions & Issues
  • Update on NBC Processing and Common Problems
  • The Ombudsman's Role & Recent Activities
  • Recent BIA Decision on CSPA
The deadline to sign up is Wednesday, March 21st. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/march2007.shtm.(Fax version: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/march2007.pdf.


Article

An Immigration PAC
Drew Seman writes "We want you, your clients, family, friends and institutional contacts to know about us and join in our important work for better immigration laws."

States Line Up To Increase Employer Responsibility
Diane Adams writes "Following landmark immigration legislation affecting employers in Colorado and Georgia, a host of other states have launched their own attempts at immigration control."


News

DOS Issues Passport Update
The Department of State issued a media note on passports.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
The Murthy Law Firm, located in Owings Mills, a few minutes from downtown Baltimore, Maryland, welcomes resumes from attorneys with 7-10 years' experience in business immigration law. With a staff of over 50, we are able to tailor the position to your interests and strengths, so that you augment our team of 12 attorneys, who manage departments and other legal areas. Our practice is dynamic and fast-paced. Applicants must have an in-depth understanding and knowledge of the various immigration procedures and are expected to supervise paralegals and support staff. Good writing and analytical skills required. We utilize our website and our proprietary case-management system to provide the highest quality of service to our clients. As a boutique practice, we're able to maintain the personal connection to our clients that they have come to expect and on which our reputation is built. Salary + benefits commensurate with experience and abilities. EOE. Resume and cover letter should be emailed to: hr@murthy.com, with Attorney Position in the subject line. Your communication will be treated in confidence.

Credential Evaluation
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comingsNgoings

Readers can share their professional announcements (100-words or fewer at no charge), email: editor@ilw.com. Readers interested in learning about featuring your event or conference in Immigration Daily, see here. To feature your newsletter in Immigration Daily, see here.

Immigration Event - Las Vegas, NV
The AILA Texas Chapter is very excited to announce that we have several additional confirmed government speakers added to our agenda for the Texas Chapter spring conference in Las Vegas. With 15 CLE hours and a fantastic faculty, this is an advanced immigration practice seminar you do not want to miss. Early Bird Registration and the AILA Texas Chapter Group Rate end on March 19th. Register today. For more information, see here. For the registration form, see here. ILW.COM is pleased to be a media sponsor for this event.

Immigration Book
Guest Workers or Colonized Labor: Mexican Labor Migration to the US By Gilbert G. Gonzalez. Paradigm Publishers, 238 pp. Hardcover, ISBN: 1594511500, $72.00. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1594511500/. Paperback, ISBN: 1594511519, $14.93 http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1594511519/.


Letters

Readers are welcome to share their comments, email: editor@ilw.com (300-words or fewer preferred). Many letters to the Editor refer to past correspondence, available in our archives.

Dear Editor:
True inability to pay filing fees should not be an impediment for those who qualify for immigration benefits but everybody should pay something (see 03/16/07 ID comment). If waivers remain available and the huge proposed increases go into effect would the result be fair? Those who make slightly more than the poverty level and those who have been waiting patiently in line for years will bear the burden of paying for perhaps as many as 20 million amnesty beneficiaries many of whom are no doubt poor. This may be the very reason for such unprecendented fee increases. Giving the poor a break is fine but taking it out of the hide of the slightly less poor is not. Being generous with other people's money is not a virtue. How is this for an idea? All those in support of immigrant rights start a fund to help those who cannot afford the filing fees.

M. Richmond, Esq.

Dear Editor:
In response to ID's comment (03/16/07 ID), why are not the N 400 fees tax deductible so that people would be encouraged to apply for citizenship which is something the USA wants them to do? The issue is not just whether poor people will be discouraged from applying or prevented from doing so. The debate thus far is too narrow and ignores people who are not that far below the poverty line, who have jobs but have many competing demands on their incomes, particularly if they are unemployed, underemployed, without medical insurance or caring for aging or aged parents, all of which are very common and will become more so as employers shift more insurance costs on to the back of their employees or simply drop insurance altogether. It is not hard to believe that many of these people will want to apply but will defer from doing so not because they are uninterested, or even because they do not have the money to pay the higher fees, but because they have many other competing demands or needs that are also important. Since the nation should make it as easy as possible to become citizens who those who otherwise qualify, if the Congress does not want to fund all of these services or applications, then why not fund some of them on a selective basis that are of particular national importance, and surely the encouragement of citizenship is one of those.

Gary Endelman, Esq.
Houston, TX

Dear Editor:
I am an attorney who has worked with eastern European immigrants and prospective immigrants for the last seven years. I am not an immigration attorney, therefore I refer these "clients" to an immigration attorney. I generally serve as a liaison between them and the attorney if they need that service. It greatly troubles me to see what is being done to people who honestly want to make a better life for themselves and their families. Besides the reduction of allowable "aliens" in all capacities, fees have become astronomical. It would be one thing if that money was used towards processing the applications and other necessary work to be done to discover whether the applicant should be approved. Instead it seems the money goes to "Homeland Security" whatever that is depending on which bureaucrat is defining it. So many of the "illegal" aliens started out legally. But, when all their hard earned money was spent on legal fees and USCIS fees their choice was either to go home or stay illegally. There is room enough for us and all the immigrants here illegally or waiting to be "legitimized". If there wasn't they wouldn't be here. We wouldn't have our housekeepers, gardeners, dishwashers, agricultural workers, etc. We also wouldn't have enough doctors, engineers and IT workers, among other professions. Yes there are some criminals among those "aliens", and yes "DHS" is necessary, but the people who want to do damage are not the ones who are working hard, paying large fees, and being treated like worse than second class citizens. I do not advocate breaking the law but I am have a much greater understanding of the situation than so many "Americans" who think these "aliens" are sent home and punished, etc. for their desire to stay in this country.

Marcia S. Kupferberg, Esq.

Dear Editor:
USCIS never treats paying immigrants as its valued customers (see 03/16/07 ID comment). Collect more, same or worse sloppy service, with impunity. USCIS must provide certain deadline and provide money back guarantee on its customers like how long ones will get their petitions approved, greencards mailed etc. If it fails to meet this deadline the applications should be conditionally approved and the fee should be refunded as well. We got to end unnecessary red tapes, greencard renewal for example should be easy and can be done at ATM like machines by submitting biometric like finger print and iris scan and presenting 2 proof of ID and 2 proof of current address. We must also eliminate family based immigration except for spouse and minor children of US citizens/residents, and start doing skill and merit based immigration instead to stop never ending chained immigration.

Robert Yang


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