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Immigration Daily March 5, 2008
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Shenanigans In The House

Serious immigration legislation is in the air. Rep Shuler's (D- NC) enforcement-only bill has attracted a fair number of supporters, and the rumor is that the House Republicans will try to force through a discharge petition necessitating a vote on the bill. While we are skeptical that a discharge petition has much chance of success, the House Democratic leadership is apparently not so sanguine (for info on discharge petitions, see here). The House Hispanic Caucus has prepared a plan to meet the antis head on if they force a vote on the Shuler Bill.

The plan begins with the proposition that any serious discussion of immigration on the Hill will definitely harm Republican presidential nominee McCain. If he supports the "pros", the anti immigration fanatics in the Republican party will not support him in the general election; if he supports the "antis", it will weaken his appeal to the independents for the general election. Second, should a vote on the Shuler bill come about, the House Hispanic caucus would seek to attach numerous benefit amendments to it - there is every likelihood that some of these amendments will succeed, a raising of the H cap, for example. Hopefully, so the thinking among the strategists among the House Democrats goes, the success of a few amendments will be a "poison-pill" guaranteeing the defeat of the over-all measure since the antis are not in a mood to make any deal trading enforcement with benefits at this time. Ironically, the antis in the House may be forced to vote against the amended Shuler bill, thus positioning the Democrats as the real pro-enforcement party.

Our take is that once started down the Hill (pun intended), the momentum of an immigration bill would be hard to stop, and we might end up with something along the lines of the Kennedy-Kyl compromise of last spring, but without the point system which doomed it. To the surprise of many, Comprehensive Immigration Reform appears far from dead. And once again, it’s the antis who deserve the credit for bringing benefits to the fore.

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


Focus

Shipping Now: The Nurse Immigration Book

ILW.COM is pleased to announce that this book has begun shipping. Those who pre-ordered it (as well as The Nurse Immigration Book authors) should expect to receive their copy next week. The table of contents is as follows:

I. FOREWORD: Why A Nurse Immigration Book? By William Stock

II. PREPARING AN IMMIGRATION CASE:

  • H-1 Visas For Nurses By Greg Siskind and Esther Fridman
  • TN Status For Nurses By Christopher Wendt
  • Practice Pointers for Presenting TN Applications By Leslie Holman
  • An Outline Of A Typical Nurse Case, Including Consular Processing By Joseph Curran
  • Adjustment Of Status For Professional Nurses By Sylvia Boecker
  • Building International Bridges By Commission On Graduates Of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS International)
  • Tips For Staffing Companies In Planning Their Posting Strategies By Ronald Nair
  • Licensure: US State Licenses For International Nurses By Patrick Curran
  • Immigration Basics For Allied Professional Healthcare Workers By Christopher Musillo
  • Managing Or Achieving Expectations: The Key To Success By Michael Hammond
III. UNDERSTANDING THE NURSING CRISIS:
  • Global Issues In Nurse Recruitment By Joseph Curran
  • The Nurse Shortage: Why It Matters By Carl Shusterman
  • Deadly Consequences: The Hidden Impact Of America’s Nursing Shortage By Stuart Anderson
  • Aiding And Abetting - Nursing Crises At Home And Abroad By Sreekanth Chagaturu and Snigdha Vallabhaneni
  • US Visa Policy Competition For International Scholars, Scientists And Skilled Workers By Phyllis Farrell Norman
  • Better Late Than Never: Workforce Supply Implications Of Later Entry Into Nursing By David Auerbach, Peter Buerhaus and Douglas Staiger
IV. RECRUITING AND RETAINING NURSES:
  • The Business Of Nurse Immigration By Mireille Kingma
  • Recruitment Of Workers In The Philippines: Playing Ball With The POEA By Ronald Nair
  • Successful International Nurse Recruiting By C. Philip Slaton
  • Nurse Assimilation By Yvette Mooney
  • Hospitals' Responses To Nurse Staffing Shortages By Jessica May, Gloria Bazzoli and Anneliese Gerland
  • Nurse Perspectives Of The Migration Experience By Mariah Rutherford-Olds
V. AFTERWORD: Musings After 2 Decades In Nurse Immigration By James David Acoba

For more info, and to order, please see here. For the fax order form, see here.


Article

Canada's Temporary Migration Program: A Model Despite Flaws
Tanya Basok for the Migration Policy Institute writes "Compared with permanent forms of migration, policymakers consider temporary migration more attractive for a number of reasons."

Bloggings: March 5, 2008
Joel Stewart shares the latest entries to his blog.

To submit an Article for consideration, write to editor@ilw.com.


News

CIS Ombudsman Releases USCIS Receipting Delay II Related Q&As
The following are questions & answers received after CIS Ombudsman's teleconference: "USCIS Receipting Delay II - How Does This Affect You?," November 2, 2007.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Chicago, IL - VISANOW seeks business immigration attorney to help deliver legal advice and counsel to our clients who include companies, individuals, colleges and universities. JD required with 2+ years of solid experience working as attorney in immigration law, with strong knowledge in the area of employment-based non-immigrant and immigrant petitions. Candidate must be enthusiastic and possess excellent communication skills (verbal + written). For full job details, see here. If you desire a unique employment opportunity and have a forward-thinking approach to resolving client concerns and issues, this is the place for you. Competitive compensation plan + excellent benefits, including medical, dental, life, disability and 401K match. We offer a relatively relaxed environment which makes the production of work product easier. If you're a team player interested in taking the next step of your career with an industry leader, e-mail resume to careers@visanow.com with "Attorney" in subject line. All replies confidential.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Prominent Midtown Manhattan immigration law firm seeks paralegal with 1 to 2 years of business immigration experience. Applicant will work in a high volume team environment. Applicant will have client contact and work with latest case management system. Applicant should have good writing, communication and organization skills. Competitive compensation package. Please send resumes to resumes@wildesweinberg.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Chicago, IL - Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP seeks senior level immigration paralegal. Ideal candidate will have 5+ years of experience in senior level capacity with an immigration law firm, law department or corporate immigration function. Manages caseload with a large degree of independence. May manage team of one or more legal support staff. Serves as team resource for client and office procedures. Communicates regularly with clients regarding procedural and case processing issues. Candidates will have experience counseling US and foreign employers on range of immigration issues, including nonimmigrant and immigrant visa matters, preparing PERM applications, and O-1, H-1B, TN, and L-1 petitions. Must be able to work in fast-paced, high-volume case-processing environment. Must be people- and service-oriented. College degree and excellent writing skills required. Competitive salary + excellent benefits package. Send cover letter, resume, + writing sample to mmolina@fragomen.com. EOE.

Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
Blacksburg, VA - Virginia Tech invites nominations and applications for the position of Assistant Director for Visa Services. This position is an administrative and professional faculty appointment and will report directly to the Associate Provost for International Affairs and work in a small, collegial non-student visa office. This newly created position will demand in depth knowledge and leadership to develop a comprehensive non-student permanent residency (PR) visa program that will help move Virginia Tech towards its goal of being recognized as a world-class research institution by facilitating recruitment of outstanding international researchers and professors. Salary up to $60,000 commensurate with experience and salary history; excellent benefits also provided. For a detailed job description and application process please refer to: www.jobs.vt.edu, posting #080001. Review of applications will begin on 3/15/2008; however, applications may be received until a candidate is appointed. Virginia Tech is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Chicago, IL and Washington, DC - Baker & McKenzie, the world's leading global law firm seeks business immigration paralegals for both locations. Duties include: Preparation of business immigration visa petitions, labor certification applications, and permanent residency applications. Knowledge and skills required: candidates must clearly understand the immigration process; must be detail-oriented; excellent verbal and written skills; must be able to work well in a document intensive and fast-paced environment; team player. Education and experience required: 2+ years employment based immigration experience and bachelor's degree. Paralegal certificate preferred. Qualified applicants encouraged to apply online or send resume to chicago-hr@bakernet.com (Chicago) or wdchr@bakernet.com (Washington DC). Relocation expenses not offered. No phone calls or recruiters please. Baker & McKenzie LLP is an EOE and member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Miami, FL - The Church World Service, a progressive non-profit social service organization established in 1960 seeks staff immigration attorney. Responsibilities include: ensure adequate representation for clients in all immigration matters; conduct intake interview with clients; prepare clients for court appearances and/or USCIS interviews; represent clients in removal proceedings, attend master calendar hearings and individual hearings, draft and file appropriate pleadings and motions to preserve interests of clients. Full job description at: www.churchworldservice.org/employment. Candidate should have knowledge of immigration law. JD degree and admission to a State Bar, FL preferred. Working knowledge of Spanish and/or Haitian Creole preferred. Send resume by fax: 574-266-0087 or cwshr@churchworldservice.org.

PERM Services
At Jon Byk Advertising, Inc., we provide a wide range of services that will help fulfill your PERM recruitment requirements quickly, cost-effectively, and efficiently. With 15+ years of experience working with one of the nation's largest immigration law firms, our customer service is unparalleled. We understand the importance of meeting DOL requirements with regards to ad content, media selection, ad documentation (tear-sheets), and deadlines. We will locate publications that meet DOL and EDD requirements by geographic region, provide upfront pricing, and timely deliver original tear-sheets for all ads (print, online or broadcast). Our experience in recruitment solutions means valuable time saved for you. For more info and a free quote, contact Mya Le at 310-476-3012 or myale@bykadvertising.com.

Immigration Consulting Services
Angelo Paparelli, a nationally-renowned expert with an outstanding breadth of immigration law knowledge and expertise, is available to provide immigration- related consulting services to corporate executives, general counsel, HR departments, foundations, attorneys and law firms in private practice. He consults on employment-based immigration, job portability, remedies for status violations, mergers and acquisitions, immigration-related corporate policies, crisis communication, government investigations, employer sanctions, legislative advocacy, waivers of ineligibility and litigation. Offices in CA & NY. Services: worldwide. To discuss how he can consult on your case, contact Angelo Paparelli at 949-955-5555 or aap@entertheusa.com.

Credential Evaluation And Translation
As the nation's leader in foreign credential evaluations and translations, American Evaluation and Translation Service, Inc. (AETS) provides the most competitive rates in the industry – $50 educational evaluations, as well as $200 'expert opinion' work experience and position evaluations completed by PhD university professors who have the "authority to grant college level credit for work experience and/or training." AETS offers a variety of turn-around times, including same-day service for educational, work experience, and position evaluations. For list of rates and times, see: http://aetsinternational.com/applicationforevaluationservices.pdf. AETS also provides certified translations in 100+ languages, with translators that are specialists in 80+ fields. For a copy of the Application for Credential Evaluation and Translation Services, please contact AETS at (786) 276-8190, visit http://www.aetsinternational.com, or email: info@aetsinternational.com.


comingsNgoings

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Honors And Awards
Beach-Oswald Immigration Law Associates, PC is proud to announce that Mrs. Beach-Oswald will serve as a Moot Court Judge at the National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC), which will take place on March 14 in Washington, DC. Beach-Oswald Immigration Law Associates, PC. 888 17th Street, NW, Suite 310, Washington, DC 20006. Ph: 202.331.3074. Fax: 202.280.6438. Email: DBeach@Beach-Oswald.com. www.beach-oswald.com.


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:
The letters section of March 4 presents a movable feast. I am grateful to Immigration Daily for printing Mr. Mann's article, "the treason lobby", in the prior issue. At least Immigration Daily airs such rantings before people who actually know how the system works. As for Mr. Hake's letter's suggestion (03/05/08 ID) that it is hard to believe over-logical but monomaniacal ranters can be lawyers, I wonder if Mr. Hake has been in many civil depositions lately. A far too large minority of attorneys view behavior like Mr. Mann's, or Mr. Dobb's, as an appropriate negotiating stance. I wonder how people who would radically restrict immigration flows would answer the following question posed by KO's letter (03/05/08 ID), 'how can more people coming into the country depress, rather than inflate, housing prices?', with depressed housing prices one of the supposed scourges complained of by KO and many of the immigration alarmists? I ask that as a legal immigrant highly sympathetic to both law and order concerns and the cultural concerns of those worried by huge immigrant flows, especially the illegal ones. Many of the anti-immigrants claim a political heritage going back to America's founding, but ignore the Founders' oft-stated maxim that in order to be respected, a law must be respectable. Our immigration system is not respectable, but the extremes on both sides consistently block any compromise solution, seemingly the better to preserve an election year issue and to keep the operations of the system outside the public eye. Maybe the immigration mess will be rationalized after the presidential election? Oddly though, I only have such hopes if Senator McCain wins the general election.

Honza Prchal, Esq.
Birmingham, AL

Dear Editor:
David D. Murray's letter's point to the effect that paying attention to Lou Dobbs is an utter waste of time is absolutely correct (see 03/04/08 ID). However, there are all too many people who are willing to waste their time spreading the same type of poison as Dobbs. KO's letter (see 03/04/08 ID) about H-1B is a case in point. We will never know how many of the thousands of people who jammed Congressional phone lines last year in order to defeat the Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill were motivated by Dobbs' brand of hatemongering. However, it is hard to argue with groups like the ADL, the AJC or the Southern Poverty Law Center. Anti-immigrant hate has become so endemic in the media that we hardly notice it any more. At the height of the hysteria a couple of years ago, even Larry King went to the border to interview the Minutemen. The problem is far bigger than just one racist CNN buffoon (and I don't mean Larry King). It will get bigger still if we don't take people like Dobbs more seriously.

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
Illegals kill an average of 25 Americans per day. They aren't all doing farm work and those that do often move up to better jobs creating a continuous need for more cheap, compliant labor. Treason is defined as betrayal of trust or treachery regarding allegiance to country and giving "aid and comfort" to those who would impose their will upon US [Art.3, Sec.3, US Const.]. In Jupiter, FL, the taxpayers built a $2 million dollar building which was leased to Catholic Charities for $1 a year for a day labor center for illegals at a time when many Americans need work. To quote Sir John Harington (1561 - 1612), "Treason doth never prosper, what's the reason? For if it prosper, none dare call it treason." (Or will admit to it when it is so profitable).

Jim Roberts

Dear Editor:
With respect to ID's 03/05/08 ID comment, there's an interesting Wikipedia Article under the subject of natural born citizen.

Michael Gurfinkel

Dear Editor:
Regarding McCain (see 03/05/08 ID comment), not sure why this is an issue. Look at INA Section 303.

Gary E. Endelman


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