Top Links February 2010
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THE H-1B BOOK
THE H-1B BOOK is Edited by Karen Weinstock, and features contributions by Prakash Khatri, Courtney Black, Mikiel J. Davids, Melissa Downing, Rajeshri Patel, Ari J. Sauer, and Elissa Taub. The Table of Contents is as follows:
I. FOREWORD by: Prakash Khatri
III. H-1B STEP BY STEP
First Step: Interview The Client
Second Step: Send The Client Intake Forms And Related Information
Third Step: Credentials: Verify That The Worker Has A US Bachelor's Degree Or Equivalent
Fourth Step: Determine The Prevailing Wage
Fifth Step: Prepare And File The Labor Condition Application (LCA)
Sixth Step: Prepare The I-129, Related Forms And Petition Letter
Seventh Step: Send All The Forms And Petition Letter To The Client For Review & Signature
Eighth Step: Assemble The H-1B Petition And Send To The USCIS Service Center
Ninth Step: Troubleshooting
Tenth Step: Post-Approval Case Management
IV. ADVANCED H-1B ISSUES
H-1B Degree Equivalency by Mikiel J. Davids
Reviewing The Path To Permanent Residency by Courtney Black and Karen Weinstock
Traveling On An H-1B Visa While Petition Or Application Is Pending by Ari J. Sauer
Dealing With Gaps In Employment by Rajeshri S. Patel and Karen Weinstock
Temporary Visa Alternatives To The H-1B by Courtney Black and Karen Weinstock
The History And Economic Impact Of The H-1B Visa by Elissa Taub, Melissa Downing and Karen Weinstock
When Are H-1B Visas Cap Exempt? by Karen Weinstock
V. ESSENTIAL MEMORANDA
VI. CD-ROM RESOURCE MATERIALS
For more information about the book and to order, see here. For the fax form, see here.
Bloggings on Deportation And Removal
Matthew Kolken writes "Here is another must read piece of reporting from New York Times reporter Nina Berstein: Lawsuits Renew Questions on Immigrant Detention."
Bloggings On Dysfunctional Government
Angelo A. Paparelli writes "Nothing about immigration policy or law is simple. Draw your own conclusions."
DHS Progress Report
Royce Bernstein Murray, Esq. and Mary Giovagnoli, Esq. for the Immigration Policy Center write "This comparison reveals that DHS is a department caught between entrenchment on enforcement and the competing priorities of new reforms.
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9th Circuit Says USCIS May Not Impose Novel Evidentiary Requirements
In Kazarian v. USCIS, No. 07-56774 (9th Cir. Mar. 4, 2010), the court said that "nothing in 8 CFR 204.5(h)(3)(vi) required a petitioner to demonstrate the research community's reaction to his published articles before those articles can be considered as evidence, and neither USCIS nor an AAO may unilaterally impose novel substantive or evidentiary requirements beyond those set forth at 8 CFR 204.5" and further said that "while the AAO's analysis might be relevant to a final merits determination, the AAO may not unilaterally impose a novel evidentiary requirement." In a footnote, the opinion said "it is distressing how many good people - including the highly educated and the minimally educated - fall prey to disreputable lawyers known to the immigration system."
Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Chicago, IL - The Office of the Chief Counsel seeks experienced attorney with demonstrated experience in personnel law, labor law, torts law, privacy and disclosure law and other administrative laws for the Commercial and Administrative Law Division. Serve as senior attorney providing advice to Chief of the Commercial and Administrative Law Division, the Chief Counsel, and USCIS officials located at the Headquarters Office in support of USCIS's mission. Five+ years relevant legal experience required. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: COU-CIS-2010-0002 at USAJobs.com. Submit resume, cover letter + legal brief samples (max. 10 pps.) to: Lakisha Richardson: at Lakisha.Richardson1@dhs.gov. This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in competitive civil service. Must be received by close of business, Monday, March 22, 2010. Position is at the GS-13/14/15 levels.
Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
New York, NY - The Office of the Chief Counsel seeks experienced attorney with demonstrated experience in personnel law, labor law, torts law, privacy and disclosure law and other administrative laws for the Commercial and Administrative Law Division. Serve as senior attorney providing advice to Chief of the Commercial and Administrative Law Division, the Chief Counsel, and USCIS officials located at the Headquarters Office in support of USCIS's mission. Five+ years relevant legal experience required. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: COU-CIS-2010-0003 at USAJobs.com. Submit resume, cover letter + legal brief samples (max. 10 pps.) to: Lakisha Richardson: at Lakisha.Richardson1@dhs.gov. This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive civil service. Must be received by close of business, Monday, March 22, 2010. Position is at the GS-13/14/15 levels.
Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Laguna Niguel, CA - The Office of the Chief Counsel seeks experienced attorney for its Training and Knowledge Management Division (TKMD). Attorney will serve as advisor to the Division Chief of TKMD, the Chief Counsel, and to USCIS and other Departmental components on issues relating to U.S. immigration laws. Attorney will provide legal advice, develop, and conduct training on a variety of immigration related issues. Position has a particular focus on employment-based nonimmigrant and immigrant classifications, and will be located at California Service Center. Travel is connected with position. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: COU-CIS-2010-0001 at USAJobs.com. Applications submitted through USAJOBS will not be considered. Submit resume, cover letter + two writing samples (max. 10 pps.) to: Janice Neetenbeek, Chief, TKMD: at Janice.Neetenbeek@dhs.gov. Must be received by close of business, Monday, March 22, 2010. Position is at the GS-13/14/15 levels. No relocation reimbursement available.
Help Wanted - Immigration Professionals
Toronto, ON - Immigration law firm seeks global immigration
specialists (lawyers or paralegals with global file management experience)
for Toronto-based global practice focused exclusively on corporate clients.
The successful candidate will demonstrate complex problem solving
capabilities and superior communication skills; offer excellent initiative
and co-ordination attributes; be comfortable working in a fast-paced and
challenging environment; and have an aptitude to learn and use proprietary
software technology. Language capabilities in Spanish a valuable asset in
this global migration position. Submit your resume via email to
Lonnie Wellman: firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax to 416-943-0289.
Help Wanted - Immigration Paralegals
NYC - Boutique immigration law firm seeks (2) paralegals with the following experience: Immigration paralegal #1 with 2+ years of specific experience in O-1, P and EB-1 visa applications and Immigration paralegal #2 with general business immigration experience in H-1B, L, E-2, EB2 and EB 3 visa applications. Recent law school graduates or foreign lawyers will be considered. Please apply by sending cover letter, detailed CV and relevant writing sample, indicating the specific position sought to: ContactNYCLawyer@gmail.com, fax: 212.918.9078.
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Business #Immigration Law: Strategies For Employing Foreign Nationals: H-1Bs, L-1, E-1 and E-2 and other issues http://ow.ly/1cWK0
#DOJ OSC on #immigration-related workplace discrimination video http://ow.ly/1eKKq
Antis publish list of racist rascals http://ow.ly/1eJSG 2/3 r from the South. These traitors deserve to be deported! #immigration
WaPo story: #Obama ally of 24 years warns him of continued enforcement strategy http://ow.ly/1eJB9 The deportations must stop NOW!
WaPo story: Senator Brown campaigns for #McCain against racist opponent in #GOP primary http://ow.ly/1eJuk
#Obama to invite #Schumer n #Graham to Whitehouse http://ow.ly/1eJn7 Cud b just window dressing, the real q is: When does markup start?
TheHill story: VCs lobby for StartUpVisaAct http://ow.ly/1eIFz #immigration
RT @cliniclegal: ICE Officials Crack Down On Miami Language School - 81 may face deportation: http://ow.ly/1eFDU #dwn #immigration
Obama risks alienating Latinos with lack of #immigration reform: sense of betrayal among Latinos is palpable http://ow.ly/1eF3g #ri4a
Anti-immigrant laws bedevil native citizens http://ow.ly/1epMr Abolish big brother!
Racists will eventually cost the #GOP Texas http://ow.ly/1epJX Earth to GOP: Deport Lamar Smith from GOP!
Racist attorney stunts to win election http://ow.ly/1epG3 Deport this anti-American traitor!
WaPo story: Rahm Emanuel "corroded Obama's commitment to #immigration reform" http://ow.ly/1epsk Does Obama want to be a 1-termer? #CIR NOW!
Antis crow about Democrats throwing #immigrants under the bus on health care bill http://ow.ly/1ejSt
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Immigration Event - Cambridge, MA
March 5-7, 2010, The Harvard Latino Law and Policy Conference is jointly hosted by La Alianza, a student organization at Harvard Law School, and the Latino Caucus, a student organization at the Harvard Kennedy School, 'Justice and Power: A Dialogue',
http://www.latinoconferenceatharvard.com/, Agenda: Saturday, March 6, 2010 - Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government, 10:00 a.m., Can a Guest Worker Program work? The Future of Immigration Reform.
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