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Immigration Daily February 12, 2004
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Information From Office of Business Liaison

Immigration Daily recently carried several Employer Information Bulletins from the Office of Business Liaison of the USCIS. These documents provide useful information to employers and attorneys alike.


Briefing On H-1B Issues And Current Developments

H-1Bs are the bread-and-butter of most immigration practices across the country. Staying abreast of developments connected to H-1Bs involves more than just H-1B cap-related issues - also important are current adjudication trends, current LCA enforcement trends, developments in portability, and uptodate strategies for H-1B alternatives. The "ILW.COM-Fragomen Briefing On H-1B Issues And Current Developments" discusses hot issues in H-1Bs and provides practice pointers to guide clients through the year ahead. The speakers include many distinguished practitioners from the law firm of Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen and Loewy, the largest immigration law firm in the country with over 130 lawyers. The seminar is offered by phone, so law offices around the country can participate. It is also a great training tool for the entire law firm staff (one registration covers everyone sharing a speakerphone). The seminar includes an in-depth Q&A period where you can pose questions regarding your cases to the distinguished practitioners on the panel. The deadline to register is Tuesday, February 17th. For more info, including detailed curriculum, speaker bios, and registration information, see: (Fax version:

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Why Become A Citizen?
Gregory Siskind provides 10 reasons why an alien should consider getting naturalized.

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Immigration Law News

7th Circuit Reminds Counsel On Both Sides About Fundamentals Of Judicial Process
In Mengistu v. Ashcroft, No. 02-3419 (7th Cir. Jan. 22, 2004), the court said that the BIA's decision could not be defended on grounds different from those in the decision. The court also noted that the BIA's opinion failed to build a rational bridge between the record and the BIA's legal conclusion.

IJ Must Refuse To Go Forward With Hearing Where Minor's Counsel Is Unprepared
In Lin v. Ashcroft, No. 02-70662 (9th Cir. Jan. 26, 2004), the court said that when the applicant was a minor, immigration judges must refuse to allow a hearing to go forward if a minor's counsel was obviously unprepared. [ corrected. Ed. 2/12/04 ]

Sen. Leahy Speaks On Deportation Of Canadian-Syrian
During a debate in Congress, Sen. Leahy said, "This is the case of Maher Arar, a Canadian and Syrian citizen, who was deported from the US to Syria last year, who was held and interrogated for months by the Syrians at the Bush administration's request, and who claims to have suffered torture while in custody there."

An Asylee Bases Claim Based On Her Gender
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports "[An asylee who] fled to the US nearly 10 years ago argues that [her] status as a woman, unable to get protection from Guatemalan authorities, in itself qualifies her for asylum."

USCIS Backlog Balloons As Immigration Reform Debate Continues
The Washington Post reports "Even as President Bush presses for a giant new program for foreign workers, the current system is overwhelmed, according to immigration lawyers and workers."

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Dear Editor:
I was given your website by my immigration lawyer here in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I am looking for information in regards to Laos accepting deported felons. She told me that a few months back the US signed a treaty with Laos allowing people from Laos who are currently on Deferred Order of Supervision to be sent back. I need as much information that you may have and I have done a search but have come up unsuccessful. If you could tell me where I can start looking or have some information that would be most appreciated.

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