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Immigration Daily February 26, 2004
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Visas Mantis Security Checks

The Government Accounting Office of Congress (GAO) issued a report on its review of the consular process for science students and scholars from abroad. The inquiry stemmed from the concern over the potential loss of top international students due to visa delays resulting from national security screening checks. Visas Mantis is a security check based on sensitive technology transfer concerns. The GAO found that the average Visas Mantis processing time was 67 days but is significantly longer for nationals from China, Russia, and India. For the GAO report, see below.


Public Relations: Tips On Doing It Yourself - Free Workshop For Immigration Lawyers

David Gumpert will offer public relations tips to immigration lawyers in our next telephonic workshop. Mr. Gumpert's distinguished background is as follows:

  • Author of Do-It-Yourself Public Relations, published by the American Bar Association
  • Former senior editor of Inc. Magazine, former associate editor of The Harvard Business Review and former staff reporter with The Wall Street Journal
  • Author and coauthor of seven business books and editor of four anthologies on entrepreneurship and marketing.
  • Writer of "Growing Concerns" column for small business section of (for examples, go to and search under "Gumpert")
  • Speaker to entrepreneurship and trade organizations as well as business students about business planning issues.
  • President of Gumpert Communications Inc. (
This 45-minute long free workshop for immigration lawyers will be on Thursday, March 4th (1.15pm to 2pm ET). This telephonic workshop is only offered to members in good standing of ILW.COM's directory of immigration lawyers, and is free of charge. Requests for registration should be sent to

Featured Article

The O-1 Nonimmigrant Visa: Varying Degrees Of Extraordinary Ability
Mario A. Pacione writes "Artists and entertainers who qualify for the coveted O-1 visa do not necessarily meet the requirements of the first preference employment-based immigrant classification."

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Immigration Law News

USCIS Publishes H-1B Cap Information In Federal Register
The USCIS will process H-1B petitions for new employment for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2004 now that the cap for H-1B petitions for FY 2004 has been reached.

GAO Report Recommends Improving Visas Mantis Security Check Process
The Government Accounting Office of Congress issued a report including recommendations, based on its review of the Visas Mantis, a security check for science students or scholars from other countries to obtain visas, designed to protect against sensitive technology transfers.

DOS Says No Mass Migration From Haiti
During a Department of State press briefing, Spokesman Boucher responded to the question, "Our goal is to encourage legal, safe and orderly migration, not illegal and unsafe migration."

Undocumented Should Join Military To Become Citizens
The Denver Post quotes Homeland Security spokesman Chris Bentley saying "If a military branch decides not to prosecute an individual for fraudulent entry, then they are considered eligible" to become citizens."

Bill Introduced In AZ Legislature Sanctions Employers For Hiring Undocumented
The Phoenix Business Journal reports "Things are getting nasty between the business lobby and conservatives as they quarrel over immigration issues, including a state measure aimed at punishing employers who hire illegal aliens."

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Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Reeves & Associates (R&A) , a full-service immigration law firm, seeks an immigration attorney with 1+ years experience in business immigration for its Pasadena office. R&A offers an opportunity to manage a challenging and varied workload in a fast-paced environment. Candidates must have experience with immigrant visa petitions, labor certifications (RIR & traditional), Hs and Ls. The ideal candidate should be detail-oriented, highly organized, possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written and oral), and effectively multi-task. R&A has an experienced support staff, state of the art technology and offers unsurpassed growth and learning potential. We offer an excellent salary & benefits package. If you have what it takes to take R&A to the next level, please email: cover letter, detailed resume + salary history to or fax to (626) 795-4999. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

Help Wanted: Experienced Immigration Attorney
The Law Office of Lee & Kent seeks an immigration attorney with 5+ years of business immigration experience for its immigration law practice. Qualified candidate must thrive in a busy office setting, work efficiently and effectively, and possess excellent writing and analytical skills. The firm has a well-established immigration practice in the Los Angeles, CA area, and handles a full spectrum of immigration issues. Lee and Kent is a general practice law firm, with practices in business litigation, bankruptcy, and criminal law. We offer an excellent benefits and compensation package. Fax resume and cover letter along with salary requirements to 213-380-2826 or email Justin M. Lee, Esq., hiring partner at (no phone calls please).

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys And Paralegals
Jasinsky Immigration Law LLC has openings for both immigration attorneys and paralegals with business immigration experience for its offices in Stamford, Connecticut and in Columbus, Ohio. Minimum 1-year employment-based immigration experience is preferred for both attorney and paralegal positions. Email cover letter, resume + salary requirements, along with the position sought to:

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Immigration Law Books
Reserve your 2004 copies now. No immigration attorney should be without a complete, up-to-date reference library for all his/her primary resource needs. The 2004 edition of The Whole Act INA, provides annotations, footnotes, editorial notes, updated Topical Index with a separate Index of Appendices, and 49 Appendices, to help both novice and experienced practitioners alike efficiently navigate the complex labryinth of immigration statutes. The 2004 edition of regulations in 2 volumes (both immigration regulations 8 CFR and all immigration-related regulations of the DOL, DOS, and DOJ) includes the latest changes in the regulations + handy and most detailed Topical Indices for each. The 2004 edition of Patel's Citations, covering the history and treatment of all reported administrative precedent decisions under immigration and nationality law, keeps you abreast of the status and standing of all such immigration citations (e.g., reversed, affirmed, modified, followed or not followed, criticized, distinguished, etc.). This entire reference library consisting of the Act, Regulations, and Citations, is an indispensable reference tool that you will reach for day after day. Reserve your 2004 editions now. We offer a 30-day money-back guarantee. If you're not satisfied with your purchase within 30 days of receipt, you can request a full refund - no questions asked. The 2004 editions will arrive hot off the presses (target publication March 2004). For more information or to reserve your pre-publication advance copies see here.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:
I am seeking an immigration attorney who has experience in obtaining J-1 waivers for pathologists. Someone who can genuinely do the job. Please help me.

Meenakshi Vij

Editor's Note:To locate an immigration attorney specializing in J-1 waivers, try our find a lawyer search tool, selecting the health care specialization. Most, if not all, the attorneys who list themselves under this category are familiar with J-1 waivers.

Dear Editor:
The US Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia is wasting considerable time processing applications for immigrant visas, specially nurses, even after they completed personal interview and submitted all requested documents for no apparent valid reason. They are not even giving any explanation/reason for this delay. Since August 2003, they have issued immigrant visas only for a very few number of nurses. However, they are frequently calling candidates for personal interviews and keeping their file pending. On the other hand, the same Embassy is issuing Visas for H1-B candidates (Non-Immigrant) without any documents, not even Medical Check-ups, CGFNS, Visa Screen Certificate, etc... Could you please take the matter to the attention of concerned and solve this delay?

Joeson M P

Dear Editor:
The following press release was issued by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS).

Judy Pendergast
Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools

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