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Immigration Daily May 24, 2004
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Editor's Comments

Going To Philly?

For those of our readers who will attend the AILA Conference in Philadelphia, and are not sure of the benefits of signing up for our phone seminar series on USCIS Service Center issues, please consider the following:

  • No firm can afford to send every team member to Philly, the hotel/airfare costs would be just too much. For every person from a law firm who makes it to Philly, there will likely be at least one other person at the law firm who would benefit from the information about USCIS Service Center issues in our phone seminar series. ILW.COM phone seminars are a resource for the entire law office - attorneys and paralegals alike. And the cost, when divided among people surrounding a speaker phone is very modest as compared to making a trip out-of-town.
  • With hundreds of attendees in each room at Philly, getting your questions answered may be quite difficult (the time allotted for Q&A at the Philly sessions is quite limited). By contrast, fully 30% of the time in our phone seminars is devoted to questions from the audience. There is a 99% chance that your question to the eminent practitioners and USCIS representatives on the panel will be addressed. Follow-up Q&As by email are also a feature of our seminar series.
  • The sheer number of simultaneous sessions for several days in a row, as happens at AILA annual conferences, makes for a deluge of information that is hard to keep up with. Plus, no one can be at two sessions at the same time, so some interesting sessions may have to be skipped. Our seminar on USCIS benefits processing at Service Centers is broken up into three manageable sessions of 90 minutes each over three months. Unlike the Philly conference, ILW.COM's phone seminar series is not a one-time event - the series is an engagement of the listeners with the panels for May, June and July.

None of the above is to imply that firms should not take advantage of the opportunity to attend the Philly Conference. However, the benefits of attending the ILW.COM phone seminar series nicely complement the benefits of travelling to Philly.

The confirmed speakers for "Grant Me This Much: Obtaining Immigration Benefits From The USCIS Regional Service Centers" include:

  • Immigration Practitioners: Angelo A. Paparelli, Jonathan C. Adams, Adam Green, Kehrela M. Hodkinson, Edward R. Litwin, Mary L. Mucha and Merrilee Snell
  • USCIS: Donald Neufeld, Director of the California Service Center, Brett Gregg and Ernie Leslie, both from the CSC, and Tracy Renaud, the E-Filing point person at USCIS HQ (many other USCIS have been invited)
The deadline to register is Tuesday, May 25th. For more info, including detailed curriculum, speaker bios, and registration information, see: (Fax version:


Frustration At USCIS Service Centers

Many of today's frustrations in immigration law practice are with issues connected with USCIS Service Center benefits processing. ILW.COM's new seminar series "Grant Me This Much: Obtaining Immigration Benefits From The USCIS Regional Service Centers" will provide immigration attorneys with the tools necessary to alleviate at least some of these frustrations. The speakers are a mix of government officials and distinguished immigration practioners.

The deadline to register is Tuesday, May 25th. For more info, including detailed curriculum, speaker bios, and registration information, see: (Fax version:

Featured Article

Asylum Resource Series: Mauritania
USCIS Asylum Resource Information Center offers asylum information on Mauritania.

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Immigration Law News

GAO On Visa Operations At US Posts In Canada
The Government Accounting Office issued a report addressed to Honorable F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. Chairman Committee on the Judiciary House of Representatives on visa operations at US posts in Canada.

EOIR Says 48% Of IJ Cases, 72% Of BIA Cases In FY 2003 Were Represented
The Office of Planning and Analysis of the Executive Office for Immigration Review of the Department of Justice released its FY 2003 Statistical Yearbook which included many interesting statistics: 48% of aliens whose cases were completed in immigration courts during FY 2003 were represented and 72% of completed BIA cases were for represented aliens. Another interesting statistic, possibly of great concern to Circuit Courts, was that cases received by the BIA increased 20% in FY 2003.

11th Circuit Uses Higher Standard Of Government Acquiescence In Asylum Case reports "A Florida man [is] to be deported because he can't show Peruvian government culpable in threats."

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Immigration Law Conference
Immigration Law Conference, New York, May 25-26 - Earn up to 9 CLE Credits - Rep. Nadler confirms as lunchtime speaker - The Center for Migration Studies, in association with the Fordham School of Law will present the 27th Annual National Legal Conference on Immigration and Refugee Policy "Navigating Through the Immigration Labyrinth in Post-9/11 America" on May 25-26, 2004 in New York City. The conference will consist of presentations + Q&A sessions on a wide-range of immigration topics. Immigration professionals, government officials, HR professionals, and non-profit reps should not miss the chance to hear noted experts in the field speak. Speakers will include Stephen Fischel, Fujie Ohata, Michael Aytes, Lynden Melmed, Patty Cogswell, Harry Sheinfeld, Frank Sharry, Fran Berger, Naomi Schorr, Lory Rosenberg, Thomas Mosely, Lucas Guttentag, Cyrus Mehta, Noemi Masliah, Robert Gottfried, Deborah Anker, Michael Patrick, Don Kerwin, Gemma Solimene, Mark Von Sternberg, Jennifer Gordon, Howard Gordon, Austin Fragomen, Randel Johnson and others. Rep. Jerrold Nadler has now confirmed as lunch speaker on Tuesday May, 25. Participants will have the rare opportunity to interact with key policymakers at this unique international event. Topics will include the transition to the DHS, including the impact of both policy and process, as well as an overview of business, family, and asylum issues facing the immigration law and policy community. In accordance with the requirements of the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board, the CMS-Fordham conference will offer up to nine non-transitional credit hours which can be credited toward the professional practice requirement. Discounted rates are available for students, nonprofits and government employees. For more info, including detailed curriculum, speaker line-up, and registration information, visit: See for the conference program. To register, go to

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Are you looking to join a fast-paced, dynamic and friendly team that provides first-rate immigration legal services to global businesses and individuals? Paparelli & Partners LLP, a leading immigration law firm with an established national practice, located in Irvine, California, has an immediate opening for an experienced Immigration Paralegal fluent in Japanese to work at our office in Irvine, California. If you have what it takes, you will work under the supervision of attorneys to serve multinational companies and high-achiever individuals in both employment-based and family-based immigration-related matters. You will use computer software extensively (research databases, Internet, MS Word, MS Outlook, Excel, ProLaw, Immigration Tracker, Power Point, etc.), and become immersed in cutting-edge immigration projects. Please contact us if you have six months or more of U.S. immigration experience, are a multi-talented, multi-tasker, detail oriented, express yourself well in person and on paper, work well on a team, love challenges, are willing to work hard, have a spotless ethical record and character, have a paralegal certificate or are otherwise qualified as a paralegal under California law. To pursue this exciting opportunity, email your resume to Chris McCoy at For background, see our web site:

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
We're looking for our next immigration lawyer. We only want someone who is willing to be an entrepreneur and make a bet on their career. Does this interest you? If so, please email Hammond Law Group, LLC with nine attorneys and 25 staff members is one of the ten largest full-scale business immigration law firms in the US. The firm is headquartered in Cincinnati with satellite offices in San Francisco and Seattle. Our client base is wide ranging from Fortune 100 companies to progressive start-ups. Our clients represent a cross range of industries and include those from: information technology, hospitals and other healthcare institutions, financial services, private and public universities, pharmaceutical and scientific research institutions, manufacturing, engineering, telecommunications, restaurants, and re-location.

Case Management Technology
ImmigrationWorks is the solution to all your immigration case management problems. ImmigrationWorks is an integrated solution that includes all immigration forms and case management features and allows your immigration firm to automate the entire documentation process. Available in either Internet version (ASP Model) or Intranet (in-house) version, ImmigrationWorks provides a secure environment and the ability to network multiple offices remotely. ImmigrationWorks is a web-based immigration case management solution providing 24/7 secure direct access to cases anywhere with an internet connection. Our solution can be used for all your clients, regardless of whether your case volume is large or small. Best of all, our easy to use, intuitive interface requires minimum training. For more information, contact us at: 1-800-350-4727,, or visit our website at

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