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Immigration Daily June 18, 2004
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Healthcare Immigration And State Licensure

State Licensure for Physcians, Nurses, and Physical Therapists will be the principal topic for the June 21st session of "Doctors, Nurses And Other Health Professionals: Current Immigration Issues". Speakers include a representative of the Federation of State Medical Boards, a Nurse-Attorney, and an expert on Physical Therapists issues (PTs comprise the third largest group among immigrants in healthcare, physicians and nurses being larger).

In order to receive an immigration benefit based on an offer of employment in a health care profession, a foreign national must be sure to comply with all requirements in the state of intended employment in order to be eligible for a license to practice their profession. Because licensing issues can cause problems and delays in obtaining immigration benefits, immigration attorneys counseling foreign nationals in the health care professions need to be aware not only of the requirements for licensing of various occupations in each state, but also of the concerns that licensing authorities have with foreign-educated health care workers. This session will review issues in licensing of foreign-educated health care workers and help practitioners avoid common pitfalls in licensing of foreign nationals that turn into major issues in immigration cases.

The deadline to sign up for the June 21st session is Friday, June 18th. For more info, including detailed curriculum, speaker bios, and registration information, see: (Fax version:


Deadline Is Friday, June 17th

Bios of speakers for Monday's seminar on healthcare immigration are as follows:

Rolf Sletten is chairman of the Federation of State Medical Board's License Portability Group - West and is also a frequent presenter on medical licensure issues. He is the Executive Secretary of the North Dakota Board of Medical Examiners. He has held that position since 1983, making him one of the longest serving medical board executives in the United States. Rolf also spent several years working as a criminal prosecutor and as a criminal defense attorney. He is a past chairman of the North Dakota State Pardon Board and has twice served on the North Dakota Judicial Nominating Committee. Rolf is the Vice President of Administrators in Medicine (AIM) - the national organization for state medical board's executive directors.

LaTonia Denise Wright is a nurse, clinical consultant, and attorney. Ms. Wright's law practice is limited to health law and regulatory compliance for healthcare employers and representing licensed healthcare professionals in Board disciplinary investigations, clinical, employment, and unemployment matters in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. Ms. Wright owns The Healthcare Risk Aversion Group, LLC., a consulting firm that provides legal training, CE, in-services, and risk management services. She is a practicing home health visit RN with Interim Healthcare in Cincinnati, Ohio. She speaks nationally, regionally, and locally on nursing law issues. Ms. Wright is an active member of the Ohio Nurses Association (ONA) and The American Association of Nurse Attorneys (TAANA).

MaryLu Cianciolo received her undergraduate degree at University of Denver, Denver, Colorado, her law degree from Valparaiso, University and her Masters of Business Administration from University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois She is admitted to practice law in Illinois, New York, and Northern District of Illinois. In addition to her law practice which focuses on assisting the Rehabilitation with reimbursement matters as well as Immigration. She is a principal with Therapy Team Educational Services where she is the instructor for the Legal, Scope of Practice and Ethics sections of their course preparing physical therapy graduates for the NPTE and NPTAE.

The deadline to sign up for the June 21st session is Friday, June 18th. For more info, including detailed curriculum, speaker bios, and registration information, see: (Fax version:

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Habeas Court Cannot Order Re-admission Or New Proceeding Where Deportation Was Based On Defective Order
In Zalawadia v. Ashcroft, No. 03-30115 (5th Cir. Jun. 4, 2004), in a case involving a habeas challenge by a deported alien based on a defective deportation order, the court said that the only form of habeas relief appropriate here was for the district court to vacate the original deportation order. The court said that a habeas court lacked the authority either to order the INS to re-admit the Petitioner or to direct the BIA to conduct a new deportation proceeding.

DOS Responds To Mexican President Fox's Comments On Stopping Mexican Immigration In US
The Department of State commented on President Fox's recent statement calling for the US Government to stop the rates on Mexican immigrants in the US.

GOP's Internal Turmoils Over Immigration
A Wall Street Journal op-ed says "Apparently, unless you're a certified Malthusian, dedicated restrictionist or someone who knows next to nothing about economics, the Republican Congress isn't interested in what you have to say about immigration reform."

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The Law Offices of Michael J. Gurfinkel, an immigration law firm with offices on both the East and West Coasts, seeks an associate attorney for its Los Angeles, CA offices. Ideal candidate should possess minimum 3+ years extensive experience in all areas of immigration law, including removal/deportation, AOS interviews, family and employment based petitions and consular processing. Position offers opportunity for occasional travel outside Los Angeles, CA area. Please fax or e-mail: resume, salary requirements + writing sample to the attention of Millie at (818) 543-5802 or EOE.

Immigration Law Conferences
CGFNS Hosts A Special Educational Initiative in Your Community - New U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Visa Regulations for Foreign Health Care Workers. As part of a major change in federal policy affecting hiring of foreign health care workers in the U.S., the DHS has issued new Section 343 rules requiring foreign health care workers who are seeking temporary or permanent occupational visas or Trade NAFTA status to obtain a special visa certification in order to deliver patient care and provide health care services in this country. The Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS)/International Commission on Healthcare Professions (ICHP) are sponsoring a special educational program in your community about the new DHS rules. This timely educational initiative is designed to provide you with important information about the new rules and facilitate the process for foreign health care workers to obtain a visa certificate through the CGFNS/ICHP specially designed Visascreen program. The new federal DHS rules apply to: Registered nurses and licensed practical (vocational) nurses, Audiologists, Physical Therapists, Medical Technicians, Occupational Therapists, Medical Laboratory Technologists, Speech-Language Pathologists, Physician Assistants. Session Locations include: Washington, D.C. - Monday, June 14th, Chicago, IL - Thursday, July 8th, Miami, FL - Monday, August 23rd, Philadelphia, PA- Monday, August 16th, Seattle, WA - Monday, September 27th, New York, NY - Monday, October 4th, San Francisco, CA - Monday, October 18th, Atlanta, GA - Monday, November 1st. To register, contact Marla Downing, email:, telephone 215-222-8454, x.242. Or visit

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