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DHS Representatives On Service Center Issues

The final session of "Grant Me This Much: Obtaining Immigration Benefits From The USCIS Regional Service Centers" features the following speakers

DHS: Donald Neufeld, Director of the California Service Center, Brett Gregg and Ernestine Leslie, both from the CSC, and Stephen Zawacki from the office of the CIS Ombudsman Practitioners: Adam Green, Angelo A. Paparelli (discussion leader)

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Featured Article

H-1B Usage, End of Visa Revalidation And Other Late Breaking Developments In Immigration Law
Cyrus Mehta and Romulo E. Guevara share the highlights of announcements learned in AILA Philly.

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Immigration Law News

DOS Responds To Query On Recent Travel Restrictions To Cuba
During a Department of State press briefing, DOS Spokesman Ereli, responded to the question on new travel regulations requiring travelers from Cuba on family visits to return by July 31st.

3rd Circuit In Circuit Split, Extends St. Cyr Holding To Aliens Convicted At Trial reports "Rejecting the views of six other federal appeals courts, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that a new immigration law that calls for automatic deportation of certain convicted felons cannot be applied retroactively if the alien was relying on the old version of the law when he rejected a misdemeanor plea agreement and opted to stand trial."

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Are you looking to join a fast-paced 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, has immediate openings for a moderately experienced Immigration Lawyer to work at its office in Irvine, California. If you have what it takes, you will work with multinational companies and high-achiever individuals to perform the full range of immigration legal services for employment-based and family-based immigration clients. You will use computer software extensively (research databases, Internet, MS Word, MS Outlook, Excel, ProLaw, Power Point, etc.), and become immersed in cutting-edge immigration law issues. This job is for you if you are a multi-talented multi-tasker, detail oriented, express yourself well in person and on paper, work well as part of a team, love challenges, are willing to work hard, have a spotless ethical record, are admitted to practice law in California or another state and have up to three years of U.S. immigration law experience. If you'd like to pursue this exciting opportunity, fax your resume + cover letter to Chris McCoy at 949-955-5599 or e-mail her at For background, see our web site: No phone calls please.

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Letters to the Editor

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Dear Editor:
I wanted to contribute to Immigration Daily by stating it is nice to see both points of view allowed on a website that seems to be for attorneys and immigration representatives. I for one, could not agree with Chucky's letter more because I have seen jobs lost in my midwestern hometown to foreigners who are getting paid less, a lot less, than the Americans who previously had those jobs. I must say I do not know if they are here with an H visa or not but it doesn't really matter to me it just seems very unfair.

Otto Smith

Dear Editor:
I must reply to Mr. Larrabee and Mr. Murray who have conveniently left out one significant item in their arguments regarding the exploitative nature of the abused H-1B visa program. Let me explain. It is true that there is a so called prevailing wage that must be paid to the foreign worker in order to receive an H-1B visa but it is a split level wage system. Meaning, a Software Engineer from India with a PhD in Computer Science and 10 years of professional level experience can be paid the same low level wage as a person who just graduated from a college in Ghana with a Computer Science degree without any experience. The H-1B visa only requires that the low level or entry level prevailing wage be paid to be in compliance with the law and it does not require the foreign worker to be paid what he is truly worth. This is where the exploitation comes in and employers and immigration lawyers know it and love this loophole. The best part is that Congress now understands more about these H-1B and L-1 visa loopholes that lead to abuse, exploitation and depression of US wages that is why the H-1B cap has not been raised and with any luck the L-1 visa will be eliminated altogether. I also wanted to suggest that someone has reviewed 6 million resumes of the unemployed Americans he/she should not comment that there are not any qualified Americans available. I say, give them a chance.


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