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Immigration Daily October 18, 2004
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Winning Labor Certification Cases

Labor certification cases can be won in court - this was the common experience for practitioners in the early and mid 1970s, and may again become a necessity after PERM. The October 21st phone seminar "Preparing For PERM With Joel Stewart" is intended for the advanced labor certification practitioner who wants to be on the cutting-edge of strategy in this important area of immigration law. Yes, Virginia, the labor cert regs can be challenged! The deadline to register is Tuesday, October 19th. For more info, detailed curriculum, speaker bios, and registration information, see: (Fax version:


Deadline Is October 19th - Preparing For PERM With Joel Stewart

The curriculum for "Preparing For PERM With Joel Stewart" is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on September 30th: Current issues including Backlog Reduction Centers
  • National and Regional Backlogs
  • Doctrine of Backlog Reduction: Myth or Reality?
  • Analysis of the Backlog Reduction Rule
  • Telephonic Tour of Philadelphia and Dallas Centers
  • Major Current Issues in Labor Cert Processing
  • Practice Pointers: Recruitment and Documentary Requirements
SECOND Phone Session on October 21st: Appellate issues
  • General Characteristics of Notice of Findings and Final Determinations
  • Reconsideration of Final Determinations
  • Appeal of Final Determinations to BALCA
  • Federal Court litigation: formulating a Strategy that works for clients
  • Jurisdictional issues
  • Challenging The Regs
THIRD Phone Session on November 4th: PERM issues
  • Implementation of PERM
  • Simultaneous Processing, Withdrawals, Priority Dates, & Substitutions
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of PERM
  • Practical Tips on Processing PERM
  • DOL Audits - what can Employers expect
  • Role of SWA in PERM, Backlog Reduction, and other Pipeline Cases
The deadline to register is Tuesday, October 19th. For more info, detailed curriculum, speaker bios, and registration information, see: (Fax version:


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

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President Sets FY 2005 Refugee Admissions Numbers To 70,000
The President authorized the admission of up to 70,000 refugees to the US during FY 2005.

Report of the Visa Office 2001
The Bureau of Consular Affairs released a report compiling statistical data for Fiscal Year 2001 (October 1, 2000 - September 30, 2001).

EOIR Releases Immigration Judge Benchbook
The Executive Office for Immigration Review released the October 2001 version of the Immigration Judge Benchbook.

EOIR Announces Investiture Of 3 Immigration Judges
The Executive Office for Immigration Review of the Department of Justice announced the swearing-in of (3) immigration judges: Charles K. Adkins-Blanch, Laura A. Baxter, and David L. Neal.

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Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, P.A., an A-V rated Miami-based immigration law firm seeks bilingual (English/Spanish) attorney with 2-5 years experience in areas of immigration litigation and family based and employment based immigrant visa processing. Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits. Send your resume only by e-mail/fax to Caridad Anton, Administrator, Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, P.A. 1110 Brickell Avenue, #210, Miami, FL 33131 Fax (305) 375-9517 e-mail

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Small NYC downtown firm seeks experienced immigration attorney. Litigation and N.I.V. experience a must. Management and organizational skills preferred. Fax resume to 212-766-4380 or e-mail Please provide cover letter and salary requirements.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
San Diego-Based Larrabee & Zimmerman LLC is seeking the right individual to fill an associate attorney position. The successful candidate will have a minimum of 3-5 years of business immigration experience in a high volume, busy immigration office. Excellent writing and verbal communication skills required. Demonstrated ability to handle a large number of corporate clients with overall responsibility for all aspects of their immigration legal needs. Strong substantive knowledge of labor certifications, all nonimmigrant categories, adjustment of status, consular processing as well as NIW, and all EB-1 petitions required. Those with less than 3 years of such experience will not be considered. Experience with family-based, asylum and removal defense not relevant to this position. Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits offered. CA bar membership a plus and will be required for any long term employment. Send your resume and salary requirements to (no calls please).

J-1 Training Visa Sponsor
Discover the ease and flexibility of the J-1 training visa with Aiesec United States. At Aiesec, we provide an unparalleled commitment to customer service, offering 24 to 48 hour turnaround on approved J-1 training visa applications, free consultation on potential training programs and a wealth of information about J-1 training visa regulations. We also offer logistical and cultural reception services in several locations across the country. Our J-1 training visa can be used for individuals to participate in training programs in the following fields: Information Media and Communications, Education, Social Sciences, Library Science, Counseling and Social Services, Management, Business, Commerce and Finance, The Sciences, Engineering, Architecture, Mathematics and Industrial Occupations, Public Administration and Law. You can learn more about Aiesec and the J-1 training visa at or by calling Jim Kelly at (212) 757-3774 ext.222.

Immigration Law Conferences
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 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. 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. Upcoming session locations include: San Francisco, CA - Monday, Oct. 18th, Atlanta, GA - Monday, Nov. 1st. To register, contact Marla Downing at:, (ph) 215-222-8454, x.242, or visit

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Dear Editor:
ILW.COM's editorial comment that, if re-elected, President Bush has a better chance at pushing immigration provisions through Congress disregards the facts of the past 4 years. President Bush has not used any of his influence to push significant immigration measures. He made a half-hearted attempt of proposing a form of temporary worker legalization, and then never spent another second to actually garner support for the bill in Congress. His administration also allowed the talks with President Fox of Mexico to fall by the wayside. Despite the lip-service, immigration is obviously not a priority for President Bush, as is clearly shown by his complete lack of action over the past 4 years.

Aimee Clark Todd
Atlanta, GA

Dear Editor:
Thanks for the update on this legislation..but is it really "law" at this point? I thought the President's signature would be required, or override of veto. Pls let me know as I 'd like to advise my clients on this good news. Many thanks and keep up the excellent job.

Jeff Margolis, The Margolis Law Firm
New York, NY

Editor's Note: The bill has passed both the Senate and the House and is awaiting the President's signature. It is not technically an Act until either the President signs it or the time for the President to sign has elapsed. We took a bit of license with our headline, "Electronic Signatures Are Now Acceptable For I-9s" because we do not expect the President to veto this bill.

Dear Editor:
From my take on the last debate, in which the "big elephant in the corner which nobody wanted to acknowledge" (immigration) finally made an (albeit brief) appearance, it seems President Bush wishes to create a permanent underclass of foreign slave labor by simply offering EAD's and nothing else.. "Why would anyone worth his salt earn .50 cents when he/she can earn $5.15?" As if $5.15 got anyone anywhere in this day and age.... I suppose that way he and of his ilk (particularly the House Republican leadership) can still have their homes cleaned, lawns tended to, and pools cleaned legally, while still claiming they are against immigration or allowing law breakers further access to our society... Frankly, hypocrisy...and time for a change.

Tristan Bourgoignie


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New Paralegal
The Law Offices of David D. Murray, Newport Beach, California, is pleased to announce the addition of Chen Nhea as a Paralegal with the firm. Chen has completed her studies at InterCoast Colleges in Riverside, California, and will receive her Paralegal Certificate shortly. In addition to employment with our firm, Chen is employed on the "swing-shift" by a contractor at the California Service Center, engaged in Production Control, where Chen is responsible for verifying product compliance to assure adherence to USCIS standards.

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