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Immigration Daily December 10, 2004
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Republican Roll Of Shame

The House of Representatives passed the 9/11 Intelligence Bill by a vote of 336-75. It bears noting that of those voting against, were 14 of the 21 Republicans on the Judiciary Committee and 6 of the 8 Republicans on the Immigration Subcommittee. Those voting no, while a small minority in the House, are an overwhelming majority in the Republicans on the Judiciary and Immigration Committees. It is unlikely that these committees can function effectively while they remain so far out of step with the sentiment of their colleagues in the House. We encourage the incoming Republican House Conference for the 109th Congress to consider whether the 14 Republicans referred to above would better serve their party and country in other Committees. If the Republican leadership does not show the strength to re-assign recalcitrant members, the Republican party and the country will be in store for further unnecessary disputes and embarrassments. For the entire roll call, see here

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Detailed Curriculum For Labor Cert Seminar On 12/16

The curriculum for the 12/16 session is as follows:

  • Keep on Truckin: Update on the SWAs Planning and Logistics in Shipping Unprocessed Labor Certification Applications to the Backlog Reduction Centers;
  • Wagons Ho! -- What does 12/3/04 Carlson Memo Reveal about Backlog Reduction, National Processing and the New World of Labor Certifications?
  • Are Your Clients Properly Coiffed? -- Get Them Ready to be PERMed.
    • Hard and Soft Recruitment;
    • Employer and Employee Conflicts of Interest;
    • Addressing the challenges of Priority Date Retrogression;
    • PERM Upgrade Strategies;
    • DOL Anti-Fraud Enforcement Planning.
  • Money, Money, Money: Prevailing Wage Changes under the Omnibus Appropriations Bill.
    • No More Cut Me Some Slack: Say goodbye to the 95% Rule.
    • Stairway to Heaven: No more two-steps were four-stepping now!
Because PERM rules could be published at any time, however, the program agenda and the content of the sessions will be adjusted to accommodate an in-depth analysis of the final PERM rule as soon as the PERM rule is published. Detailed agenda will be adjusted as necessary.

The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, December 14th. For more info, detailed curriculum, speaker bios, and registration information, see: (Fax version:


Defining Diction
Diane Sandford writes "If you want a simple rule guaranteed to improve your writing, try this: Avoid the words very, really, truly, quite, and thing."

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USCIS H-1B Form I-129 Fee Is Now $1500
The USCIS announced on its forms section that the fee for Form I-129W is now $1500, unless you are an employer with no more than 25 full-time employees as defined on the Form I-129W, then the fee is $750.

Text of Enrolled Version Of Bill To Extend Conrad 30 J-Waiver Program
We present the text of the Enrolled Version of the Conrad 30 Bill (S. 2302) (courtesy of Gregory Siskind).

USCIS On New Changes To L And H Programs
The USCIS issued a press release on the new law changes aspects of the temporary work program. For the L visa press release, see here. For the H-1B press release, see here.

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Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Anthony Olson, P.A., an immigration law firm in Sarasota, FL, specializing in employment- and family-based immigration law seeks experienced immigration attorney. Preferably 2+ years of experience in employment-based immigration, particularly with labor certs, EB-1, E, H, L, O, P visas. Foreign language skills preferred, especially Spanish or German. Friendly and flexible working conditions with a competitive benefits package. Applicants must be conscientious, self-reliant, detail-oriented, and well-organized. Salary is commensurate with experience. Submit resume to Tony by fax at 941-362-7107 or by email to

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Ronald W. Freeman, P.C. is an employment-based immigration law firm located in downtown New York City with a diverse corporate client base, including numerous Japanese companies. We are looking for an experienced business immigration attorney to join our team. Must have experience in nonimmigrant business visas and other business-related immigration matters. Strong communication (written & verbal) and case management skills required. Japanese fluency preferred. Email resume & salary requirements in confidence to

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Readers are welcome to share their comments, email: (300-words or fewer preferred).

Dear Editor:
It appears that the pro-immigrationists have won a tentative battle on Capitol Hill by having most anti-immigration measures removed from the Intelligence bill; however, many members of Congress have vowed to continue to fight for our national security next year in the 109th congress and prevent any new amnesty proposals. A closure of our borders to prevent any more illegal entry should be every American's priority.


Dear Editor:
In response to "Name Withheld's" letter in the December 9, 2004 Immigration Daily issue that "hell will freeze over before this country passes any additional immigration bills," I would like to point out that an immigration bill was just signed by the President today. I'm referring to the omnibus appropriations bill that includes immigration provisions both to carve-out additional numbers for H-1Bs and to raise fees, among other things. Does this mean hell is freezing over as we read this? I certainly don't dispute that Congress currently is not well-disposed to enact progressive immigration laws, but it's not a lost cause either. Anti-immigration candidates were soundly defeated in the recent elections. The President continues to support immigration reform through a temporary worker program. Immigration Daily publishes letters to the Editor representing both points of view on this issue - "Name Withheld's" letter does not intelligently address the debate. And maybe Name Withheld could also show confidence in his/her own opinion by including his/her name.

Aimee Clark Todd
Atlanta, GA


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