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Immigration Daily January 12, 2010
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Train To Nowhere

Lexington Clipper Herald reports "Train to Nowhere: Inside an Immigrant Death Investigation" will follow a hardened U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service agent, who himself is the grandson of an undocumented immigrant, as he searches for the person - or people - responsible for the immigrants' deaths." For the full story, see here.

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Today Is Deadline For Preparing And Filing PERM Application

Tuesday, January 12 is the deadline for the Wednesday, January 13 phone session of "PERM For Beginners" with speakers Ellen Freeman (discussion leader), Ferzana Hashmi, Janet Henner, Charlotte W. Smith, Elizabeth Thompson and Other Speakers To Be Announced. The curriculum is as follows:

  • Devising recruitment campaign
  • Employer registration and attorney sub-account on federal and state levels
  • Placing Job Order with a state Department of Labor
  • Roles of attorney, employer and foreign national
  • Notice of internal posting
  • Mandatory Printed Ads - elements, placement, considerations
  • Professional positions and the necessary additional recruitment
  • Schedule A and Special Handling positions
  • Recruitment Report and audit preparedness
  • Drafting and submitting Form ETA-9089
Tuesday, January 12 is the deadline to sign up. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: Online: Fax form: Don't delay, sign up today.


Washington Forgets Best Case For Immigration Reform
Richard T. Herman writes "The White House has once again announced its commitment to immigration law reform in early 2010."

ILW.COM April 2009 Citations
Karen Weinstock, Elizabeth Rompf Bruen, Edward Carroll, Suzanne Seltzer, Sherry Neal, Scott Bratton, and Rami Fakhoury share the citations from all April 2009 ILW.COM seminars.

Bloggings On PERM Labor Certification
Joel Stewart writes "To obviate the problem of a refusal by the USCIS mailroom, the Employer should file the I-140 electronically and then submit the documentation to support the petition within seven days as stipulated in the electronic filing instructions."

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USCIS On Reorganized Structure
USCIS announced changes to its organizational structure, including an updated review org chart.


Help Wanted - Immigration Paralegals
Reston, VA - Goel & Anderson, LLC, a prominent business immigration law firm, has challenging, rewarding, and stable career opportunities for immigration professionals. Due to the sustained growth of our practice, we currently have multiple openings for experienced corporate immigration paralegals. 3+ years of business immigration experience (NIV and IV) with top-tier immigration practice or in-house corporate immigration department desired. Experience with corporate immigration compliance and/or global immigration matters is a plus. Extensive client contact involved. Undergraduate degree, excellent organizational and communication skills (both written and oral), and the ability to work independently in fast paced environment required. Goel & Anderson offers highly competitive salaries + outstanding benefits. Qualified candidates invited to apply with resume + cover letter to All submissions kept strictly confidential. No phone calls please.

Help Wanted - Immigration Attorney
Los Angeles, CA - USCIS Office of the Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks experienced attorney for the position of Associate Regional Counsel, USCIS OCC, Western Region. Responsibilities include, but not limited to, serving as attorney providing on-site legal advice to local District Office USCIS personnel on issues involving immigration related adjudications, inadmissibility and deportability grounds, and national security. J.D. degree, active bar membership, 2+ years of post-J.D. experience required. For full details enter COU-CIS-2009-0010 here. Applicants must submit (1) writing sample (10 pps. max) (2) resume (3) cover letter, to All submissions must be received by close of business on January 15, 2010. GS-13/14/15. Position open until filled. No relocation allowance offered.

Translation Services
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BIA Delivery Service
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Investors Try to Open Door to Foreign Entrepreneurs
A group of technology investors is trying to make Silicon Valley friendlier to foreign entrepreneurs.

An Immigrant's Nightmare?
There's no indication that he's up to anything nefarious, but particularly in light of our current immigration and watch list concerns, do we just give him a pass on good behavior?

Immigration Reform's Economic Impact Is Debated
As the U.S. unemployment rate hovers at around 10 percent, a key question is emerging in the unfolding immigration reform debate: whether legalizing millions of undocumented immigrants will further erode the economy or speed its recovery.

Congressional Agenda for 2010: Controversy and Budget Busting
When Congress starts its work for the year Tuesday, Democrats in Washington will begin working on two distinct types of legislation leading up to the crucial mid-term elections in 2010 -- the bills they want to do, and the bills they have to do.


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New Partner - New York, NY
Fragomen, the world's leading provider of global immigration services, is pleased to announce the election of Tina Niedzwiecki to Partner, effective January 1, 2010. Tina's election to Partner further strengthens the firm's New York practice and ability to support the needs of Fragomen clients at a senior level.


Readers can share comments, email: (up to 300-words). Past correspondence is available in our archives

Dear Editor:
Concerning the S. Sheplov letter of 1/8/10 ID, the L. Cogill letters and 1/11/10 ID's Comment regarding mixed family status, I would agree with SS to the extent that US citizens who marry foreign nationals should receive an additional element of consideration in regards to legal status, but that the other, normal parameters of entry qualification should also be considered and not precluded by the marriage which would protect the interests of US citizens in this situation which should not be ignored. With respect to 1/11/10 ID Letters, and the R. Gittelson letter, RG seems to be unawares that US citizens have the right of free speech, unemcumbered by the "political correctness" censorship that those with little or no other real arguments try to impose. In spite of screaming of popped blood vessels, critics and victims of mass/illegal entry can freely form their opinions with regards to all relevant facts regarding the opinions or reports of others including their ethnicity/names. In fact, my letter (1/8/11 ID) was primarily based upon where Mr. Raul Hinojosa-Ojeda worked and also the report's conclusions. That the RG letter would ignore all of these substantive facts and attack my letter only on the basis of the phony racial profiling issue speaks volumes. This technique has also been a feature of the R. Algase letters. Who will "blow the whistle" on these outrages? This really is "prejudicial on its face, and casts an ugly bearing upon its meaning and intent" regarding the motives of many entry enthusiasts.

Jim Roberts

Dear Editor:
This system is so unfair to families seeking legal status, this woman have a child with this slain soldier, and this is how his wife got treated, this is so wrong he was killed twice, I really don't know who is overseeing immigration laws, but these people treat people like they are one body, they worth nothing they have no value, these inhumane treatment is so unfair, they don't make provision for some family base cases, they don't show any kind of mercy or compassion. Where is the government in all this, all those big talker in washington, they all only studying power and not the needs of us that put them their,this is a very sad and unfortunate situation, where is the love and care.


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