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  1. Dec 30 - AV Rating

    -----------------IMMIGRATION DAILY FROM ILW.COM------------------
    December 30, 2008
    Items:
    1.  Comment: AV Rating
    2.  Focus: Best Price Ever - Special Offer Valid While Supplies Last
    3.  Articles:
        (a) Consular Corner: December 2008 by Liam Schwartz
        (b) Joe Predicts: Zero Percent Chance Of Amnesty In 2009 by
        Joe Guzzardi
        (c) Bloggings On PERM Labor Certification by Joel Stewart
    4.  News:
        (a) USCIS Revises Direct Mail Program For N-400
    5.  Classifieds:
        (a) EB-5 Investor Program
        (b) Credential Evaluation And Translation
        (c) Case Management Technology
    6.  Headlines:
        (a) Immigrant Assimilation Critical, Report Finds
        (b) Immigration Officials Curtail Sedation Of Deportees After
        Criticism, Lawsuits
        (c) The Year Of The Latino Vote, The Giant That Finally Awoke
        (d) El Norte - Criterion Collection Review
    7.  ComingsNGoings:
        (a) Immigration Event - Washington, DC
    8.  Letters From:
    http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/digest/2008,1230.shtm
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    1.  COMMENT
    AV Rating
    Law.com reports "LexisNexis Group's Martindale-Hubbell has no
    plans to abandon its lawyer ratings, the company insisted in
    response to blog postings about its layoff of attorney rating
    specialists." For the full story, see here.
    http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1202427033909
    We welcome readers to share their opinion and ideas with us by
    writing to mailto:editor@ilw.com.
    _________________________________________________________________
    2.  FOCUS
    Best Price Ever - Special Offer Valid While Supplies Last
    ILW.COM is pleased to offer the completely revised editions of
    Patel's Immigration Law Library, the 2008-2009 Edition (Shipping
    Now). This collection includes the essential reference resource
    "The WHOLE Act, The INA (Annotated), 2008-2009 Edition",
    http://www.ilw.com/store/thewholeact-ina.shtm
    used by DHS officials, federal court libraries, and many veteran
    immigration practitioners. Once you have used this version of the
    INA, you will wonder why you ever used any other! This collection
    also features the fully indexed 8 CFR, 2008-2009 Edition
    http://www.ilw.com/store/8cfrplus.shtm
    and fully indexed 20/22/28 CFR, 2008-2009 Edition.
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    While supplies last, the best quality immigration law reference
    books are now available at the cheapest price on the market -
    $189 for all three books (shipping and handling included!).
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    _________________________________________________________________
    3.  ARTICLES
    (a) Consular Corner: December 2008
    Liam Schwartz presents the latest news from Consuls the world over.
    http://www.ilw.com/articles/2008,1230-schwartz.shtm
    http://www.lsa-law.com/
    (b) Joe Predicts: Zero Percent Chance Of Amnesty In 2009
    Joe Guzzardi writes "If Bush couldn't get it past either a
    Republican or Democratic controlled Congress, why should we
    assume either of them will?"
    http://www.ilw.com/articles/2008,1230-guzzardi.shtm
    http://www.vdare.com/
    (c) Bloggings On PERM Labor Certification
    Joel Stewart shares the latest entries as of December 29, 2008 on
    his PERM Labor Certification blog.
    http://www.ilw.com/articles/2008,1230-stewart.shtm
    http://blogs.ilw.com/joelstewart
    To submit an Article for consideration, write to
    mailto:editor@ilw.com.
    _________________________________________________________________
    4.  NEWS
    (a) USCIS Revises Direct Mail Program For N400
    USCIS announced that effective Jan. 22, 2009, applicants must
    submit Form N-400 and related supplements to one of two new USCIS
    Lockbox facilities for initial processing.
    http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/news/2008,1230-N400.pdf
    _________________________________________________________________
    5.  CLASSIFIEDS
    (a) EB-5 Investor Program
    There is no need to wait for the Regional Center program to be
    extended before it sunsets on September 30, 2008. This is a 300
    acre project in Southern California near San Juan Capistrano. The
    Project will create at least 300 new full-time jobs through the
    development of a resort hotel/spa & corporate retreat, an upscale
    equestrian centre with 1000 stalls, arena, training and boarding
    facilities and, along with a vineyard, an olive orchard, and 30
    estate view lots. The developers and general partners have
    extensive experience in high profile developments.   The Project
    qualifies under the EB-5 Investor Visa program for an immigrant
    investor in need of a permanent residence in the US "Green Card".
    The project is a Targeted Employment Area (TEA) requiring
    investments at the reduced $500,000 level.    Visit
    http://www.usagdc.com/landing.html for more information or
    contact a USA Global Development representative by e-mailing
    mailto:info@usagdc.com or calling (949) 296-3078 or complete
    contact us section of our website. Not an offer to purchase or
    sell securities. Only qualified investors can offer to subscribe
    after reviewing the full program and submitting a signed
    subscription agreement for consideration.
    (b) Credential Evaluation And Translation
    As the nation's leader in foreign credential evaluations and
    translations, American Evaluation and Translation Service, Inc.
    (AETS) provides the most competitive rates in the industry - $50
    educational evaluations, as well as $200 'expert opinion' work
    experience and position evaluations completed by PhD university
    professors who have the "authority to grant college level credit
    for work experience and/or training." AETS offers a variety of
    turn-around times, including same-day service for educational,
    work experience, and position evaluations. For list of rates and
    times, see:
    http://aetsinternational.com/applicationforevaluationservices.pdf
    AETS also provides certified translations in 100+ languages,
    with translators that are specialists in 80+ fields.  For a copy
    of the Application for Credential Evaluation and Translation
    Services, please contact AETS at (786) 276-8190, visit
    http://www.aetsinternational.com, or email:
    mailto:info@aetsinternational.com.
    (c) Case Management Technology
    Offering enterprise-level software and unparalleled US-based
    support, ImmigrationTracker
    http://www.immigrationtracker.com
    is the most flexible and dependable immigration management
    solution on the market today. Designed by immigration attorneys
    and paralegals, ImmigrationTracker is often praised for its ease
    of use, intuitive features, and built-in immigration knowledge.
    As one of our customers noted, "If we had two years and unlimited
    funds to design our ideal immigration management system, Tracker
    would be it."  Phil Curtis, Chin & Curtis.  Find out for yourself
    why Tracker is the choice of: 83% of practicing Past Presidents
    of the AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association, through
    June 2007); 86% of the 25 largest immigration law firms (IndUS
    Business Journal 2006); 75% of the AmLaw 200 (largest US law
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    immigration attorneys as compared with other software vendors
    (Chambers Global and the International Who's Who of Business
    Immigration Lawyers, 2007). Schedule your private demo: Call
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    mailto:sales@immigrationtracker.com.
    _________________________________________________________________
    6.  Headlines
    (a) Immigrant Assimilation Critical, Report Finds
    As the United States becomes more diverse, a greater effort must
    be made to integrate immigrants into American society, according
    to a new report by a federal task force.
    (b) Immigration Officials Curtail Sedation Of Deportees After
    Criticism, Lawsuits
    Federal immigration officials, over the past year, have
    dramatically curtailed the controversial practice of sedating
    deportees with powerful anti-psychotic medication.
    (c) The Year Of The Latino Vote, The Giant That Finally Awoke
    While polls and pundits denied that immigration was a priority
    for Latino voters, it seems clear that the issue did play a role,
    if not in the embracing of Barack Obama, at least in the
    rejection of the Republican party.
    (d) El Norte - Criterion Collection Review
    Intoxicatingly poetic and disturbingly realistic, the film
    dissects illegal immigration without glorifying or condemning
    those who choose to gamble their lives with it. Courtesy of the
    Criterion Collection.
    For links to the above stories see here:
    http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/digest/2008,1230.shtm#Headlines
    _________________________________________________________________
    7.  ComingsNGoings
    Readers can share their professional announcements (100-words or
    fewer at no charge), email: mailto:editor@ilw.com. Readers
    interested in learning about featuring your event or conference
    in Immigration Daily, see here
    http://www.ilw.com/corporate/media_sponsor.shtm. To feature your
    newsletter in Immigration Daily, see here
    http://www.ilw.com/corporate/cross_promotions.shtm.
    (a) Immigration Event - Washington, DC
    The Migration Policy Institute is pleased to announce the
    briefing of its newest released report entitled "Immigration and
    the Current Economic Crisis", 9:00-10:30 a.m., Wednesday, January
    14, 2009. 1400 16th Street, NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC.
    Contact: events@migrationpolicy.org or (202) 266-1929. RSVP:
    http://contact.migrationpolicy.org/site/Calendar/1985906237.
    _________________________________________________________________
    8.  LETTERS
    Readers are welcome to share their comments, email:
    mailto:editor@ilw.com  (300-words or fewer preferred).
    Many letters to the Editor refer to past correspondence,
    available in our archives.
    http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/archives.shtm
    None today.
    _________________________________________________________________
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  2. Dec 22 - Become A Consular Processing Author

    -----------------IMMIGRATION DAILY FROM ILW.COM------------------
    December 22, 2008
    Items:
    1.  Comment: Become A Consular Processing Author
    2.  Focus: The H-1B Book Shipping Now
    3.  Articles:
        (a) Bloggings on Dysfunctional Government by Angelo Paparelli
        (b) Immigrants Of The Day: Mary Paik Lee of Korea, Mona Rico
        of Mexico, and Meryle Secrest of United Kingdom by Kevin R.
        Johnson
    4.  News:
        (a) EOIR Announces BIA To Begin Providing Decision
        (b) DHS Publishes H2B Final Rule
        (c) DHS Publishes US VISIT Final Rule
        (d) CBP Says Temporary Visa Pilot Program Will Expand To
        Include H2Bs
    5.  Classifieds:
        (a) Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
        (b) Case Management Technology
        (c) J-1 Visa Program
        (d) Credential Evaluation And Translation
    6.  Headlines:
        (a) Immigration-Overhaul Supporters Hope Their Hour Has Come
        (b) Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid Renews Hopes For
        Immigration Reform
        (c) Hispanic Retired ICE agent Is Candidate For Assistant
        Secretary, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement
        (d) US Immigration Anchors $20M Development
    7.  ComingsNGoings:
        (a) New Appointment - Immigration Judge
    8.  Letters From:
        (a) KO
    http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/digest/2008,1222.shtm
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    _________________________________________________________________
    1.  COMMENT
    Become A Consular Processing Author
    Immigration Daily is pleased to announce that 20+ contributing
    authors have been selected by The Consular Posts Book Editor Rami
    Fakoury. Thanks to those who have agreed to share their consular
    expertise for this publication. In order to provide full global
    coverage of consular issues, we invite immigration attorneys with
    consular processsing expertise, especially in South America, the
    Carribean islands, and East Asia to reply.
    The consulate posts section of the book aims to provide attorneys
    and compliance officers with a detailed, nuanced picture of
    factors that may lead to visa denials and delays, and to provide
    an inside guide about ways counsel can improve due diligence to
    proactively avoid such problems. Contributors will receive a
    gratis copy of The Consular Posts Book. Qualified candidates,
    correspond directly with mailto:rami@employmentimmigration.com.
    Please be sure to include your qualifications and indicate the
    specific posts(s) that you wish to write on (see chapter 9
    updated outline). For information about the book, including a
    detailed book outline,
    http://www.ilw.com/store/consularposts.shtm.
    We welcome readers to share their opinion and ideas with us by
    writing to mailto:editor@ilw.com.
    _________________________________________________________________
    2.  FOCUS
    The H-1B Book Shipping Now
    THE H-1B BOOK 2008-2009 Edition, Editor Karen Weinstock, is
    shipping now. The Table of Contents is as follows:
    ++Chapter One:   Interview The Client
    ++Qualifying the Position as a Specialty Occupation
    ++Qualifying The Employee
    ++Meeting Wage Requirements
    ++Lawyer's H-1B Consultation Questionnaire Form
    ++Lawyer's H-1B Task Checklist
    ++Chapter Two: Send The Client Intake Forms And Related
    Information
    ++Intakes Summary
    ++H-1B Employer Intake/Questionnaire Form
    ++H-1B Worker Intake/Questionnaire Form
    ++The Complete H-1B Process: Company Flowchart
    ++The H-1B Process: Company's Step-By-Step Explanation
    ++Explanation and instructions for spouses and children
    ++Chapter Three: Credentials: Verify That The Worker Has A US
    Bachelor's Degree Or Equivalent
    ++Credentials Summary
    ++If the worker has a U.S. degree - no evaluation is necessary
    ++If the worker has a foreign degree - order credentials
    evaluation
    ++If the H-1B petition is based on work experience or combination
    - order a work experience evaluation
    ++List of credentials evaluation firms, web sites and phone
    numbers
    ++Chapter Four: Determine The Prevailing Wage ++Understanding the
    Prevailing Wage
    ++Determining the Prevailing Wage
    +++O*NET, SOC, Wage Levels, Job Zone and SVP
    +++SESA or SWA Wage Determination
    +++FLC Data Center Wage Determination
    +++Wage Determination Through Other Wage Surveys
    ++Practice Examples in Determination of the Prevailing Wage
    ++Chapter Five: Prepare And File The Labor Condition Application
    (LCA)
    ++Introduction to the Labor Condition Application (LCA)
    ++Preparing and filing the Labor Condition Application (LCA)
    +++Online LCA filing
    +++Complete Online LCA and Receive LCA Approval Online
    +++Completing the LCA: Step by Step
    +++H-1B Dependent Employers Worksheet for the LCA
    ++ Detailed Description of Form ETA-9035E and its Obligations
    ++Sample of completed LCA (form ETA-9035E)
    ++Copy of form ETA9035CP (LCA cover pages)
    ++Chapter Six: Prepare The I-129, Related Forms And
    Petition Letter
    ++Form I-129
    ++H supplement to Form I-129
    ++Form I-129 H-1B Data Collection Supplement
    ++Form G-28
    ++Form I-907 if premium processing is applicable
    If the H-1B worker has a spouse and/or children:
    ++Form I-539
    ++Form I-539 Supplement 1 (if necessary for other family members)
    ++Chapter Seven: Send All The Forms And Petition Letter To The
    Clien
    t For Review & Signature
    ++Sample letter to client
    ++LCA posting notice
    ++Sample Letter to Employer Regarding Public Access File
    ++Memorandum to employers on Labor Condition Application
    ++Public Access File sample
    Chapter Eight: Assemble The H-1B Petition And Send To The USCIS
    Service Center
    ++General Filing Instructions (including list of service centers
    and filing addresses)
    ++Sample Cover Letter
    ++H-1B Petition document checklist
    ++Sample list of exhibits
    ++Chapter Nine: Troubleshooting
    ++Introduction
    ++Request for Additional Evidence
    ++Dealing with the dreaded request for evidence
    +++Sample Response to Request for Additional Evidence
    +++Second Example of Response to Request for Additional Evidence
    ++I-9 Compliance, Social Security Numbers and Driver's Licenses
    ++Changes in H-1B Employment and Amendments
    ++How Mergers, Acquisitions and other corporate Transactions
    Affect
    the H-1B
    ++Chapter Ten: Post-Approval Case Management
    ++Summary of Post-Approval Issues
    ++ Sample H-1B Approval Letter to Employees that are in the U.S.
    ++ Sample H-1B Approval Letter to Company - Employee(s) Abroad
    ++ Sample H-1B Approval Letter to Employees Abroad
    ++ Non- Immigrant Visa Consular Processing Information Sheet
    For more information about the book and to order, see here.
    http://www.ilw.com/store/theh-1bbook.shtm
    For the fax form, see here.
    http://www.ilw.com/store/theh-1bbook.pdf
    _________________________________________________________________
    3.  ARTICLES
    (a) Bloggings on Dysfunctional Government
    Angelo Paparelli shares the latest entries as of December 19,
    2008 on his Dysfunctional Government blog.
    http://www.ilw.com/articles/2008,1222-paparelli.shtm
    http://blogs.ilw.com/angelopaparelli/
    (b) Immigrants Of The Day: Mary Paik Lee of Korea, Mona Rico of
    Mexico, and Meryle Secrest of United Kingdom
    Kevin R. Johnson celebrates the achievements of these notable
    immigrants.
    http://www.ilw.com/articles/2008,1222-johnson.shtm
    http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/
    To submit an Article for consideration, write to
    mailto:editor@ilw.com.
    _________________________________________________________________
    4.  NEWS
    (a) EOIR Announces BIA To Begin Providing Decision
    The Executive Office for Immigration Review announced that as
    part of an ongoing effort to enhance its service to the
    immigration community, the Board of Immigration Appeals announced
    that by March 1, 2009, it will begin to provide a copy of its
    final decision to all aliens in proceedings, regardless of
    whether the alien is represented by counsel.
    http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/news/2008,1222-BIA.pdf
    (b) DHS Publishes H2B Final Rule
    DHS published notice in the Federal Register effective January
    18, 2009, on changes to requirements affecting H-2B nonimmigrants
    and their employers.
    http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/news/2008,1222-H2B.shtm
    (c) DHS Publishes US VISIT Final Rule
    DHS published notice in the Federal Register effective January
    18, 2009, finalizing an interim final rule that expanded the US-
    VISIT program to include aliens seeking admission under the Visa
    Waiver Program and travelers arriving at
    designated land border ports of entry.
    http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/news/2008,1222-USVISIT.shtm
    (d) CBP Says Temporary Visa Pilot Program Will Expand To Include
    H2Bs
    U.S. Customs and Border Protection published a general notice,
    effective August 9, 2009, on the expansion of temporary worker
    visa exit program pilot to include H-2b temporary workers.
    http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/news/2008,1222-CBP.shtm
    _________________________________________________________________
    5.  CLASSIFIEDS
    (a) Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
    Washington, DC- USCIS Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks
    experienced attorneys with 3+ years demonstrated experience in
    immigration law for the Adjudications Law Division (ALD). The
    attorneys will serve as advisors to the Chief of the ALD, the
    Chief Counsel, and to USCIS and other Departmental components on
    issues relating to U.S. immigration laws.   Applicants must
    possess a JD degree,  be an active member of the bar (any
    jurisdiction), and have 3+ years of post-J.D. experience in
    immigration law. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number:
    COU-CIS-2008-0013 at USAJobs.com.
    http://www.usajobs.com
    Submit a resume, cover letter + (2) writing samples to: Claudia
    Salem, Acting Chief, Adjudications Law Division at
    mailto:ALD.ALD@dhs.gov. Please make sure to note in email subject
    header that you are applying for the Experienced Attorney
    Position, ALD, at USCIS. Must be received by 5pm, ET, Friday,
    December 19, 2008. Position is at the GS-13-GS-15 levels. This
    job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not
    in the competitive civil service. No relocation reimbursement
    available.
    (b) Case Management Technology
    Are you ready for the new changes in immigration? See why INSZoom
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    We teach you how to customize the software to fit your processes
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    profitable, financially sound company, employing 100+ engineers,
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    flexible modules that allow you to manage and control technology.
    To schedule a complimentary online demo, call 925-244-0600 or
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    (c) J-1 Visa Program
    Discover the ease and flexibility of the J-1 Trainee visa with
    AIESEC United States. For 50 years, AIESEC U.S.
    http://www.aiesecus.org
    has offered foreign nationals the opportunity to grow both
    personally and professionally by sponsoring exchange visitor
    traineeships. Enjoy unparalleled customer service, including in-
    depth guidance on J-1 Trainee visa regulations and the changes
    effective July 2007. We also offer logistical and cultural
    reception services in locations nationwide. Expect a 24-48 hr.
    application processing time. The J-1 Trainee 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. Attorneys interested
    in learning more about AIESEC United States and the J-1 Trainee
    visa, please email Melany Hamner: mailto:melanyh@aiesecus.org.
    (d) Credential Evaluation And Translation
    As the nation's leader in foreign credential evaluations and
    translations, American Evaluation and Translation Service, Inc.
    (AETS) provides the most competitive rates in the industry - $50
    educational evaluations, as well as $200 'expert opinion' work
    experience and position evaluations completed by PhD university
    professors who have the "authority to grant college level credit
    for work experience and/or training." AETS offers a variety of
    turn-around times, including same-day service for educational,
    work experience, and position evaluations. For list of rates and
    times, see:
    http://aetsinternational.com/applicationforevaluationservices.pdf
    AETS also provides certified translations in 100+ languages,
    with translators that are specialists in 80+ fields.  For a copy
    of the Application for Credential Evaluation and Translation
    Services, please contact AETS at (786) 276-8190, visit
    http://www.aetsinternational.com, or email:
    mailto:info@aetsinternational.com.
    _________________________________________________________________
    6.  Headlines
    (a) Immigration-Overhaul Supporters Hope Their Hour Has Come
    With Obama in office, a sympathetic Cabinet and more Democrats in
    Congress, supporters hope to revive a reform package next year.
    But the economic downturn sparks worry about protecting U.S.
    workers.
    (b) Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid Renews Hopes For
    Immigration Reform
    In a little noticed interview last week, Senate Majority Leader
    Harry Reid (D-NV) renewed pro-immigrant advocates' hopes for
    comprehensive refrom of the nations' immigration laws under the
    next administration.
    (c) Hispanic Retired ICE agent Is Candidate For Assistant
    Secretary, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement
    Miguel Angel Contreras is proud to announce that he is a
    candidate for the position of Assistant Secretary, U.S.
    Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
    (d) US Immigration Anchors $20M Development
    The United States Citizen and Immigration Services has become the
    first major tenant to take space in Yourland, a mixed-use
    redevelopment near Sky Harbor International Airport.

    For links to the above stories see here:
    http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/digest/2008,1222.shtm#Headlines
    _________________________________________________________________
    7.  ComingsNGoings
    Readers can share their professional announcements (100-words or
    fewer at no charge), email: mailto:editor@ilw.com. Readers
    interested in learning about featuring your event or conference
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    (a) New Appointment - Immigration Judge
    Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) Director Kevin A.
    Ohlson announced that announced that an immigration judge was
    sworn in today during an investiture ceremony at EOIR
    Headquarters in Falls Church, Va. Chief Immigration Judge David
    L. Neal administered the oath of office to Jack L. Anderson, who
    is serving at the Omaha Immigration Court.
    _________________________________________________________________
    8.  LETTERS
    Readers are welcome to share their comments, email:
    mailto:editor@ilw.com  (300-words or fewer preferred).
    Many letters to the Editor refer to past correspondence,
    available in our archives.
    http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/archives.shtm
    (a) Dear Editor:
    Tis the season for all of us to be grateful for what has been
    bestowed upon us. I would like to share some of my reasons for
    what has been a joyous 2008. I am grateful for increased border
    security, increased deportations, increased raids on employers
    who hire illegal aliens and most of all I am grateful for no
    grants of amnesty. I can only wish for more of the same for an
    even more joyous and prosperous 2009.
    KO
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  3. Dec 19 - Enforcement Milestones

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    December 19, 2008
    Items:
    1.  Comment: Enforcement Milestones
    2.  Focus: Deadline Is Friday, Dec 19th For Latest In Adjustment
        Of Status
    3.  Articles:
        (a) Bloggings on Nurse Immigration by Christopher T. Musillo
        of the Hammond Law Group
        (b) Immigrants Of The Day: Samuel Gompers of England, Joe
        Cook of Cambodia, and Safaa Wadi of Iraq by Kevin R. Johnson
    4.  News:
        (a)USCIS, CBP Final Rule On Changes To Requirements Affecting
        H2A Nonimmigrants
        (b) CBP Publishes Notice On H2A Visa Exit Program Pilot
        (c)USCIS, CBP, ICE Notice On H2A Petitioner's Employment-
        Related Or Fee-Related Notification
        (d) DHS Notice On Countries Eligible For H2A Program
        Participation
        (e) DOL Publishes Final Rule On Modernizing the Labor
        Certification Process And Enforcement For H2A Aliens
        (f) EOIR Publishes Final Rule On Professional Conduct For
        Practitioners
        (g) EOIR Publishes Final Rule On Voluntary Departure
    5.  Classifieds:
        (a) Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
        (b) Case Management Technology
    6.  Headlines:
        (a) Immigration And The Economy: A Changing Debate
        (b) Maryland ACLU Is Probing Anti-Immigrant Policies
        (c) Obama Tasks Napolitano With Homeland Security Overhaul
        (d) Immigration Report Finds Citizenship Oaths Delayed
    7.  ComingsNGoings:
        (a) Appointment - Arlington, VA
    8.  Letters From: None today.
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    1.  COMMENT
    Enforcement Milestones
    The Austin American-Statesman
    http://www.statesman.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/austin/immigration/entries/2008/12/18/homeland_security_touts_record.html
    reports that the Department of Homeland Security released a fact
    sheet touting its end of the year accomplisments. The
    accomplishments listed include  doubling the size of the Border
    Patrol from about 9,000 in 2001 to more than 18,000,
    constructing about 93 miles of border fence this year, removing
    more than 323,000 undocumented immigrants from the US, and
    dramatically increasing penalties against employers whose hiring
    processes violate the law.
    We welcome readers to share their opinion and ideas with us by
    writing to mailto:editor@ilw.com.
    _________________________________________________________________
    2.  FOCUS
    Deadline Is Friday, Dec 19th For Latest In Adjustment Of Status
    ILW.COM is pleased to announce a new 3-part telephone seminar
    series "Latest In Adjustment Of Status" with discussion leader
    Christina LaBrie and featuring distinguished practitioners as
    speakers - Nadeen Aljijakli, Daniel Horne, Barbara Wong, and
    Other Speakers To Be Announced. The curriculum is as follows:
    FIRST Phone Session on December 22: I-485 RFEs and Adjudication
    - Hot Topics 
    ++Medical exams
    ++Maintenance of status - why theG-325A is so important
    ++Bona fide marriage for employment-based applicants
    ++AC21 portability ++Proving lawful entry
    ++NSEERS issues
    ++Renewing I-485s in immigration court 
    SECOND Phone Session on January 15: Adjustment of Status
    Interviews - Be Prepared! 
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    ++How to prepare your clients
    ++How to prepare for employment-based AOS interviews
    ++How to deal with a difficult officer
    ++Protecting your clients' rights
    ++Dealing with criminal issues
    ++Special cases - VAWA, SIJ, HIV waivers 
    THIRD Phone Session on February 5: Lawful Permanent Residence
    - Rules and Responsibilities 
    ++Responsibilities and possible penalties
    ++Reentry permits ++Abandonment of LPR status
    ++Tax issues
    ++Responsibilities of I-864 sponsors
    ++Special cases - Asylee/Refugee LPRs
    ++Looking forward to naturalization 
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    information, please see:
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    _________________________________________________________________
    3.  ARTICLES
    (a) Bloggings on Nurse Immigration
    Christopher T. Musillo of the Hammond Law Group shares the latest
    entries as of December 16, 2008 on his nurse immigration blog.
    http://www.ilw.com/articles/2008,1219-hammond.shtm
    http://www.hammondlawfirm.com/
    (b) Immigrants Of The Day: Samuel Gompers of England, Joe Cook of
    Cambodia, and Safaa Wadi of Iraq
    Kevin R. Johnson celebrates the achievements of these immigrants.
    http://www.ilw.com/articles/2008,1219-johnson.shtm
    http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/
    To submit an Article for consideration, write to
    mailto:editor@ilw.com.
    _________________________________________________________________
    4.  NEWS
    (a) USCIS, CBP Final Rule On Changes To Requirements Affecting
    H2A Nonimmigrants
    USCIS, CBP published a final rule amending DHS regulations
    regarding temporary and seasonal agricultural workers, and
    their US employers, within the H-2A nonimmigrant classification.
    http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/news/2008,1219-h2achanges.shtm
    (b) CBP Publishes Notice On H2A Visa Exit Program Pilot
    CBP published a notice in the Federal Register announcing that it
    is establishing a new land-border exit system for certain
    temporary agricultural workers, starting on a pilot basis, at
    certain
    designated ports of entry.
    http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/news/2008,1219-exit.shtm
    (c) USCIS, CBP, ICE Notice On H2A Petitioner's Employment-Related
    Or Fee-Related Notification
    USCIS, CBP, ICE published a notice in the Fedederal Register
    announcing the manner in which petitioners must notify U.S.
    Citizenship and Immigration Services regarding their employment
    of agricultural workers in H-2A nonimmigrant status or job
    placement fee information.
    http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/news/2008,1219-notification.shtm
    (d) DHS Notice On Countries Eligible For H2A Program
    Participation
    DHS published a notice in the Federal Register identifying the
    foreign countries whose nationals are eligible to participate
    in the H-2A visa program.
    http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/news/2008,1219-h2acountries.shtm
    (e) DOL Publishes Final Rule On Modernizing the Labor
    Certification Process And Enforcement For H2A Aliens
    The Department of Labor published a final rule amending its
    regulations regarding the certification for the temporary
    employment of nonimmigrant workers in agricultural
    occupations on a temporary or seasonal basis, and the
    enforcement of the contractual obligations applicable to
    employers of such nonimmigrant workers.
    http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/news/2008,1219-dol.shtm
    (f) EOIR Publishes Final Rule On Professional Conduct For
    Practitioners
    The EOIR published a final rule that adopts, in part, the
    proposed changes to the rules and procedures concerning the
    standards of representation and professional conduct for
    practitioners who appear before the EOIR, which includes the
    immigration judges and the BIA.
    http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/news/2008,1219-conduct.shtm
    (g) EOIR Publishes Final Rule On Voluntary Departure
    The Department of Justice is publishing this final rule to
    amend the regulations regarding voluntary departure. This rule
    adopts, without substantial change, the proposed rule under which
    a grant of voluntary departure is automatically withdrawn upon
    the filing of a motion to reopen or reconsider with the
    immigration judge or the Board of Immigration Appeals (Board) or
    a petition for review in a federal court of appeals.
    http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/news/2008,1219-departure.shtm
    _________________________________________________________________
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    6.  Headlines
    (a) Immigration And The Economy: A Changing Debate
    There's a consensus among economists and policy analysts that
    immigrant labor benefits the economy on whole -- and dramatically
    so.
    (b) Maryland ACLU Is Probing Anti-Immigrant Policies
    The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland has launched a
    review of local efforts to crack down on undocumented immigrants,
    saying a patchwork of increasingly harsh policies might be
    violating some residents' rights.
    (c) Obama Tasks Napolitano With Homeland Security Overhaul
    Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano, a border-state governor with a
    background in law enforcement, will inherit what her new boss on
    Monday called a "sprawling" department in need of reform if she
    is confirmed as the nation's third Homeland Security secretary.
    (d) Immigration Report Finds Citizenship Oaths Delayed
    A court prevented nearly 2,000 people from taking the oath of
    U.S. citizenship in time to register to vote in the November
    elections, a new report released Wednesday said.
    For links to the above stories see here:
    http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/digest/2008,1219.shtm#Headlines
    _________________________________________________________________
    7.  ComingsNGoings
    Readers can share their professional announcements (100-words or
    fewer at no charge), email: mailto:editor@ilw.com. Readers
    interested in learning about featuring your event or conference
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    (a) Appointment - Arlington, VA
    Bean, Kinney & Korman is pleased to announce that firm
    shareholder Philip M. Keating has been selected as Chair-Elect of
    the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, and Bean Kinney received the
    Chamber's annual "Chair's Award" for Outstanding Contributions of
    Resources to the Chamber and the Arlington Business Community.
    www.beankinney.com.
    _________________________________________________________________
    8.  LETTERS
    Readers are welcome to share their comments, email:
    mailto:editor@ilw.com  (300-words or fewer preferred).
    Many letters to the Editor refer to past correspondence,
    available in our archives.
    http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/archives.shtm
    (a) None today.
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  4. Dec 18 - Unconventional Wisdom

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    December 18, 2008
    Items:
    1.  Comment: Unconventional Wisdom
    2.  Focus: Consular Posts Book Ed. Rami Fakhoury
    3.  Articles:
        (a) Adjusting To The New World Of Portability Recruiting:
        Career-Flexibility For Long-Delayed Immigration Cases by
        Angelo A. Paparelli and Kwang-yi Ger Gale
        (b) The Nation Is Not A House by Donald J. Boudreaux for the
        Foundation For Economic Education
        (c) Bloggings On Immigration Law And Policy by Greg Siskind
    4.  News:
        (a) CIS Ombudsman Study Recommends Digitized Photograph To
        Accompany New N-550 Form
        (b) DHS Publishes Interim Rule Amending I-9 Regulations
    5.  Classifieds:
        (a) Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
        (b) Immigration Law Certificate
        (c) Credential Evaluation
    6.  Headlines:
        (a) Minnesota Catholics To Observe 'Immigration Sunday'
        (b) Oregon DMV To Begin Verifying Immigration In 2009
        (c) U.S. Seeks To Wipe Out Immigration Fraud
        (d) Obama To Inherit Legal Battle Over DHS's No-Match Rule
    7.  ComingsNGoings:
        (a) Honors And Awards - Maryland Super Lawyers
    8.  Letters From:
        (a) Robert Gittelson
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    1.  COMMENT
    Unconventional Wisdom
    The conventional wisdom on a number of issues may no longer be
    true:
    ++Conventional Wisdom: The incoming Obama administration's
    priorities will guide Congress as it goes about making laws in
    2009 and 2010. Fact: Congress has its own ideas for legislation.
    While Congress will pay close attention to the incoming Obama
    administration's priorities, especially in the first 100 days,
    ultimately it is Congress that makes law, not the President. And
    Congress's ideas of good policy may well diverge from the
    administration's. We are seeing some signs that Congress may well
    be more aggressive in the near term on immigration than the
    Administration (this is not an issue of intention, merely an
    issue of implementation, since the incoming team is
    understandably tied up in personnel issues).
    ++Conventional Wisdom: Rahm Emmanuel's appointment as Chief of
    Staff at the White House portends trouble for immigration given
    the fact that he was the key person responsible for the failure
    to get CIR off the ground in the House in the 110th Congress.
    Fact: Rahm Emmanuel at the White House may well be immigration's
    best friend. As chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign
    Committee, Mr. Emmanuel's goal was to help elect as many House
    Democrats as possible which, by the lay of the political land,
    were largely in purple, moderate districts where immigration
    could have proven a weapon for the Republicans. Mr. Emmanuel's
    new job, by contrast, is to help elect just one Democrat - Mr.
    Obama in 2012. Immigration here could well be a weapon against
    the Republicans, in helping sway critical states in the Southwest
    and Southeast.
    ++Conventional Wisdom: Republican votes and Blue Dog votes will
    be necessary to win any broad immigration legislation, like CIR.
    Fact: Democrats will control a 58% majority in the new Senate,
    and a 59% majority in the new House. No more than a very small
    handful (5 or so) Republican votes will be needed or available to
    pass CIR. This is in marked contrast to the entire period from
    the 1980s to now, where all the major immigration acts were
    passed with either significant or crucial Republican support (the
    same general analysis as above also goes for the Blue Dogs). One
    of the consequences of the composition of the new Congress is
    that employment based immigration has significantly fewer friends
    than before, a fact that may prove fatal to more than one major
    employment based immigration program (in particular, we would not
    be too surprised to see proposals to temporarily eliminate the
    H1B visa in light of the economic downturn).
    ++Conventional Wisdom: CIR must include three legs -
    legalization, massive new enforcement, massive guest worker
    programs. Fact: The composition of the new Democratic caucus,
    especially in the House, argues strongly against the old ideas of
    what CIR should look like. This is the most liberal (or leftist)
    Democratic caucus since the 1970s, it's leanings on many matters,
    including immigration, will likely surprise many in the
    immigration community who have gotten accustomed to centrist
    approaches to benefits and enforcement. In particular, we believe
    that the guest worker component of CIR is either completely gone,
    or close to gone (the House immigration sub-committee chair, Ms.
    Lofgren, is out-of-sync with the new Democratic caucus on
    employment based immigration). What we may be seeing is a replay
    of the 1980s, when Congress first confronted the past -
    legalization and enforcement in IRCA in 1986, and only four years
    later, in 1990, came around to the future - expanded immigration
    flows, both temporary and permanent. The new CIR may be nothing
    more than a giant new IRCA. Expanded immigration flows may well
    have to wait for a future Congress, just like two decades ago
    (the difference this time is that expanded immigration flows will
    likely focus on low-skilled workers and high-skilled workers
    equally, whereas in IMMACT'90 Congress forgot about low-skilled
    workers).  All the above point to three conclusions: (1) there
    will be an aggressive move, quite early in the new year, for
    significant immigration benefits legislation, which, for the lack
    of a better term, we are calling CIR; (2) the signs point to this
    move being led by Congress, and not the Administration; (3) the
    bills to be marked up may omit new guest worker programs, and
    perhaps even significantly restrict existing guest worker
    programs, such as the H1B program. There appears to be plenty of
    excitement ahead, fasten your seat belts.
    We welcome readers to share their opinion and ideas with us by
    writing to mailto:editor@ilw.com.
    _________________________________________________________________
    2.  FOCUS
    Consular Posts Book Ed. Rami Fakhoury
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    processing at consular posts around the world edited by Rami
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    3.  ARTICLES
    (a) Adjusting To The New World Of Portability Recruiting: Career-
    Flexibility For Long-Delayed Immigration Cases
    Angelo A. Paparelli and Kwang-yi Ger Gale write " Employers
    seeking foreign workers with coveted degrees and skill-sets now
    must surmount ever higher hurdles crafted by immigration
    bureaucrats who never had to make a payroll."
    http://www.ilw.com/articles/2008,1218-paparelli.shtm
    http://www.entertheusa.com/
    (b) The Nation Is Not A House
    Donald J. Boudreaux for the Foundation For Economic Education
    writes " Opponents of the freedom to move frequently analogize a
    nation to a house. "You lock your house, don't you?" these anti-
    immigrationists ask - implying that what makes sense for a home
    makes equally good sense for a nation."
    http://www.ilw.com/articles/2008,1218-boudreaux.shtm
    http://www.fee.org/
    (c) Bloggings On Immigration Law And Policy
    Greg Siskind shares the latest entries as of December 9, 2008 on
    his immigration law and policy blog.
    http://www.ilw.com/articles/2008,1218-siskind.shtm
    http://www.visalaw.com/
    To submit an Article for consideration, write to
    mailto:editor@ilw.com.
    _________________________________________________________________
    4.  NEWS
    (a) CIS Ombudsman Study Recommends Digitized Photograph To
    Accompany New N-550 Form
    The CIS Ombudsman released its study and corrresponding
    recommendations on naturalization oath ceremonies, which included
    the suggestion to implement plans to digitally produce the
    photograph on the Certificates Of Naturalization (Form N-550).
    http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/news/2008,1218-naturalization.pdf
    (b) DHS Publishes Interim Rule Amending I-9 Regulations
    DHS published notice in the Federal Register amending its
    regulations governing the types of acceptable identity and
    employment authorization documents and receipts that employees
    may present to their employers for completion of the Form I-9,
    Employment Eligibility Verification.
    http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/news/2008,1218-employment.shtm
    _________________________________________________________________
    5.  CLASSIFIEDS
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    Submit a resume, cover letter + (2) writing samples to: Claudia
    Salem, Acting Chief, Adjudications Law Division at
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    6.  Headlines
    (a) Minnesota Catholics To Observe 'Immigration Sunday'
    Calling for "compassionate dialogue" on immigration reform, the
    Minnesota Catholic Conference announced that Jan. 4 will be
    "Immigration Sunday" in the state's parishes.
    (b) Oregon DMV To Begin Verifying Immigration In 2009
    The Oregon Department of Transportation said its DMV offices will
    begin verifying immigration status for driver's license
    applications or identification cards on Jan. 1 at its offices
    around the state.
    (c) U.S. Seeks To Wipe Out Immigration Fraud
    Iturregui said that only two groups - attorneys in good standing
    with the State Bar Association and accredited representatives
    authorized by the Board of Immigration Appeals - may provide
    legal advice and represent people before the agency.
    (d) Obama To Inherit Legal Battle Over DHS's No-Match Rule
    Media reports indicate that in making his decision, Breyer
    observed that the incoming Obama Administration might want to
    take another look at the rule.
    For links to the above stories see here:
    http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/digest/2008,1218.shtm#Headlines
    _________________________________________________________________
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    fewer at no charge), email: mailto:editor@ilw.com. Readers
    interested in learning about featuring your event or conference
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    (a) Honors And Awards - Maryland Super Lawyers
    Edward Neufville, III, Esq. has been named by Maryland Super
    Lawyers magazine as one of the top up and coming immigration
    attorneys in Maryland for 2009. The magazine's Rising Stars list
    features only 2.5% of the outstanding lawyers in the State of
    Maryland who are under 40 years of age and have practiced law for
    less than 10 years.
    _________________________________________________________________
    8.  LETTERS
    Readers are welcome to share their comments, email:
    mailto:editor@ilw.com  (300-words or fewer preferred).
    Many letters to the Editor refer to past correspondence,
    available in our archives.
    http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/archives.shtm
    (a) Dear Editor:
    I must take extreme exception to the ideas that are expressed
    (12/17/08 ID comment). Specifically, I refer to both the "Santa
    Arrives Late" comment, and the "Moderation and Immigration
    Reform" article. Both propose that after everything that we have
    been through in the struggle to achieve a full and complete CIR,
    that we settle for a piecemeal approach in the name of
    expediency. This is the wrong idea at precisely the wrong time.
    We now have the momentum and political will to achieve almost
    everything that a true CIR would encompass. The ideas expressed
    above would snatch a considerable defeat from the jaws of
    victory. Frank Sharry, among others, has suggested that most of
    CIR is achievable within the first year of Obama's first term. He
    advocates the possible exception of increasing immigration
    numbers, but insists on everything else in our last CIR bill, and
    he is 100% correct. Sen. Martinez, (Dem. NJ), stood his ground
    and voted against partial CIR last year, because he understood
    that if we achieved a few of the CIR crumbs, the full coalition
    for reform would crumble, and CIR would be "back burnered" for
    years, if at all. Sure, it would be easy to get the crumbs
    described in these comments, but we should have the backbone to
    get what this country deserves. This piecemeal approach is the
    cowards victory. I say that we should get what we really need,
    because we can, and we should. Do not be mislead. The easy
    partial approach is easy for a reason. It is insufficient, and it
    is a trap. We would be foolish to walk into this trap. Let us
    show resolve and get a full CIR. It can be done. We just have to
    have the will to make it happen.
    Robert Gittelson
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  5. Dec 17 - Santa Arrives Late

    -----------------IMMIGRATION DAILY FROM ILW.COM------------------
    December 17, 2008
    Items:
    1.  Comment: Santa Arrives Late
    2.  Focus: THE PERM BOOK, 2008-2009 Edition, Shipping Now
    3.  Articles:
        (a) Moderation And Immigration Reform by Harry DeMell
        (b) Law Library Of Congress Global Legal Monitor: Immigration
        And Nationality Law by Rubens Medina, Law Librarian of
        Congress
        (c) Immigrants Of The Week: Eric Ripert, Frank Oz, and Hugh
        Laurie by Greg Siskind
    4.  News:
        (a) Congress Passes Trafficking Victims Protection Act, HR
        7311
        (b) DOS Presidential Permit On Otay Mesa East Border
    5.  Classifieds:
        (a) Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
        (b) J-1 Visa Program
        (c) Credential Evaluation And Translation
    6.  Headlines:
        (a) Democrats Risk Losing Hispanics
        (b) Tomorrow's Opinions Today - A Patchwork Approach To
        Immigration
        (c) Former MO Lawmaker To Halfway House
        (d) Progress At Homeland
    7.  ComingsNGoings:
        (a) New Associate - Houston, TX
    8.  Letters From:
        (a) Honza Prchal, Esq.
        (b) Gladys C. Farris
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    1.  COMMENT
    Santa Arrives Late
    A recession coupled with scandal after scandal leading the front
    page news leaves many feeling glum during this holiday season.
    There may be relief just around the corner, here's why. We
    believe that immigration advocates on the Hill are feverishly
    working on several variations around the CIR theme. Bills
    expected to be introduced early in the 111th session of Congress
    include: DREAM, 245(i) with an August 2001 cut-off (this was the
    bill before the House on 9/11/01), healthcare immigration relief,
    re-authorization of the EB-5 program, religious workers, and E-
    Verify. So far, so good, you say? Not so fast. One looming
    obstacle appears to stand in the way of the immigration benefits
    wishlist. Anti-immigrationists argue that immigration should not
    be increased during a period of high unemployment. The anti-
    immigrationists are partly correct and for this reason, we
    suspect that guest worker programs of any kind will not be passed
    because Congress does not want to encourage new immigration
    competing with the labor pool during a severe recession. However,
    the immigration benefits being considered above will not take
    away jobs but instead will strengthen labor and the economy. We
    expect that there is a 50-50 chance that some immigration
    benefits will be enacted as soon as February 2009 perhaps even as
    part of the economic stimulus package. Stay tuned.
    We welcome readers to share their opinion and ideas with us by
    writing to mailto:editor@ilw.com.
    _________________________________________________________________
    2.  FOCUS
    THE PERM BOOK, 2008-2009 Edition, Shipping Now
    ILW.COM is pleased to announce THE PERM BOOK, 2008-2009 Edition
    is shipping now. The book outline is as follows:
    PART I. PERM RULE, ANALYSIS, AND COMMENTS
    A. PERM Regulation
    B. Articles by PERM Writers
    ++656.1 Preparing PERM for 2nd and 3rd Preference  by David
    Nachman and Ludmila Zimovcak
    ++656.3 SVP: Discrepancies between the O*Net and the DOT by
    Lori S. Melton
    ++656.3 The Method By Which the Bureau of Labor Statistics
    Converted  the DOT Occupations into the OES Occupational Units
    or "Here's  Another Nice Mess You've Got Us Into  by Barbara
    Brandes
    ++656.10(a)-(c) The Basics of Labor Certification Under PERM :
    What  You Need to Know Before You Start  by Jeffrey Devore
    ++656.10(b) Rights and Obligations of Attorney and Agents Under
    PERM by Nancy-Jo Merritt
    ++656.10(c) Dangers in the Attestation Process  by Ramon Carrion
    ++656.10(c) (10) What is "Permanent" and "Full-Time" Employment
    by Timothy Spridgeon
    ++656.10(d), (e) Deconstructing PERM Notice Requirements by
    Susan J. Cohen
    ++656.10(f) Preparation of PERM Recruitment Report and Supporting
    Documentation  by Carl Shusterman and Alison Walters
    ++656.11 Is Employer "Substitution" Under PERM Dead? by Christian
    Allen
    ++656.12 Prohibition on Payment of Attorney's Fees by Paull
    Hejinian
    ++656.15(a)-(c) Step-by-Step for Schedule-A Applications by
    Sherry Neal
    ++656.15(d) Aliens of Exceptional Ability in the Performing Arts
    by Howard Kushner
    ++656.17(a)-(d) Filing, Withdrawing, Refiling, and Tracking PERM
    Cases by Katherine Lopez Ley and Davis Bae
    ++656.17(e)(1)(B)(1)(4) Professional and Trade Journals Under
    PERM by Nathan Waxman
    ++656.17(e)(1)(I) Regular Recruitment by Nancy-Jo Merritt
    ++656.17(e)(ii) PERM Labor Certification Professional Recruitment
    Steps by Edwin R. Rubin
    ++656.17(e)(l) (ii)(A) Note on Online Job Fairs by David Nachman
    ++656.17(g)(1) Regarding Recruitment Reports by Leon Wildes and
    David Lazaar
    ++656.17(g)(2) Ethics: What Do you Do When A Qualified US  Worker
    Applies?  by Blake Chisam
    ++656.17(h)(1) Business Necessity: "Necessary Arguments" by Sofia
    Zneimer
    ++656.17(h)(3) Combination of Occupations under PERM by Nathan
    Waxman
    ++656.17(h)(4)(ii) The Impact of PERM On Experience Gained on the
    Job and Alternative Experience  by Nathan A. Waxman
    ++656.17(h) Requiring a Foreign Language under PERM by Cyrus D.
    Mehta
    ++656.17(i) Nuts & Bolts: Actual Minimum Requirements &
    Experience Gained on the Job  by Rohit Turkhud
    ++656.17(i)(3) In-Job Experience: Why we Need it and How We Can
    Still Get it  by Gary Endelman
    ++656.17(k) How Do Layoffs Affect PERM? by Margaret McCormick
    and Patricia Luna
    ++656.17(l) As If You Owned the Place Alien Influence and
    Control  Over the Labor Certification Process  by Robert E. Banta
    and Benjamin M. Lowe
    ++656.18 College and University Professors: A Hybrid Between
    Special Handling and PERM  by Victoria Donoghue
    ++656.19 Domestic Workers: At Home and on the Range by Susan L.
    Brady
    ++656.20 How PERM Cases are Selected for Audit by Christina B.
    LaBrie
    ++656.20(c) Requesting Extensions of Time to Respond to Audit
    Requests  by Jonathan Amdur and Susan Anderson
    ++656.24 The Who What When Where of Labor Certification
    Determination by Rebecca Sigmund
    ++656.24(b)(2)(i) What You Do After the Ads Have Been Run?
    Resumes, Interviews, and Results  by Edwin R. Litwin
    ++656.26 Appeals/Requests For Review Under PERM by Joan Mathieu
    ++656.27 Preparing Requests for Review with BALCA by Mitchell L.
    Wexler and J. Ira Burkemper
    ++656.30-31 Fraud, Misrepresentation, Validity, Invalidation
    and Revocation   by Richard Tasoff
    ++656.32 Revocation of Labor Certification by Michael Piston
    ++656.40-41 Prevailing Wage Determinations Under PERM by Lawrence
    Rudnick
    C. Editor's Comments to the PERM Rule
    PART II. FAQ, STAKEHOLDER & LIAISON MEMORANDA
    A. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) by Lawrence Rudnick
    B. Summary of DOL PERM Stakeholders Meetings by Lorna Rogers
    Burgess
    C. Frequently Asked Questions
    PART III. ETA FORMS, OLD AND NEW
    A. The New 9089 PERM Form by Linda Rose
    B. What DOL told OMB about PERM by Jay Solomon
    C. New ETA Form 9089 and Instructions,Application for Permanent
    Employment Certification
    D. Old ETA Form 9089, Application for Permanent Employment
    Certification
    E. Old ETA Form 9089, Instructions
    F. Old ETA Form 9089 Electronic Filing Instructions
    G. ETA Form 750A
    H. ETA Form 750B
    I. ETA Form 750 A and B, Instructions
    J. ETA Form 9127, Foreign Labor Certification (FLC) Quarterly
    Activity Report
    PART IV. ROADMAPS AND CHECKLISTS
    A. Overview of PERM Cases
    B. Overall PERM Flow Chart
    C. Employer Checklist
    D. Alien Checklist
    E. Job Offer Checklist
    F. Attorney/Agent Checklist
    G. Prevailing Wage Preparation Checklist
    H. Prevailing Wage Quick Guide
    I. Recruitment Checklist
    J. Express SVP Checklist
    K. PERM Audit Checklist: 10 Important Points
    L. Real and Virtual PERM Addresses
    M. What do PERM and H-1B Visas Have in Common?
    N. Attorney Competency Self-Test
    O. Sample PERM Cases
    ++Job Zone Five, IT Director
    ++Job Zone Five, Economist
    ++Job Zone Four, Consultant, Foreign Law
    ++Job Zone Four, Accounting Coordinator
    ++Job Zone Three, Tile Installers Coordinator

    PART V. BALCA HANDBOOK
    A. Introduction to BALCA by Joel Stewart
    B. BALCA PERM Quick Reference Guide by Joel Stewart
    C. BALCA En Banc Quick Reference Guide by Joel Stewart
    D. BALCA Hearing Procedures
    PART VI. FEDERAL LITIGATION GUIDE
    A. Introduction to Federal Court Litigation  by Sam Udani
    B. Exhaustion of Administrative Review by Michael E. Piston
    C. Federal Court Litigation-PERM by David B. Pakula
    D. Sample Pleading by Michael E. Piston
    PART VII: PREVAILING WAGE REVIEW
    A. Prevailing Wage Survey & Overview by Jane Goldblum
    B. Wage Worksheet Simple Systems 1 by Jane Goldblum
    C. Wage Worksheet Simple Systems 2 by Jane Goldblum
    D. 656.40 Perm Reg. Determination of PW
    E. 656.41 Perm Reg. Certifying Officer Review of PW
    F. Prevailing Wage FAQ
    G. Appendix A By Alphabetical Order
    H. Appendix A By SOC Classification Order
    PART VIII: SWA SUMMARY STATE BY STATE
    All 50 states + 4 territories (Guam, District
    of Columbia,US Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico)
    PART IX: PERM RESOURCES ON CD-ROM
    A. SOC Structure
    B. SOC Definitions
    C. SOC 2006 Changes
    D. Background On Development Of Appendix A
    E. Stratifying Occupational Units By SVP
    F. NAICS 2002 Codes And Titles
    G. NAICS Codes And Titles - 2007 Revisions
    H. Latest OES Wage Data - MDB file
    I. 2008 OES Wage Data Structure
    J. Latest OES Wage Data - Statistical Area Definitions
    K. Appendix A By Alphabetical Order
    L. Appendix A By SOC Classification Order
    M. Darby v. Cisneros
    N. Lawyers Guide To 212(a)(5)(A) By Gary Endelman
    O. BALCA Hearing Procedures
    P. BALCA En Banc Cases From 1987
    Q. Occupational Projections And Training Data
    R. Occupational Outlook Handbook
    S. Federal Register Notices On PERM
    T. Prevailing Wage Determination Policy Guidance
    U. What DOL Told OMB About PERM By Jay Solomon
    V. ETA Forms Old And New
    ++New ETA Form 9089 and Instructions, Application for Permanent
    Employment Certification
    ++Old ETA Form 9089, Application for Permanent Employment
    Certification
    ++Old ETA Form 9089,  Instructions
    ++Old ETA Form 9089 Electronic Filing Instructions
    ++ETA Form 750A
    ++ETA Form 750B
    ++ETA Form 750 A and B, Instructions
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    3.  ARTICLES
    (a) Moderation And Immigration Reform
    Harry DeMell writes "Both sides in the current immigration debate
    have taken unrealistic positions that pander to different
    audiences. Neither position is viable. There is a third
    approach."
    http://www.ilw.com/articles/2008,1217-demell.shtm
    http://www.demell-visas.com/
    (b) Law Library Of Congress Global Legal Monitor: Immigration And
    Nationality Law
    Rubens Medina, Law Librarian of Congress tracks recent
    immigration-related legal developments around the world.
    http://www.ilw.com/articles/2008,1217-medina.pdf
    http://www.loc.gov/law/public/law.html/
    (c) Immigrants Of The Week: Eric Ripert, Frank Oz, and Hugh
    Laurie
    Greg Siskind honors immigrants of the week.
    http://www.ilw.com/articles/2008,1217-siskind.shtm
    http://blogs.ilw.com/gregsiskind/
    To submit an Article for consideration, write to
    mailto:editor@ilw.com.
    _________________________________________________________________
    4.  NEWS
    (a) Congress Passes Trafficking Victims Protection Act, HR 7311
    We carry the text of H.R. 7311 passed by both the House and
    Senate which authorizes appropriations for fiscal years 2008
    through 2011 for the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000,
    to enhance measures to combat trafficking in persons, and for
    other purposes.
    http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/news/2008,1217-hr7311.pdf
    (b) DOS Presidential Permit On Otay Mesa East Border
    The Department of State published notice in the Federal Register
    announcing a Presidential permit, effective December 8, 2008,
    authorizing the General Services Administration to construct,
    operate, and maintain a vehicular and pedestrian border crossing
    called ``Otay Mesa East'' near San Diego, California, at the
    international boundary between the United States and Mexico.
    http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/news/2008,1217-otay.shtm
    _________________________________________________________________
    5.  CLASSIFIEDS
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    Chief Counsel, and to USCIS and other Departmental components on
    issues relating to U.S. immigration laws.   Applicants must
    possess a JD degree,  be an active member of the bar (any
    jurisdiction), and have 3+ years of post-J.D. experience in
    immigration law. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number:
    COU-CIS-2008-0013 at http://www.usajobs.com
    Submit a resume, cover letter + (2) writing samples to: Claudia
    Salem, Acting Chief, Adjudications Law Division at
    mailto:ALD.ALD@dhs.gov. Please make sure to note in email subject
    header that you are applying for the Experienced Attorney
    Position, ALD, at USCIS. Must be received by 5pm, ET, Friday,
    December 19, 2008. Position is at the GS-13-GS-15 levels. This
    job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not
    in the competitive civil service. No relocation reimbursement
    available.
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    visa, please email Melany Hamner: mailto:melanyh@aiesecus.org.
    (c) Credential Evaluation And Translation
    As the nation's leader in foreign credential evaluations and
    translations, American Evaluation and Translation Service, Inc.
    (AETS) provides the most competitive rates in the industry - $50
    educational evaluations, as well as $200 'expert opinion' work
    experience and position evaluations completed by PhD university
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    6.  Headlines
    (a) Democrats Risk Losing Hispanics
    Now, one of the biggest questions Democrats face is whether
    hardening attitudes toward immigration, aggravated by hard
    economic times and rising unemployment, will push the party down
    paths that could undercut that Hispanic support, much as
    hardening rhetoric undermined Hispanic support for Republicans in
    the past two years.
    (b) Tomorrow's Opinions Today - A Patchwork Approach To
    Immigration
    Unfortunately, two North Idaho legislators seem determined to
    recycle an ill-conceived anti-immigration bill, a fatally patch-
    and-scratch approach to a problem that needs to be solved at the
    federal level.
    (c) Former MO Lawmaker To Halfway House
    A former Missouri lawmaker convicted in an immigration fraud
    scheme has been transferred to a halfway house.
    (d) Progress At Homeland
    There can't be a serious debate in the months ahead on
    immigration reform without the recognition that the Department of
    Homeland Security has made a large down payment on public
    credibility when it comes to enforcement.
    For links to the above stories see here:
    http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/digest/2008,1217.shtm#Headlines
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    (a) New Associate - Houston, TX
    Houston, TX - Tindall Foster, PC is pleased to announce that
    Nadeen H. Agour has joined the firm as an associate. She received
    her Bachelor's Degree in English from Duke University in 2002,
    graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She received her
    law degree with Honors from Columbia University School of Law in
    2005 and served as the Development Editor for the Columbia
    Business Law Review. Ms. Agour is licensed to practice in Texas,
    and she is a member of the ABA, the Texas Young Lawyers
    Association, the Houston Bar Association, the Houston Young
    Lawyers Association and AILA. www.tindallfoster.com.
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    Many letters to the Editor refer to past correspondence,
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    http://www.ilw.com/immigdaily/archives.shtm
    (a) Dear Editor:
    Mr. Kuslan's letter's suggestions about urls being included in
    the table of contents would also be helpful for the news articles
    section of your excellent publication (12/16/08 ID). It would be
    more convenient, especially for those of us occasionally on slow
    and old computers, than opening one window in order to open
    another.
    Honza Prchal, Esq.   Birmingham, AL
    (b) Dear Editor:
    Yes, Obama was born in Hawaii which was then a territory of USA
    and therefore born in American soil however this questions of his
    birth is circumstantial because the reason is "race".  When will
    be more American?
    Gladys C. Farris
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