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  1. Mar 29 - Medal Of Honor

    -----------------IMMIGRATION DAILY FROM ILW.COM------------------

    March 29, 2011

    http://www.ilw.com/immigrationdaily/digest/2011,0329.shtm

    ITEMS

    1. Comment: Medal Of Honor - We just celebrated National Medal of

    Honor Day (March 25), the day when we pay homage to the brave

    soldiers who served our country above and beyond the call of

    duty. The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration of

    the United States. More than 700 Medal of Honor recipients have

    been immigrants, a number which is dis-proportionally high as

    compared to the historical percentage of immigrants to the US,

    and is proportional to the love that immigrants have always

    demonstrated toward their adopted homeland. We take pride in

    these immigrants for their bravery, passion and courage in

    defending the American flag. As our small tribute to their

    devotion and sacrifice, we have created a section

    http://www.ilw.com/resources/immigrantnation.shtm#_2

    on our website where our readers can find the citations about our

    immigrant heroes, including their names, countries of origin,

    ranks, and honorable deeds. We invite our readers to peruse this

    section (started, and shortly to be completed), and to bring it

    to the attention of those of our mis-guided countrymen and women

    who sometimes question the blessings of immigration.

    2. Article: Robert Divine's Immigration Practice: A Divine

    Treatise by Anthony Guidice

    http://www.ilw.com/articles/2011,0329-guidice.shtm

    3. Article: An Open Letter To Georgia House Speaker David Ralston

    On HB 87 by Charles Kuck

    http://www.ilw.com/articles/2011,0329-kuck.shtm

    4. Bloggings: Man Sentenced To Prison For Faking H-1B Tech Worker

    Petitions by Greg Siskind

    http://www.ilw.com/articles/2011,0329-siskind.shtm

    5. Bloggings: Chilean Revolutionary "Demands" Political Asylum -

    Gets Bupkis by Jason Dzubow

    http://www.ilw.com/articles/2011,0329-dzubow.shtm

    6. News: USCIS Updates H-2B Cap Count

    http://www.ilw.com/immigrationdaily/news/2011,0329-h2bcap.shtm

    7. Focus: THE H-1B BOOK

    THE H-1B BOOK is Edited by Karen Weinstock, and features

    contributions by Prakash Khatri, Courtney Black, Mikiel J.

    Davids, Melissa Downing, Rajeshri Patel, Ari J. Sauer, and Elissa

    Taub. The Table of Contents is as follows:

    I. and II. FOREWORD and INTRODUCTION

    III. H-1B STEP BY STEP

    First Step: Interview The Client

    Second Step: Send The Client Intake Forms And Related Information

    Third Step: Credentials: Verify That The Worker Has A US

    Bachelor's Degree Or Equivalent

    Fourth Step: Determine The Prevailing Wage

    Fifth Step: Prepare And File The Labor Condition Application

    (LCA)

    Sixth Step: Prepare The I-129, Related Forms And Petition Letter

    Seventh Step: Send All The Forms And Petition Letter To The

    Client For Review and Signature

    Eighth Step: Assemble The H-1B Petition And Send To The USCIS

    Service Center

    Ninth Step: Troubleshooting

    Tenth Step: Post-Approval Case Management

    IV. ADVANCED H-1B ISSUES

    H-1B Degree Equivalency

    Reviewing The Path To Permanent Residency

    Traveling On An H-1B Visa While Petition Or Application Is

    Pending

    Dealing With Gaps In Employment

    Temporary Visa Alternatives To The H-1B

    The History And Economic Impact Of The H-1B Visa

    When Are H-1B Visas Cap Exempt?

    V. and VI. ESSENTIAL MEMORANDA and CD-ROM RESOURCE MATERIALS

    For more information about the book and to order, see here.

    http://www.ilw.com/books/THEH-1BBOOK.shtm

    For the fax form, see here.

    http://www.ilw.com/books/THEH-1BBOOK.pdf

    8. Headline: Younger Californians More Positive on Immigration

    http://ow.ly/4oLyr

    9. Headline: Detention centres to be reviewed http://ow.ly/4oLvH

    10. Headline: Miamians Protest Illegal Immigration Laws

    http://ow.ly/4oLrL

    11. Headline: Lawyer: New York girl, 4, caught in immigration

    quagmire to return from Guatemala this week http://ow.ly/4oLo3

    12. Headline: House Republicans push comprehensive immigration bill

    http://ow.ly/4oKYA

    13. Headline: Oklahoma Catholic Church leaders speak out on

    immigration http://ow.ly/4oKV8

    14. Headline: Is Utah immigration package a model for national

    reform? http://ow.ly/4oKOM

    15.Headline: Obama talks immigration, education with Hispanics

    http://ow.ly/4oKLA

    16. Headline: Website Audit report is a quick way of checking ur site

    against best practices & ensure that it's setup 2 get u business

    http://ow.ly/46wQM

    17. Headline: RT @Roswellchika Pa'lante Latino law students & lawyers

    don't miss this event! Register now! http://bit.ly/hn2XQp

    18. Headline: Want to work in the immigration law field? See these

    job openings and start applying http://ow.ly/4iXVt

    19. Headline: Groups target states' illegal-immigration bills

    http://ow.ly/4oOji

    To submit an Article or a news item to Immigration Daily, write

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    CLASSIFIEDS

    1. Help Wanted: Immigration AttorneysWashington, DC - The Office

    of the Chief Counsel (OCC), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration

    Services (USCIS), Department of Homeland Security, is seeking

    experienced attorneys with 3+ years demonstrated experience in

    immigration law for the Adjudications Law Division (ALD) in

    Washington, D.C. 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 and adjudications. The successful candidate will handle ALD

    legal issues which include but are not limited to employment-

    based immigrant and nonimmigrant visa petitions; adjustment of

    status; naturalization and citizenship; parole; employment

    authorization; and alien registration. Applicants must possess a

    J.D. degree from an accredited law school, be an active member of

    the bar (any jurisdiction), and have 3+ years of post-J.D.

    experience in immigration law, with substantial time handling

    adjustment of status and/or nonimmigrant and immigrant petitions.

    For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: COU-CIS-2011-0003

    at http://www.usajobs.com/. Submit cover letter, resume, and two

    writing samples to: mailto:ALD.ALD@dhs.gov. Must be received by

    close of business, Friday, April 15, 2011. Position is at the

    GS-0905-13/15 level.

    2. Help Wanted: Immigration ParalegalNew York, NY - Midtown

    Manhattan immigration law firm

    http://www.levittandneedleman.com/

    seeks paralegal on a part-time basis (3 days a week), with future

    potential for full-time, to prepare full-range of business

    immigration applications. Must have BA degree with 1-2 years of

    business immigration experience. Competitive compensation

    package. Email resume and cover letter to

    mailto:inquiry@levittandneedleman.com.

    3. Korean Community Website

    Would you like to meet new clients for free? You can do so by

    registering with ShadedCommunity.com

    http://www.shadedcommunity.com/

    as an "honest attorney." ShadedCommunity.com is a website which

    provides all kinds of immigration information mostly to the

    Korean community. Koreans looking for honest attorneys to answer

    their questions regarding immigration law will be able to find

    you on the list of "Honest Attorneys" of this site. In order to

    protect a registered attorney's profit advantage, there will be a

    limit to the number of attorneys allowed to register from each

    state. On average, each state will be represented, according to

    their population, by 4 immigration attorneys who will be accepted

    on a first-come basis. Among the 4 registered attorneys, 2 will

    be Korean and 2 will be American. Once the set number of attorneys

    is reached, any other attorneys attempting to register will be

    put on a waitlist. In addition, all registered attorneys will have

    to sign an agreement that they will not charge excessive rates to their

    clients. Honest Attorneys can answer some questions visitors

    have posted on the site. You can register as an honest attorney

    on the link here.

    http://shadedcommunity.com/kor/lawyerSearch/lawyer_eng_form.php

    4. Immigration Law Certificate

    Classes offered both online and in-person. Master the complex

    and ever changing maze of immigration policies and regulations

    with the Immigration Law Studies Certificate Program offered by

    CUNY's School of Professional Studies. This graduate-level

    certificate program, consisting of (3) three-credit classes,

    offers students who complete it a comprehensive understanding of

    the laws, regulations, and processes surrounding the status of

    immigrants in the US, including family and employment-based

    immigration and deportation defense. It is designed for

    individuals working in law firms, companies, government agencies

    and nonprofit organizations where they interact with immigrants

    and immigrant legal concerns on a regular basis and would

    therefore benefit from greater knowledge of the laws and

    regulations surrounding immigration. For more information on

    class schedules, tuition and fees, course applications and to

    register, see here.

    http://www.sps.cuny.edu/programs/spscourses/programdescription.aspx?pid=17&sid=ILCP

    To place a classifieds ad in Immigration Daily, see here

    http://www.ilw.com/corporate/advertise_on_ilw.shtm

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    ReadersWrite

    1. ReadersWrite: Yesterday's Discussion

    http://blogs.ilw.com/immigrationdaily/2011/03/28_pass_it_on.html#comments

    2. ReadersWrite: Today's Discussion

    http://blogs.ilw.com/immigrationdaily/2011/03/29_medal_of_honor.html#comments

    To submit an Article for consideration, write to

    mailto:editor@ilw.com

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    ComingsNGoings

    ComingsNGoings: Immigration Event April 5, New York, NY - The

    Vilcek Foundation is proud to present "The New Vernacular :

    Immigrant Authors in American Literature". Winner of the 2011

    Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Literature, Dinaw Mengestu

    as well as finalists Tea Obreht, Simon Van Booy, Ilya Kaminsky

    and Vu Tran will be reading and NY Times critic Liesl Schillinger

    will moderate the Q and A panel. For more info, see

    www.vilcek.org.

    Readers can share professional announcements (up to 100-words at

    no charge), email: mailto:editor@ilw.com.

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  2. IMMIGRANT OF THE DAY: DINAW MENGESTU - AUTHOR AND WINNER OF VILCEK PRIZE

    by , 03-29-2011 at 10:45 AM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)

    The Vilcek Foundation is the organization that has as its mission raising awareness the contributions of immigrants to the arts and sciences. The foundation is honoring authors in connection with a panel it is hosting next week in New York entitled "The New Vernacular: Immigrant Authors in American Literature." At the program, the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Literature will be awarded to Ethiopian-born Dinaw Mengestu. Over the next few days, I'll also be honoring the finalists. 
    Dinaw Mengestu is a novelist and has also reported on Africa for publications like Rolling Stone, Harper's and the Wall Street Journal. NPR had this to say about Mengestu's debut novel:

    The story of an Ethiopian immigrant who fled his country's communist revolution, The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears follows him nearly two decades later, struggling to live the American dream, with a failing convenience store in a gentrifying Washington, D.C., neighborhood.
    Praised by the New York Times Book Review as a "great African novel, a great Washington novel and a great American novel," the book was awarded the Guardian First Book Award in 2007. The National Book Foundation included Mengestu on its list of "5 Under 35" "as someone whose work is particularly promising and exciting."
    Mengestu, like his protagonist, was born in Ethiopia, but came to the United States in 1980 at the age of 2, a move that reunited his family after his father had been forced to flee. Mengestu was educated at Georgetown and Columbia University.
    The author says the voice of the narrator "popped" into his head one night when he was walking in D.C. and "saw an Ethiopian immigrant behind the counter of a small, little grocery store." And although the Times comments on Mengestu's "fine ear for the way immigrants from damaged places talk in the sanctuary of their own company," he says he "didn't deliberately go off and research anything" to write the novel.




     
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  3. 99 IMMIGRATION BLOGS

    by , 03-29-2011 at 07:31 AM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    The web site Mastersdegree.com has put together a nice compilation of immigration resources on the web that is worth reviewing. Several of the sites were new for me and I've been bookmarking many of them. Aside from the US resources, there's also information on immigration to Canada and other countries.
  4. NY LEGISLATOR PROPOSES STATE VERSION OF DREAM ACT

    by , 03-29-2011 at 07:20 AM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    The New York Times is reporting that a legislator in the state is proposing a bill that would expand rights and benefits available to people that would likely have been eligible for the DREAM Act had that bill passed in Congress. Among other provisions, the bill would allow such beneficiaries to get drivers licenses, access to state college financial aid (in state tuition is already available under existing law) and the ability to take state jobs. The last item is the one that may draw the most scrutiny as it runs counter to federal law and is probably unconstitutional for the same reason that the new Utah guest visa program is.
  5. INDIA EB-2 SHOULD LEAP FORWARD

    by , 03-29-2011 at 07:02 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
    by Chris Musillo
    The Department of State has told AILA that because of decreasing demand for EB-1 visa numbers, the EB-2 category will be given at least 12,000 additional visa numbers. The 12,000 numbers will largely be given to Indian EB-2 applicants. EB-2 Chinese natives may also be positively impacted by this news.
    The May 2011 Visa Bulletin, which should be released in mid-April 2011, should reflect this news.
    The EB-2 category is appropriate for positions that require a Masters Degree or a Bachelors Degree and five years of progressive experience and typically includes Doctors, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and other professions that require advanced degrees.
    Read the full Healthcare and Immigration Law Blog at www.musillo.com or www.ilw.com.
     
     
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