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  1. NBC EXPLORES REVERSE BRAIN AND NEED FOR VISA REFORM

    by , 03-02-2011 at 12:39 PM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    Tom Brokaw explores the issues for NBC Nightly News. Sounds like important viewing. Here's a preview.
  2. Fifty Million Environmental Refugees by 2020

    A recent article in the Huffington Post reports on last week's annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world's largest general scientific society.  Experts at the meeting warned that, "In 2020, the UN has projected that we will have 50 million environmental refugees." 
    At least some people are benefitting from global warming.
    "When people are not living in sustainable conditions, they migrate," stated University of California, Los Angeles professor Cristina Tirado at the AAAS meeting.  She and other speakers outlined how climate change is impacting both food security and food safety.  Southern Europe is already seeing a sharp increase in what has long been a slow but steady flow of migrants from Africa.
    Of course, asylum is not available to people who fear return to their country on account of environmental disaster.  In the U.S., we have provided Temporary Protected Status ("TPS") to people from certain countries that have faced natural disasters.  Most recently, after the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Haitians in the United States were granted TPS so that they could remain in the United States until conditions improve.
    If predictions are accurate, and more people migrate to escape the impact of global warming, the current system of asylum, refugee resettlement, and TPS may prove inadequate.  Long term environmental change may make it necessary for millions of people to migrate, and impossible for them ever to return home.  If the migrations predicted at the AAAS meeting actually materialize, the U.S. and other developed countries-which are presumably more able to deal with the effects of climate change-will need to re-think how they deal with such large numbers of refugees. 
    In this case, it seems to me that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  The question is: Do our governments have the political will to do something about the problem?  Let's hope so.
    Originally posted on the Asylumist: www.Asylumist.com.
  3. Mar 1 - Several Items

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

    March 1, 2011

    http://www.ilw.com/immigrationdaily/digest/2011,0301.shtm

    ITEMS

    1. Comment: Several Items - This issue of Immigration Daily

    features several items of interest including: articles by Charles

    Kuck and Joseph Whalen, bloggings by Greg Siskind, Chris Musillo

    and Brian Su, USCIS's minutes of Stakeholder Engagement and

    several help wanted ads. Please scroll down for the item(s) of

    interest to you.

    2. Article: SB 40-The Emperor STILL Has No Clothes, or Exhibit A

    in Why States Should Not Attempt to Legislate on Immigration

    Matters by Charles Kuck

    http://www.ilw.com/articles/2011,0301-kuck.shtm

    3. Article: "Eligibility at the time of filing" Misapplication of

    Very Specific I&N Decision Holdings and Principles to Too Many

    Circumstances by Joseph Whalen

    http://www.ilw.com/articles/2011,0301-whalen.shtm

    4. Bloggings: Immigrant Of The Day - Natalie Portman - Best

    Actress

    http://www.ilw.com/articles/2011,0301-siskind.shtm

    5. Bloggings: Fourteen Healthcare Workers Indicted In Chicago by

    Chris Musillo

    http://www.ilw.com/articles/2011,0301-musillo.shtm

    6. Bloggings: EB-5 Regional Centers Rush to China by Brian Su

    http://www.ilw.com/articles/2011,0301-su.shtm

    7. News: USCIS Quarterly National Stakeholder Engagement - Feb

    24, 2011

    http://www.ilw.com/immigrationdaily/news/2011,0301-uscis.pdf

    8. Focus: THE PERM BOOK

    The outline of THE PERM BOOK, 2nd Edition is as follows:

    PART I. PERM RULE, ANALYSIS, AND COMMENTS

    A.;PERM Regulation

    B.;Articles by PERM Writers

    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

    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

    Hundreds of files

    For more info or to place your order, please see here.

    http://www.ilw.com/books/thepermbook.shtm

    For the fax document, see here.

    http://www.ilw.com/books/thepermbook.pdf

    9. Headline: Undocumented students: Carlos Hernandez and Sofia

    Campos talk about their struggles

    http://ow.ly/45UGF

    Headline: Gun Used to Kill Immigration Agent Traced to U.S.

    http://zpkd.it/dOdyim

    Headline: Keeping dream alive 4 illegal immigrant students

    http://bit.ly/dSsQZo

    Headline: Homeland Security program deports victims of domestic

    violence http://bit.ly/frvByM

    Headline: Shakira says Latinos in US Will Have 'Justice'

    http://bit.ly/ievRs7

    Headline: How Current Deportation Policy promotes hate crimes

    against Latino immigrants http://bit.ly/g5pypH

    Headline: Oklahoma House Panel Passes Illegal Immigration Bill...

    http://j.mp/icjrLP

    Headline: Fla GOP leaders back stricter immigration bills

    http://ow.ly/45C7K

    Headline: Why the DREAM Act Will Matter in 2012

    http://ow.ly/45xeM

    Headline: ICE official accused of stealing gov't money

    http://ow.ly/45xan

    Headline: Oklahoma House panel backs comprehensive anti-illegal

    immigration measure http://ow.ly/45x6c

    Headline: Official: Weapon used in attack on ICE agent came from

    U.S. http://ow.ly/45x3c

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    Headline: Sen. Ensign blasts tenure, supports Sandoval's cuts:

    "spending on state colleges ought to be reduced" http://ow.ly/4557v

    Headline: Immigration reform: The view from the faith side

    http://ow.ly/454Z4

    Headline: Sen. Hatch: "The revised DREAM Act was another

    "Democrat overreach" that expanded amnesty coverage"

    http://ow.ly/454yR

    Headline: Tax Compliance for Immigrants and Employers: The

    Lawyer's Complete Guide. Don't wait! Get your copy today

    http://ow.ly/3XStU

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    CLASSIFIEDS

    1. Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney

    Washington, DC - Boutique immigration law firm

    http://www.paulhaarlaw.com

    in downtown Washington, DC seeks experienced associate attorney.

    Ideal candidate will have excellent research, writing skills and

    client relation skills. Must have demonstrated experience in all

    business and family immigrant and nonimmigrant petitions and

    significant Immigration Court experience. Bilingual

    Spanish/English a plus. Collegial atmosphere. No billable

    hours. Competitive salary and benefits. Resumes, refs and

    writing samples to mailtoaulhaar@paulhaarlaw.com.

    2. Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys

    Reston, VA - Law Offices of Rakesh Mehrotra

    http://www.immigrationonline.com

    has immediate openings for junior associate attorneys for busy

    Immigration practice. Candidates must have experience in

    business immigration law, including preparation of H-1B, L-1, TN,

    O-1 and E-1/E-2 visa petitions, deportation and labor

    certification cases. Responsibilities include the preparation and

    filing of business and employment-related immigration

    documentation. Qualified candidates must have excellent

    organizational skills, attention to detail, accuracy and

    consistency. Excellent written and oral communication skills

    required. Competitive salary and benefits offered. Firm offers

    very congenial work environment with opportunity for professional

    growth. Send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to

    mailto:jobs@immigrationonline.com or call 703-230-6802.

    3. Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys

    Washington, 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 position of

    Chief Transformation Counsel in Washington, D.C. The attorney

    will serve as advisor to the USCIS Chief Counsel and USCIS Deputy

    Chief Counsel, and to the USCIS Chief, Office of Transformation

    Coordination. The Chief Transformation Counsel's

    responsibilities include, but are not limited to, providing

    advice on all immigration legal, policy, and regulatory matters

    arising within the USCIS Transformation program -- including

    immigrant and nonimmigrant visa petitions; family-based,

    employment-based, and diversity visas; issues related to change,

    extension and adjustment of status; adoptions; 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 at least three (3) years of post-J.D.

    experience in immigration law. For more info, key in Job

    Announcement Number: COU-CIS-2011-0002 at

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

    sample (max. 10 pps.) to: mailto:Stephen.Bell@dhs.gov. Must be

    received by close of business, Friday, March 18, 2011. Position

    is at the GS-15 level.

    4. J1 Visa Program

    Fast, easy application process; 48-hour processing; $995

    processing fee. Welcome to HTP's world of international

    exchanges. We are a Department of State designated sponsor of the

    intern and trainee programs. We are the go-to sponsor for

    numerous immigration attorneys. Email mailto:mario@htp-usa.com,

    call 404.843.0688 or find us on the web at

    http://www.htp-usa.com

    5. Immigrant Tax Services

    Are you worried that your clients' tax returns might hurt their

    adjustment, cancellation or consular processing case? Did you

    know that clients making less than $46,000 qualify to obtain

    retroactive refunds after they obtain Social Security Numbers via

    any immigration process? Did you know that taxpayers can claim an

    exemption for dependents residing in Mexico or Canada? Sam Rock,

    principal of the Rock Law Group, specializes in taxes for

    immigrants. He is an immigration lawyer, national speaker and has

    published several AILA articles on the intersection of

    immigration and income tax law. Contributor to tax section,

    Kurzban's Immigration Law Sourcebook, 2010-11. With 10 years

    experience preparing tax returns for immigrants, we can help you

    understand your client's eligibility to file as head of household

    and make dependent claims. Get your legal fees paid from your

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    about retroactive tax credits available to Haitian recipients of

    TPS. Services: original 1040s, amended returns, expert letters,

    testimony, resolution of IRS tax debt, audits/exam from all

    states and U.S. taxpayers living abroad. Competitive fees. Get

    tax knowledge on your side. Contact: mailto:sam@rocklawgroup.com,

    866-243-8178,

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    This is an advertisement by an attorney.

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    http://blogs.ilw.com/immigrationdaily/2011/03/01_Several_Items.html#comments

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  4. EB-5 Regional Centers Rush to China



    As the conference dates are getting closer, more EB-5 regional center exhibitors and participants have registered to show case their projects to Chinese investors.  The Invest in America 2011 (Guangzhou) Summit is labeled as one of the major American investment trade shows in China and to be scheduled March 19-20, 2011. The event is co-sponsored by RCI-FirstPathway Partners, Gold Coast Florida Regional Center, Economic & Policy Resources, Inc., and Rowbotham & Company LLP.  In lasf few day Colorado Regional Center, UV Blood Labs, Inc., [212] Media, Fordham University, The North Texas EB-5 Regional Center, Intercontinental Regional Center Trust of Chicago (pending), American Dream Fund, Lyfe Kitchen, Synergy, Lion's Property Development Group, Neal Stein Support Living, Capitol Bancorp., UC Berkeley Journalism, Northern California Regional Center, Pinnacle International, Seco Development, The Proton Regional Center, Rowbotham & Company LLP, McAdam & McCarthy, NES Financial, EB-5 Capital, IMMSA, Inc., Atlantic American Opportunities Funds, Info.com, The State of Kentucky have decided to participate in the event.  The Summit Organizing Committee also annouced its Chinese website at http://www.Top-EB5.com.
    For more information about exhibiting at the Invest in America 2011 (Guanghou) Summit, please log on http://www.InvestAmerica2011.org

  5. IMMIGRANT OF THE DAY - NATALIE PORTMAN - BEST ACTRESS

    by , 02-28-2011 at 01:29 PM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)

    Israeli-born actress Natalie Portman is the winner of the 2011 Academy Award for her portrayal of a ballet dancer in the film Black Swan. Portman is one of Hollywood's most successful actresses but I was amazed in reading her biography by what this 29 year old actress has done beside acting.
    First, her family history is interesting. Her family escaped from the Nazis in World War II (though her great-grandparents were victims) and her grandfather was an economics professor in Israel where the family resettled. Her great-grandmother was a spy for the United Kingdom during the Second World War. Her father is a physician specializing in fertility issues.
    Natalie's career began as a young child and she later took on a well-known role in the Star Wars films in the late 1990s. In the middle of a very busy acting career, she attended Harvard and majored in psychology. She received her degree in 2003. At Harvard, she worked as a research assistant to famed law professor Alan Dershowitz. She is also an author on two scientific papers - one entitled "A Simple Method To Demonstrate the Enzymatic Production of Hydrogen from Sugar" and the other "Frontal Lobe Activation During Object Performance". For the first, she earned a semifinalist position in the Intel Science Search, something that is only available to the brightest high school scientists in America. The second paper was published while she was at Harvard.
    Oh, and then there is a celebrated acting career that has now been capped off with the most prestigious award in filmdom. Congratulations Natalie.
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