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  1. VISA WAIVER BENEFITS COMING SOON FOR CZECH CITIZENS

    by , 02-26-2008 at 12:24 PM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    Beginning this fall, citizens of the Czech Republic should be able to use the Visa Waiver Program to travel to the US for up to 90 days at a time without the need for a visitor visa.
  2. IMMIGRANT OF THE DAY: YAEL NAIM

    by , 02-25-2008 at 06:47 PM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)

    The new MacBook Air is pretty cool. But when I first saw the commercial for the ultra-thin new Apple laptop, the song playing in the background caught my attention. The artist is French-Israeli Yael Naim and Steve Jobs personally chose the song for the commercial. Naim's song theme song has become a hit and has debuted in the Top 10 this past week on Billboard's Hot 100.

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  3. March 14: PERM Workshop in NYC

    by , 02-25-2008 at 05:11 PM (Joel Stewart on PERM Labor Certification)
    Mark your calendar. March 14th the PERM Team will be back with another PERM Workshop. In case you have not been to an ILW Workshop, as Cole Porter said, they are definitely the top.

    You immerse yourself in PERM all day, and even during lunch. Sam Udani makes each Workshop a delectable gourmet experience, but there is no other opportunity anywhere to immerse yourself in an intense PERM forum, where you can share your thoughts, experiences, and questions which each other and learn everything you wanted to know about PERM.

    DOL has given us the PERM Regulation and Frequently Asked Questions, and BALCA has given us some PERM decisions, but much is still left open to interpretation, practice, ethics and practical considerations.

    Since PERM is a new phenomenon, there are very few signposts to point the way. Every question on the PERM form raises questions, doubts and nuances. For example, if multiple jobs are offered in a PERM application, where and how must this be set forth? And what about the Substitution Rule in Practice and its effect on Attorney Fees? The answer to this and other tough questions will surprise you.

    The PERM Workshops are divided into four sessions: two in the morning and two in the afternoon. The lunch period is also all PERM, with a special PERM speaker to peak your interest with interesting, innovative points of view. The last Workshop featured a lunch speaker which began with a discussion of outsourcing and ended up being a broad-based discussion of PERM practices and how to optimize them.

    The first session is dedicated to the mechanics of PERM: How to Prepare a 9089 Form. The discussion includes Understanding O*Net, Job Zones & SVP, How to use the DOL's Trinary System, SVP Ranges, Competency Levels, and Educational Ratings for Schedule D Professionals, and Prevailing Wage.

    The second session covers the recruitment process and includes Tips for Advertising, How to Manage the Campaign in 180 Days or Less, Analysis of the 10 Professional Recruitment Options, Review of Resumes, Contacting and Interviewing US Workers, Recruitment Reports and Preparing the Record File and Supporting Documents.

    The third session is everything you wanted to know about restrictive requirements and more. Restrictive Requirements, Audit Proofing, and Electronic Filing Defining Normal Requirements, Foreign Languages, Combination of Occupations, Alternative Requirements, Actual Minimum Requirements, Combinations of Education Experience, and Training, Layoffs, Alien Influence and Control, Documentation of Employer, Job Requirements v. Alien Qualifications, How to Fill in H-4 to H-10, When and Where to Put the Magic Language, and Tips on Electronic Filing.

    The last session of the day deals with Audits and Post Audit Issues:  Demystifying Audit Letters, Deciding whether to File Reconsideration or Appeals to BALCA, & Federal Court Litigation, Final Determinations, Retention of Documents, CO Requests for supplemental information, Supervised Recruitment Pros & Cons, Motions to Reconsider with or without Request for Appeal, BALCA Decisions, including Matter of Health America, Legal Arguments on Appeal, Introduction of New Facts into the Record and Exhausting Administrative Appeals.

    The Workshop ends on a very positive note with camaraderie and friendship bonded between the participants and the speakers. I hope you will have a chance to attend our Workshop in NYC on March 14th, or if not, another one of our Workshops given around the country.

    For further information, see the official announcement on the ILW main page.

     
  4. THE GOVERNMENT THAT COULDN'T SHOOT STRAIGHT

    by , 02-25-2008 at 01:48 PM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    Michigan is paying a steep price because of cheap political theatrics on the part of two state leaders who thought being anti-immigration is the gift that keeps on giving. Now the taxpayers of the state will be paying a steep price for a long time as the state tries to repair its reputation as being an inviting place for international companies and top talent. Hopefully, Michigan voters will send a message to its leaders that playing games that damage the economic competitiveness of the state will result in being removed from office.
  5. FOREIGN ACTORS SWEEP THE OSCARS

    by , 02-24-2008 at 09:12 PM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    Well, Lou Dobbs will probably call on a boycott of movies. But if there was ever a testament to the fact that Americans are not insular and xenophobic, it's the fact that the most American of institutions - Hollywood - reflects the globalization of this country. I'm not a film historian, but I don't believe there has ever been another year when the winners of Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress all went to foreign performers. Here are international recipients of this year's Academy Awards:

    Javier Bardem - Spain - Best Supporting Actor - No Country for Old Men
    Alexandra Byrne - UK - Costume Design - The Golden Age
    Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schiavo - Italy - Art Direction - Sweeney Todd
    Didier Lavergne - France - and Jan Archibald - UK - Makeup - La Vie en Rose
    Philippe Pollet-Villard - France - Live Action Short Film - Le Mozart des Pickpockets
    Suzie Templeton and Hugh Welshman - UK - Animated Short Film - Peter and the Wolf
    Stefan Ruzowitzky - Austria - Best Foreign Language Film - The Counterfeiters
    Tilda Swinton - UK - Best Supporting Actress - Michael Clayton
    Marion Cotillard - France - Best Actress - La Vie en Rose
    Glenn Hansard - Ireland and Marketa Irglova - Czech - Best Song - Once
    Dario Marianelli - Italy - Best Score - Atonement
    Daniel Day-Lewis - UK - Best Actor - There Will Be Blood

    [Update: I learned this morning that a foreign sweep of the actors categories happened in 1964. Live and learn].
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