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Apr 3 - Microsoft Defends H-1B

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April 3, 2009,0403.shtm

1.  Comment: Microsoft Defends H-1B
2.  Focus: The Nurse Immigration Book
3.  Articles:
    (a) Bloggings on Updates in Immigration Law by Carl
    (b) Bloggings on Nurse Immigration by Christopher T. Musillo
    of the Hammond Law Group
    (c) Immigrants Of The Day: Miguel Blas-Matus of Mexico,
    Yulkendy Valdez of Dominican Republic, and Jorge Muñoz of
    Colombia by Kevin R. Johnson
4.  News:
    (a) USCIS Publishes QAs On Cap Gap
    (b) Federal Reserve And USCIS Publish EAWA FAQs
    (c) ICE Releases OPT Checklist
5.  Classifieds:
    (a) Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
    (b) Case Management Technology
    (c) Credential Evaluation And Translation
6.  Headlines:
    (a) New DREAM Act And Undocumented Students In US
    (b) Judge Dismisses Antitrust Suit Against Fragomen
    (c) Obama's Aunt Can Stay In US Through 2010
    (d) Delay In Immigration Raids May Signal Policy Change
7.  ComingsNGoings:
    (a) Immigration Event - New York, NY
8.  Letters From:
    (a) Miranda Swanson
    (b) Gregory W. Christian,0403.shtm

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Microsoft Defends H-1B

Microsoft's General Counsel Brad Smith defended
the company's hiring of H-1B workers. "While the number of visa
holders is very small compared to the U.S. workforce, their
contribution is huge.  For example, last year 35 percent of
Microsoft's patent applications in the U.S. came from new
inventions by visa and green card holders.  The situation at
other U.S. technology leaders is probably very similar.  And a
recent study found that for every H-1B position requested, U.S.
technology companies increase their employment by 5 new jobs."

We welcome readers to share their opinion and ideas with us by
writing to

The Nurse Immigration Book

The table of contents of this definitive work edited by Joseph
Curran and Daniel Berger is as follows:

I.  FOREWORD: Why A Nurse Immigration Book? By William Stock


++H-1 Visas For Nurses By Greg Siskind and Esther Fridman
++TN Status For Nurses By Christopher Wendt
++Practice Pointers for Presenting TN Applications By Leslie
++An Outline Of A Typical Nurse Case, Including Consular
Processing By Joseph Curran
++Adjustment Of Status For Professional Nurses By Sylvia Boecker
++Building International Bridges By Commission On Graduates Of
Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS International)
++Tips For Staffing Companies In Planning Their Posting
Strategies By Ronald Nair
++Licensure: US State Licenses For International Nurses By
Patrick Curran
++Immigration Basics For Allied Professional Healthcare Workers
By Christopher Musillo
++Managing Or Achieving Expectations: The Key To Success By
Michael Hammond


++Global Issues In Nurse Recruitment By Joseph Curran
++The Nurse Shortage: Why It Matters By Carl Shusterman
++Deadly Consequences: The Hidden Impact Of America's Nursing
Shortage By Stuart Anderson
++Aiding And Abetting - Nursing Crises At Home And Abroad By
Sreekanth Chagaturu and Snigdha Vallabhaneni
++US Visa Policy Competition For International Scholars,
Scientists And Skilled Workers By Phyllis Farrell Norman
++Better Late Than Never: Workforce Supply Implications Of Later
Entry Into Nursing By David Auerbach, Peter Buerhaus and Douglas


++The Business Of Nurse Immigration By Mireille Kingma
++Recruitment Of Workers In The Philippines: Playing Ball With
The POEA By Ronald Nair
++Successful International Nurse Recruiting By C. Philip Slaton
++Nurse Assimilation By Yvette Mooney
++Hospitals' Responses To Nurse Staffing Shortages By Jessica
May, Gloria Bazzoli and Anneliese Gerland
++Nurse Perspectives Of The Migration Experience By Mariah

V.  AFTERWORD: Musings After 2 Decades In Nurse Immigration By
James David Acoba

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(a) Bloggings on Updates in Immigration Law

Carl Shusterman writes "The failure of the USCIS to follow
immigration laws and regulations is having a damaging effect on
U.S. employers and patients alike.",0403-shusterman.shtm

(b) Bloggings on Nurse Immigration

Christopher T. Musillo of the Hammond Law Group writes "As blog
readers are aware, in the last few weeks, the USCIS has denied
several physical therapist and occupational therapist cases for
H-1b visa petitioners.",0403-hammond.shtm

(c) Immigrants Of The Day: Miguel Blas-Matus of Mexico, Yulkendy
Valdez of Dominican Republic, and Jorge Munoz of Colombia

Kevin R. Johnson writes "Our Immigrant of the Day is Miguel Blas-
Matus who grew up with seven siblings in a one-room, dirt-floor
house in his homeland of Juchitan, Oaxaca, Mexico.",0403-johnson.shtm

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4.  NEWS

(a) USCIS Publishes QAs On Cap Gap

USCIS published QAs addressing the automatic extension of F-1
student status in the US for certain students with pending or
approved H-1B petitions for an employment start date of October
1, 2009 under the FY 2010 H-1B cap.,0403-capgap.shtm

(b) Federal Reserve And USCIS Publish EAWA FAQs

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System And USCIS
Published FAQs providing guidance on how the Employ American
Workers Act (EAWA) applies to recipients of funding
under section 13 of the Federal Reserve Act.,0403-eawa.pdf

(c) ICE Releases OPT Checklist

ICE released a checklist that is intended to serve as general
guidance on the OPT application process.,0403-opt.pdf

(a) Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
New Orleans, LA - Tulane University seeks a dynamic immigration
professional for the position of Program Manager in the Office of
International Students and Scholars (OISS). The Program Manager:
ensures Tulane's compliance with US immigration regulations and
procedures with regards to H-1B and TN visas; is principal
contact for the hiring of Tulane int'l faculty and staff; ensures
intl'l faculty/staff receive proper immigration documentation and
understanding of US immigration procedures; assists with F-1 and
J-1 visa processing; helps retain int'l students to successfully
complete academic course of study through programming.
Requirements include: bachelor's degree and 2+ years int'l
education experience at college level or equivalent. Salary is
$34,080-$43,000/yr, depending on experience. To view full job
details (scroll down to Manager, Program) and to apply visit here
refer to job listing #102583).

(b) Case Management Technology
Offering enterprise-level software and unparalleled US-based
support, ImmigrationTracker
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
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As one of our customers noted, "If we had two years and unlimited
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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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(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
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
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AETS also provides certified translations in 100+ languages,
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6.  Headlines

(a) New DREAM Act And Undocumented Students In US

Last week, the latest version of the Development, Relief and
Education for Alien Minors Act was introduced in the Senate and
House of Representatives.

(b) Judge Dismisses Antitrust Suit Against Fragomen

On Tuesday a Manhattan federal district court judge dismissed the
suit before discovery.

(c) Obama's Aunt Can Stay In US Through 2010

 Barack Obama's Kenyan aunt can legally remain in the United
 States until an immigration hearing in February when a judge
 will consider her latest argument for not being deported back to

(d) Delay In Immigration Raids May Signal Policy Change

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has delayed a series
of proposed immigration raids and other enforcement actions at
U.S. workplaces in recent weeks.

For links to the above stories see here:,0403.shtm#Headlines
7.  ComingsNGoings

Readers can share professional announcements (up to 100-words at
no charge), email: To announce your event,
see here

(a) Immigration Event - New York, NY
April 23 - The New School presents a debate "Intelligent
Immigration Reform: A Real-World Legislative Approach", speakers:
Senator Charles Schumer, Michael Aytes, Tamar Jacoby, Mark
Krikorian, Marshall Fitz, Jeffrey Passel and Bob Kerrey.
6-7:30pm. For more info and to rsvp see:

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

(a) Dear Editor:
David Murray's letter (04/02/09 ID) misunderstood what my letter
(04/01/09 ID) was saying with regard to Domestic Violence
incidents.  I was not stating that abusers are never arrested
what I was stating was that at least in Florida, a mere argument,
verbal dispute or claim of abuse after the fact with no visible
marks generally does not lead to an arrest.  Unfortunately, there
are sometimes false claims of abuse not only from immigrants but
from citizens as well.  In Florida generally an incident report
will be written but no arrest will be made without some
indication that the claim is real.  The majority of women (and
some men) that I have assisted in applying for benefits under
VAWA have been from Central and South America, Haiti and Jamaica.
Unfortunately in some of these countries domestic abuse is not
considered a crime or is ignored by authorities.  When the
individuals come to the US they don't realize that there is help
available and therefore find themselves living in fear.
Unfortunately, I have submitted approximately 100 legitimate
cases of abused spouses which shows me that this is a very real
problem and it really bothers me when I hear someone state that
the whole process is a sham.  If there are women who do come to
the US solely to apply for this type of benefit I have not
encountered them.  In addition, CIS does have a special unit of
immigration officers who are trained to review these cases for
Miranda Swanson

(b) Dear Editor:
In the interest of full disclosure and particularly since David
D. Murray's letter (04/01/09 ID) quoted it, I want to bring to
readers' attention that Angelo Paparelli's blog is titled, "A
public policy blog on our dysfunctional immigration system".
Immigration Daily takes the liberty of renaming it "Bloggings on
Dysfunctional Government" without informing its readership of the
Gregory W. Christian                 Washington, DC

(c) Editor's note: Angelo Paparelli's blog at is titled "Nation of Immigrators: A
public policy blog on our dysfunctional immigration system."
Angelo Paparelli's blog at is
titled "Angelo Paparelli on Dysfunctional Government." The names
of blogs on ILW.COM are designed to fit into one line in the
right column on our homepage.
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